To help you upgrade to the most energy-efficient systems available, our Energy FinAnswer program offers high-quality engineering services and cash incentives tailored to the needs of your new construction/major renovation project. To learn more about the program, click on any question or section below; click the question again to “close” it.
- How it works (program steps)
Design Assistance Energy Analysis
For projects where energy code applies (whole building approach)
For projects where energy code does not apply or where building will not exceed code by at least 10% (system/measure approach)
Scoping: We sign a letter of intent (PDF) with you. Then, working with you, we identify potential energy efficiency opportunities. We go over the preliminary numbers with you and discuss your implementation plans and schedule. Energy analysis: We provide an energy analysis report for the opportunities with the highest likelihood of implementation. The report contains specific recommendations and refined estimated of incremental costs and savings compared to a building that meets code. It also includes our incentive offer and any commissioning requirements. We pay for the study. Energy analysis: We provide an energy analysis report for the opportunities with the highest likelihood of implementation. The report contains specific recommendations and refined estimated of incremental costs and savings compared to code-compliant or common-practice systems. It also includes our incentive offer and any commissioning requirements. We pay for the study. Incentive agreement and W-9 form: We sign an incentive agreement (PDF) with you before you sign purchase orders or make other financial commitments to proceed with implementation. The incentive is estimated based on the energy analysis. You provide a completed W-9 form (PDF) so we can prepare a 1099-Misc. (if required) following the incentive payment. Construction document review: We review the construction documents to confirm the proposed measures are included. N/A Implementation: You complete contracting and installation, then notify us when each is done. You complete the required commissioning tasks and provide documentation of installed equipment, proper operation and copies of required invoices. Post-installation inspection and incentive payment: We complete a post-installation inspection report that documents the energy savings and incremental costs of the as-built project. We calculate the incentive amount based on the inspection results and provide you with the incentive check.
- Who is eligible?
Our customers in Idaho with electric service on rate schedules 6, 6A, 8, 9, 12, 23, 23A, 35 and 35A. Commercial facilities must be at least 20,000 square feet (per electric meter).
- How much are the incentives?
Project Type Energy Code Applies & Whole Building at Least 10% Better than Code Energy Code Does Not Apply or Whole Building not 10% Better than Code Incentive $0.12/kwh annual energy savings + $50 kw average monthly demand savings Incentive caps Percent of project cost cap None 50% of energy efficiency project cost Simple payback cap None 1 year (if incentive brings the simple payback below one year, the incenive is reduced so the simple payback equals one year) Additional requirements Energy savings threshold Must exceed code by at least 10% (whole building electric basis) Qualifying equipment must exceed code, if it applies Lighting energy savings limit Lighting kwh savings limited to 75% of project savings Lighting kwh savings limited to 50% of project savings If lighting kwh savings exceeds the limit, lighting measures are adjusted for purposes of calculating the incentive.
- What are the technical services?
We'll provide at no direct cost to you, the energy analysis and a post-installation calculation of annual savings for the project as installed and operating. The services vary by project type and scope.
Energy code applies
(whole building approach)
Energy code does not apply or building will not exceed code by 10% (system/measure approach)
Design assistance - services help your design team incorporate energy efficiency measures into the construction documents.
Goal - whole building at least 10 percent better than code.
Note: Design team incentives may be available.
Energy analysis - services identify energy efficiency opportunities and quantify savings and costs. The analysis is vendor neutral and investment grade, so you'll have information to guide your implementation decision and funding approval process.
- What qualifies?
Planned installation of proven technologies that:
- increase electric energy efficiency
- exceed code requirements or industry standards
And what does not qualify?
- some projects already in progress
- projects involving fuel switching
- When will you be paid?
For projects with an executed incentive agreement (PDF) the incentive is paid within 45 days after completion of the post-installation inspection report.
- Who's in charge?
Once you make a commitment, you remain in control. You choose the technologies and the manufacturers you want to use. You choose the contractors with whom you'll be working. From analysis through installation, we will work within your planning and construction schedules. Think of us as an extension of your own team — there to offer information, confirmation and options for your decision making.
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