Volunteer Energy Cooperative - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program (Tennessee)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Tennessee

Name Volunteer Energy Cooperative - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Residential
Eligible Technologies Water Heaters, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount Water Heater: 30

New Efficient Home: 50

Eligible System Size Water Heater: Must be 40 gallons or more

Equipment Requirements Many design standards must be met to qualify for the whole-house rebate. See summary below.

Program Administrator Volunteer Energy Cooperative
Website http://www.vec.org/articles.aspx?categID=6
Date added to DSIRE 2006-09-19
Last DSIRE Review 2009-07-17

References DSIRE[1]


Volunteer Energy Cooperative, in collaboration with, The Tennessee Valley Authority, offers incentives for its residential customers to inhabit energy efficient homes through their energy right Program. Rebates are available for energy efficient water heaters and new energy right homes. New homes must meet the following program standards:

  • Home must have been completed for no more than 12 months
  • Home must be all-electric (electric heating and cooling, water heating, dryer, etc.)
  • Homes must be stick-built
  • Home must have a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rating of 83 or better, typically including…
    • R-30 insulation in the attic
    • R-19 insulation in a cathedral ceiling
    • R-13 insulation in outside walls
    • R-19 floor insulation
    • Windows with a U-value of .5 or lower (prefer low e glass)
    • Heat pump with a SEER rating of 12 or higher
    • Not more than 12.5% glass
    • Agree to a TVA approved inspection

To apply for the rebate, customers should complete the New Home Inspection form after permanent power is connected to the dwelling and the heating and cooling system is operational, and return it to their local VEC office or mail it to the VEC Marketing and Economic Development Department. Rebates will be disbursed as a credit on the customers' electric bill.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Marketing and Economic Development Department
Department Volunteer Energy Cooperative

Address PO Box 277

Place Decatur, Tennessee
Zip/Postal Code 37322
Phone (423) 334-1020

Email vec@vec.org
Website http://www.vec.org/

  • 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)"