Custom Buildings

Learn more about cash incentive programs that provide reimbursement for custom buildings projects

Custom Buildings

The Custom Buildings 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) for retrofits and new construction projects that include technologies or customer-specific energy efficiency projects that do not meet the eligibility criteria for other business programs.

Eligible Measures

Custom projects include building shell and systems improvements that reduce energy consumption and demand by improving building energy performance. To qualify for incentives, projects must show minimum savings estimates.

  • Replacement of existing windows with high performance glazing
  • Addition of insulation in exterior walls and/or roof that exceeds building code requirements
  • Replacement of existing roof with reflective coating.
  • LEED-certified building, renovation or addition
  • An energy project that impacts multiple, interacting systems in the building

Effective Dates

To qualify for incentives through the Custom Buildings program, equipment must be new and installed after June 1, 2016.

Pre‐Approval Requirements

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).

New Construction Eligibility Requirements

Eligible new construction and major renovation projects must achieve electrical energy savings exceeding IECC 2009 or ASHRAE 90.1-2007.

Custom Incentives

An incentive based on annual kWh saved is offered for projects under the Custom Buildings Incentive program. Incentives are offered up to 50 percent of the total project cost. Projects must also achieve a minimum savings of 20,000 kWh/year using program-approved savings methodologies. Annual kWh savings are determined by one of three methods:

  • Performance-based – demonstrated by an hourly energy simulation model. For LEED-certified projects, and other projects which have a detailed energy model, input and output reports from the software program.
  • Deemed – demonstrated by submitting program-approved calculators
  • Measured – demonstrated by site data collection. Direct measurement may take place before or after retrofit, or at both times. In some cases, direct measurement may be combined with engineering calculations to determine electrical energy savings.

How do I apply?

Step 1 – The participant should complete and submit a Custom Buildings Incentive 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 and signed W-9 tax form for the incentive payee. The W-9 form must be current and dated within the last 24 months.
  • If applicable, customers who wish to issue all or a portion of their incentive to a third party should complete a Dual Incentive Payments form.
  • Scope of work with a summary of the existing and proposed/installed system.
  • Manufacturers' specification (cut) sheets for each proposed/installed item to verify that the equipment is eligible. Please circle or highlight the relevant information on the specification (cut) sheets such as the equipment efficiency ratings.
  • Detailed energy savings analysis/calculations.
  • Copy of utility bill to confirm account number and service address. If desired, the participant may obscure all cost and rate related information.

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, participants should review their application for any changes and submit the following documents to the program administrator for review:

  • Revised energy savings analysis/calculations (if changes were made during construction).
  • Detailed, itemized invoices or proofs of purchase for the equipment installed.
  • Completed letter of attestation.
  • Post energy data/measurements (if applicable).

Supporting technical documentation will be reviewed by program administrator and an onsite inspection to verify the installation may be conducted. 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.