Residential Incentive Programs from TNMP
TNMP manages five separate incentive programs for the residential sector. Three of them target customers with specific profiles, while the other two are for air conditioning and lighting, respectively.
The High-Performance Homes program establishes a set of performance guidelines, and new homes that are compliant become eligible for financial incentives. Alternatively, new homes can meet ENERGY STAR certification requirements to be eligible. It is important to note that the incentive is provided to construction companies approved by TNMP, not directly to homeowners. If you are planning to build a new home and would like to benefit from this incentive, you must contact an approved contractor.
The Residential & Hard-To-Reach Standard Offer is for existing homes and provides incentives for energy efficiency upgrades that save energy and contribute to peak demand reduction. Like in the High-Performance Homes program, incentives are provided to approved contractors, who in turn offer you a price discount.
As implied by its name, the Low Income Program targets households below 200% of the federal poverty line, and delivers incentives of up to $6,500 per home. The incentive is provided through approved non-profit organizations, and the list of eligible upgrades includes energy-saving lighting, ENERGY STAR refrigerators and air conditioning units, solar screens and insulation.
There are two programs that target specific appliances, and they are offered to customers of participating Retail Electricity Providers (REPs). The COOLSAVER Program offers free air conditioner and heat pump tune-ups, which can improve their efficiency by up to 27 percent. On the other hand, the EFFICIENCY CONNECTION program offers discounted LED products that can be purchased online.
Commercial Incentive Programs from TNMP
TNMP manages two incentive programs for the commercial sector. The Commercial Solutions Program is for businesses with an electricity demand above 100 kW, while the Open Program is for small business clients with a demand of up to 100 kW.
The Commercial Solutions Program offers incentives that vary according to the type of upgrade, and they are composed of two parts. A portion of the incentive is calculated based on demand reduction (kW), and another portion is based on energy savings (kWh). The following table summarizes the incentives available through this program, and they are available for all commercial customers with a demand above 100 kW and a TNMP power meter:
|Type of Upgrade||Power Savings Incentive|
(USD / kW)
|Energy Savings Incentive|
(USD / kWh)
|Lighting other than LED||$100 / kW||$0.02 / kWh|
|LED Lighting||$150 / kW||$0.03 / kWh|
|HVAC (Direct Expansion)||$125 / kW||$0.03 / kWh|
|Chillers||$150 / kW||$0.03 / kWh|
|Motors||$150 / kW||$0.03 / kWh|
|Solar Photovoltaic Power||$225 / kW||$0.05 / kWh|
|Variable-Frequency Drives (VFD)||$100 / kW||$0.02 / kWh|
|Window film||$50 / kW||$0.02 / kWh|
|Roofing||$150 / kW||$0.03 / kWh|
|Other upgrades||$150 / kW||$0.03 / kWh|
Since solar power generates energy rather than reducing consumption, its incentive is calculated based on installed capacity and yearly generation. It is also important to note that incentives for motors, VFDs, window films and roofing only apply in retrofit projects.
The Open program is for small business clients with a demand of up to 100 kW, and it offers incentives for lighting and refrigeration upgrades. The incentive for refrigeration upgrades and integrated LED troffers is $1,100 per kW. All lighting upgrades other than LED troffers are eligible for $500 per kW. The program also offers a free no-obligation lighting assessment for small business clients considering energy efficiency measures.
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