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Depending on climate and other factors, HVAC equipment consumes roughly 40 to 50 percent of a commercial building’s total energy usage. Air leakage, heating and cooling systems that respond poorly to an ever-changing climate, and old or inefficient HVAC equipment can lead to poor system performance, higher monthly utility bills and can negatively impact the environment.

Business rebate catalog for HVAC rebates (PDF)

Commercial refrigeration consumes significant energy in supermarkets, restaurants and convenience stores. Taking advantage of energy-efficient upgrades can reduce costs, keep food fresher, save on manpower and maintenance, and present your products in a more flattering light.

Business rebates for refrigeration (PDF)

Review rebate requirements and exclusions for pipe insulation, ozone laundry systems, modulating gas valves for commercial dyers and pool heating.

Business rebates for insulation, water heating and laundry equipment (PDF)

Find energy-saving programs in your industry

PG&E third-party programs are designed to meet the unique needs of our diverse customer base. These programs offer a range of services to support customers in their energy-efficiency efforts.

The agricultural industry is very energy and water-intensive and that's why PG&E offers a variety of rebates and programs to help your business reduce energy usage and cost. Whether it's irrigation, mechanical controls or ventilation, there are unique solutions available to help you reduce your energy usage in these areas and more.

Business rebates for agriculture and food processing (PDF)

 

Solutions for agriculture and food processing businesses

 

The Agriculture Energy Savings Action Plan Program

Implement energy efficiency measures with comprehensive support including technical assistance, flexible incentives, multiple financing options, and analytics. This PG&E program is implemented and managed by TRC Companies.

Learn more about the Agriculture Energy Savings Action Plan Program

 

The Industrial System Optimization Program

Receive a no-cost energy evaluation of your facility and unlock bill savings with PG&E's Industrial System Optimization Program offered by Cascade Energy. This program is specifically designed for industrial customers including food manufacturing.

Learn more about the Industrial System Optimization Program

 

How to start your agricultural service

Get started with this checklist to find out if your business qualifies for an agricultural rate plan.

How to start your agricultural service (PDF)

 

Gas and electric safety

Download important gas and electrical safety information for agricultural customers.

Gas and electric safety for agricultural customers (PDF)

 

Contact us

  • Call the Agricultural Customer Service Center at 1-877-311-FARM (3276)
  • 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) Monday to Friday; 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Saturday

Improve production, lower costs and save energy

Take advantage of PG&E's proven experience in helping biotech companies like yours. Our specialized programs and products for the biotech industry can help you:

  • Overcome the technical constraints of research and manufacturing
  • Decrease energy costs and reduce maintenance fees to free up resources
  • Identify opportunities for new energy-efficiency equipment
  • Optimize existing buildings and systems
  • Find cash-back solutions for your biotech buildings

Save energy and improve operations with the Advanced Energy Program

PG&E's High tech and Biotech customers can receive a comprehensive energy efficiency solution designed to help them maximize energy and money savings by achieving next-generation energy performance. This PG&E program is implemented and managed by Resource Innovations.

Review program benefits

 

Improve operations and reduce energy usage with the Smart Labs Program

Receive technical assessment from energy experts and a performance management plan for your facility to ensure the persistence of HVAC, ventilation and air circulation systems and energy savings. This program is offered by PG&E's program implementation partner, kW Engineering.

Learn more about the Smart Labs Program

 

Ready for a freezer upgrade?

PG&E offers cash-back rebates for high-efficiency (–80 °C) Ultra-Low Temperature (ULT) Freezers. Receive up to $600 per unit.

Business Rebate Catalog for Refrigeration (PDF)

Keep costs under control with energy management

As you focus on key priorities like hiring the right teachers, serving students and maintaining your campus, our energy efficiency programs, products and partners can help you make energy-efficiency improvements to reduce your annual operating costs. 

Our school programs and key products can:

  • Assist facilities with stretching maintenance dollars by providing incentives and rebates
  • Increase learning environment comfort for students while decreasing energy use
  • Help run more energy-efficient campuses
  • Increase safety with installed LED exterior lighting and controls


The Higher Education Efficiency Performance Program

Take advantage of energy efficiency services, technical assistance and incentives provided by a statewide program implemented by CLEAResults and available for PG&E customers including the University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges.

Learn more about the Higher Education Efficiency Performance Program

PG&E programs and rebates can help you to save money and increase productivity when you upgrade your food service equipment. Explore the resources below to help you get started.

The Business Rebate Catalog for Refrigeration (PDF)

 

Find out if your next project qualifies for PG&E's 0% interest financing

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Upgrade to energy-efficient equipment with these instant rebates

Skip the paperwork and receive an instant rebate as a discount directly on your invoice with the California Foodservice Instant Rebates Program.

See qualifying products

 

Update your food service equipment for profits and productivity

Get access to technical advice and review the latest energy-efficient commercial equipment available from the Food Service Technology Center.

Review resources from the Food Service Technology Center

Improve government agency operations and increase efficiency

Saving energy and money are crucially important to State government operations. We’re committed to helping you find solutions for operating efficiently while reducing costs and lessening your environmental impact.

Government programs and products for energy efficiency can:

  • Help meet California’s greenhouse gas reduction targets.
  • Keep your facilities running more reliably and efficiently.
  • Educate and motivate your employees to save energy.

 

Get support from energy experts for your next energy project with the Public Energy Efficiency Program

Save money and time, meet state energy mandates, and reduce maintenance costs with Willdan Public Energy Efficiency Program for local government and federal agencies.

Learn more about the Public Energy Efficiency Program

 

Install energy-efficient water system technologies cost-effectively with the Statewide WISE Program

Receive specialized solutions that offer no-cost engineering services, project support and incentives to upgrade your water and wastewater system with new, energy-efficient technologies.

Learn more about the Statewide WISE Program

 

Save energy and money with the Higher Education Efficiency Performance Program

Take advantage of energy efficiency services, technical assistance and incentives provided by a statewide program implemented by CLEAResults and available for PG&E customers including the University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges.

Learn more about the Higher Education Efficiency Performance Program

 

Reduce your agency's energy use and greenhouse gas emissions with the State of California Energy Strategy and Support Program

This program is designed to help California state-owned buildings implement energy savings projects. Get access to financial support, technical expertise, and trade pro-management guidance for your project.

Explore offerings

 

Improve wastewater energy management with the RAPIDS Wastewater Treatment Optimization Program

Take advantage of risk assessment, process improvement, and energy efficiency incentives for your wastewater treatment and collection systems. 

Learn more about the RAPIDS Wastewater Treatment Optimization Program

Reach your business goals with our grocery programs and solutions

As you focus on key priorities like lowering your operating costs, maintaining your store's appearance and increasing customer satisfaction, our energy efficiency programs, products and partners can help you make the right energy efficiency improvements and meet your business objectives.


Our proven experience, grocery programs and key products can:

  • Provide long-term operating cost savings.
  • Highlight your products with efficient lighting and refrigeration cases.
  • Increase your customers' comfort and help you provide a more satisfying shopping experience.
  • Keep your facilities running more reliably and profitably.

 

Boost your bottom line and improve operations with energy efficiency

Run your business more profitably and improve operations with PG&E's partner program, CoolSave offered by kW Engineering. Connect with program experts to review energy efficiency solutions and upgrade your equipment cost-effectively.

Start saving with CoolSave

 

Energy management tips and tools for grocery retailers

Strengthen our grocery store’s financial success, improve your operating income, and reduce your carbon footprint with this guide.

Download your copy (PDF)

 

Improve patient comfort and your bottom line with energy-efficient solutions

Energy management can help your healthcare business run more efficiently while providing better care for patients. PG&E’s expert partners help you understand where energy management fits into your long-term planning cycles.

 

Get the benefits of our healthcare programs and solutions

Our healthcare programs and solutions can:

  • Increase patient and staff comfort and safety
  • Enable operations to run more reliably and profitably over the long term
  • Help ensure your business meets industry and regulatory mandates, such as California’s Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI)
  • Reduce the environmental impact of the facility

 

Improve operational efficiency

Consider an energy assessment by PG&E's Healthcare Energy Fitness Initiative, the PG&E third-party program for healthcare customers. Contact your PG&E account manager or call the Business Customer Service Center at 1-800-468-4743 for more information.

We can help you to identify projects and may be able to pay incentives for:

  • Lower-cost retro-commissioning and controls-based efficiency projects
  • Assistance with design and equipment specifications for capital projects

Consult the PG&E business rebate catalog (PDF) for available prescriptive rebates.

 

New construction and major renovations

Planning a new construction or major renovation project? PG&E can help. The California Energy Design Assistance Program provides:

  • Design Assistance to achieve energy savings to exceed Title 24, while complying with HCAI
  • Incentives for the PG&E customer as well as the design team

Submit an application for new or expanded service well in advance of construction with PG&E’s Service Planning department.

 

0% financing for energy efficiency projects

Our On-Bill Financing (OBF) program is available to fund eligible projects with 0% interest.

  • The program is designed to be bill-neutral so that you don’t pay more on your monthly bill.
  • Pay down the loan monthly with the amount based on estimated energy savings over a period of up to 10 years.
  • The total $ loan allowed is $5,000 - $250,000 and up to $4 Million per premise for special circumstances.

For more information, contact your PG&E account manager or the Business Customer Service Center at 1-800-468-4743 or businessadvisor@pge.com.

 

Demand response programs for healthcare customers

Healthcare facilities have unique needs and challenges when it comes to reducing energy usage. As a result, the healthcare industry prefers low-risk, low-commitment programs. Learn more about demand response programs.

Here are some examples of programs that have worked for customers in the healthcare industry:

 

Distributed generation and customer resilience

On-site customer generation can help to reduce energy usage and cost while providing resiliency during utility outages. Learn about PG&E’s Self-Generation Incentive Program, which provides incentives for battery storage and qualifying self-generation.

 

Community Microgrid Enablement Program (CMEP)

Community microgrids can help to provide resiliency during utility outages by pairing on-site generation with storage systems, for both single customers and communities. The CMEP can help applicants create and operate a Community Microgrid.

To be eligible for the CMEP:

  • The project must meet the needs of one critical facility (see FAQs), plus at least one additional customer within the microgrid boundary
  • The project must be located in a high fire threat district (Tier 2 or 3), an area that has been impacted by prior Public Safety Power Shutoff Events or an area “prone to outages”
  • The project must have demonstrated support with a letter of interest from the local government, Tribe or Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) having jurisdiction over the area
  • The project must include interconnected exporting energy-producing resources (Project Resources) that do not exceed 20MW in aggregate
  • The project must also meet the requirements of the Community Microgrid Enablement Tariff (PDF), which governs the eligibility, development, and operation of Community Microgrids.

 

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Explore specialized PG&E programs for a rapidly changing business landscape

If you’re responsible for sensitive data centers, facilities with advanced technology operations, labs and clean rooms, you know that solutions for other types of businesses just don’t apply to your company’s needs.

 

Energy-efficiency solutions for high-tech companies

Our specialized programs and products for the high-tech industry can help you:

  • Attract top talent to a green, comfortable workplace
  • Improve your accountability, sustainability image and profitability as a supplier to other high-tech customers
  • Create a secure and reliable, energy-efficient work environment

 

Save energy and improve operations with the Advanced Energy Program

PG&E's High-Tech and Bio-Tech customers can receive a comprehensive energy efficiency solution designed to help them maximize energy and money savings by achieving next-generation energy performance. This PG&E program is implemented and managed by Resource Innovations.

Review program benefits

 

Success stories and more resources

Find out how we’ve helped other high-tech companies reduce their energy use:

Access documents on high-tech best practices

Focus on energy efficiency while keeping your guests in mind

We understand your focus on key priorities like increasing guest satisfaction and lowering operating costs, and we want to help you reach more of your business goals. To meet your industry-specific needs, we offer programs, products and partners to assist you in making the right energy efficiency improvements. Take advantage of our proven experience in helping hospitality companies just like yours.

Download the Case Study for LEED-certified InterContinental San Francisco

 

Explore specialized PG&E solutions for the hospitality industry

PG&E hospitality programs and key products can help you:

  • Increase guest comfort
  • Provide a more satisfying guest experience
  • Keep facilities running more reliably and profitably

 

Front- and back-of-house solutions

  • Energy and water savings (low-flow, pre-rinse spray valves, ice machines and ozone laundry)
  • Easy control solutions (vending machine controllers and demand control kitchen ventilation)
  • Natural gas savings (pipe insulation and hot water boilers)
  • Kitchen vent hood controls
  • Enhanced ventilation control (EVC)

Visit the Energy Action Guide

 

Advanced rooftop HVAC controls

  • Advanced digital economizer control (ADEC)
  • Demand control ventilation (DCV)

Explore HVAC solutions

 

Save money on your next energy efficiency project through the NetOne Program

Receive customized energy efficiency expertise and upgrade your equipment cost-effectively with the NetOne Program, implemented by PG&E's contracted partner, Ecology Action.

Learn more about the NetOne Program

Demonstrate green operations to the community

Discover new ways to improve production, lower costs and save energy while meeting your sustainability goals. Our proven experience in helping industrial companies, along with our industrial and manufacturing products and solutions can:

  • Reduce your carbon footprint by lowering energy use
  • Increase production and reduce maintenance costs
  • Retrofit existing equipment to optimize processes

Apply for a rebate

 

Find the right solutions for your industrial business

The Industrial System Optimization Program

Receive a no-cost energy evaluation of your facility and unlock bill savings with PG&E's Industrial System Optimization Program offered by Cascade Energy. This program is specifically designed for industrial customers including food manufacturing.

Learn more about the Industrial System Optimization Program

 

The Business Energy Performance Program

Drive adoption of energy-efficient equipment cost-effectively and implement best practices through comprehensive account management with the Business Energy Performance Program, offered by PG&E's program partner CLEAResults. Receive specialized engineering, and take advantage of available incentives to maximize money and energy savings.

Learn more about the Business Energy Performance Program

 

Success stories and more resources

Attract and retain tenants while reducing operating costs

PG&E energy efficiency programs and products can:

  • Increase comfort for tenants and their employees
  • Enhance your facility’s reliability and profit
  • Help ensure compliance with regulatory mandates
  • Support LEED® and ENERGY STAR® certification and demonstrate your commitment to sustainability

 

Save money on your next energy efficiency project through the NetOne Program

Receive customized energy efficiency expertise and upgrade your equipment cost-effectively with the NetOne Program, implemented by PG&E's contracted partner, Ecology Action.

Learn more about the NetOne Program

 

Improve tenants’ comfort

You can enhance your tenants’ comfort with advanced rooftop HVAC controls including:

  • Advanced digital economizer controls
  • Demand control ventilation
  • Enhanced ventilation control

Explore HVAC solutions

 

Energy-saving tips in your building

Small changes to your building’s energy use can add up to big savings and may not even be noticeable to your building’s occupants, for example:

  • Reduce run time or turn off features such as fountains, decorative lighting and ambient audio and video displays.
  • Turn off ceiling and room fans and increase temperature settings.
  • Reduce your building’s external airflow by temporarily using ventilation control to lessen the demand on cooling systems.

Explore tips and how-to's for business

 

Success stories and more resources

Find out how other office buildings have saved energy and money:

Visit the following websites for additional information

Enhance the in-store experience with energy efficiency

Our energy-efficiency programs, products and partners can help you make energy-saving improvements that can increase your profits and enhance the customer experience.

  • Improve the lighting and display of your products.
  • Create a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing in-store experience.
  • Increase the reliability of your equipment and enhance profitability by reducing energy waste.

Save money on your next energy efficiency project through the NetOne Program

Receive customized energy efficiency expertise and upgrade your equipment cost-effectively with the NetOne Program, implemented by PG&E's contracted partner, Ecology Action.

Learn more about the NetOne Program

 

More resources

Review resources available from industry associations and best practices.

Manage school energy costs

Every year, California schools spend $700 million on energy. That's about the same amount they spend on school supplies. Our rebates, discounts and expert advice can help make it easier for your school to save.

Find out how to save energy and money:

Download the Business Rebate Catalog (PDF)

Get support from experts for your school’s next energy project

Save money and time, meet state energy mandates, and reduce maintenance costs with Willdan Public Energy Efficiency Program for K-12 schools.

Start saving with the Public Energy Efficiency Program

 

Make the most of Prop 39 dollars

Improve energy efficiency in your public school and you may qualify for California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Prop 39) funding. 

A key component of having your Energy Expenditure Plans (EEP) approved is a strong savings-to-investment ratio for the measures in your plan. PG&E offers rebates on key products and targeted incentives for schools. The rebates can decrease the cost of the measures in your plan. PG&E can help you take advantage of the rebates that can bring you closer to the optimal savings-to-investment ratio.

Note: The last date to submit energy expenditure plans and amendments to request additional funds to the California Energy Commission was February 26, 2018.

For more information, email schools@pge.com.

 

Understand Prop 39 basics

Prop 39 funding can help your school improve energy efficiency.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) posted several recorded training sessions. The Commission also regularly posts information on future events on its website. Visit Proposition 39 Documents - Workshops, Webinars, Documents and Announcements

 

Providing access to your Prop 39 records

You can access Prop 39 resources only after submitting two forms to the CEC. PG&E requires these forms to provide the CEC with school energy use data from now through 2023:

Send your completed forms to the CEC and to each utility. If you are a PG&E electricity or natural gas customer, please complete the following steps:

  1. Visit the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39 (K-12) Program)
  2. Sign, scan and email the Utility Data Release Authorization Form (CEC-12) and the Facility and Service Account Information Form (CEC-24) to:
    • CorrespondenceManag@pge.com
    • The California Clean Energy Commission (CEC)
    • Note: The information form (CEC-24) must remain in electronic format. It must not be scanned by a copier along with the Utility Data Release Authorization form and it must not be handwritten.

 

Special resources from the State of California related to Prop 39

 

Stay informed of Prop 39 guidelines and reporting requirements

Prop 39 guidelines are updated periodically. We can help you stay informed of the updates. To understand how the changes may impact you, contact us or call the CEC Prop 39 hotline at 1-855-380-8722. You can also email Prop39@energy.ca.gov.

 

Success stories and more resources

 

Lower your energy usage and bills with no-cost solutions

Upgrade your lighting, thermostat, and refrigeration equipment to new, energy-efficient models at no cost with the Simplified Savings Program, a PG&E program implemented and managed by Resource Innovations. This program offers incentives for larger retrofit projects like installing heat pump technology for water heating and climate control or fan coolers for your walk-ins. You will work with program representatives to identify the best project for your business and maximize savings.

See if you qualify

 

Simplified-Savings-Program

Eligible customers:

  • Have a peak demand of 50kW or less per site annually. Review your usage via your online account.
  • Have single ownership of no more than five locations.
  • Operate within a disadvantaged community or qualify as a hard-to-reach customer.
  • Cannot be an active participant in PG&E Market Access Program or Normalized Metered Energy Consumption program(s).

Good fit for: non-chain retail, service providers, non-chain restaurants or take-out food service, small offices, and small grocery or convenience stores.

 

Technology:

  • HVAC direct install / No cost: Pipe insulation, smart thermostat
  • HVAC add-on / Instant discount: Heat pump, variable frequency drive motors
  • Lighting direct install / No cost: LED troffer kits, LED recessed downlight retrofit kit, type A LED tubes, LED pin and screw-based lamps, occupancy sensing wall switches
  • Lighting add-on / Instant discount: Indoor low-bay lighting LED fixtures, interior LED fixtures, LED fixture retrofit kit, refrigerated display lighting, 2- and 3-lamp linear LED lamp hardwired retrofit
  • Plug load direct install / No cost: Bluetooth smart power strips, smart outlets and timers for vending machines
  • Refrigeration direct install / No cost: Auto door closers for walk-ins, gasket and coil cleaning
  • Refrigeration add-on / Instant discount: ECM Motors for display case, fan coolers for walk-ins, auto door closers for reach-in
  • Water direct install / No cost: Faucet aerators, pre-rinse spray valves
  • Water add-on / Instant discount: Electric to electric water heater
  • Indoor air quality direct install / No cost: Room air purifiers
  • Envelope add-on / Instant discount: Window film

 

Additional resources for small businesses

Energy-saving tips by equipment

Save energy, money and time before replacing or adding new equipment.

Discover tips (PDF)

 

Interested in other programs and tools?

Discover new ways to reduce energy costs with PG&E’s programs and easy-to-use tools.

Download your brochure (PDF)

More information on third-party programs

Industry-specific expertise that can provide customized energy management solutions.

  • Facility energy audits, engineering services and technical design assistance.
  • Installation of energy efficiency equipment, at low or no cost.
  • Application facilitation and support services of customer rebates and incentives upon installation of energy-efficiency solutions.
  • Services to facilitate and sustain long-term optimization of energy savings, such as employee training and post-installation quality control.
  • Information on other energy management program offerings, funding options or assistance accessing funds.

If your company is interested in becoming a Third-Party Implementation specialist, register via the PEPMA website to learn more.

Registration allows you to:

  • Identify your expertise in various areas of energy efficiency and select IOUs and areas for potential program implementation.
  • Receive guidance on the use of the PEPMA website, information about the solicitation process and energy efficiency program opportunities.
  • View and receive Requests for Abstracts and Proposals as they are developed and distributed statewide and/or by individual IOU.
  • In response to solicitations post your ideas and program proposals on the self-created and secure web portal.

In addition, please monitor the bid opportunities.

Rebates offer cash back for completing a qualified energy efficiency project. They are payments you receive after you’ve upgraded to new, energy-saving equipment. Qualifying products can be found in the Business Rebate Catalog.

The program runs from January 1, 2016 till further notice. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are used or the program ends, whichever comes first. The program may be modified or terminated without prior notice, and additional terms and conditions apply.

To be eligible, the installation address must have a commercial gas or electric account with PG&E. If the rebate is for an electric product, you must have an electric account and gas product rebates require a gas account.

Before you begin your project, check if the product you’re planning to purchase and install qualifies for a rebate. Find qualifying products. Each product has a unique potential energy saving value and the catalogs outline the type of savings you could expect and estimated payback timing.

It’s easy to apply for your rebate and get cash back for your business. Visit the online PG&E Business Rebate Application.

Rebate checks are mailed within six to eight weeks after we receive your paper application or eRebates Confirmation Page and proofs of purchase. If your application is incomplete or selected for verification, processing time could take longer. Rebate applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis or until funds are depleted.

To check the status of your rebate application online, sign in or register for an online account. Your status is located on the eRebates page. Select Check Rebate Application Status.

If your rebate application is denied, you’ll receive a letter explaining what you must do to resubmit it.

Apply for a rebate.

Find the right contractor

PG&E’s Trade Professional Alliance is the place to find a qualified contractor to handle your energy efficiency project.

Other energy management resources for your business

Energy Efficiency Financing program

Replace old and worn-out equipment with 0% interest loans range from $5,000 to $4,000,000.

Demand response programs

To minimize strain on the electric grid, PG&E and other California utilities depend on customers to reduce their energy usage during heat waves and other emergency events. Financial incentives are available to customers who enroll in PG&E demand response programs.

Energy efficiency tips by equipment

Consider energy and money-saving tips for each piece of equipment in your facility.