CPS Energy - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebates (Texas)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Texas

Name CPS Energy - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebates
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Fed. Government, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, State Government, All Non-residential CPS Energy Customers
Eligible Technologies Central Air conditioners, Chillers, Heat pumps, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Motors, Windows, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Custom (pre-approval required)
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Lighting: varies widely by fixture and application

Central AC/Heat Pumps: $65/ton, $150/ton
Custom Programs: $0.08/kWh; $200 per peak kW

Eligible System Size AC: capacity of greater than 5 tons (all units combined)

No rebate is available when moving from a water-cooled chiller to an air-cooled chiller

Equipment Requirements Varies by technology

Maximum Incentive AC: 50% of project cost

Lighting: 50% of project cost

Program Budget $96 million through 2011 (total)

Program Administrator CPS Energy
Website http://www.cpsenergy.com/Commercial/Rebates/
Date added to DSIRE 2007-11-12
Last DSIRE Review 2012-08-21
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


CPS Energy, San Antonio's municipal electric utility, offers energy efficiency rebates for commercial electric customers. Rebates are available for several defined energy efficiency improvements, but may also be available for customized measures that reduce electricity demand. Rebates vary by the specific improvement measure employed.

The following types of improvements are not eligible to receive a rebate:

  • Plug loads (i.e., office equipment)
  • Self generation or cogeneration
  • Measures that rely on behavioral changes and require no capital investment
  • Fuel switching to electric
  • Measures receiving a rebate through other CPS Energy programs

All commercial rebate applications must be completed online. Equipment must be new and used equipment must not be used within the San Antonio service area. Generally, rebates are limited to 50% of the total cost. All applications require both a pre- and post- site inspection by CPS Energy personnel. In addition all improvements must exceed local, state, and national minimum efficiency standards and comply with all applicable codes and permits. The overall CPS efficiency rebate program is subject to funding limitations and annual expiration of details and guidelines. Customers should ensure the availability of rebate funds prior to purchasing or installing items. All commercial customers are also eligible for a low-cost energy audit on qualifying facilities. This process will identify areas of improvement for energy savings in participating facilities and recommend measures. These measures are often covered by the rebates listed above.

CPS Energy also offers rebates for residential energy efficiency measures, solar photovoltaic (PV), and solar thermal systems. Additional details, including application information, equipment requirements, and detailed incentive information can be found at the program web site listed at the top of this page.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Kenneth Gunn
Department CPS Energy

Address PO Box 1771

Place San Antonio, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 78296-1771
Phone (210) 353-2615
Phone 2 (210) 353-2728

Email ckgunn@cpsenergy.com
Website http://www.cpsenergysavers.com/

  • 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)"