Q. What is the TEP New Construction Program?
A. The TEP Commercial New Construction Program (“Program”) provides rebates to TEP’s non-residential customers for the installation of energy-efficiency equipment in new construction.
Q. Can anyone participate in the Program?
A. No. The program is only available to non-residential customers within the TEP service area.
Q. Which energy efficiency measures are covered under the Program?
A. Rebates are provided for qualified equipment commonly installed in new construction projects. There are no predetermined types of equipment that need to be included in the project. It is up to the customers to present their case for an energy efficient newly constructed building or energy efficient building design.
Q. How do I know if my building or design qualifies for a rebate?
A. Simply fill out an application and worksheet. You will need to compare your building or building design to an industry recognized design standard. This standard design will be referred to as a base case. If your building or design uses less energy than the base case, it is likely that you will qualify for a rebate.
Q. What is the base case design?
A. The base case refers to an industry standard, ASHRAE 90.1 2010, which is commonly used when designing and constructing new buildings. New buildings are required to be built to at least ASHRAE 90.1 2010 standards. Building above this standard typically results in a more energy efficient building.
Q. How do I sign up for the program?
A. It's easy! Complete the program application and follow the "How to Apply" steps listed on the application. Applications can be easily completed and downloaded from the tep.com website. Once on the website, click on the "Energy Efficiency" heading and then click on "Commercial Energy Efficiency". Finally, click on the "Application" link under the "New Construction" heading.
Q. Is there a limit to the amount of rebates that I can receive?
A. Yes. The program is designed to pay rebates for projects with a maximum rebate of 50 percent of each incremental measure cost. The maximum rebate amount that a customer can receive in a calendar year for a new building construction project is $75,000 per project.
Q. I understand that the TEP program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Is there a way that I can reserve funding in advance of the project installation?
A. Yes. In fact, submitting a pre-application is recommended. Simply download an application from the website and complete the "Pre Application" tab. Complete the application and submit it to TEP via email or postal service. Rebates for approved pre-notification applications will be secured for 120 days.
Q. I plan on applying for a rebate for a new building, but the building will not be done for another 3 months. Is there any way that I can receive an extension on my fund reservation over the 120-day period?
A. Probably. Extensions are granted on a case-by-case basis. To request an extension, contact the Commercial Energy Solutions team prior to the expiration of the 120-day reservation.
Q. Do I have to pre-notify to receive a rebate?
A. No. Once you have completed construction, you complete, sign, and submit a final application with the appropriate documentation. We do suggest that you send in a pre-notification application in order to reserve funding for your project. Funds are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Q. Can the customer rebate check be assigned to a third party?
A. Yes. A customer can designate on the application who is to receive the rebate check.
Q. When will I receive my rebate check?
A. Rebate checks will be issued in approximately six weeks of receipt of the final application and all necessary documentation.
Q. How do I get more information about the program?
A. It’s easy!
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Related New Construction Resources
U.S. Green Building Council "The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available.
Center for Small Business and the Environment
Department of Energy Building Codes DOE's Building Energy Codes Program is an information resource on national model energy codes.
2006 IECC Reference Guide
ASHRAE 90.1, 2004