Small Business
Did You Know...
"As much as 30 percent of the energy consumed in commercial and industrial buildings is often wasted."

(Source: www.energystar.gov)

Small Business
Energy Efficiency Improvements for Small Business


Open is a market transformation program designed to offer contractor and customer education on energy efficiency technologies, equip participating contractors with the tools they need to succeed in generating revenue from projects in the small business market, and offer substantial incentive rates needed to move small (≤100 kW) businesses to install energy efficient products such as high efficiency lighting and refrigeration measures. The program overcomes market barriers by providing incentives to help pay for energy efficiency upgrades. In addition, Open connects customers with participating contractors that are qualified to provide design and installation services for energy efficient technologies, and give customers any additional technical support to make them comfortable with the implementation of efficiency measures in their facilities.

The Program offers:

  • Free, no-obligation facility assessment to identify potential energy-saving opportunities
  • Recommendations and estimates of energy savings, project costs, and payback periods
  • Installation of approved energy-saving equipment by a local pre-qualified contractor
  • Incentives paid directly to your contractor by the program to reduce your costs of adopting energy-efficient equipment
  • Ongoing reduction in energy costs

Example measures:


Lighting
  • Flood lamp & exterior lights
  • T12 or T8 to LED upgrades
  • T5 or metal halide upgrades
  • Occupancy sensor installation
  • LED exit sign retrofits

Refrigeration
  • EC motors
  • Strip curtains
  • Anti-sweat heater controls for refrigerator doors
  • And more!

*Please review the Program Manual to ensure your measure is in compliance with any performance criteria.

Would you like assistance identifying improvements that yield the greatest results? TNMP contracts with CLEAResult Consulting as program implementer. Program representatives from CLEAResult are available if you have questions about how to get started. Click here to contact an Open contractor. The results of this assessment will show you when and where your building is using energy, and how efficiently. You can use this information to guide your energy management strategy. Most importantly, the contractor will seek opportunities for you to lower your energy costs. Incentives are available for eligible projects, making it faster and easier for you to start saving money on energy.
The program design is a contractor direct install model enabling market transformation at the contractor and customer level. The program is based on contractor engagement and furthermore provides a Proposal Generation Software Application (Proposal App) to empower participating contractors and to streamline program participation. The participating contractor must use the Proposal App for lighting measures to participate in the program; no Customer Proposals for lighting measures will be accepted that were not generated by the Proposal App. Pending inclusion of non-lighting measures in the Proposal App, all additional measures in the Measure Eligibility section will be reviewed and accepted through coordination of the Implementer and Participating Contractor.

The incentives for eligible energy efficiency measures include:
  • Refrigeration measures: $1,100/kW
  • Lighting measures
    • Full troffer LED replacement: $1,100/kW
    • LED tube replacement: $500/kW
    • Other lighting: $500/kW


Download the Program Manual

Open is available to non-public sector commercial-class customers with a peak demand of 100 kW or less. Incentives are available through participating contractors to install energy-saving lighting technology at your business. Funds are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. It's your bottom line - take control of your energy choices.

Eligible energy efficiency measures include indoor lighting, outdoor lighting and refrigeration. The Program pays a high percentage of the project cost. Incentives, actual savings, and payback periods vary depending on the equipment installed, building characteristics, energy use patterns, age of existing equipment, location, and other parameters specific to your project.



Click here to view a list of cities and counties in the service area.

*Please review the Program Manual to ensure your measure is in compliance with any performance criteria.


1. PROJECT IDENTIFICATION

  • Participating contractors conduct facility surveys for qualified small businesses. Qualified small businesses that accept program-provided surveys are asked to sign a Customer Proposal on the date of the survey. Upon receipt of a signed Customer Proposal, the Implementer will review the Customer Proposal for completeness and eligibility. Participating contractors conduct facility surveys for qualified small businesses. Qualified small businesses that accept program-provided surveys are asked to sign a Customer Proposal on the date of the survey. Upon receipt of a signed Customer Proposal, the Implementer will review the Customer Proposal for completeness and eligibility.

    Click here to view a list of participating contractors

2. PRE-INSTALLATION INSPECTION

  • The Implementer will send an inspector to the site or sites to perform a pre-installation inspection (if required) and then notify the customer stating that incentive funding has been reserved for the project(s). A pre-installation inspection must pass before any installation work can begin. If pre-installation inspection fails, the Customer Proposal will be reviewed and updated to depict corrections.
  • Incentives are subject to availability and reservation. In order to receive incentives from the program, participating contractors must first reserve incentives by completing and submitting a signed Customer Proposal for each individual project. The Implementer will review submitted Customer Proposals and approve eligible projects for an initial incentive reservation. The Implementer will update the participating contractor if any significant changes are made to the incentive amount reserved for their projects.

3. PROJECT INSTALLATION

  • Upon completion and written approval of the pre-installation inspection, the participating contractor proceeds with the project installation. Participating contractor must notify the Implementer immediately of any and all changes to the project scope, equipment selection, or timeline during installation.

4. PROJECT COMPLETION NOTICE

  • After the project has been installed, the participating contractor will notify the Implementer of the project’s completion via the Customer Proposal App including a final invoice within 2 business days in order to arrange a post-installation inspection of the project. The participating contractor is expected to work with the Implementer to confirm (and update if necessary) the supporting documentation that accompanied the approved Customer Proposal for the now completed project.

5. POST INSTALLATION INSPECTION

  • Once the project is completed, the Implementer schedules a post-installation inspection. Using the most recent project documentation, a program inspector will visit the site or sites to verify the equipment has been replaced as indicated. The participating contractor must provide a knowledgeable representative to accompany the inspector on the post-installation inspection.

6. INCENTIVE CHECK

  • TNMP issues check to participating contractor after the project is completed, verified, and a post-installation inspection is completed (takes approximately 4-6 weeks).
The Program Agreements, Equipment Survey Forms and other relevant forms are available for downloading from the following links. Please note that these files are available for viewing and printing as Microsoft® Excel® files or Adobe® PDF documents (which are available for viewing and printing only with Adobe Acrobat Reader®.)


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