Black Hills Energy (Electric) - Commercial Energy Efficiency Program (Colorado)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Colorado

Name Black Hills Energy (Electric) - Commercial Energy Efficiency Program
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Local Government, Nonprofit, Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Central Air conditioners, Chillers, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Heat pumps, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Motor VFDs, Motors, Programmable Thermostats, Evaporative Coolers, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Energy Evaluations, LED Lighting, Retro-Commissioning
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount T8/T5 Fluorescent Fixtures: $4-$18/system

High-Bay Fluorescent Fixtures: $40-$125/fixture
Hardwired/Modular/Industrial Multi-CFL Fixtures: 8 - $25/fixture
Pendant/Wall Mount/Recessed Indirect Fixtures: $24/4 ft. section
Ceramic Metal Halide Fixtures: $17-$45/fixture
Pulse-Start Metal Halide Fixtures: $25-65/fixture
Lighting Sensors: $12-$35/controls
LED/LEC Exit Signs: $6
Interior LED Lamps: $10-$25
LED Replacement of Linear Fluorescent Lamps: $25-$35/lamp
A/C Systems: $73-$92/ton
Variable Frequency Drives: $30/hp
Water Source Heat Pump Systems: $64/ton
Geothermal Heat Pump (replacement): $70/ton
Geothermal Heat Pump (new installation): $480/ton
Evaporative Coolers: $200-$500/unit
Chillers: $5-$20/ton + $2-$8/ton for each 0.1 kW/ton below minimum criteria
Motors: $10-$600/motor
Custom: $0.30/kWh savings
Non-Profit Energy Evaluation: $750/facility; $1500/customer
Retro-commissioning: 50%
New Construction Incentive: Contact Black Hills Energy
Design Team Incentive: $2000-$13,000
Small Business Direct Install Lighting: Up to 60% of cost for businesses with an average KW demand of 350kW or less per year

Equipment Requirements See program web site
Start Date 2010-07-01
Expiration Date 2013-12-31

Maximum Incentive All Incentives: 50% of equipment and labor cost

Custom: 50% of the incremental cost

Date added to DSIRE 2010-08-04
Last DSIRE Review 2013-08-16
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


Black Hills Energy offers multiple programs for its Colorado commercial and industrial customers to save electricity in their facilities. The commercial prescriptive rebate program provides standardized predetermined rebates to commercial customers that install or upgrade energy efficient equipment recommended by an energy evaluation. Eligible incentives include HVAC, motors, lighting and new construction.

Black Hills Energy also offers the custom rebate program to commercial and industrial customers for projects that reduce energy usage. Eligible projects include chillers, unitary HVAC equipment, refrigeration, and other energy saving measures not covered under the commercial prescriptive rebate program. The program allows the utility to either buy down the upgrades to a two-year payback or pay up to one-half of the incremental cost of the equipment. Contact the utility for more information on the custom program.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Black Hills Energy Commercial
Department Black Hills Energy

Address 1377 Motor Parkway Suite 401

Place Hauppauge, New York
Zip/Postal Code 11749
Phone (888) 567-0799


  • 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)"