Utility Rebate Programs Provide Powerful Incentive for Lighting Retrofits

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Commercial customers can benefit from rebate programs for energy efficiency.

Worldwide Energy finds that businesses looking to implement energy efficiency changes can benefit from several incentives. In fact, most utility companies provide rebates for energy efficiency projects such as lighting retrofits.

These programs help to reduce operating costs while increasing efficiency of commercial buildings by providing incentives to lower the cost of retrofit projects. Rebates and tax incentives are especially a great motivation for local businesses, says Worldwide Energy, a Lenexa-based energy solutions company.

The national Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT) is a federal incentive that provides businesses with tax deductions for the costs of improving the energy efficiency of commercial buildings.

"Utility rebates and tax incentives are another great reason to do a retrofit project," said Gaylen Davenport, president of Worldwide Energy. "It just makes sense for businesses to take advantage of this free money, especially since it may not be available next year."

The largest utility provider in the Kansas City metro area is Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) which offers rebates for commercial and residential customers. The KCP&L rebate program ended for Kansas customers in 2011, but rebates are still available for Missouri customers.

KCP&L provides three rebate programs: custom, prescriptive, and new construction. The programs offer rebates when customers purchase high-efficiency equipment for facilities. While the monetary incentives draw lots of interest, most customers are intimidated by the rebate filing process.

Worldwide Energy recommends working with a certified KCP&L auditor to ensure businesses get the most out of the rebate program, and to take advantage of the federal tax incentive. Delaying energy retrofits add to the overall cost of the projects, especially since new efficiency standards are being implemented every year. In fact, last year the Department of Energy banned the manufacture and import of T12 lighting in an effort to use more efficient technologies.

Increasing efficiency is fast becoming an essential business practice. In a recent Department of Energy study, operations accounted for as much as 60 percent of the life cycle cost of a building, so managing energy and operational efficiency is critical to maintaining a facility's overall value.

Worldwide Energy, Inc. (http://www.worldwideenergy.com) provides custom energy solutions for all types of energy efficient upgrades including lighting retrofits. As the single point of responsibility, we ensure our clients’ complete satisfaction. This includes the ability to design and certify efficiency projects to meet the DOE’s requirements and provide the comprehensive tax package to secure the client’s tax deduction along with procuring all available utility incentives.

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