On-Bill Financing works in conjunction with SDG&E's rebate and incentive programs. On-Bill Financing offers eligible customers zero-percent financing for qualifying energy-efficient business improvements.
Changes to On-Bill Financing
On-Bill Financing lighting restriction
On September 19, 2013, the California Public Utilities Commission (The Commission) issued a Final Decision Implementing 2013-2014 Energy Efficiency Financing Pilot Programs (pdf), which includes a significant change to the OBF program involving lighting projects. The Commission has ordered that projects with single end-use lighting measures that make up more than 20% of the project cost are no longer eligible for On-Bill Financing. Emerging lighting technologies will be exempt from the 20% restriction; however, the technologies that qualify for this exemption are not finalized.
Effective November 19, 2013, projects with basic lighting measures that make up more than 20% of the project cost are no longer eligible for On-Bill Financing. SDG&E and the other investor-owned utilities have asked The Commission to exempt emerging lighting technologies, or LED measures that qualify for an SDG&E rebate or an incentive, from this 20% rule. The utilities are expecting to obtain approval from The Commission on the exempted measures in December. Projects that are submitted on or after November 19, 2013 that have LED measures or a combination of Basic Lighting & LED measures making up more than 20% of a project cost won’t be issued a “notice to proceed” until The Commission approves the measures that are exempt from the 20% lighting rule. Once SDG&E receives approval, a “notice to proceed” will be issued for these projects. Government-funded customers are exempt from the 20% basic lighting restriction.
Projects that no longer qualify for On-Bill Financing are expected to qualify for a new finance offering also approved in the September 19, 2013, decision, called On-Bill Repayment. On-Bill Repayment will offer access to third-party financing from select financial institutions, and will include interest rates as set by the program and lenders. The loans will be repaid in monthly installments on the utility bill. On-Bill Repayment is expected to launch in the summer of 2014.
If you have any questions or concerns about the recent changes to On-Bill Financing, please contact our Energy Savings Center at 1-800-644-6133 or email at email@example.com.
How to Apply
Step 1 Check On-Bill Financing Eligibility (pdf)
Step 2 Complete the Application (pdf) and Supplemental Worksheet (xls)
Questions? Contact our Energy Savings Center at 1-800-644-6133 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources for Trade Professionals
If you are a trade professional, you are required to complete OBF Training and sign the Trade Professional Participation Guidelines in order to submit an application on a customer's behalf. You will also want to review the following:
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