Energy Efficient Lighting

Abby Harder and Emily Beard 6/2/2016

Introduction

light blubIn 2007, Congress passed the bi-partisan Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), which included higher efficiency standards for light bulbs.

The goal was to take advantage of new lighting technologies to decrease consumer bills while increasing energy security and resilience. New lighting technologies, such as LED and compact fluorescent light bulbs, last longer and use less energy than the traditional incandescent bulbs that previously dominated the market. The Act requires lighting to be at least 27 percent more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, which requires manufacturers to use different technologies to meet the standard, including halogen incandescent, compact fluorescent and LED technologies.

Consumers, commercial enterprises and government buildings can reduce energy and maintenance costs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and LED (light emitting diodes), which use less energy and last far longer than the incandescent bulbs they replace.

Many states have enacted legislation offering incentives to residential, government, commercial and agricultural consumers who choose energy-efficient lighting technologies. States are interested in promoting efficiency to promote economic development, since the less businesses and consumers spend on energy bills, the more they can invest in the economy.

Also, energy efficiency improvements, such as lighting upgrades, can result in large reductions in energy demand when spread across a utility’s territory, reducing the pressure to build new power plants, lowering transmission line congestion, which will ultimately be reflected in lower energy bills for ratepayer. Lighting upgrades can create savings for state and local governments, consumers and businesses money very quickly, since increasing lighting efficiency investments provides very quick payback.

Many state governments have created programs to educate consumers about the energy savings potential of lighting upgrades and to help finance the up-front costs of upgrading their old lighting systems. Since upfront costs are often the largest barrier to efficiency upgrades, rebate and financing programs enables a larger number of businesses and consumers to take advantage of efficiency’s benefits.

Lighting Options

Several new lighting technologies—including halogen incandescent, compact fluorescent and LED lighting—currently provide energy savings of up to 75 percent compared to traditional incandescent lighting bulbs.

Traditional Incandescent Lighting

Traditional bulbs produce light by using electric current to heat a wire filament until it starts to glow—90 percent of the energy used by the bulb is lost as heat, making them very inefficient.

Energy- Saving Incandescent Lighting

Energy-saving incandescent bulbs increase bulb efficiency by using halogen gas in the bulb. By law, these new bulbs must use at least 27 percent less energy and will last up to three times longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs.

Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)

CFLs are simply compact versions of the fluorescent lighting commonly founding household garages and commercial warehouses. CFLs use less electricity to produce light than traditional incandescent lighting, resulting in a 75 percent total energy savings. CFLS can also last up to ten times longer than traditional light bulbs, lowering replacement costs.

Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

LEDs are a type of solid-state lighting that use semiconductors to convert electricity into light. Though LEDs have traditionally been used for traffic lights and car-indicator lights, this highly efficient technology has recently been adapted for use in a variety of other technologies.The most efficient LEDs use only 20–25 percent of the energy of traditional light bulbs and can last more than 20 years. Though this technology is not yet available for every lighting need, LEDs are rapidly evolving and are expected to represent 25-35 percent of the lighting market by 2025. Currently, they can be used to replace 40W, 60W and 75W traditional incandescent bulbs, reflector bulbs often used in recessed fixtures and small track lights, including holiday lights.They are also becoming more popular as industrial lighting.  Because LED lights last so much longer than traditional lighting options, they reduce not only the cost and waste associated with traditional bulbs, but can eliminate the labor costs associated with replacing traditional bulbs in difficult to reach areas, such as public streetlights, traffic signals and commercial overhead lighting.

Energy-Efficient Lighting Incentives

A variety of different governmental and non-governmental entities offer consumer lighting incentives, often as a result of state efficiency requirements. Incentive programs are run by utilities; federal, state and local governments; and through public-private partnerships.

Federal Government Incentives

In 2014 the Department of Energy established the Better Buildings Outdoor Lighting Accelerator (OLA) as a means of providing technical assistance to municipalities and other public agencies, in order to overcome the particular set of barriers each faced in upgrading their street lights to modern, high-performance systems. Partners included states, cities, and regional energy networks that have upgraded street lighting systems or at minimum assessed the feasibility of a conversion project. The goal of the OLA was to work collaboratively with partners and other stakeholders to mitigate or remove technical, financial, and regulatory or utility tariff barriers to broad scale deployment of the preferred high performance technology using light emitting diode (LED) street lighting systems and controls. A compendium of tools and resources to help municipalities with street lighting conversion planning and implementation can be found in the OLA Toolkit. The OLA concluded in December 2016, and partner profiles briefly describe conversion experience and reports on the progress of these efforts to date.  A summary of the OLA Accomplishments describe what partners were able to achieve during the OLA period and a more detailed assessment of barriers have been captured in The Outdoor Lighting Accelerator: Lighting the Way Forward.

The Federal National Mortgage Association provides a financial incentive through the Fannie Mae Multifamily Green Financing Business by including financing for energy and water efficiency property improvements in mortgage financing for multifamily properties and cooperatives.

State Government Incentives

Thirty-six states have incentivized the use of energy efficient lighting through rebate, loan or tax-incentive programs. These programs generally take the form of energy efficiency incentives that cover lighting among a broad array of efficiency approaches. States have enacted legislation authorizing programs that provide low interest loans for energy efficiency projects or offer grants or rebates. For example:

  • Alabama’s Local Government Energy Loan Program offers zero-interest loans to public schools and universities for energy efficiency improvement projects that will pay back in utility savings. Upgrades eligible for funding include heating and cooling equipment, insulation improvements, water-saving efficiency measures and energy efficient lighting upgrades.
  • Illinois offers a variety of lighting incentive programs, including an energy efficient living grant that provides low-income housing residents and public housing authorities efficiency upgrade grants and a public sector energy efficiency program that provides rebates for public sector entities that install energy-efficient equipment and lighting for in their buildings.

A few states offer lighting-specific incentives in the form of consumer rebates or tax holidays for the purchase of certain energy efficient lighting products.

The following map shows which states currently have energy-efficiency incentive programs that include lighting incentives:

Lighting incentives map

Additionally, most states have implemented energy efficiency standards for public buildings, requiring them to use energy efficient lighting. 

Public Benefit Funds

Many states have public-benefit funds dedicated to promoting energy efficiency. These funds are usually funded through a mandatory service charge on consumer electricity bills or through mandatory contributions by utilities. The funds are then used for energy efficiency purposes, including lighting rebate and efficiency loan programs. In some states, like California, the funds used to finance energy programs are administered by investor-owned utilities and regional energy networks. Other states, including Maine and New Jersey, use the money collected by the public-benefit program to operate state efficiency programs run by non-utility entities. Thirty states have public-benefit funds that support energy efficiency programs. Many programs have found that for every dollar invested by their public benefit fund, two dollars or more are returned in savings and other benefits.

Local Government Incentives and PACE programs

Many local governments offer grants, loans or other incentives to encourage consumers to upgrade to energy efficient appliances and lighting; for example, the City of Winter Park in Florida offers rebates to residential and commercial customers who upgrade to energy efficient technologies, including indoor lighting improvements. Many states have also authorized Property Accessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, allowing property owners to finance energy efficiency upgrades through assessments on their tax bill.   

Utility Incentive Programs

Many local and regional utilities offer incentive programs to their customers who upgrade to energy-efficient technologies, including lighting technology, offering consumers product rebates or low-interest loans. These programs may be authorized or mandated by the state, such as through an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard, and may be funded through public benefit surcharges or directly by the utility.

Enacted Legislation

The following chart displays enacted energy-efficient lighting legislation from 2013 to 2016. Legislation from 2013-2104 reflected requirements for energy efficiency for outdoor lighting, specifically in regards to state-owned or state-funded outdoor lighting and sales tax exemptions for energy efficient light bulb purchases on designated days. States enacted four bills in 2015 and one Executive Order. One state enacted legislation in 2016. Noted trends are energy efficiency financing programs and state efforts to encourage energy efficiency.

 

Table 1: Enacted Legislation, 2013-2016 (As of May 23, 2016)

State

Bill (Year)

Summary

Alabama

Senate Bill 220 (2015)

This bill enables Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, allowing counties and municipalities to issue financing for energy-efficient improvements through assessments on a building owner’s property tax bill. Lighting efficiency projects qualify under this bill.

Arkansas

Senate Bill 869 (2015)

This bill provides enabling legislation for a municipality or a county to issue energy efficiency project bonds. The bonds may be used to finance energy efficiency projects that provide savings by reducing energy consumption or operational cost, and to purchase and install energy efficiency projects. Lighting projects are included under the bill.

Kentucky

House Bill 100 (2015)

This bill enables Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, allowing counties and municipalities to issue financing for energy-efficient improvements through assessments on a building owner’s property tax bill. Lighting efficiency projects qualify under this bill.

Maryland

House Bill 786 (2014)

Legislation adds LED light bulbs to the list of Energy Star products exempt from the sales and use tax during President's Day weekend each year. Act also automatically expires the tax holiday after three years, in 2017.

Nebraska

Legislative Bill 1012 (2016)

This bill enables Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, allowing counties and municipalities to issue financing for energy-efficient improvements through assessments on a building owner’s property tax bill. Lighting efficiency projects qualify under this bill.

Rhode Island

House Bill 5935; Senate Bill 836 (2013)

Legislation created the Municipal Streetlight Investment Act, which authorizes municipalities to purchase street lighting from electric distribution companies. Benefits stated in the legislation include cost reduction and increased access to energy-efficient lighting technology.

Rhode Island

Executive Order 15-17 (2015)

This Executive Order establishes a renewable energy and an energy efficiency goal for state facilities. The order directs the state to procure 100% of its electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2025, and reduce energy consumption by at least 10% below 2014 levels by 2019. The executive order was directed in accordance to the Resilient Rhode Island Act, which includes a voluntary goal for the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 45% below 1990 levels by 2035 and to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. Lighting efficiency projects qualify under this order.

Rhode Island House Bill 5900 (2015) Legislation extends an existing public benefits charge to fund renewable energy and energy efficiency programs by an additional five years, through 2017.

 

State-by-State Lighting Incentives

The following table displays current programs in 36 states incentivizing the purchase and installation of energy efficient lighting. Twenty-seven states have enacted state loan programs that offer low or zero interest loans for lighting and other energy efficiency improvements; 12 have enacted rebate programs to reimburse consumers for energy-efficient lighting upgrades; eight have grant programs that give money to state and local government agencies, non-profits and other entities for lighting improvements; and five states have sales tax exemptions or “holidays” for the purchase of energy efficient appliances, including lighting.

For an update on 2015 state action, please visit our 2015 Energy Efficiency Legislative Update. For an update on 2014 state action, please visit our 2014 Energy Efficiency Legislative Update.

The box below allows you to conduct a full text search or use the dropdown menu option to select a state. 

Table 2: State Lighting Incentives
State Program/ Authorization Incentive Type Description

Alabama

Alabama SAVES Revolving Loan Program

State Loan Program

Program provides large loans to businesses and industrial projects located in Alabama to retrofit existing locations with more energy-efficient technologies, including upgraded lighting.

Local Government Energy Loan Program

State Loan Program

Program offers zero-interest loans to schools, local government, and public colleges and universities for energy efficiency improvement projects that will pay back in utility savings, including lighting upgrades.

Alaska

No state-sponsored programs

 

Some local utilities in Alaska offer lighting incentive programs.

American Samoa

No state-sponsored programs

 

No utility-sponsored lighting efficiency programs

Arizona

No state-sponsored programs

 

Arizona currently has no state-sponsored lighting incentives; however, many large Arizona utility companies have implementing financing and rebate programs for customers who wish to upgrade to more energy-efficient lighting.

Arkansas

Sustainable Building Design Revolving Loan Fund

State Loan Program

Program administers loans to state buildings with energy efficiency projects budgeted at over $250,000. Lighting is listed as a project component eligible for funding.

California

Energy Efficiency Financing for Public Sector Projects

State Loan Program

Program allows public sector entities to apply for interest free and low interest loans to finance energy efficiency improvement projects in their buildings. Examples of eligible projects include indoor lighting systems, outdoor street lighting and LED traffic signals.

   

California also has broad lighting incentives available through local government and utility providers.

Colorado

No state-sponsored programs

 

Several local governments and utilities in Colorado offer lighting and other efficiency incentive programs.

Connecticut

Commercial and Industrial Rebate Program

State Rebate Program

Consumers who implement energy efficiency technologies (including lighting) in their buildings that result in energy conservation during peak hours are eligible for a rebate under this Connecticut program. The rebate is based on the amount of kilowatt-hours (kWh) saved during peak hours.

Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Energy-Efficient Products; Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412k

State Sales Tax Exemption

In Connecticut, residential weatherization products are exempt from the state's sales and use tax. CFLs are included as residential weatherization products; only products bought in-store are eligible for the tax exemption.

   

Several local governments and various utilities in Connecticut offer lighting and other efficiency incentive programs.

Delaware

Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) - Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

State Rebate Program

Program offers a rebate for 50 percent off a whole home energy assessment, including limited free energy efficiency upgrades (such as the installation of CFL lighting) by a certified energy inspector. The program also allows for a 50 percent rebate for energy-efficient appliance installation and limited loan financing for improvements.

District of Columbia

Business Energy Rebate Program

State Rebate Program

Under this program, rebates are available to businesses and institutions for the installation of new energy-efficient equipment including new energy-efficient lighting.

Florida

No state-sponsored programs

 

Florida has multiple utility-backed energy incentive programs that include lighting for both commercial and residential purposes.

Georgia

Clean Energy Tax Credit (Corporate); Ga. Code §48-7-29.14

State Tax Credit

Program creates personal and corporate tax credits for renewable energy equipment and energy-efficient equipment installed and placed into service. This tax credit may include up to $0.60/square foot for lighting projects.

Georgia Cities Foundation - Green Communities Revolving Loan Fund

State Loan Program

Program consists of a revolving loan fund providing low-interest loans to businesses located within the city limits of any city in Georgia for energy improvements, including lighting upgrades. To qualify, the total energy improvements must either result in a 20 percent reduction in building energy use or have a 10-year return on investment.

Sales Tax Exemption for Energy-Efficient Products (Sales Tax Holiday); Ga. Code Ann. §48-8-3

State Sales Tax Exemption

Georgia has multiple utility-backed energy incentive programs that include lighting for both commercial and residential purposes.

Guam

Weatherization Assistance Program

State Rebate Program

This program provides free weatherization services for low-income residents, including the free installation of energy-efficient CFL lighting.

Financial Incentives for Building Improvements

State Grant Program

This program provides funding to five pre-selected non-profit organizations in Guam for energy efficiency improvements.

LED & other energy-efficient Lighting Grant Program

State Grant Program

This program provided funding to retro-fit lighting along highways and major suburban roadways with LED lighting.

Hawaii

Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

State Rebate Program

The program offers incentives for a variety of energy efficiency measures installed in businesses, including lighting efficiency upgrades. Specifically, the program offers lighting rebates for lighting occupancy sensors, CFL lamps, LED refrigerated lighting, LED non-dimmable lamps and LED dimmable lamps.

GreenSun Hawaii

State Loan Program

Through this program, banks and lenders in Hawaii are incentivized to provide loans for residential and commercial property owners to make energy efficiency updates to their properties. Non-residential property owners are eligible to use loans to finance lighting retrofits or energy efficiency updates.

Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

State Rebate Program

This program offers instant in-store rebates for the purchase of CFL light bulbs to residential electric utility ratepayers who live in their homes year-round.

Idaho

Low-Interest Energy Loan Programs

State Loan Program

This program offers low-interest rate loans for energy efficiency improvements, including lighting projects.

       

Illinois

Efficient Living Construction Grant; Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 20, §687/6-6

This program is currently closed and not accepting applications.

State Grant Program

Under this program, grants are provided to non-profit and for-profit housing developers for use in building energy-efficient affordable housing. Developers may receive grants to offset the cost of upgrading or building new housing with energy-efficient technologies (including LED lighting) rather than with traditional construction materials.

Efficient Living Energy Grant

State Grant Program

This program provides grants to public housing authorities and their residents for energy-efficient upgrades in existing buildings. Eligible projects include interior and exterior lighting improvement.

Green Energy Loans

State Loan Program

This program allows Illinois business owners, non-profit organizations and local governments to apply for loan rate reductions through the State Treasurer's Office. Eligible candidates must first receive a loan from a participating bank for the purposes of an energy efficiency project or upgrade (including lighting upgrades). Once approved, the state may directly subsidize the loan through the bank, which will pass on the savings in the form of an interest rate reduction to the borrower.

Public Sector Energy Efficiency Programs; Ill. Rev. Stat ch. 220 §5/12-103

State Rebate Program

Under this program, local, state and federal governments; public school districts; community colleges; and universities may receive rebates for the purchase of certain energy-efficient equipment, including high efficiency lighting.

Public Sector New Construction and Retrofit Program; Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 220 §5/8-103

State Grant Program

This program offers public sector grants for large scale new construction and renovation projects that result in efficiency improvements in buildings, equipment and processes. Eligible efficiency projects include LED lighting projects and upgrades.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project Financing; Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 20 §3501

State Bond Program

This program provides funding to commercial and non-profit entities (including schools and community colleges) for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, including lighting projects.

School Energy Efficiency Grant Program

State Grant Program

This program provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants for energy efficiency programs in Illinois schools. Grant awards may be up to $250,000 and may be used for energy-efficient lighting projects.

Indiana

No state-sponsored programs

 

Indiana has multiple utility-backed energy incentive programs that include lighting for both commercial and residential purposes.

Iowa

IADG Energy Bank Revolving Loan Program

State Loan Program

Program offers low-interest loans for energy efficiency improvement projects, including lighting upgrades.

Iowa Energy Bank; Iowa Code §473.19

State Loan Program

This program offers one percent financing options for public facilities to finance energy efficiency projects, including lighting upgrades. The loans are designed to be repaid using energy efficiency savings.

Kansas

Facility Conservation Improvement Program

State Loan Program

This program offers financing for public building energy efficiency improvements, including lighting upgrades.

Efficiency Kansas 2.0

State Loan Program

This program provides low-interest loans for homeowners and small business owners for energy efficiency improvements.

Efficiency Kansas-Lighting

State Loan Program

This program provides loans for energy-efficient lighting upgrades to small businesses.

Kentucky

Energy Efficiency Loans for State Government Agencies; Kentucky S.B. 70

State Loan Program

Under this program, state government entities are eligible to apply for three different loan programs to finance various energy efficiency building improvements. Lighting projects are eligible for funding; however, the minimum loan amount is $50,000.

Energy Efficiency Tax Credits (Corporate); Ky. Rev. Stat. §141.435

Tax Credit

Under this program, taxpayers that install certain energy-efficient technologies (including energy-efficient lighting) on commercial property are eligible for a 30 percent tax credit (up to $500) against individual, corporate income or limited liability income taxes or for the purchase of interior lighting system equipment.

Energy Efficiency Tax Credits (Personal); Ky. Rev. Stat. §141.435

Tax Credit

This program gives a 30 percent state income tax credit for taxpayers who install certain energy efficiency measures (including energy-efficient lighting) on their principal residence or residential rental property. The tax credit may not exceed $500.

On Farm Energy Efficiency & Production Grants

State Grant Program

This program offers grants to assist farms in incorporating energy-efficient technologies, including energy-efficient lighting.

Louisiana

Home Energy Loan Program (HELP)

State Loan Program

This program subsidizes financing for homeowners who seek loans to finance energy efficiency improvements throughout their homes (including lighting improvements). The subsidies result in lower interest rates on the loans given by private lenders throughout the state.

Maine

Efficiency Maine Business Program

State Rebate Program

This program provides cash incentives to non-residential building improvements for qualified lighting and other efficiency upgrades. Lighting incentives range form $18-$125 per lighting fixture.

Efficiency Maine Residential Lighting Program

State Rebate Program

Program provides rebates of $1.25/bulb for residential consumers who wish to upgrade to more energy-efficient lighting. Rebates generally given by retailer at place of sale.

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Multifamily Energy Efficiency and Housing Affordability Program State Loan Program Program increases energy efficiency of multifamily homes of low and moderate income households. DHCD provides low cost loans to fund energy retrofits in affordable multifamily projects that result in greater than 30% energy reduction. 
Mathias Agricultural Energy Efficiency Grant program State Grant Program This program provides grants to farms and businesses in agricultural sector to offset 50% of the cost of energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades. The program is open to farms and businesses in agricultural sector for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that have total cost of at least $20,000. Eligible sectors may include, but not limited to dairy, orchard, poultry, greenhouse, processor, sawmill, aquaculture and others. Projects must save energy through installation of energy efficiency measures, or implement renewable energy in conjunction with energy efficiency measures.

Maryland

Be SMART Home Efficiency Loan Program

State Loan Program

This program offers loans up to $15,000 for homeowners to upgrade to more energy-efficient technologies and appliances, including lighting upgrades.

Be SMART Multi-Family Efficiency Loan Program

State Loan Program

This program offers loans for energy efficiency improvements (including lighting upgrades) in multi-family residential rental properties in targeted Maryland communities. The program also establishes a loan-loss reserve fund to encourage private lenders to make similar loans available.

EmPOWER Maryland Low Income Energy Efficiency Program

State Rebate Program

This program provides free energy efficiency upgrades to homeowners (or qualifying renters) whose annual household income that is less than or equal to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Homeowners who qualify receive an energy audit on their home; efficiency improvements (including lighting) are then selected by the auditor and installed at no cost to the resident.

Sales Tax Holiday for Energy-Efficient Appliances; Md. Tax-General Code §11-226

Sales Tax Exemption

This law provides for a sales tax holiday for qualifying energy-efficient technologies, including appliances and energy-efficient lighting. During the designated period, qualifying products are exempt from the 6 percent state sales and use tax.

State Agency Loan Program

State Loan Program

This program provides interest-free loans to state agencies for energy efficiency improvements in state facilities. The loans are repaid using the savings from the agency's utility budget resulting from the efficiency upgrades.

Massachusetts

No state-sponsored programs

 

Massachusetts has a variety of utility-sponsored efficiency incentive programs, many of which include lighting upgrades. Many are funded by Massachusetts public-benefit fund and other regional partnerships.

Michigan

 

Energy Efficiency Grants State Grant Program These grants provide funding for energy efficient activities and projects. Eligible projects may include activities such as providing education/outreach and technical assistance to communities and businesses on energy efficiency topics, utility bill analysis and Energy Star benchmarking, energy evaluations and audits, demonstrations of commercially available energy efficiency technologies and other activities that promote energy efficiency as an affordable, reliable, adaptable and environmentally protective energy solution.

BetterBuildings for Michigan

State Rebate Program

This program offers incentives and loans to residents of specified Michigan communities for energy efficiency upgrades to their homes (including lighting upgrades).

Energy Revolving Loan Fund - Public Entities; Mich. Comp. Laws §460.911

State Loan Program

This program provides loans to local government entities for energy-efficient systems upgrades and renewable energy systems, including lighting upgrades.

Minnesota

Home Energy Loan Program

State Loan Program

This program offers low interest loans to homeowners who wish to make energy efficiency improvements on their properties.

Mississippi

Energy-Efficiency Lease Program

State Leasing Program

This program allows public institutions to lease-purchase energy-efficient equipment from the Energy Division of the Mississippi Development Authority, including lighting equipment.

Missouri

Energy Revolving Fund Loans

State Loan Program

This program provides loans for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for public use and government buildings. Loan amounts are calculated based on projected energy cost savings, which are then used to repay the loan. Eligible projects include lighting upgrades.

Montana

No state-sponsored programs

 

Montana has several utility-sponsored efficiency incentive programs.

Nebraska

Dollar and Energy Savings Loans

State Loan Program

Through this program, the State Energy Office partners with local financial institutions to provide low-interest loans for residential and commercial energy efficiency improvements, including lighting projects.

Nevada

No state-sponsored programs

 

Nevada has several utility-sponsored efficiency incentive programs

New Hampshire

Enterprise Energy Fund Grants

State Grant Program

This program offers loans for commercial enterprises and nonprofits for energy efficiency upgrades, including lighting upgrades. The program also offers limited energy efficiency grants to provide essential nonprofits with energy efficiency upgrades that will lower their utility bills.

Enterprise Energy Fund Loans

State Loan Program

This program offers loans for commercial enterprises and nonprofits for energy efficiency upgrades, including lighting upgrades.

Municipal Energy Reduction Fund

State Loan Program

This program provides municipalities with loans to invest in energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy resources. A variety of different projects are eligible for funding, including lighting upgrades. Loans are structured to be paid back with efficiency savings.

New Jersey

ENERGY STAR Homes Program

State Rebate Program

This program offers rebate incentives to homes that are built or remodeled to Energy Star efficiency specifications (including applicable energy-efficient lighting standards).

Energy Star Product Rebates

State Rebate Program

Program offers mail-in rebates for New Jersey residents who purchase energy-star and certain other certified appliances, including lighting upgrades. To be eligible for a rebate, consumers must be customers of an electric utility that collects the Societal Benefits Charge on customer bills (a public benefits charge).

New Jersey Comfort Partners Program

State Rebate Program

This program provides free energy-efficient products and installation to residents with significant energy usage and an income at or below 225 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Customers must first consent to a free comprehensive energy analysis of their home; upgrades will depend on the results of this analysis. Products offered include lighting upgrades.

New Jersey SmartStart Buildings - Direct Install Program

State Rebate Program

Through this program, rebates are provided for new construction and retrofit projects in designated New Jersey areas for energy efficiency appliances and lighting. Rebate amounts are based on the size, type and potential efficiency savings of the product.

New Jersey SmartStart Buildings - New Construction and Retrofits

State Rebate Program

 

New Jersey SmartStart Buildings - Pay for Performance Program

State Rebate Program

 

New Mexico

Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Bond Program; N.M. Stat. 6-21D-1

State Bond Program

This state-wide program allows for the sale of tax-exempt bonds to finance energy efficiency improvements, including lighting, in state government buildings and public schools.

New York

 

Clean Energy Fund State Grant Program The Clean Energy Fund has adopted a flexible goal from 2016 to 2025 to achieve88 million MW of renewable energy, 133 million tons of CO2e reductions, $39 billion in customer bill savings and stimulate $29 billion in private investment. Lighting technologies are eligible.

Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program

State Rebate Program

This program offers a variety of incentives for energy efficiency improvements (including lighting improvements) on farms. Only upgrades related to farm operations are eligible; home efficiency improvements are not eligible for incentives.

Assisted Home Performance Grants

State Grant Program

This program provides grants to low-income residents for up to 50 percent of the cost of energy efficiency improvements (including lighting). Only consumers making 80 percent or below the median state or county income (whichever is higher) are eligible.

EmPower New York

State Grant Program

This program provides grants to low-income residents living in buildings with 100 or fewer units for cost-effective electric reduction measures. The program focuses on energy-efficient lighting and appliance upgrades.

Energy Smart Multifamily Performance Program

State Rebate Program

This program provides rebates for new construction projects that incorporate energy-efficient technologies (including lighting) into new buildings. Eligible building owners must show that the building is publically subsidized or that it will house low-income residents.

Existing Facilities Program

State Rebate Program

This program offers individual rebates for energy efficiency upgrades on a per-unit basis. Additionally, the program also offers performance incentives for large-scale replacement projects (including lighting projects). Performance incentives are offered as a one-time payment based on the expected first-year energy savings of the improvement.

Home Performance with Energy Star Financing

State Loan Program

This program provides low-interest financing for homeowners who wish to install Energy Star appliances (including certified lighting) in their homes.

Home Performance with Energy Star High Efficiency Measure Incentive (HEMI)

State Rebate Program

This program provides a 10 percent rebate on the cost of certain energy-efficient appliances and other technologies, including lighting upgrades, up to a total rebate of $3,000.

Industrial and Process Efficiency Performance Incentives

State Rebate Program

This program provides performance-based incentives to industrial and certain commercial (primarily data centers) customers who install energy-efficient technologies in their buildings. Payments are calculated by the energy savings resulting from improvements.

Local Government energy-efficient Appliance Rebate Program

State Rebate Program

This program provides rebates for local governments who purchase and install certain energy-efficient equipment and appliances (including lighting).

New York Power Authority - Energy Services Programs for Public Entities

State Rebate Program

This program provides full funding to institutions who wish to install energy-efficient technologies in their buildings. The program covers the initial costs of purchasing and installing energy-efficient products, including lighting upgrades. The rebate is then repaid from a share of the energy savings over time.

Residential Loan Fund

State Loan Program

This program provides low-interest loans for homeowners who wish to build energy-efficient homes or improve the efficiency of existing homes.

North Carolina

No state-sponsored programs

 

North Carolina has a number of utility-sponsored incentive programs for energy-efficient lighting and other efficiency projects.

North Dakota

No state-sponsored programs

 

North Dakota has some utility-sponsored incentive programs for energy efficiency projects.

Northern Mariana Islands

Residential Weatherization Incentive Program

State Grant Program

This program provides free energy-efficient lighting upgrades in the form of CFLs to residents of the NMIs.

Ohio

Air-Quality Improvement Tax Incentives; Ohio Rev. Code §3706

Tax Incentive

This program provides tax incentives in the form of exemptions for personal property, real property, sales and use tax and corporate franchise tax where the taxable item in question takes the form of an energy efficiency project (including lighting upgrades).

Energy Loan Fund

State Loan Program

This program provides loans for energy efficiency projects that will result in at least 15 percent energy savings (including lighting projects).

Oklahoma

Community Energy Education Management Program

State Loan Program

This program offers loans to local governments for energy efficiency improvements (including lighting upgrades) to government buildings.

Oregon

Business Energy Efficiency Rebate for Existing Buildings

State Rebate Program

This program provides fixed rebates for energy efficiency upgrades in commercial and institutional buildings. Lighting rebates are available for $2-$400/unit.

Industrial and Agricultural Production Efficiency Program

State Rebate Program

This program offers technical assistance and cash incentives for industrial and agricultural efficiency improvements. Lighting incentives are available for up to 50 percent of the project cost.

Multi-family Home Energy Solutions Program

State Rebate Program

This program offers owners of multi-family properties (who own two or more units) cash incentives for energy efficiency improvements on these properties. Lighting incentives are available for $2-$100/fixture.

New Buildings Program

State Rebate Program

Program offers incentives for new buildings or renovation projects that include energy-efficient building technologies, including energy-efficient lighting.

Small-Scale Energy Loan Program; Or. Rev. Stat. §470.050

State Loan Program

This program offers low-interest loans for small energy efficiency improvement projects, financed by the sale of bonds.

Pennsylvania

Alternative and Clean Energy Program; 2008 Pa. Special Session H.B. 1

State Loan/Grant Program

This program provides loans, grants and loan guarantees for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Pennsylvania, including eligible lighting efficiency upgrades.

Small Business Advantage Grant Program

State Grant Program

This program provides matching funds up to $9,500 for for-profit businesses for energy efficiency and pollution mitigation measures, including lighting projects. Proposed projects must be designed to return at least a 25 percent energy savings to be eligible.

Small Business Pollution Prevention Assistance Account Loan Program

State Loan Program

This program offers low-interest loans to small businesses for energy efficiency improvement projects (including lighting projects).

Puerto Rico

No state-sponsored programs

   
       

Rhode Island

No state-sponsored programs

 

Rhode Island's public benefit fund is administered by the state's utilities, which offer several different efficiency incentive programs.

South Carolina

ConserFund Loan Program

State Loan Program

This program provides loans (up to the full cost of the project) for energy efficiency improvements in public and non-profit buildings. Priority is given to efficiency upgrades (like lighting upgrades) that see quick energy savings payback.

South Dakota

No state-sponsored programs

 

South Dakota has a variety of utility-sponsored efficiency incentive programs.

Tennessee

Commercial Energy Efficiency Loan Program

State Loan Program

Program provides business and non-profits with low-interest loans to finance energy efficiency projects, including lighting projects. The loans are available to be paid back through energy savings over a ten year period.

energy-efficient Schools Initiative; Tenn. Code Ann. §49-17-101

State Grant/Loan Program

This program provides grants and loans for school construction projects that meet efficiency guidelines and standards. Lighting upgrades are eligible for grant and loan funding.

Texas

LoanSTAR Revolving Loan Program; 1993 Tex. H.B. 2077

State Loan Program

Program offers low-interest loans for public entities for energy efficiency measures that will result in cost-savings (including lighting upgrades).

Memorial Day Weekend Sales Tax Holiday for Energy-Efficient Products ; Tex. Tax Code §151.333

Sales Tax Exemption

This program exempts energy-efficient products (including lighting) purchased during Memorial Day Weekend from the state's sale and use tax. Products must be Energy Star certified.

U.S Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Street Lighting System Upgrade

State Grant Program

This grant program provides the Islands Water and Power Authority with funds to replace current traditional street lighting with energy-efficient LED lighting.

The Virgin Islands Energy Office Weatherization Assistance Program

State Grant Program

Program provides low-income families with energy-efficient retrofits, including free CFL lighting upgrades.

Utah

Industrial Facilities and Development Bonds; 2013 Utah H.B. 176

State Bond Program

This program allows local governments and universities to issue bonds to finance industrial development programs, including energy efficiency programs.

U-Save Energy Efficiency Fund; Utah Code §11-45-101

State Loan Program

Program provides zero-interest loans to finance energy efficiency improvements in school and local government buildings. Loans may be used to retrofit existing buildings or to provide extra funding to upgrade new construction projects.

Vermont

Agricultural Lighting and Equipment Rebate Program

State Rebate Program

This program offers incentives in the form of rebates for energy-efficient farming equipment. Lighting rebates are available up to $175 per fixture.

Business Energy Conservation Loan Program

State Loan Program

This program provides loans to Vermont businesses and non-profits in eligible sectors for building improvements that result in energy savings (including lighting upgrades).

Commercial Lighting and LED Lighting Incentives

State Rebate Program

This program provides prescriptive rebates for energy-efficient commercial lighting. Rebates range from $8-$250/unit.

Energy Star Homes (New Construction)

State Rebate Program

This program provides technical assistance and limited rebates for new homes that are built to be more energy-efficient. energy-efficient lighting qualifies the home for additional rebates or incentive points.

Multifamily Apartment Rebate Program

State Rebate Program

Under this program, apartment owners and managers may apply for free CFLs for installation in existing multi-family apartments.

Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

State Rebate Program

This program provides discounts for energy-efficient lighting equipment through participating retailers, in addition to other efficiency incentives.

Commercial New Construction

State Rebate Program

This program offers technical and design assistance and other financial incentives for the efficient design and construction of new commercial buildings.

Small Commercial Refrigeration Incentive

State Rebate Program

This program provides rebates to cover the cost of upgrading commercial refrigeration systems to be more energy-efficient. As part of this program, rebates of $6-$15 per foot are provided for LED Refrigerator & Freezer Case Light Fixtures.

Virginia

Commonwealth's Energy Leasing Program; Va. Code §2.2-2417

State Leasing Program

This program offers financing for energy efficiency improvements, including lighting upgrades, for state institutions.

Sales Tax Exemption for Energy-Efficient Products (Sales Tax Holiday); Va. Code §58.1-609.1

Sales Tax Exemption

This program allows a four-day sales tax exemption for Energy Star products of $2,500 or less per product, including energy-efficient lighting.

Washington

Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard for Affordable Housing

State Building Incentive

This program requires that any low-income residential unit applying for state affordable housing funding meet certain efficiency criteria. The program is based on a points system; buildings with energy-efficient lighting receive incentive points.

West Virginia

No state-sponsored programs

 

West Virginia has several utility-sponsored energy efficiency incentive programs.

Wisconsin

Business Incentive Program

State Rebate Program

Program offers prescriptive incentives or rebates for eligible businesses and institutions for the purchase of energy-efficient equipment, including lighting upgrades.

Design Assistance Program

State Rebate Program

This program offers design professionals incentives to design buildings with energy efficiency in mind. Design teams that incorporate energy-efficient fixtures (including lighting) in their designs are eligible for a rebate based on kilowatt-per-hour saved; building owners are also eligible for incentives based on energy savings.

Chain Stores and Franchises Program

State Rebate Program

This program offers incentives to businesses with five or more facilities or franchise locations within Wisconsin who upgrade to more energy-efficient technologies within existing buildings (including lighting upgrades).

Energy Bundle Bonus

State Rebate Program

This program offers rebates to eligible commercial and institutional consumers who upgrade multiple appliances to more energy-efficient models (including light fixtures).

Home Performance with Energy Star

State Rebate Program

This program offers free in-home energy audits and cash incentives for installing the recommended efficiency measures, which may include lighting upgrades.

Large Energy Users Program

State Rebate Program

This program offers incentives to businesses that use a large amount of energy who wish to make multiple energy efficiency upgrades (that may include lighting). To be eligible, businesses must have been billed over $60,000 for all eligible energy bills in a single month and have either an electric demand greater than 1,000 kW or natural gas consumption greater than 100,000 therms in any given month in the past year.

Multifamily Energy Savings Program (Existing Buildings and New Construction)

State Rebate Program

This program offers rebates to owners of multi-family apartment or condo units who wish to make energy efficiency improvements (including lighting upgrades).

Small Business Program

State Rebate Program

This program offers free energy audits and limited free energy savings items to Wisconsin small businesses. Eligible businesses may receive unlimited free small CFL bulbs and LED "open" signs and may receive subsidies to purchase LED exit signs and large CFLs.

Wyoming

No state-sponsored programs

 

Wyoming has several utility-sponsored energy efficiency incentive programs.

 

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