Learn more about cash incentive programs that provide reimbursement for lighting improvements.
Commercial Lighting Incentive Program
The Lighting Incentive Program is offered to commercial, industrial, governmental and institutional customers of FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities (Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power). This Program is available for retrofit/renovation of existing facilities and new construction projects. The Program provides incentives to encourage participants to install high-efficiency lighting equipment and controls.
- High-efficiency fluorescent tubes
- Lighting fixtures
- Outdoor and Area Lighting
- LEDs and LED exit signs
- Occupancy and daylighting controls
- Reach-in freezer/refrigerator LED lighting
To qualify for incentives through the Lighting Incentives Program, equipment must be new and installed after June 1, 2016.
Program participants are encouraged to seek pre-approval before purchasing their proposed equipment to ensure it meets program requirements and is eligible for incentives. If your project was completed or installed on June 1, 2016, or later and you did not obtain pre-approval, then you may apply for incentives no later than 180 days from the date of project completion (completion is defined as all equipment being installed and operable).
Incentives available from the Lighting Incentive Program are shown below, and are limited to the total equipment cost. Only new equipment is eligible for incentives under the Lighting Incentive Program.
New Pennsylvania Act 129 Requirements – T-12 Lighting Phase-Out
Starting June 1, 2016, standard T-8 fluorescent lighting equipment will become the baseline for energy savings for replacing any T-12 linear fluorescent lighting equipment. This change comes as a result of the issued 2016 PA Technical Reference Manual order by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, at the Public Meeting held July 8, 2015, issued the 2016 Technical Reference Manual (TRM) Update final order. The PA Act 129 2016 PA TRM states the following (in Section 3.1.1 Lighting Improvements of Section 3.1 Lighting under Section 3 Commercial and Industrial Measures):
Note that the Energy Policy Act of 2005...
“Note that the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (“EPACT 2005”) and Energy Independence and Security Act (“EISA”) 2007 standards introduced new efficacy standards for linear fluorescent bulbs and ballasts, effectively phasing out magnetic ballasts (effective October 1, 2010) and most T-12 bulbs (effective July 14, 2012). This induces a shift in what a participant would have purchased in the absence of the program because T-12 bulbs on magnetic ballasts are no longer viable options and, therefore, adjusts the baseline assumption. With this understanding, standard T-8s will become the baseline for all T-12 linear fluorescent retrofits beginning June 1, 2016 (PY8). The EISA 2007 standards for general service fluorescent bulbs are provided in Table 3-1. The comparable baseline for any removed standard T-12 fixture will be the T-8 fixture of the same length and lamp count with a normal ballast factor (0.85). The comparable baseline for any removed high-output T-12 fixture will be the T-8 fixture of the same length and lamp count with a ballast factor equal to 0.98.” (PA Act 129 2016 PA Technical Reference Manual: http://www.puc.pa.gov/filing_resources/issues_laws_regulations/ act_129_information/technical_reference_manual.aspx)
All Lighting Incentive Program applicants are required to use the Lighting Calculator spreadsheet to estimate annual energy and demand savings. T-12 fixtures codes entered in the lighting calculator will be automatically converted to an appropriate T-8 fluorescent fixture code to ensure compliance with the new 2016 PA TRM.
|LED Lamps||Eligible LED lamps must be ENERGY STAR ®rated and replace existing incandescent lamps with a medium screw base.
Pre-Approval – Required
Pre-Inspection – Required
|$5 per lamp|
|LED Exit Signs||Eligible LED exit signs must replace existing fluorescent or incandescent exit signs to be eligible.||$15 per sign|
|CFL Lamps||Eligible CFL lamps must be ENERGY STAR ® rated and replace existing incandescent lamps.||$1.50 per lamp|
|CFL Specialty||Eligible CFL specialty lamps must be ENERGY STAR ® rated and replace existing specialty incandescent lamps. Specialty lamps include candelabra, PARs, and CCFL.||$5 per lamp|
|CFL Fixtures||Eligible CFL fixtures must be ENERGY STAR ® rated. This includes new single or multi-lamp hardwired CFL fixtures with integral electronic ballast.||$10 per fixture|
|LED Refrigerated Case Lighting||Eligible LED case lighting must be listed by the Design Lights Consortium (DLC) (www.designlights.org) and replacing existing fluorescent lighting technology.||$37.50 per door|
|LED Channel Signage||Eligible measures include the replacement, retrofit, or new installation of channel letter signs with LED lighting technology.||$3 per linear foot|
Lighting equipment that does not meet the requirements of the prescriptive lighting incentives listed above may qualify under the base incentive rate of 5¢ per kWh saved annually.
Please note: For retrofit projects, calculated incentives for interior and exterior LED fixtures are capped at $55 per fixture when replacing fixtures with a total lamp wattage (excluding the ballast) of 250 Watts or less.
When interior and exterior LED fixtures are replacing fixtures with a total lamp wattage (excluding the ballast) greater than 250 Watts, the calculated incentive is capped at 50% of the fixture cost.
For new construction projects, calculated incentives for interior and exterior LED fixtures are capped at $55 per fixture.
Calculated incentives for street and area lighting fixtures (retrofit and new construction) are capped at $220 per fixture.
Lighting Program Requirements
Solid State Lighting
– Solid State Lighting/LED equipment must be ENERGY STAR rated (www.energystar.gov) or listed by the Design Lights Consortium (DLC) (www.designlights.org) to be eligible for incentives.
– Occupancy controls may not have a manual “on” switch capable of overriding the automatic “off” switch.
– New controls must replace a manual switching system.
– Occupancy sensors installed as part of a new construction project, in areas where sensors are required by code, are not eligible for incentives.
– Only new equipment is eligible for incentives.
– Lighting incentives are available for the installation of new lighting equipment that results in a reduction in electrical energy use.
– All 30 and 32 watt 4-ft T8 lamps must appear on the current Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Qualifying Products list or meet the CEE “High-Performance” specifications. (See the CEE website: www.cee1.org).
– All retrofit kits shall include lamp socket brackets and sockets that center the lamps in the fixture, and may include a new reflector or ballast cover. Retrofit kits and components shall be UL or CSA listed for luminaire retrofit conversion and be installed in accordance with the current National Electrical Code.
– The total lighting incentive applies to linear fluorescent retrofits and energy efficient lighting products. This involves the replacement or new installation of linear fluorescent lighting equipment, including but not limited to T8 and T5, to a higher efficiency than existing or designed. This also involves the purchase and installation of CFL and LED screw in & pin base bulbs in single or multipacks replacing incandescent lamps.
Existing Facilities and New Construction
– Lighting incentives are available for both existing facilities and new construction projects and the portions of building addition projects that increase a facility’s footprint. Projects involving existing facilities should consider the existing equipment when calculating the baseline energy usage. New construction projects should follow applicable building energy construction codes when calculating the baseline energy usage. CFL or LED exit signs installed as part of a new construction project are not eligible for incentives.
How do I apply?
Step 1 – The participant should complete and submit a Lighting Program application online and upload required documents through the application portal. The following documents are required for a pre-approval (if the project is already complete, applicants should also submit the required documentation listed in Step 3):
- Completed lighting calculator spreadsheet
- Manufacturers’ specification (cut) sheets for the proposed/installed equipment. Please highlight or circle all relevant information, such as the equipment efficiency ratings.
- Letter supporting the lighting equipment hours of operation used in the lighting calculator. This requirement is waived if the applicant is using the default hours of operation in the lighting calculator spreadsheet.
- Completed and signed W-9 tax form for the incentive payee. The W-9 form must be current and dated within the last 24 months.
- Copy of utility bill to conﬁrm account number and service address. If desired, the participant may obscure all cost and rate related information.
- If applicable, new construction or major renovation projects must include a copy of their facility drawings and lighting equipment schedules.
Step 2 – The program administrator will notify the applicant via email when the review is complete and funds have been reserved.
Step 3 – Once the project is complete, the participant should review the approved application for any changes to the project that occurred during installation and make any needed corrections. The following final documentation should be submitted to the program administrator for review:
- Detailed, itemized invoices or proofs of purchase for the equipment installed.
- Manufacturers’ specification (cut) sheets for any additional equipment installed (if applicable).
- Revised lighting calculator spreadsheet (this requirement is waived if no changes were made during construction).
- Completed letter of attestation.
- If applicable, customers who wish to issue all or a portion of their incentive to a 3rd party should complete a Dual Incentive Payment form.
Upon receipt and verification of all required documentation, the incentive check will be processed and mailed to the applicant or to an authorized representative, if requested on the application.