Commercial HVAC

Commercial HVAC

HVAC systems are the primary energy consumers in commercial buildings. Improving the performance of your HVAC system not only saves energy, but can have a positive impact on your building occupants´ health, comfort, and productivity as well.

<h5>Eligible Equipment</h5><div class="table-wrap"> <table> <tr> <th width="58">Unit<br> Code</th> <th width="316">Equipment Type<br>(Split or Package)</th><th width="120">Size<br>(tons)</th> <th width="277">Minimum Cooling Efficiency</th> <th width="280">Minimum Heating Efficiency</th><th width="156"> Incentive</th></tr> <tr> <td>AC1</td> <td>Air Conditioner</td> <td>< 20</td> <td>15.0 SEER or 14 IEER</td><td>n/a</td> <td>$15/ton</td></tr> <tr> <td>AC2</td> <td>Air Conditioner - Variable Capacity</td><td>< 20</td> <td>*</td> <td>*</td> <td>$30/ton</td></tr> <tr> <td>AS1</td> <td>Air Source Heat Pump</td><td nowrap>< 20</td> <td>14.0 SEER or 12.2 IEER</td> <td>8.5 HSPF or 3.3 COP</td> <td>$40/ton</td></tr> <tr> <td>AS2</td> <td>Air Source Heat Pump</td><td nowrap>< 20</td><td>15.0 SEER or 14 IEER</td><td>8.5 HSPF or 3.3 COP</td> <td>$80/ton</td></tr> <tr> <td>AS3</td> <td>Air Source Heat Pump - Variable Capacity</td><td>< 20</td> <td>*</td> <td>*</td> <td>$100/ton</td></tr> <tr> <td>WLHP</td> <td>Water Source Heat Pump</td> <td>Any</td> <td>**</td> <td>**</td> <td>$100/ton</td></tr> <tr> <td>GHP</td> <td>Geothermal Heat Pump (ground source or open loop)</td> <td nowrap>Any</td> <td>**</td> <td>**</td> <td>$220/ton</td></tr> </table > </div> <p><br> <br> * Provide documentation that shows manufacturer, model number and that states the equipment is &quot;inverter driven&quot;.<br> ** Any efficiency rating qualifies on water-to-air and water-to-water units.</p> <p>WLHP -- Water Source Heat Pump (typically boiler/cooling tower applications); GHP -- Geothermal Heat Pump (open loop, earth, or pond coupled)</p> <p> Table implies new matched indoor and outdoor components. If different, contact your electric utility<br><br> Equipment efficiencies are full load ratings according to test procedures and conditions specified in ASHRAE Standard 90.1 – Energy Standard for Building Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and the following standards as applicable: AHRI/ISO 13256-1 – Water-to-Air and Brine-to-Air Heat Pumps, AHRI/ISO 13256-2 – Water-to-Water and Brine-to-Water Heat Pumps, and ANSI/AHRI Standard 1230 – Performance Rating of Variable Refrigerant Flow Multi-Split Air-Conditioning and Heat Pump Equipment. COP ratings are at 47&#176;F.<br><br> </p>


  • Visit with your electrical utility to discuss your project and pick up an application form. An application form is also available on-line, which makes calculating incentives easy.
  • Select a contractor and install HVAC equipment that meets the criteria identified in the table to the right.
  • Complete an application form after the installation is complete and the terms and conditions are satisfied.
  • Submit the signed application (along with proof of purchase identified in the terms and conditions) to your local utility for the incentive within three months of the installation.)


The following guidelines will generally apply. Exceptions will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

  • All HVAC equipment must be new and permanently installed in new or existing nonresidential or master-metered multifamily buildings.
  • Qualifying equipment must meet both cooling and heating (if applicable) efficiency levels as shown in the table and must be rated at the most recent AHRI standards. Water source, open loop, and closed loop ground source heat pumps can be water-to-air heat pumps or water-to-water heat pumps.
  • An incentive payment will be paid to the customer after the equipment is installed, operational, and with the following completed: air and water balancing, installation and calibration of control system, and training of customer’s maintenance personnel.
  • Indoor and outdoor components must be matched.
  • Incentives greater than $5,000 must be pre-approved by the local electric utility to guarantee availability of funds.
  • Program is subject to the Terms and Conditions as outlined on the application and the General Guidelines.

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