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Saving energy and money go hand-in-hand. We can all contribute to reducing Austin’s energy demand by making simple lifestyle changes and energy-efficient home improvements. When demand decreases, we all save. Austin Energy is committed to helping our customers achieve the greatest savings possible.

Chillers

Save money to install a new chiller.

Austin Energy offers rebates to commercial customers who install high-efficiency air-cooled or water-cooled chillers.

A chiller is a cooling device that removes heat from one element (e.g., water, glycol, or air) and deposits it into another (e.g., ambient air or water).

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, a new energy-efficient chiller can easily pay for itself in electricity savings, better reliability, and lower maintenance costs in as little as five years. Today’s chillers use one-third less electricity compared to those produced just two decades ago.

We offer rebates to commercial customers who install new high efficiency chillers on new construction and retrofit projects. The more power and energy you save, the bigger your rebate will be. Contact Austin Energy for a rebate estimate.

Using currently adopted City of Austin Energy Code, we:

  • Compare the energy efficiency of your new chiller against a baseline efficiency.
  • Estimate the kilowatts (kW) and kilowatt-hours (kWh) you will save by installing the new chiller.

Many companies install chillers with variable frequency drives to save more money and energy annually.

More Savings Opportunities for Small Businesses

Qualified small businesses, small non-profits, and houses of worship may also be eligible for a 30% bonus rebate on our standard commercial rebates. This bonus rebate applies only to retrofits for a wide range of improvements.

Learn more about bonus rebates

Also, Austin Energy’s Small Business Outreach Program provides small businesses, small non-profits, and houses of worship with free, personalized conservation and energy efficiency guidance to rebates and incentives offered by the City of Austin.

Learn more about our Small Business Outreach Program

Call Austin Energy at 512-482-5346 or email Small Business Outreach to schedule your free assessment or learn more about bonus rebates.

PACE Financing Available

Austin Energy provides various opportunities for our customers to purchase energy efficient technologies. Many of these reduce energy consumption, enhance comfort and indoor air quality for your customers. PACE is an effective financing approach. Travis and Williamson County PACE programs enable owners of non-profit, commercial, and industrial properties to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for water and energy efficiency improvements and solar generation retrofits.  

Private sector lenders finance qualified improvements and property owners voluntarily agree to contractual assessments imposed on the property. PACE improvements generate positive cash flow with no out-of-pocket cost to the property owner. If the property is sold before the full amount is repaid, the repayment obligation automatically transfers to the next owner. PACE assessments complement Austin Energy incentive programs. 

Other Energy Efficiency Incentives

Increasing energy efficiency in your building saves your business money.  Our Commercial Rebates help you make energy efficiency improvements that can reduce operational costs by saving you money on your monthly bill. We provide rebates on these energy efficiency improvements and more:

Austin Energy offers rebates based on the kilowatts (kW) you save, the type of chiller, and the energy code compliance path you choose.

Air cooled:
$300 per kW

Water cooled:
$450 per kW

Prerequisites

  • You are an Austin Energy commercial customer.
  • You must comply with the Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) ordinance if your business is located within the Austin city limits.
  • You operate at least four consecutive hours daily between 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. weekdays, June 1 through September 30. (This requirement does not apply to schools.)

Specific Requirements

  • The rebate application must be submitted before the new unit is installed. It must be accompanied by the manufacturer’s rating information based on the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Standards and warranty information.
  • New equipment must exceed the currently adopted City of Austin Energy Code.
  • The EER and the IPLV must be at AHRI conditions. Water-cooled centrifugal water-chilling packages not designed for operation at AHRI Standard 550/590 test conditions (44 degree leaving chilled water temperature and 85 degree entering condenser water temperature with 3 gpm per ton condenser water flow) shall have maximum full load EER and NPLV energy code ratings adjusted.
  • Existing equipment must be connected and operational.
  • You agree to keep the qualifying equipment at the installation site you indicate on your rebate application.
  • You cannot use the removed equipment in the Austin Energy service area and must specify your disposal method in your rebate application.

General Requirements

  • Complete and submit all forms, rebate applications, and required documentation that Austin Energy requests.
  • When applicable, all permits must be in place:
    • If your business is located within the Austin city limits, the City of Austin Development Services Department can help you identify what you need. You can apply for your Austin Energy rebate while your project is under review at the "One Stop Shop." Early involvement in the planning process gives Austin Energy the opportunity to provide input. Call the One Stop Shop at 512-974-6370 if you have any questions about your project review.
    • If your business is located in another jurisdiction, please contact your local permitting authority.
  • Installations must exceed currently adopted City of Austin Energy Code.
  • All work must meet manufacturers’ standards and local, state, and national codes.
  • Installed equipment must be new and have at least a one-year warranty.
  • You must keep efficiency improvements in place for at least five years.
  • You agree to let Austin Energy schedule initial and final site visits.
  • Rebates cannot exceed 50% of the total job costs, including materials, installation, and tax. You must confirm the total project cost.
  • Backup or redundant systems are not eligible for rebates.
  • Austin Energy may request invoices and equipment specifications.
  • You assign all rights to environmental attributes and credits resulting from energy savings to Austin Energy. This includes renewable energy and carbon offset credits.

Apply for a Rebate Online

You can apply for your rebate online. To make applying easier, have all required information on hand before you start.

Apply Online

Are You Waiting For a Rebate?

Use the confirmation (enrollment) and utility account numbers to check the status of your rebate application.

Check Status

Comply with ECAD to Qualify for Rebate

If your building is over 10,000 sq ft, you must be in compliance with the Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) ordinance. ECAD promotes energy efficiency by identifying potential energy savings for your business. You can now choose one of two reporting options that best serve your business.

Learn more about ECAD for Commercial Buildings

Contact Austin Energy for More Information

Call 512-482-5346 or email Commercial Rebates if you have any questions about our rebates.

Apply for Your Rebate Online

All rebate applications are online. You must submit your rebate application prior to installation (Austin Energy must approve any exceptions). You will receive your rebate within four to six weeks after we give final approval for your rebate application. We send your rebate check to the business listed on the Payee section of your application unless you specify otherwise.

The City Council approves projects where rebates could exceed the City Manager's administrative spending authority under the City Charter, which is $58,000 for fiscal year 2017. Please allow time for this approval.

The following required documents will be needed to apply for a rebate:

  • W-9 (if account holder requests payment to a third party representative)
  • Letter of Authorization (if applicable)

Tips for Applying Online

  • Use a modern browser like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer 9 or higher.
  • You need to complete your online Commercial Rebate application in a single session. 
  • To make applying easier, have all available information on hand before beginning the application.
  • If your application requires supporting documentation, such as invoices or sales receipts, you will need to scan or photograph these documents and upload into the application system. The system will accept any of the following file formats:
    • Adobe Acrobat PDF (.pdf)
    • Microsoft Word Document (.doc or .docx)
    • JPEG (.jpg)
    • ZIP (.zip)
  • Check your rebate status using the confirmation (enrollment) number you receive after the application submission. You will also need your City of Austin utility account number, if applicable.

Additional Documents

Commercial Rebate Summary (pdf)

Disclaimer

Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Offerings, program guidelines, and rebate levels are subject to change without notice. Rebate funds are encumbered (committed to be paid) during the fiscal year in which they are to be dispersed.

The Austin City Council must approve rebates of more than $61,000. The maximum combined rebate is $300,000 per customer site per fiscal year (October through September).



Last Updated: 3/28/17
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