Commercial new construction incentives
Earn PSE incentives for buildings and equipment that exceed energy code
Earn incentives for incorporating energy efficient equipment and efficient design strategies into your new construction building.
What you get
The total value of your new construction grant depends on your estimation approach, which a PSE Energy Management Engineer (EME) can help you choose.
Grant estimation approach
Energy modeled whole building
Grant applies to equipment and installation. Savings compared to code-baseline or standard practice system.
EUI performance method
Grant applies to whole building performance savings beyond a baseline EUI as measured by 12 months metered consumption.
Lighting power density reduction
5 percent more efficient than the current WSEC.*
TLEDs do not qualify for the NC Lighting Power Density reduction program, and they should be incentivized via PSE’s Lighting To Go program. *Grant applies to all lighting except residential in-unit. **Grant applies to interior LLLC fixtures and their installation.
Grant applies to commercial kitchen, laundry and HVAC
Grant applies to energy-efficient equipment that saves energy above WSEC. Incentive amount compared to code-baseline or standard practice system, subject to PSE cost-effectiveness standards. Examples include condensing boilers, heat recovery, demand control ventilation, etc.
Post-occupancy building commissioning
Grant applies to post-occupancy commissioning fees only.
How you qualify
To be eligible for PSE's Commercial New Construction Program:
- Your business site must be within PSE's electric and/or gas service area.
- Your business site must be for commercial or industrial use.
- The project must be in the design or construction phase.
- The project must be reviewed by PSE staff before a grant is guaranteed.
Not sure which option is best for you?
Submit an application and a PSE EME will assist you with the grant process.
How you apply
If you know which option you'd like to pursue, submit the following in an email along with your application:
|Energy modeled whole building approach||
*Some exceptions permitted at PSE’s discretion
||PSE Energy Modeling Guidelines|
|EUI performance method||
||EUI Performance Method Program Details|
|Lighting power density reduction||
||PSE Business Lighting Workbook|
|Custom approach (non-lighting)||
||Examples include condensing boilers, heat recovery, demand control ventilation, high efficiency HVAC, etc.|
PSE has additional incentives for multi-family, single family, and manufactured homes. Visit our new construction grants page for more information.
A PSE EME will review your application and coordinate meetings between PSE and your team to review design decisions and project specifics. Your project's design details are reviewed so PSE can determine your eligibility, make energy efficiency recommendations, and estimate your grant value.
For post-occupancy commissioning, your program must be developed and tracked using the following forms:
- Post-occupancy commissioning plan
- Operations and maintenance (O&M) staff training time tracker
- Energy efficiency improvement measure summary
- Facility guide table of contents (for Cx agent use)
- Training plan table of contents (for Cx agent use)
Once a firm energy efficiency improvement plan is reached, you'll execute a grant agreement with PSE and build your project. When construction is completed, an EME will inspect the site to verify energy efficiency gains and finalize the value of your grant.
Then, prepare the following:
- Signed copies of your equipment and labor invoices, with grant-eligible items and quantities circled
- A signed and completed Tax Identification Form (W-9)
- Any other documentation your agreement requires
For post-occupancy commissioning, system and energy details may be submitted using the following forms:
- Air handler unit (AHU), remote terminal unit (RTU), air conditioning (A/C), fan coil unit (FCU) and/or high-performance HVAC
- Boiler plant
- Chiller plant
- Domestic hot water (DHW) plant
- Energy data
- Exhaust fan
- Heat exchanger
- Radiant heating/cooling
- Variable air volume (VAV) boxes
- Template for different/additional system(s)
Submit these documents using one of the estimation approaches above. You don't need to resend your application form.
If you have any questions, call an Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For personalized advice, contact an Energy Advisor
Or call, 1-800-562-1482