Q. What is the TEP Commercial Large Business Program?
A. The TEP Commercial Large Business Program (“Program”) provides rebates to TEP’s non-residential customers for the installation of energy-efficiency equipment.
Q. Can anyone participate in the Program?
A. No. You must be a non-residential TEP electric customer who qualifies for TEP’s rates 10, 13, 14, or 40 or their Time-of-Use (TOU) equivalent and the energy-efficient equipment must be installed at a facility operating on TEP rates 10, 13, 14 or 40.
Q. Which energy efficiency measures are covered under the Program?
A. Rebates are provided for qualified equipment commonly installed in retrofits or major renovation projects. Rebates are offered for measures in each of these categories: lighting equipment and controls, air conditioning and heat pump equipment (“HVAC”), motors, air compressors, refrigeration equipment, and custom-efficiency measures.
Q. How do I sign up for the program?
A. It’s easy! Complete the program application and follow the “How to participate” steps listed on the application. Applications can be easily completed and downloaded from the tep.com website. Once on the website, click on “Green Energy” and then click on the “Business” listing under the “Commercial Energy Solutions” 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 75 percent of each incremental measure cost. The maximum rebate amount that a customer can receive in a calendar year depends on funding approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Q. How do I know if the equipment I am purchasing will qualify for the rebate?
A. The application lists the specifications for equipment that qualifies for rebates. If the equipment you install is not listed on the application it may still qualify for a rebate under the custom installation portion of the program.
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 form from the website and check the “Pre-Notification” box on the customer information page. Complete the application and submit it to TEP via email, fax or postal service. Rebates for approved pre-notification applications will be secured for 120 days.
Q. I plan on applying for a rebate for energy-efficient lighting, but the equipment will not be delivered for another 3 months. Is there any way that I can receive an extension on my fund reservation over the 120-day reservation 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. It depends. If you will be requesting a rebate for de-lamping, a pre-notification and pre-inspection are required. The other measures do not require a pre-notification. Once you have installed the qualified lighting or equipment, you complete, sign, and submit an application (check the box marked Final) with the appropriate documentation. We do suggest that you send in a pre-notification 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 4-6 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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