2016 Energy Efficiency Business Rebates Program receives additional funding Update - October 17, 2016

Changes to the 2016 Energy Efficiency Business Rebates program

Good news. Our advice letter for additional funding has been approved by the CPUC which means that we’ll be able to resume payments for those projects that were completed and had applications submitted by the deadline, August 31st, 2016.

Please read the following for more information on how the additional funding affects the program 

  • No new applications are being accepted for the 2016 rebates program because the funding limit for 2016 Energy Efficiency Rebate Program has been reached.
  • The additional funding is to resume payments to customer whose projects were completed and had their applications submitted in time. Rebates for these customers still follow the guidelines that state:
    • Rebates are paid, to qualifying customers, on a first come, first serve basis until funds are no longer available.
    • Priority is determined by the date the complete rebate application and all required supporting documentation is received by SDG&E.
    • To qualify for rebates, you must be a business customer on a valid commercial, industrial or agricultural rate and be upgrading the efficiency of an existing building (no new construction).

Additional Information

*On Bill Financing, Agribusiness and Prop 39 application deadlines may slightly vary.

Questions & Answers

  • Q: Are there any reasons why the participation levels increased significantly?

    A: There are a number of reasons that we saw a huge increase in participation levels this year. 

    • LED fixtures: The market prices for these LED fixtures have been trending downwards over time, resulting in unprecedented demand for rebates.  
    • Increase in rebate program participation following a combination of rebate value reductions and subsequent elimination of LED measures across the state. 
    • The approval of Senate Bill 350, towards the end of 2015, includes the directive to double the energy efficiency goals by 2030. 
  • Q: Why and when did the rebate values change?

    A: The rebate values for energy efficiency measures are frequently evaluated for cost effectiveness based on market costs and other evaluation criteria.  With LED market prices trending downwards over time, the decision was made on August 1, 2016 to have rebate values reduced or removed on August 31, 2016 across the state to better align with product costs.  In response to this deadline, the trend of submitted applications rapidly increased and led to the announcement that the program will be fully subscribed for 2016 and that no additional 2016 applications will be accepted after August 31st. 

  • Q: When will the program be fully subscribed for 2016 and what is the impact?

    A:  Based on the number of applications submitted yet to be processed in addition to the number of applications we're forecasting to receive by August 31 the program funding cap for 2016 will be reached. For those that have already submitted an application please know that:

    • Applications received by the deadline will be processed for payment on a first come, first served basis until funds are no longer available.  
    • Once funds are no longer available, no additional rebate applications will be processed for payment in 2016 unless additional funding is approved.
  • Q: What do you consider a complete rebate application?

    A: A complete rebate application consists of:

    2016 Energy Efficiency Business Rebates application

    • All required fields accurately populated
    • Signed and dated by the customer

    Itemized Invoice

    • Accurately reflects proper measure codes, product description, quantities, etc.
    • Refer to the invoice guidelines if needed
    • Signed and dated by both the customer and Trade Professional (if applicable)

    Manufacturer Specification Sheets

    • Model numbers correlate with invoice
    • Product efficiency requirements listed as noted in the Terms & Conditions of the rebate product catalog(s)
  • Q: What if funds are exhausted before my submitted project is paid? Will I know if my application is being processed for payment in 2016?

    A: If funds are exhausted prior to processing your submitted qualified application, your application will be placed on a waiting list for evaluation for the 2017 program or for processing if additional funding becomes available, whichever comes first.

    A: A notification will be sent within 30 days to the contact email address(es) listed on applications received regarding the status of your submitted project. Projects submitted towards the end of the year may not be processed until the 2017 program begins.

  • Q: What if my completed project application is submitted after August 31, 2016?

    A: Projects planned/installed on or after September 1, 2016 may submit project documentation/information to SDG&E’s project waiting list.  Waitlisted projects will be held for evaluation for the 2017 program or for processing should additional funding become available, whichever comes first.  The projects on the waiting list submitted on or after September 1, 2016 will be subject to the published rebate values, program rules and guidelines that are in effect at the time your completed application is processed. 

    For example, if you submitted your application on November 4, 2016 and it is not reviewed until January 4, 2017 the application will processed based on the rebate value and program rules published at time of review.

  • Terms and Conditions

    This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by San Diego Gas & Electric Company under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. This program may be modified or terminated without prior notice and is provided to qualified customers on a first-come, first-served basis until program funds are no longer available. San Diego Gas & Electric Company is not responsible for any goods or services selected by the customer.