Light Up Your Savings

Owners and operators of streetlights can earn rebates and incentives for upgrading existing lights with newer, energy-efficient LED or induction alternatives. Your upgrade project may also qualify for zero percent financing using SDG&E’s On-Bill Finance Option.

Apply

To apply for street light upgrade rebates and incentives, you will need to complete the rebate application and incentive sign up. If you are on the LS-2 rate, you will need to provide a lighting inventory showing current lights and new lights to be installed, including wattages.

For more information contact your Account Executive or contact our Energy Savings Center at 1-800-644-6133 or businessenergysavings@sdge.com.

  • Additional Information

    Is there a special rate for customers who install LED or Induction streetlights?
    Because SDG&E’s Schedule LS-2 rate can accommodate more efficient LED and Induction lighting technologies, there is no special rate for more efficient lighting. Instead, you simply need to advise SDG&E of any new lighting specifications.

    • For Customers on Schedule LS-2 (customer-owned lights)
      Customers can update their streetlight inventory with SDG&E to reflect any LED or Induction lights that may be purchased or installed so that they are billed at the new lower wattages for those specific lights. The LS-2 per-kWh-rate remains the same. However, customers should see significant savings on their bill for fixtures that are converted to these more energy efficient technologies with fewer kWhs being consumed. This is consistent with other utility rate structures in California.

      LS-2 customers should be aware that if an LED fixture with a variable milliamp driver is installed, SDG&E will need to bill at the higher driver setting wattage, unless the higher drivers are disabled. Many LED lamp manufacturers are aware of utility billing requirements and are offering to factory-disable the higher driver settings at the request of the customer, upon purchase. Be sure to ask your lighting manufacturer about this service. Note: If the higher drive settings on multi-drive fixtures are not disabled, your rebate or incentive may be reduced, since they are based on wattage or annual savings.
    • Customers on Schedule LS-3 (a metered rate which was closed to new accounts in 1979),
      Customers on this schedule or any other metered rates will also see savings should they convert their lights to these technologies. For billing purposes, there is no need for customers on LS-3 or other metered rates to notify SDG&E of their lighting retrofit, since they will be billed for their metered consumption, just as before. However, customers should check with SDG&E to see if they are eligible for incentives or rebates prior to purchasing these new lights.
  • Lighting fixture table for qualifying rebates

    You can earn cash rebates by upgrading the following types of lamps to either qualifying LED or Induction lamps (as noted):

    Current Fixture

    Changing to Qualifying:

    High Pressure Sodium

    LED or Induction

    Standard Metal Halide (not pulse start)

    LED or Induction

    Incandescent

    LED

    Mercury Vapor

    Induction

  • Lighting fixture table for qualifying incentives

    Current Fixture

    Changing to Qualifying:

    High Pressure Sodium

    LED or Induction

    Low Pressure Sodium

    LED or Induction

    Standard Metal Halide (not pulse start)

    LED or Induction

    Standard Metal Halide (pulse start)

    LED or Induction

    Mercury Vapor

    LED or Induction

    Incandescent

    LED or Induction

    SDG&E does not recommend one technology over another and recommends that customers research technologies given their specific circumstances and applications for lighting to determine which is best for their specific needs. Both Induction and LED technologies offer significant energy and bill savings in lieu of high-pressure sodium, low-pressure sodium, mercury vapor or metal halide lighting.

    Customers should be aware of which voltage their current streetlights are served from and work with us to determine if any pre-wiring upgrades are necessary prior to installation of LED or Induction lights. This would apply primarily to customers on the older “series” type lights and some customers on either the LS-2 and LS-3 street lighting rates.