Energy Efficiency Rebate Program - Commercial (Virginia)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Virginia

Name Energy Efficiency Rebate Program - Commercial
Incentive Type State Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural
Eligible Technologies Water Heaters, Lighting, Chillers, Furnaces, Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Heat recovery, Steam-system upgrades, Compressed air, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, Doors, Motors, Motor VFDs, Custom/Others pending approval, CHP/Cogeneration, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Energy Audits
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount Energy audit: 250

Programmable thermostat: 55
All other technologies: 20% total cost (including equipment and labor)

Equipment Requirements Central AC: SEER >= 16, EER >=13 (split system); SEER >=14, EER >=12 (packaged)

Air source heat pump: HSPF >=8.5, EER>=12.5, SEER>=15 (split system); HSPF>=8, EER>=12, SEER>=14 (packaged)
Natural Gas or Propane Furnace: AFUE >= 95
Oil Furnace: AFUE >= 90
Gas, propane, oil hot water boiler: AFUE >= 90
Gas, propane, oil tankless water heater: Energy Factor >= 0.82 or a thermal efficiency of at least 90%
High efficiency gas storage tank water heater: Energy Star label (Energy Factor .62 or higher)
Electric heat pump water heater: Energy Star label (or equivalent): Energy Factor >= 2.0
Geothermal heat pumps: Energy Star or equivalent
Insulation: must meet 2009 IECC + amendments
Windows, doors, skylights: must have U factor <= 0.30 and SHGC <= 0.30 and be certified by NFRC.
Programmable thermostat: Energy Star.

Expiration Date Funds available until exhausted.
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Installation Requirements Energy audit: Must be performed by a BPI or RESNET certified contractor.

In general, a manufacturer's certificate statement is required and equipment must be new and replacing older, less efficient, in-use equipment.
Geothermal heat pumps: contractor must calculate estimated energy benefits.
Insulation: contractor must calculate the expected energy benefits
Commercial lighting upgrades, High Efficiency Motors and Drives replacements, and Compressed air or steam system upgrades: Must consume 20% less energy than older equipment being replaced.

Maximum Incentive 4,000 if no energy audit performed; 4,250 if audit performed. Maximum applies to any one energy efficiency improvement or combination of improvements.

Program Budget $8 million

Program Administrator Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy

References DSIRE[1]


As of March 26, 2010, the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy is no longer accepting reservations. This program is fully subscribed and the information here is for informational purposes only.

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME) are providing rebates for a variety of energy efficiency upgrades. In all cases, the energy efficient equipment must replace older, less efficient, in-use equipment. The second round of funding has up to $6.5 million for rebates for commercial, agricultural, and "light industrial" businesses that invest in energy efficiency improvements, retrofits, or replacement of old inefficient equipment with approved energy efficient equipment in their businesses. For a list of energy efficiency technologies and services eligible for rebates, review DMME's list.

The application is a two-step process. Businesses MUST first submit a reservation application to be eligible for a rebate. Equipment purchased on or after June 26, 2009 is eligible. In most cases, applicants will be required to submit a Manufacturer's Certification Statement and in some cases, the contractor will be required to calculate estimated or expected energy savings of the efficiency upgrades. Applicants should read DMME's Terms and Conditions carefully as well as see the Frequently Asked Questions, which provide additional guidance.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name DMME General Information
Department Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy
Division Virginia Division of Energy
Address Washington Building
Address 2 1100 Bank Street, 8th floor
Place Richmond, Virginia
Zip/Postal Code 23219-3638
Phone (804) 692-3218


  • 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)"