Conservation Programs – Commercial

Commercial Conservation Programs

 

Energy Audits – Program Extended by the USDA until March 2022!

Lower Valley Energy’s Small Business Energy Audit Program provides discounted energy audits to help your business prioritize energy efficiency projects and access funding for equipment upgrades. LVE provides a third-party evaluation of energy efficiency and demand reduction measures including simple payback estimates.  Choose the audit best suited for your business.

  1. Focused Audit – recommended for one or two specific projects.
  2. Demand Management Audit – focuses on opportunities to reduce peak demand
  3. Comprehensive Audit – inventory and analyze all stationary equipment.

This program will cover 75% of the cost of your energy audit for approved small business via a grant from the USDA.  It can also be used to unlock funding opportunities such as Energy Conservation Works (ECW) 0% loans (see below under Financing), possible LVE incentives, Rural Energy for America (REAP) grants up to 25%, and REAP loan guarantees up to 75%

Request a Commercial Energy Audit

Lower Valley Energy’s Small Business Energy Audit Info Sheet & FAQs

Lower Valley Energy’s Small Business Energy Audit Application

Commercial Lighting Rebate–Requires pre-approval.

LVE is currently offering a program to help business’ convert their lighting to LEDs by rebating a portion of the cost.  The commercial lighting rebate is for non-residential lighting only and applies to retrofitting an existing building. To qualify, lighting projects must be:

  • A commercial business that receives power from LVE and has an active service account
  • Cost-effective and result in a minimum energy usage reduction of 25%

LVE’s rebate is based on the kWh savings and paid directly to the member.  These projects require pre-approval, so please notify LVE directly before any retrofit is started to verify funding and project requirements.

Lower Valley Energy’s Commercial Lighting Application

Weatherization Incentives

  • NEW! Commercial Window Replacement Rebate – Requires pre-approval along with a pre-inspection.

Commercial members with old single paned in any frame type windows or double paned with metal frame type windows may qualify for rebates to upgrade these window types.  The rebate is for commercial, industrial, or agricultural buildings with primary installed electric heat.  The building may NOT exceed 20,000 sq. ft to qualify.  An inspection is required prior to starting any work. LVE will co-fund replacement windows with a .30 U-Factor or less. Please contact LVE’s Conservation Department for current rebate amounts and to get started

Lower Valley Energy’s Commercial Window Rebate Application

Commercial Window Project Information Form

  • NEW! Commercial Insulation Rebate – Requires pre-approval along with a pre-inspection. Rebates to add additional insulation to attic/roof or walls are to commercial buildings with primary installed electric heat. Rebates vary according to members specific pre-existing conditions and the final R-Values once the work is complete.  Please contact LVE’s Conservation Department prior to any work starting.  Current rebate amounts vary according to pre-existing conditions.

Lower Valley Energy’s Commercial Insulation Rebate Application

Commercial Insulation Project Information Form

NEW! Commercial HVAC Rebates–Requires pre-approval.

  • AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMPS-$900 per ton for Retrofits, $160 per ton for Upgrades

 

PRE-INSTALLATION CONDITIONS:

  • Upgrade projects meet the following conditions:
  • Space is conditioned by an operational or failed air source heat pump; or
  • Space is part of a building addition, new construction, or a major renovation project.

Retrofit:

  • Space is conditioned by zonal or forced-air, electric-resistance heat as the primary heating source. No other heating sources are eligible.

POST-INSTALLATION CONDITIONS:

The installed heat pump must meet the following requirements:

  • Be an air-to-air heat pump system.
  • Have an AHRI certificate of product rating; and
  • Meet BPA’s efficiency specifications for both heating and cooling.
EQUIPMENT SIZE (COOLING CAPACITY; BTU/H) MODE SUB-CATEGORY OR RATING CONDITION EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENT
< 65,000 Cooling Split System and Single Package 16.0 SEER
Heating Split System 9.0 HSPF
 Single Package 8.8 HSPF
≤ 65,00 and < 135,000 Cooling Split System and Single Package 14.0 IEER
Heating 47°F db/43°F wb Outdoor Air 3.5 COP
17°F db/15°F wb Outdoor Air 2.4 COP
≤ 135,000 Cooling Split System and Single Package 12.5 IEER
Heating 47°F db/43°F wb Outdoor Air 3.4 COP
17°F db/15°F wb Outdoor Air 2.4 COP

 

  • DUCTLESS HEAT PUMPS (DHP) – $1,000 per ton for Retrofits, $250 per ton for Upgrades

PRE-INSTALLATION CONDITIONS:

Retrofit:

  • Conditioned area is heated by zonal or forced air electric resistance heat as the primary heating source.
  • No other heating sources are eligible.

Upgrade:

  • Space is conditioned by an operational or failed DHP; or
  • Space is part of a building addition, new construction, or major renovation project.

POST-INSTALLATION CONDITIONS:

The installed DHP must have the following features:

  • Must be rated with a minimum of 11.0 HSPF for non-ducted indoor units and 10.0 HSPF for ducted or mixed indoor units.
  • Efficiency requirements apply to single and multi-head systems.
  • Listed on the Qualified Products List.

*These measures cannot be used to retrofit packaged terminal air conditioning (PTAC) units.

 

  • ADVANCED ROOFTOP UNIT CONTROLS (ARC) – $100-$180 per ton

PRE-INSTALLATION CONDITIONS:

  • The existing RTU must have the following characteristics:
  • Heating fuel type may be electricity or gas.
  • Have five tons of cooling capacity or more.
  • A unitary system (split systems are not eligible); and
  • Constant speed supply fan (RTUs with variable speed fans are not eligible).

POST-INSTALLATION CONDITIONS:

  • Installed on an existing rooftop unit.
  • Listed on the ARC Qualified Products List.

* Available for retrofits only. Not eligible for a connected thermostat payment

 

  • CONNECTED THERMOSTATS – $160 per Thermostat, $40 per Verification

PRE-INSTALLATION CONDITIONS*:

  • Thermostat must replace an existing thermostat that is not web enabled.
  • Heating can be electric or gas.
  • Lodging, 24/7 occupancy, or semi-conditioned spaces are not eligible.

*Available for retrofits only. Not eligible for an ARC payment.

POST-INSTALLATION CONDITIONS:

The installed thermostat:

  • Controls an existing HVAC supply fan and serves a single zone.
  • Must be listed on the Qualified Products List.

The installed thermostat must be programmed as follows:

  • Must be connected to the internet.
  • Temperature setback is used for unoccupied hours (heating and/or cooling, as applicable).
  • Fan schedule uses auto mode for unoccupied hours (e.g., during unoccupied hours or holidays,
  • the fan will only run when there is a demand for heating or cooling).
  • Override duration set to three hours or less.
  • For heat pumps, aux resistance heat lockout is enabled with appropriate set points.
  • Simultaneous heating and cooling are eliminated in cases where two or more systems serve spaces not separated by physical barriers.

 

  • VARIABLE REFRIGERMENT FLOW SYSTEMS (VRF) – $800 per ton

PRE-INSTALLATION CONDITIONS:

  • The space is conditioned by zonal or forced-air, electric-resistance heat as the primary heating source. No other heating sources are eligible.
  • This measure applies to retrofits only.

POST-INSTALLATION CONDITIONS:

The installed VRF system must meet the following requirements:

  • Have an AHRI certificate of product rating.
  • Meet BPA’s efficiency requirements for heating and cooling
EQUIPMENT SIZE (COOLING CAPACITY; BTU/H) MODE SUB-CATEGORY OR RATING CONDITION EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENT
< 65,000 Cooling VRF Multi-split System 21.0 SEER
Heating VRF Multi-split System 11.0 HSPF
≤ 65,00 and < 135,000 Cooling VRF Multi-split System (with or without heat recovery) 12.0 EER and 23.0 IEER
Heating VRF Multi-Split system 47°F db/43°F wb Outdoor Air 3.7 COP
17°F db/15°F wb Outdoor Air 2.27 COP
≤ 135,000 and < 240,000 Cooling VRF Multi-split System (with or without heat recovery) 10.7 EER and 20.5 IEER
Heating VRF Multi-Split system 47°F db/43°F wb Outdoor Air 3.5 COP
17°F db/15°F wb Outdoor Air 2.16 COP
≥ 240,000 Cooling VRF Multi-split System (with or without heat recovery) 9.8 EER and 18.9 IEER
Heating VRF Multi-Split system 47°F db/43°F wb Outdoor Air 3.5 COP
17°F db/15°F wb Outdoor Air 2.16 COP

 

  • VARIABLE FREQUENCY DRIVE ON AHU (VFD) – $250 per horsepower

PRE-INSTALLATION CONDITIONS:

  • Building heating fuel type may be either electric or gas.
  • VFD must be installed on existing AHU single-speed fan.
  • This measure applies to retrofits only.

POST-INSTALLATION CONDITIONS:

  • The retrofit adds a VFD to control the fan with variable-speed fan operation.
  • Any existing AHU throttling or bypass devices are removed or permanently disabled.

 

All commercial incentives/rebates require proper forms to be completed and signed as well as invoices and documentation.  LVE reserves the right to change or discontinue these incentives/rebates without notice due to funding.

 

Other Resources

SmartHub

Lower Valley Energy has a continued commitment to energy efficiency and helping our members identify ways for business to be more energy efficient.  The first step to energy efficiency is understanding your energy usage.  We encourage you to use the usage tools available through our online portal or mobile device App, SmartHub.  Historical usage is now downloadable with one easy click when signed into your LVE account.  Look for the Green Button under “My Usage Explorer”.

Click HERE to go to the Login Screen.

Energy Conservation Works

Financing

0% financing is available for Commercial members in Teton County through Energy Conservation Works (ECW).  These funds are specifically for energy efficiency projects and paid back on members LVE bills.  Please click HERE for more information on financing.

100 % Green Power Program

Sign up for LVE’s 100% Renewable Energy Green Power Rate and ECW will provide the following support to all Green Power Business:

  • Opt into the Green Business Program & recognition for the Green Power commitment
  • Original website content creation (unique green power logo, blog post, integration of other sustainable measures taken) 
  • Green Power decal: “This business runs on green power” (see below)
  • Inclusion in Energy Conservation Works Green Power Business Roster
  • Recognition in a JH News & Guide print ad
  • Facebook and Instagram posts
  • New Businesses highlighted in ECW newsletter

USDA Rural Energy for America Program

USDA program provides guaranteed loan financing and funding to agricultural producers and small businesses to make energy efficiency improvements.

Click HERE for more Info on the UDSA REAP grants and loans