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Increased incentives for small businesses

Small businesses in Oregon and Southwest Washington may be eligible for increased incentives for HVAC, water heating, insulation and other energy-saving equipment.

Energy Trust of Oregon is offering increased incentives to eligible small business customers who work with a participating small business trade ally to install energy-efficient equipment at their existing commercial business. Increased incentives will be paid directly to your small business trade ally, who will deduct the incentive amount from your invoice, reducing your out-of-pocket costs. To connect with a small business trade ally in your area, email EnergyTrustSB@Resource-innovations.com.

Interested in upgrading your business’ lighting? Check out our limited-time promotion for no-cost lighting upgrades.

If you run your business from your home, Energy Trust offers a variety of incentives for energy-efficient home upgrades. Visit the residential cash incentives page for details.

  1. Establish your eligibility

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    To qualify for increased incentives for small businesses, the following requirements must apply:

    • For businesses in Oregon, you must be a customer of Pacific Power, Portland General Electric, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas or Avista
    • For businesses in SW Washington, you must have gas provided by NW Natural on Rate Schedules 1, 3, 41 or 42

    AND

    • Have 20 employees or less

    OR

    • Operate in an existing brick-and-mortar space that is 20,000 sq. ft. or less

    Other eligibility requirements may apply. Connect with us to see if you qualify. Call 1.866.605.1676 or email EnergyTrustSB@Resource-innovations.com.

  2. Schedule a free site assessment

    A participating small business trade ally will visit your space and perform a free assessment of your business to identify qualifying equipment upgrades. To schedule, please email EnergyTrustSB@Resource-innovations.com or call 1.866.605.1676.

  3. 3. Have equipment installed

    Your small business trade ally will install the selected equipment and demonstrate proper use and maintenance. Increased incentives will be paid directly to your small business trade ally, who will deduct the incentive amount from your invoice, reducing your out-of-pocket costs.

    Note: Energy Trust performs post-installation verifications on some projects. Energy Trust does this to verify the installation meets all standards for energy efficiency and to ensure the customer is happy with the installation of their new equipment. If your business is selected for this, we will schedule at your convenience. 

The following increased incentives are available to eligible small business customers served by a participating utility in Oregon or Southwest Washington.

For small businesses in Oregon:

Equipment Category Equipment Increased Incentive Amount
HVACHeat Pump - Replacement or new$400/ton
Heat Pump - Retrofit with or without cooling$1,500/ton
Commercial Condensing Gas furnace$8/kBtu/h
New Rooftop Unit (RTU) with Demand Control Ventilation$35/ton
New RTU with Economizer$45/ton
New RTU with Variable Speed Supply Fan$400/ton
Advanced Rooftop Controls (ARC) – Lite Retrofit$250/ton
Advanced Rooftop Controls (ARC) – Full Retrofit$150-$400/ton
Infrared Radiant Heaters, low intensity, non-modulating, non-condensing $1.30/kBtu/h
Infrared Radiant Heaters, low intensity, modulating, non-condensing $2.40/kBtu/h
Water HeatingCommercial Condensing Tank Water Heaters$3.35/kBtu/h
Commercial Condensing Tankless Water Heaters <200kBtu/h$200 each
Grocery/RefrigerationAnti-Sweat Controls $40-$90/linear ft of door
Evaporative Fan Motor$90-$230/motor
Refrigerated Case Doors$300/linear ft of door
Floating Head Pressure Controls (FHPC)$65/compressor hp
Floating Suction Pressure Controls (FSPC)$65/compressor hp
FHPC and FSPC Concurrently$130/compressor hp
VFD, Air or Evaporatively Cooled Condenser$900/fan motor hp
Strip Curtains$10/sq ft
LED Case Lighting$12-$23/linear ft
LED Case Lighting Motion Sensors$3.50/linear ft
Food Service Commercial Vent Hood$850-$1,500/controlled motor hp
InsulationAttic Insulation (Insulate attic to ≥ R-25 efficiency rating)$0.95/sq ft
Roof Insulation (Insulate roof to ≥ R-30 efficiency rating)$1.00-$2.00/sq ft
Wall Insulation (Insulate wall to ≥ R-20 efficiency rating)$1.35/sq ft
Pipe Insulation$18/linear ft

For small businesses in Southwest Washington:

Equipment Category Equipment Increased Incentive Amount
HVACCommercial Condensing Gas furnace $8/kBtu/h
New Rooftop Unit (RTU) with Demand Control Ventilation$35/ton
Advanced Rooftop Controls (ARC) – Full Retrofit$250/ton
Infrared Radiant Heaters, low intensity, non-modulating, non-condensing (gas only)$1.30/kBtu/h
Infrared Radiant Heaters, low intensity, modulating, non-condensing (gas only)$2.40/kBtu/h
Water HeatingCommercial Condensing Tank Water Heaters$3.35/kBtu/h
Commercial Condensing Tankless Water Heaters <200kBtu/h$200 each
Grocery/RefrigerationRefrigerated Case Doors$300/linear ft of door
Food ServiceCommercial Vent Hood$1,500/controlled motor hp
InsulationAttic Insulation (Insulate attic to ≥ R-25 efficiency rating)$0.95/sq ft
Roof Insulation (Insulate roof to ≥ R-30 efficiency rating)$1.00-$2.00/sq ft
Wall Insulation (Insulate wall to ≥ R-20 efficiency rating)$1.35/sq ft
Pipe Insulation$18/linear ft

If you don’t see the equipment you’re looking for or if your business is not eligible for increased incentives for small businesses, you may still be eligible for other Energy Trust incentives that can reduce the cost of energy-saving upgrades. Please check out our complete list of incentives for business customers.

Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change.

How is this offer different from Energy Trust’s other incentives for businesses?

For a limited time, Energy Trust is offering increased incentives on HVAC, water heating, insulation, and other equipment to help small and medium businesses reduce energy costs. A small business trade ally will complete a free site assessment, recommend equipment, install selected equipment and demonstrate its proper use and maintenance.

Why are you offering increased incentives to small businesses?

Energy Trust is working to serve more customers who haven’t received our incentives in the past. This includes many small businesses owned by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), women, veterans, people with disabilities or those whose first language is not English, along with businesses located in rural and/or low-to-moderate income communities.

How do I know if my business qualifies for the increased incentives?

If your business is located in an existing commercial building in Oregon, it must be served by Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas or Avista, and have less than 20 employees or be less than 20,000 sq. ft. in size, to be eligible.

If your business is located in SW Washington, it must use natural gas provided by NW Natural on Rate Schedules 1, 3, 41, or 42, and have less than 20 employees, or be less than 20,000 sq. ft. in size, to be eligible.

Other eligibility requirements may apply. Not sure if you qualify? Call us at 1.866.605.1676 or email EneryTrustSB@resource-innovations.com and we can help confirm your eligibility.

I lease the space where my business is located. Is my business eligible for this offer?

Yes. If you pay the electric bill for your business, you’re eligible. Many businesses who lease their space install new lighting because it can reduce energy costs every month while improving the safety and appearance of the space.However, you may need to talk with the owner of your space to see how these projects can be completed under the terms of your lease.

I operate my business from my home. Is my business eligible for this offer?

Home-based businesses do not qualify for these increased incentives, but they may qualify for incentives through the Residential program which can be found by visiting the residential incentives page.

My business is served by Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas or Avista but does not meet the other eligibility requirements. Can Energy Trust still help me save energy and money?

Yes, even if you aren’t eligible for these increased incentives for small businesses, Energy Trust offers cash incentives and resources to help make equipment upgrades easier and more affordable for all types and sizes of businesses. For a complete list of incentives, visit our commercial incentives page. You can also contact us directly at 1.866.605.1676 or existingbuildings@energytrust.org.

My business is served by Portland General Electric or Pacific Power but does not meet the other eligibility requirements. Can Energy Trust still help me save energy and money?

Yes. Energy Trust offers cash incentives and resources to help make lighting upgrades easier and more affordable for all types and sizes of businesses.  For a complete list of incentives, visit our Commercial lighting pageMultifamily lighting page, or Industrial lighting page. You can also contact our lighting team directly at 1.800.326.2917or lighting@energytrust.org. 

Who will perform the site assessment and how can I schedule one?

An Energy Trust small business trade ally will perform the site assessment in person and provide recommendations based on an analysis of your building’s existing equipment. Our team will follow all CDC COVID-19 recommendations for entering your business safely.

To schedule a site assessment, email EnergyTrustSB@Resource-innovations.com

What happens after the site assessment?

After the site assessment, the small business trade ally will review the recommendations with you, and you will be able to select equipment for purchase and installation. If you decide to move forward with one of the energy efficient upgrades, you will accept the trade ally’s proposal. Your out-of-pocket expense will automatically be reduced by the Energy Trust increased incentive amount- without any additional forms or waiting period. The trade ally will then install the equipment and show you how to use and maintain your new equipment.

After installation, you and your trade ally will sign a project completion form. When you pay for the project’s equipment and installation, you will see the increased incentive applied to your invoice from the trade ally.

Can I receive the increased incentives if I purchase the equipment myself or work with another contractor?

No. This offer is available only through approved Energy Trust small business trade allies. You are not eligible for the increased incentives if you purchase equipment yourself or work with another contractor.

If you purchase equipment yourself or work with another contractor, you may still be eligible for Energy Trust standard incentives. Visit the commercial business incentives page for more information.

If I participate in this offer, am I still eligible for other Energy Trust program offerings?

Absolutely! After you complete this project, check out cash incentives available for other types of equipment and improvements in commercial buildings.

You may also be eligible for small business lighting upgrades at no-cost to you. Visit the small business lighting page for more information.

Questions?

Check out our FAQ for frequently asked questions and answers or contact us by calling 1.866.605.1676 or emailing EnergyTrustSB@Resource-innovations.com.