SMUD - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program (California)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place California

Name SMUD - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial
Eligible Technologies Central Air conditioners, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Heat pumps, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Motor VFDs, Motors, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Programmable Thermostats, Refrigerators, Windows, LED Exit Signs, Commercial Cooking Equipment, Personal Computing Equipment, Data Center Equipment, Food Service Equipment, Unspecified technologies, LED Lighting
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount PC/Data Management

PC Network Software: $10/software license
Plug Load Occupancy Sensors: $16.50
Data Center Cooling: 30% of cost
Server Virtualization: 30% of cost

LED Exit Signs: $15 - $40
Channel Signage: $2 - $6/ft
Occupancy Sensors: $16.50 - $44
LED Lighting (Interior): $0.10 - $0.15/kWh; plus $200/kW for Title 24 applications
LED Lighting (Exterior): Up to 30% of cost
Display/Accent Lighting (Ceramic Metal Halide): $12.50 - $45
Bi-Level Stairwell/Hall/Garage Fixtures: $25/unit
Custom: $0.06/kWh up to 30% of cost
Lighting Controls: up to 80% of cost

Heating and Cooling
Custom: $0.08/kWh, up to 30% of cost
Advanced Evaporative Cooler: $123/ton
Package Terminal AC and Heat Pumps: $100/unit
Variable Frequency Drives: $50/HP
Variable Speed Motor Air Handling System: $50/unit
Reflective Window Film: $1.35/square foot

Food Service Equipment
Refrigeration: See Program Website
Ovens: $350 - $1,000/unit
Griddle: $300/unit
Fryers: $200/vat
Steam Cooker: $750/unit
Ice Machines: $50 - $500/unit
Insulated Holding Cabinets: $200 - $300
Ventilation Controls: $300 - $350/hp

Motors and Controls
Custom: 30% of cost
Escalator Motor Controller: $20/hp

Water-Based Cleaning Equipment: Up to $4,200

Equipment Requirements See web site for qualifying efficiency levels for equipment

Maximum Incentive Savings By Design: $150,000

Data Center Cooling: $100,000
Server Virtualization: $150,000
Lighting Controls: $300,000
Interior Lighting (custom): $150,000
Exterior Lighting (custom): $50,000
Heating and Cooling (custom): $150,000
Motors and Controls (custom): $150,000

Program Administrator Sacramento Municipal Utility District

References DSIRE[1]


The prescriptive lighting program is currently out of funds for new projects. Contact SMUD for further information.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) offers a wide array of incentives for its commercial customers to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are available for a for lighting equipment and controls , HVAC systems and controls, motors, food service equipment, PC and Data management systems, refrigeration equipment and controls, and whole building measures . In general, SMUD provides both custom and prescriptive ("Express") incentive packages for eligible measures. Review the program website to compare the benefits of prescriptive vs. custom incentives for specific equipment and measures. Additional information on equipment and eligibility requirements, as well as s list of measures not eligible for rebates, can also be found on the program web site.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Commercial Services
Department Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Address 6201 S Street
Address 2 PO Box 15830
Place Sacramento, California
Zip/Postal Code 95852-1830
Phone (888) 742-7683
Phone 2 (877) 622-7683


  • 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)"