Austin Energy - Commercial Energy Management Rebate Program (Texas)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Texas

Name Austin Energy - Commercial Energy Management Rebate Program
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Fed. Government, Local Government, Nonprofit, State Government
Eligible Technologies Central Air conditioners, Chillers, Custom/Others pending approval, Heat pumps, Lighting, Motor VFDs, Motors, Roofs, Windows, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Energy Recovery Ventilators, LED Lighting
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Central Split System AC/Heat Pumps (1.5 ton - 5 ton): $200 - $600/unit

Package Unit AC/Heat Pumps (1.5 ton - 5 ton): $75 - $550/unit
Window Unit AC/Heat Pump: $50/unit
Geothermal Heat Pump: (1.5 ton - 6 ton): $500 - $1,250
Mini-Split System AC/Heat Pumps (1.5 ton - 5 ton): $90 - $330
Water Source Heat Pumps: $250 - $350/unit
Chillers: $250 - $500/kW
Cooling Towers: $250/kW
Energy Recovery Ventilator: $250/direct kW
Heat Pump Water Heater: $250/kW
T5/T8/Hardwired Fluorescent/Relamping/Replacements: $250/kW reduced
CFL Lamps: $1 - $2/lamp
LED Exit Sign: $20/sign
LED Lighting: $300/kW
High Bay Fluorescent Systems: $300/kW
Lighting Controls: $175/kW (Existing); $125/kW (New Construction)
Cold Cathode: $6/lamp
Motors: $15 - $620; varies by HP
Variable Frequency Drives: $250/direct kW
Window Treatments/Replacements: $0.80/sq ft.(full rebate); $0.40/sq ft (store front)
Ceiling/Roof Insulation: $0.15/sq. ft.
Reflective Roof Coating: $0.15/sq. ft.
Custom: $150 - $300/kW

Equipment Requirements See program web site and forms for complete requirements

Maximum Incentive 200,000 or 50% of the total job cost (including equipment, installation and tax), whichever is less. Thermal Energy Storage projects have a separate 200,000 cap.

Program Administrator Austin Energy

References DSIRE[1]


Austin Energy offers incentives for commercial customers to increase the energy efficiency of facilities through the Commercial Rebate Program. Rebates are available for qualified HVAC equipment, ceiling/roof insulation and reflective coating, chillers, custom technologies, energy recovery ventilators, lighting equipment, motors, solar technologies, variable frequency drives, and window treatments. Austin Energy has also created an incentive schedule for new construction projects, which awards incentives based upon specific project conditions. Custom measures include wire-up sizing, day lighting controls, elevator drives, desuperheater heat recovery water heaters, cooling towers and others.

Interested businesses must first fill out a Customer Information Request Form. An Austin Energy Representative will then contact the business to schedule an initial assessment of the facility, during which, project related documentation, applications and additional energy saving opportunities will be discussed. A rebate application accompanied by the required technical documentation on the proposed equipment must then be submitted before any new equipment is installed. Austin Energy will then perform a preliminary inspection of the existing equipment, followed by a final inspection after the work is complete. Visit the program web site for additional program information and incentive guidelines.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Commercial Rebates
Department Austin Energy
Division Customer Care Center - Commercial Rebates
Address 811 Barton Springs Road
Address 2 3rd Floor
Place Austin, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 78704-1194
Phone (512) 482-5346
Fax (512) 505-4026

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"