GCEA COMMERCIAL LIGHTING REBATES
Gunnison County Electric Association and Tri-State Generation and Transmission are offering a commercial lighting program to provide an incentive for local cooperative businesses to retrofit existing lighting systems with newer, energy efficient systems.
Rebates are available for fixtures within buildings and parking garages as well as canopy lighting and "wall packs" mounted to the outside of buildings. Rebates are calculated according to energy saved. Qualified applicants receive $250/kW saved with a cap at 50% of the fixture material and maximum of $20,000 per meter per year.
- Businesses must be located within GCEA's service area and have a commercial account with GCEA to qualify for the incentive.
- Rebates only apply to permanent installations purchased by the co-op business.
Rebates will not be provided for:
- Lamp-only change such as replacement of a 32-watt T8 with a 28-watt.
- Replacing metal halide with lower wattage metal halide (including changing to pulse start lamps).
- De-lamping unaccompanied by significant other fixture modifications such as new ballasts and lamp types.
- Replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs or LED bulbs.
- Lighting controls such as daylight or occupancy sensors.
Rebate Application Process:
- Commercial member proposes a lighting retrofit project to GCEA.
- GCEA representative meets with the member to conduct a preconstruction inspection, taking note of the current fixture types and quantities, and works with the member to complete the pre-approval form.
- Member identifies a contractor and GCEA sends a pre-approval spreadsheet to the contractor for completion.
- Contractor completes the pre-approval spreadsheet.
- Contractor sends the spreadsheet, the manufacturer's cut sheets showing the new equipment power use, and other supplemental information to GCEA.
- GCEA representative reviews packet and submits the completed pre-approval packet to Tri-State.
- Tri-State reviews the packet and sends written recommendation for approval or denial to GCEA.
- GCEA notifies commercial member regarding Tri-State's recommendation.
- After pre-approval is granted, member hires contractor and schedules work to be done.
- After project is completed, contractor provides documentation to GCEA representative.
- GCEA representative visits the project site to verify fixture types and number of affected fixtures, and to reconcile the spreadsheets and the material invoice.
- GCEA representative completes on-line rebate request, transmits contractor information to Tri-State.
- After reviewing material for completeness, Tri-State sends check to GCEA for distribution to the commercial member.
Vicki Spencer, Energy Use/Communications Specialist
Member Services Department