Trade Professional News April/May 2017


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  • Non-Residential Lighting Update
  • 2017 Energy Efficiency Business Rebates Program
  • Trade Professional Participation Agreements
  • How SDG&E’s Technology Incentive Program Works
  • Save the Date – 2017 Energy Showcase Expo
  • Energy-Efficiency Tips for Your Business
  • Training Corner 
  • Resource & Tool Lending Library

Non-Residential Lighting Update

SDG&E’s Energy Efficiency Business Rebates Program has moved its lighting offers to a midstream delivery channel. The rebate for lighting products will be offered and paid directly to qualified, participating lighting distributors, who sell products at a reduced price. Customers will have two options to purchase lighting products: directly from participating distributors or by working with the contractor of their choice (who will purchase the products from the distributor). Trade Professionals who are working with business customers on lighting projects can purchase discounted lighting from participating distributors or become a distributor if their company meets the distributor eligibility requirements as defined in the Midstream participation agreement. The Program is accepting distributor requests starting on March 30, 2017. For more information, visit or email [email protected]

2017 Energy Efficiency Business Rebates Program

Thank you for your participation and efforts in creating a more sustainable community for local businesses. This year brings a new rebate program and other changes. Take a quick look below to see what’s new in 2017:

  1. Application Timeframe & Submission Deadline
    • Effective January 1, 2017, rebate project applications must be submitted within 30 days of the project’s installation date or final invoice date to qualify for rebate processing and payment.
    • Applications submitted outside the application timeframe will be subject to review. 
  2. HVAC Permit Closure Requirement
    • A new 2017 requirement from SB1414 legislation requires all projects with HVAC, heat pumps, and their related fans to submit proof of HVAC permit closure to receive a rebate or incentive.
  3. On-Bill Financing (OBF) Loan Term for Public Sector Customers
    • The maximum OBF loan term for government-funded customers is being increased from 10 to 15 years. To learn more about OBF and find the updated application and handbook, visit
  4. 2017 Product Catalog Update
    • Effective January 1, 2017, here are updates to products offered in 2017:

Product Code



Glass-Door Reach-In Freezer 15-29 ft3

New Rebate


Product Code



Glass-Door Reach-In Freezer 30-49 ft3

New Rebate


Product Code



501-1,000 lbs. per 24 hrs. Ice Machines

New Rebate


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Glass-Door Reach-In Freezer 50 ft3 and over

New Rebate


The following rebates are no longer offered in 2017:

402035 (Space Heating Boiler – Steam); 402036 (Space Heating Boiler – Water); 402037 (Space Heating Boiler – Large); 402041 (Processor Boiler – Steam); 402158 (Glass Door Reach-in Freezer < 15 ft3); 463325 (Refrigerated Warehouse, Floating Head Pressure, Variable Set-point – evap-cooled); and 463326 (Refrigerated Warehouse, Floating Head Pressure, Variable Set-point & Speed – evap-cooled)

For details, visit our Energy Efficiency Business Rebates webpage at

Trade Professional Participation Agreements

2017 Trade Professional Participation Agreements are available online. If you’ve participated in previous program cycles or are looking to participate in 2017, new Agreements are required. Participants must hold a license through the Contractors State License Board. Visit for more information on participation requirements.

How SDG&E’s Technology Incentive Program Works

We can help you educate your customers on how to maximize savings year round by purchasing and installing an automated Energy Management System (EMS) and by enrolling in SDG&E’s Technology Incentives Program.

As a Trade Professional, you know that talent alone doesn’t always close the deal. Superior customer service and expert technical knowledge is critical to the success of any business. The more you know about SDG&E’s programs and requirements, the more comprehensive the energy management solution you can present to your customer.

SDG&E’s Technology Incentive Program* provides incentives to businesses that purchase a qualifying energy management system. Businesses will have the ability to implement a customized load curtailment plan using pre-programming  to monitor and control energy use, optimize system performance and minimize energy costs.

Learn more by attending one of SDG&E’s Technology Incentives training classes. You can visit to register for a free class. 

For more information:

  • Visit the TI website at
  • Email [email protected]
  • Contact your SDG&E Account Executive
  • Call our Business Contact Center at 1-866-377-4735

*SDG&E’s Technology Incentive Program (TI) provides qualified business customers with incentives for the purchase and installation of qualifying automated demand response technologies. The program offers $200 per kW of verified load shed and covers up to 75% of the cost of buying and installing ADR equipment.

The program’s incentives are paid on a first-come, first-served basis until program funds are no longer available or until the program is terminated, whichever comes first. The program is administered by SDG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission and may be modified or terminated at any time.

Save the Date – 2017 Energy Showcase Expo

Please join us for the annual Energy Showcase Expo on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.  The event will be held at the San Diego Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience firsthand:

  • State-of-the-art energy solutions – browse new and exciting products, services and tools to help you manage energy use
  • An alternative fuel vehicle show – view a variety of different models and find the car that’s right for you
  • This year’s Energy Champions – learn what local businesses have done to make them leaders in energy savings

For more information, visit

Energy-Efficiency Tips for Your Business

  • Take advantage of technology
    • Replace manual thermostats with programmable thermostats, and turn down heating and cooling systems when the building is unoccupied. This is an easy way to lower your day-to-day energy costs. Learn more about  SDG&E’s smart thermostat program for businesses.
  • Get an energy assessment
  • Make small changes that create a big difference.
    • If lightbulbs need to be replaced, use more efficient, lower-wattage LED bulbs that produce equivalent or superior light quality. Repair broken windows and weather-strip or caulk windows and doors. Make sure lights and plug loads are turned off at night, and throughout the day when not needed.
  • Install low-emissivity coatings to windows
    • Low-E coating is a thin transparent coating of silver or tin oxide on the glass surface or on a suspended plastic film, which lets short-wavelength sunlight pass through, but blocks longer-wavelength heat radiation.
  • Install an ENERGY STAR labeled "Cool Roof"
    • Cool Roof materials reflect the sun’s energy away from a roof’s surface and help reduce energy costs by keeping attics and ducts cooler.

Training Corner

To stay competitive, it’s important to keep your industry knowledge current. Take advantage of our free seminars and trainings. To register for a session, visit


SDG&E Energy Innovation Center
4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92117




Trade Professional Essentials


April 6, May 4, June 1

Navigating Energy Efficiency Business Incentive Program – Tools for Submitting Your Projects Successfully


April 19

Leveraging Demand Response Solutions for Business Customers


May 18

Navigating the Energy Efficiency Business Rebates (EEBR) Programs


June 15


Resource & Tool Lending Library

Use our free Resource & Tool Lending Library to find a variety of energy-efficiency and sustainability-related educational resources. There are books, DVDs and more than 100 energy-measuring tools. Best of all, they’re available to check out and try at home. If you have questions, or would like to check-out a tool, book or DVD, contact the Energy Innovation Center at 1-858-496-7137. Below is our tool-of-the-month.


Extech 380803 Power Analyzer (Tool #145)

The Extech 380803 power analyzer and data logger offers great features in a compact easy-to-use package. The device to be tested plugs directly into the testing unit and offers four simultaneous LCD displays of watts, power factor or VA, voltage or Hz and amps. The tester uses True RMS voltage and current measurements of sine, square, triangular and distorted wave forms with a crest factor of < 5.

The Extech 380803 power analyzer is the perfect solution for many applications including measuring and auditing power consumption of single phase devices. The Extech 380803 power analyzer can also effectively evaluate the load performance under varying line conditions, demonstrate the effectiveness of power conservation efforts, and characterize device AC power requirements. 

To learn more, or borrow this tool or other reference materials at no cost, visit SDG&E’s Energy Innovation Center at 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117.