Small Business Real-Time Energy Manager

Businesses with multiple locations can receive an incentive for installing the latest technology

The Small Business Real-Time Energy Manager gives businesses, with at least 3 locations, an incentive for installing a qualified energy management application. In addition to providing the business with the ability to enhance their facilities energy performance by seamlessly integrating automated demand response capabilities into the lighting, HVAC and energy management systems, this energy management application gives them the following added benefits:

  • Reporting and analytics: Better understanding of how to manage their energy across multiple locations and end uses
  • With better energy data businesses can make more informed decisions in regards to:
    • Pricing
    • Maintaining their participation and savings during Event Days
  • Improves system performance and productivity by automating system functions so that they work together more efficiently
  • Optimizes system performance which may reduce electricity consumption and could increase the bottom line

Requirements

In order to receive the incentive, businesses must:

  • Have a minimum of 3 locations, each with less than 20 kW peak demand
  • Install a qualified energy management software or cloud application
  • Enroll, if not already enrolled, and maintain registration in one of SDG&E's demand response programs (Capacity Bidding Program, Base Interuptible Program) for a period of 2 years

Incentive payments to the business can never exceed 50% of the project cost (capped at $10,000 max). The incentive is then paid at $200 per kW verified load drop. 

Examples:

  1. Business A has a cloud/software application installed for $12,000

    $12,000 x 50%= $6,000 (maximum amount that the business could receive for the entire project).

    The incentive to be received by/payment to the business (assuming that Business A has one of the following load shed results) would be:

    35kW @ $200/kW = $7000.00
    Incentive payment would only be $6,000  to the business (the lesser amount 50% of the project cost vs the load shed amount)

    6kW @ $200/kw = $1,200.00
    Incentive payment would only be $1,200 to the business(the lesser amount of the load shed vs 50% of the project cost)

  2. Business B has a cloud/software application installed for $30,000

    $30,000 x 50%= $15,000

    However, program rules state that $10,000.00 is the maximum you could get in this case.

    Then, assuming that Business B has one of the following load shed results. The incentive to be received by/payment to the business would be:

    35kW @ $200/kW = $7000.00
    Payment would only be $7,000 (the lesser amount of the load shed vs 50% of the project cost of $10k)

    4kW @ $200/kw = $800.00
    Payment would only be $800 (the lesser amount of the load shed vs 50% of the project cost of $10k)

    65kW @ $200/kW= $13,000
    Payment would only be $10,000 (the maximum amount allowed)

How to apply

You can contact trade professional alliance member or fill out the application.

Once your application is approved you will need to fill out the agreement.

  • Requirements
    • Systems should be ones which capture all of their locations’ energy usage and matches the usage with the effective TOU rate so that the customer can get a better understanding of the costs of running the energy portion of their business on a near real time basis.
    • Requires Load drop verification performed by SDGE or its agent
    • Two year DR program commitment.