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Financial Incentive Program

Place Texas

Name CenterPoint Energy - Residential and Small Commercial Efficiency Program
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Fed. Government, Installer/Contractor, Low-Income Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Nonprofit, Residential, Retail Supplier
Eligible Technologies Boilers, Building Insulation, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Central Air conditioners, Dishwasher, Duct/Air sealing, Lighting, Refrigerators, Water Heaters, Windows
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount Standard Offer: $265/kW; $0.091/kWh

Ceiling Insulation: $500/kW; $0.20/kWh
Compact Fluorescent Lamps: $135/kW; $0.05/kWh
Central AC and HP Replacements: $477/kW; $0.16/kWh
Window AC Replacement Only: $494/kW; $0.33/kWh
Window AC Replacement + Duct Sealing: $477/kW; $0.284/kWh
Multi-Family Water and Space Heating: $200-$450
Home Performance Program: Up to $3,000
LED Incentives: In-store discounts
A/C Incentives: Dealer and installer discounts

Eligible System Size Multi-Family Water and Space Heating: 40-50 gallons

Equipment Requirements Lighting measure incentives paid should not exceed 65% of the total incentive payable.

Maximum Incentive Large Projects: $32,000

Low Income New Construction Projects: $25,000 Small Projects: $8,000

Program Budget $500,000 (Residential); $1.75 million (Hard to Reach)

Program Administrator CenterPoint Energy
Date added to DSIRE 2007-07-31
Last DSIRE Review 2012-12-07
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


CenterPoint Energy's (CNP) Residential and Small Commercial Standard Offer Program (SOP) provides incentives to encourage contractors to install energy efficiency measures in homes and small businesses in CNP's designated service area. Contractors who install energy efficiency measures at a facility that has a maximum demand of no more than 100 kW are eligible to participate in the program as a "project sponsor". Multiple facilities can aggregate projects, but must not have a maximum combined demand of more than 250 kW. All payments to project sponsors are based solely on kW and kWh savings. Examples of eligible projects include:

   Increasing insulation levels in the ceiling, wall or floor
   Installing energy efficient windows
   Repairing/replacing the air conditioning duct system
   Upgrading existing appliances to efficient appliances
   Weatherizing the home to reduce the loss of cool or heated air

Note that CenterPoint Energy is not a party to the agreement between the customer and the project sponsor. CNP pays all incentives directly to the project sponsors, not to customers. Project sponsors are not required to provide any direct incentives to customers, but are required to execute a contract with customers indicating that the project sponsor is participating in a CNP program and is receiving incentives for participating.

The Hard to Reach Program targets apartment complexes subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that provide housing for households with incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline. The Public Utility Commission of Texas requires that each utility meet at least 5 percent of its savings goal each year through programs targeted to this customer class. Check website: more restrictions apply.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Yolanda Slade
Department CenterPoint Energy

Address PO Box 1700

Place Houston, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 77251-1700
Phone (713) 207-7762


  • 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)"