Window Upgrades for Commercial Buildings

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Today's ENERGY STAR® certified windows offer greater savings than ever before. Replacing old windows with ENERGY STAR® certified windows can lower energy bills and improve comfort for building occupants. We’ve designed our program to help you pay for these long-lasting upgrades!

  • Save energy and money every month
  • Be more comfortable, no matter the season
  • Reduce noise and exterior pollutants
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Incentive Information

Emerald can work with you and your contractor to install energy efficient windows to minimize wasted energy and lower electric heating and cooling bills. Rebates are paid by the square foot for projects that adhere to Emerald’s installation standards. We’re here to help you assess opportunities, select experienced installers to provide you with quotes, and guide you through the process.

WINDOW UPGRADE New windows with U-Value Less Than 0.30            $3.00/SF not to exceed 70% of cost
Requirements
Steps to Participate
Eligibility
• Building occupied by an active Emerald customer served by a non-residential rate schedule.
• Building uses electric sources as its primary source of heat.
• The total conditioned floor area is less than 20,000 sq ft
• Pre-existing windows must be single-pane, single-pane with storm windows, or double-pane with metal frame windows.
• This program requires a FREE Emerald Energy Audit to confirm eligibility and discover additional efficiency opportunities and incentives.
• Participant is authorized to make improvements.
Requirements
• Replacement windows must have NFRC rating of 0.30 U-value or lower.
• Insulation must be installed in accordance with any applicable Weatherization Specifications.
• Participant authorizes Emerald to conduct quality inspections to ensure program specifications are followed.
• Installation must be completed within 90 days of project pre-authorization.
Steps to Participate
We can help you identify savings opportunities, find qualified contractors, and ensure compliance with program requirements.
1. Confirm eligibility for your program by contacting Emerald's Energy Services. Schedule your FREE Emerald Energy Audit to confirm program eligibility.
2. Find approved contractors and get project cost estimates; we suggest getting multiple bids from contractors.
3. Submit the Commercial Windows Incentive Application Form along with contractor invoices showing products installed, installation date, and total project cost.
4. Once installation is complete, contact Emerald to schedule the final inspection to ensure compliance with the information provided on the incentive application.
5. Utility will authorize rebate payment upon final approval.
6. The rebate will be processed once the inspection is completed.

Connected Thermostats for Commercial Buildings

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Increase functionality of your existing HVAC controls by switching to connected thermostats that give you more control over your building’s energy consumption and costs. Connected thermostats control HVAC functions to maintain zone temperatures via the internet. System monitoring, alerts, and control are available remotely via an internet connection. Enhanced controls help you ensure your system is using energy only when necessary to maximize comfort for your building’s occupants.

  • Simple Programming
  • Remote Access via Smart Devices
  • Reduced Energy Costs
  • Automatic monitoring with alerts
  • Learn more at https://airnorthwesthvac.com
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Incentive Information

Emerald offers a cash rebate for customers to upgrade to a qualified connected thermostat.
$200 per unit cash rebate
Requirements
Steps to Participate
Eligibility
• Building occupied by an active Emerald customer served by a non-residential rate schedule.
• New connected thermostat must replace a thermostat that is not web connected.
• Individual rooms for hotel and motels are not eligible.
• Participant is authorized to make improvements to the facility.
Requirements
• New connected thermostat must be listed on Bonneville’s Qualified Products List.
Steps to Participate
We can help you identify savings opportunities, find qualified contractors, and ensure compliance with program requirements.
1. Confirm eligibility for your program by contacting Emerald's Energy Services.
2. Find approved contractors and get project cost estimates; we suggest getting multiple bids from contractors listed with the Air Northwest Trade Ally program.
3. Submit the Connected Thermostat Incentive Application Form along with contractor invoices showing products installed, installation date, and total project cost.
4. Once installation is complete, contact utility to schedule the final inspection to ensure compliance with the information provided on the incentive application.
5. Utility will authorize rebate payment upon final approval.
6. The rebate will be processed once the inspection is completed.

Custom Commercial Programs

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We support custom energy efficiency projects with verifiable electric energy savings, including large projects for commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers. Rebates are determined based on actual energy savings up to $0.18/kWh and cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost.

  • Some examples of projects include:
  • Variable Frequency Drive for Pumps, Fans, Motors & Compressors
  • Commercial Shell Measures
  • New Construction
  • HVAC Controls
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Incentive Information

Rebates are determined based on actual energy savings up to $0.18/kWh and cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost.
Eligibility
Steps to Participate
Incentive Information
Energy savings are determined using BPA's Measurement and Verification protocols. M/V Protocol: Before efficiency measure is installed, existing electrical consumption is measured. Based on this measurement and estimated energy savings, an estimated incentive is calculated. During post-installation measurement of efficiency project, energy savings are verified, these verified energy savings will be calculated into the actual incentive for the project.
Eligibility
• Rebate application and all necessary supporting documentation will be required before approval.
• Program may require an Energy Efficiency Project Implementation Agreement to be signed to commit funding.
• Incentives are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be limited based on the availability of funds.
Steps to Participate
1. Call us to confirm eligibility for the program.
2. Find approved contractors and get project cost estimates; we suggest getting at least 3 quotes.
3. Submit all required project documentation to utility.
4. Utility will authorize rebate payment upon final approval.

Customized Engineering Solutions for Commercial HVAC Systems

Investment in energy efficient equipment can go beyond the simple deemed measures available in our other commercial programs. These investments improve occupant experience, help workers improve productivity, and increase bottom line. Emerald has technical resources and incentives to help get projects up off the ground. Your building’s unique energy savings opportunities will be analyzed to match you up with the best program approach.

  • Technical expertise and support
  • Free, customized on-site assessments
  • Reduced energy costs
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Incentive Information

Not only can you get free assistance, you may be eligible to receive incentives that cover 30 – 50% of project costs. Contact Emerald early in the design phase and we can help determine the best path for your project.

Incentives paid on the verified energy savings in the first year. Incentive rate is $0.18 per kilowatt-hour.
Steps to Participate
Eligibility
• Building occupied by an active Emerald customer served by a non-residential rate schedule.
• Participant is authorized to make improvements to the facility.
Steps to Participate
We can help you identify savings opportunities, find qualified contractors, and ensure compliance with program requirements.

1. Confirm eligibility for your program.
2. Schedule a free energy review with the Emerald Energy Services team by calling 541-746-1583.
3. Find approved contractors and get project cost estimates; we suggest getting at least 3 quotes.
4. Emerald will work with Air Northwest and the contractor to develop savings estimates, measurement and verification plan, and a rebate proposal.
5. Complete your project’s rebate application and submit to Emerald for pre-authorization.
6. After Emerald approves your project, have your contractor proceed with your installation.
7. Emerald will review your completed project and contact you or your contractor to perform any required on-site inspections.
8. Final energy savings and incentive level will be confirmed via completion of the measurement and verification plan.
9. Submit all required project documentation to Emerald.
10. Emerald will authorize rebate payment upon final approval.

Ductless Heat Pumps for Commercial Buildings

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Ductless heat pumps (DHP) are highly efficient zonal heating and cooling systems that do not require the use of ducts. They are an affordable technology that can dramatically reduce the energy wasted by a business heated by other less efficient electric heating like baseboard, wall heaters and electric furnaces. Since ductless systems can cool as well as heat, they provide year round occupant comfort. Emerald is here to help with information and rebates for qualifying units.

  • Save 25% on your heating and cooling costs
  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Quiet Operation
  • Easy, low-cost installation
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Incentive Information

Emerald offers a cash rebate to help you make the switch to a ductless heating and cooling system.

$800 per ton cash rebate
Requirements
Steps to Participate
Eligibility
• Building occupied by an active Emerald customer served by a non-residential rate schedule.
• The area conditioned by the DHP is heated by either zonal or forced air electric resistance heat as the primary system (gas is not eligible).
• Participant is authorized to make facility improvements.
Requirements
• Must be rated with a minimum of 9.0 HSPF (for single head systems) and 8.0 HSPF (for multi-head systems).
• Equipment shall be a split-system heat pump employing an inverter-driven outdoor compressor and an inverter-driven or variable speed indoor blower.
• Installer should have attended a NW Ductless Orientation.
• Participant authorizes Emerald to conduct quality inspections to ensure program specifications are followed.
• Installation must be completed within 90 days of project pre-authorization.
Steps to Participate
We can help you identify savings opportunities, find qualified contractors, and ensure compliance with program requirements.

1. Confirm eligibility for your program by contacting Emerald's Energy Services.
2. Find approved contractors and get project cost estimates; we suggest getting multiple bids from contractors listed with the Air Northwest Trade Ally program.
3. Submit the Commercial Ductless Heat Pump Project Application along with contractor invoices showing products installed, installation date, and total project cost.
4. Once installation is complete, contact utility to schedule the final inspection to ensure compliance with the information provided on the incentive application.
5. Utility will authorize rebate payment upon final approval.
6. The rebate will be processed once the inspection is completed.

Heat Pumps for Commercial Buildings

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Converting your existing electric heating system or upgrading an existing inefficient heat pump will help increase comfort for your occupants and increase the value of your commercial space. An air source heat pump can dramatically reduce the energy wasted by a business heated by other less efficient electric heating like baseboard, wall heaters and electric furnaces. Emerald is here to help with information and rebates for qualifying units.

  • Increased value of commercial space
  • Increased Comfort
  • Reduced energy costs and reduced maintenance
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Incentive Information

Emerald offers a cash rebate to help you make the switch to a high efficiency heat pump with Tier 1 or Tier 2 efficiency.

$1,000 per unit cash rebate for units less than 6 tons
$200 per ton cash rebate for units between 6 tons and 20 tons.
Requirements
Steps to Participate
Eligibility
• Building occupied by an active Emerald customer served by a non-residential rate schedule.
• Participant is authorized to make improvements to the facility.
• New construction projects are eligible.
Requirements
• At minimum, air source heat pump must be meet Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Tier 1 efficiency.
• Participant authorizes Emerald to conduct quality inspections to ensure program specifications are followed.
• Installation must be completed within 90 days of project pre-authorization.
Steps to Participate
We can help you identify savings opportunities, find qualified contractors, and ensure compliance with program requirements.

1. Confirm eligibility for your program by contacting Emerald's Energy Services.
2. Find approved contractors and get project cost estimates; we suggest getting multiple bids from contractors listed with the Air Northwest Trade Ally program.
3. Submit the Heat Pump Incentive Application Form along with contractor invoices showing products installed, installation date, and total project cost.
4. Once installation is complete, contact utility to schedule the final inspection to ensure compliance with the information provided on the incentive application.
5. Ensure all required documentation is submitted including the Commercial Heat Pump Tool for conversions.
6. Utility will authorize rebate payment upon final approval.
7. The rebate will be processed once the inspection is completed.

Lighting Upgrades for Non-residential Buildings

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Emerald’s Energy Services provides lighting surveys, technical assistance with project development, and incentives to encourage building owners and operators to make the switch to more efficient lighting systems.

  • Save money every month by increasing the efficiency of your lighting system
  • Improve lighting quality and controls in your workspace
  • Enhance outside lighting conditions for improved security
  • Existing building retrofit options
  • New construction options
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Incentive Information

Emerald can work with you and/or your contractor to identify opportunities to save energy in your lighting system. Available rebates are based on the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) Lighting Calculator 5.0 customized for use in Emerald’s service territory. Incentives are limited to 50% of a project’s eligible upgrade costs. A completed lighting calculator is required for all projects and Emerald staff is available to help. See Program Details for examples of common rebates.
Requirements
Steps to Participate
Eligibility
• You must be an active Emerald PUD customer served by a non-residential rate. Pre-approval of your project by Emerald to determine eligibility and incentive amount is strongly recommended. Before removal of old equipment and purchase of new, Emerald needs to verify pre-existing equipment, approve proposed equipment, and determine eligibility to accurately estimate your incentive.
• Lighting incentives are determined using the most current Emerald PUD Lighting Calculator, subject to adjustment based on funding availability.
• A complete application with required documentation is required prior to installing any materials. Approved incentives are based on pre-project estimates and are subject to change following project completion. Incentives shall be based on final inspected conditions.
• All lamps, ballasts, and hazardous materials must be disposed of or recycled according to applicable environmental requirements. Documentation showing proof of disposal is required.
• All LED fixtures and lamps must be listed on one of the following qualified products lists: Design Lights Consortium, Lighting Design Lab, or ENERGY STAR.
• A paid invoice or statement of total installed cost must be received before an incentive can be issued.
Requirements
• Projects must be submitted on the current Emerald PUD Commercial/Industrial Lighting Calculator. Refer to the Northwest Trade Ally Network for contractors skilled in lighting retrofit or new construction design.
• Projects are required to obtain a minimum energy savings of 25% reduction in annual kilowatt hours used.
• A complete and signed Incentive Application is required for each new incentive project.
• Participant authorizes Emerald to conduct quality inspections to ensure program specifications are followed.
Steps to Participate
We can help you identify savings opportunities, find qualified contractors, and ensure compliance with program requirements.
1. Confirm eligibility for your program by contacting Emerald's Energy Services. Emerald will schedule a FREE lighting assessment to confirm program eligibility.
2. Contact a contractor or vendor from the Northwest Trade Ally Network to develop a lighting project proposal. Emerald will work with you or your vendor to develop the required lighting calculator.
3. Customer will receive a rebate proposal from Emerald or the contractor describing energy savings, incentives, project payback, return on investment, and total project cost. Note: Project proposals are estimations and may vary.
4. Submit project incentive application to Emerald prior to beginning work to ensure incentive availability.
5. Upon project completion the contractor or customer will notify Emerald and provide all paid invoices and other documentation associated with the project.
6. Emerald will conduct a final inspection of the project to verify the project and compliance with the proposal. The rebate will be processed once the inspection is completed.

Insulation Upgrades for Commercial Buildings

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Adding insulation and sealing around windows and doors can help keep you comfortable and can provide up to 10% savings on your annual heating bills*. With the right upgrades, Emerald may be able to help make your business comfortable and energy efficient.

  • • Save money every month by retaining the air you pay to heat and cool!
  • • Reduce hot and cold spots and increase comfort.
  • • Reduce exterior noise and pollutants from crawlspaces and attics.
  • • Provide up to 10% savings on your annual energy bills!*
  • *source: rtf.nwcouncil.org
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Incentive Information

Emerald can work with you and your contractor to install energy efficient insulation to minimize wasted energy and lower electric heating and cooling bills. Rebates are paid by the square foot for projects that adhere to Emerald’s installation standards. We’re here to help you assess opportunities, select experienced installers to provide you with quotes, and guide you through the process.

ATTIC/ROOF INSULATION UPGRADE (≤ R-5 TO R-19)                $0.40/SF not to exceed 70% of cost
ATTIC/ROOF INSULATION UPGRADE (≤ R-5 TO R-49)                $0.60/SF not to exceed 70% of cost
WALL INSULATION UPGRADE (≤ R-5 TO R-11)                 $0.25/SF not to exceed 70% of cost
WALL INSULATION UPGRADE (≤ R-5 TO R-19)                 $0.40/SF not to exceed 70% of cost
Requirements
Steps to Participate
Eligibility
• Building occupied by an active Emerald customer served by a non-residential rate schedule.
• Building uses electric heat. Emerald shall verify weather-related electric heating use.
• Participant is authorized to make improvements.
• All applicable permits must be obtained to qualify for rebates.
• This program requires a FREE Emerald Energy Audit to confirm eligibility and discover additional efficiency opportunities and incentives.
Requirements
• Insulation must be installed in accordance with the current Residential Weatherization Specification.
• Participant authorizes Emerald to conduct quality inspections to ensure program specifications are followed.
• Installation must be completed within 90 days of project pre-authorization.
Steps to Participate
We can help you identify savings opportunities, find qualified contractors, and ensure compliance with program requirements.

1. Confirm eligibility for your program by contacting Emerald's Energy Services. Schedule your FREE Emerald Energy Audit to confirm program eligibility.
2. Find approved contractors and get project cost estimates; we suggest getting multiple bids from contractors.
3. Submit the Commercial Insulation Incentive Application Form along with contractor invoices showing products installed, installation date, and total project cost.
4. Once installation is complete, contact Emerald to schedule the final inspection to ensure compliance with the information provided on the incentive application.
5. Utility will authorize rebate payment upon final approval.
6. The rebate will be processed once the inspection is completed.

Custom Commercial Programs

Custom Commercial Programs logo

We support custom energy efficiency projects with verifiable electric energy savings, including large projects for commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers. Rebates are determined based on actual energy savings up to $0.18/kWh and cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost.

  • Some examples of projects include:
  • Variable Frequency Drive for Pumps, Fans, Motors & Compressors
  • Commercial Shell Measures
  • New Construction
  • HVAC Controls
Print Brochure

Incentive Information

Rebates are determined based on actual energy savings up to $0.18/kWh and cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost.
Eligibility
Steps to Participate
Incentive Information
Energy savings are determined using BPA's Measurement and Verification protocols. M/V Protocol: Before efficiency measure is installed, existing electrical consumption is measured. Based on this measurement and estimated energy savings, an estimated incentive is calculated. During post-installation measurement of efficiency project, energy savings are verified, these verified energy savings will be calculated into the actual incentive for the project.
Eligibility
• Rebate application and all necessary supporting documentation will be required before approval.
• Program may require an Energy Efficiency Project Implementation Agreement to be signed to commit funding.
• Incentives are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be limited based on the availability of funds.
Steps to Participate
1. Call us to confirm eligibility for the program.
2. Find approved contractors and get project cost estimates; we suggest getting at least 3 quotes.
3. Submit all required project documentation to utility.
4. Utility will authorize rebate payment upon final approval.