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HVAC INCENTIVE PROGRAM

Learn more about cash incentive programs that provide reimbursement for high-efficiency HVAC equipment.

The HVAC Incentive Program is offered to commercial, industrial, governmental and institutional customers of Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison (FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities) to encourage participants to install high-efficiency heating and air conditioning equipment.

Eligible Measures

To qualify for an incentive, HVAC equipment must:

Flat-rate per unit or per Ton capacity incentives are available for:

Effective Dates

To qualify for incentive levels through this program, equipment must be new and installed after January 1, 2017.

Pre‐Approval Requirements

All HVAC incentive applications received by the program will require pre-approval before the purchase and installation of materials.

Limitations

Incentives available from this Program are shown below, and are limited to the total equipment cost. Only new equipment is eligible for incentives under the HVAC Incentives for Business Program.

Program Incentives

Click on the headings below to view the current program incentives and requirements.

SPLIT & PACKAGED HVAC UNITS – AIR COOLED

Eligible equipment must meet or exceed full load cooling efficiency requirements as defined in the table below. Cooling capacities (in Tons) listed in the table below are Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) net capacities, not gross capacities. Qualifying split systems must have both a new condenser and a new coil that meets ARI specifications and where the matched system performance (condenser and coil) meets or exceeds the minimum requirements outlined below. Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems are eligible to participate under this measure (custom energy calculations will be required in this case).
Measure Cooling Efficiency Incentive
Split & Packaged HVAC ≤ 5.4 Tons 14.3 SEER $50 per Ton
Split & Packaged HVAC > 5.4 to < 11.25 Tons 12.3 EER $75 per Ton
Split & Packaged HVAC 11.25 to < 20 Tons 12.1 EER $75 per Ton
Split & Packaged HVAC 20 to < 63.3 Tons 11.0 EER $60 per Ton
Split & Packaged HVAC > 63.3 Tons 10.7 EER $60 per Ton

SPLIT & PACKAGED HVAC UNITS – WATER & EVAPORATIVELY COOLED

Eligible equipment must meet or exceed both full load cooling efficiency requirements as defined in the table below. Cooling capacities (in Tons) listed in the table below are Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) net capacities, not gross capacities. Qualifying split systems must have both a new condenser and a new coil that meets ARI specifications and where the matched system performance (condenser and coil) meets or exceeds the minimum requirements outlined below. Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems are eligible to participate under this measure (custom energy calculations will be required in this case).
Measure Cooling Efficiency Incentive
Split & Packaged HVAC ≤ 5.4 Tons 15.3 SEER $50 per Ton
Split & Packaged HVAC > 5.4 to < 11.25 Tons 13.3 EER and $75 per Ton
Split & Packaged HVAC 11.25 to < 20 Tons 13.8 EER and $75 per Ton
Split & Packaged HVAC 20 to < 63.3 Tons 13.6 EER and $60 per Ton
Split & Packaged HVAC > 63.3 Tons 13.2 EER and $60 per Ton

AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMPS

Eligible equipment must meet or exceed cooling and heating efficiency requirements as outlined in the table below. Cooling capacities (in Tons) listed in the table below are Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) net capacities, not gross capacities. Heat pump systems must be used for both heating and cooling. Qualifying split systems must have both a new condenser and a new coil that meets ARI specifications and where the matched system performance (condenser and coil) meets or exceeds the minimum requirements outlined below. Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems are eligible to participate under this measure (custom energy calculations will be required in this case).
Measure Cooling & Heating Efficiency Incentive
Air Source Heat Pump < 5.4 Tons 14.3 SEER and 10.0 HSPF $100 per Ton
Air Source Heat Pump ≥ 5.4 Tons and < 11.25 Tons 12.1 EER and 3.6 COP $35 per Ton
Air Source Heat Pump ≥ 11.25 Tons and < 20 Tons 11.6 EER and 3.5 COP $35 per Ton
Air Source Heat Pump ≥ 20 Tons 10.5 EER and 3.5 COP $35 per Ton

WATER SOURCE, GROUND SOURCE AND GROUND WATER SOURCE HEAT PUMPS

Eligible equipment must meet or exceed cooling and heating efficiency requirements as outlined in the table below. Heat pump systems must be used for both heating and cooling. Cooling capacities (in Tons) listed in the table below are Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) net capacities, not gross capacities. Qualifying split heat pump systems must have both a new condenser and a new coil that meets ARI specifications and where the matched system performance (condenser and coil) meets or exceeds the minimum requirements outlined below.
Measure Cooling & Heating Efficiency Incentive
Water Source Heat Pump < 1.42 Tons 12.3 EER and 4.6 COP $150 per Ton
Water Source Heat Pump ≥ 1.42 Tons 13.2 EER and 4.6 COP $150 per Ton
Ground Source Heat Pump < 11.25 Tons 14.7 EER and 3.4 COP $150 per Ton
Ground Source Heat Pump < 11.25 Tons 14.7 EER and 3.4 COP $150 per Ton
Ground Water Source Heat Pump < 11.25 Tons 14.7 EER and 4.0 COP $150 per Ton
Ground Water Source Heat Pump < 11.25 Tons 14.7 EER and 4.0 COP $150 per Ton

DUCTLESS MINI SPLIT HEAT PUMPS

Equipment must be ENERGY STAR® qualified and must meet or exceed the cooling and heating efficiency requirements outlined in the table below. Cooling capacities (in Tons) listed in the table below are Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) net capacities, not gross capacities. Qualifying split systems must have both a new condenser and a new coil that meets ARI specifications and where the matched system performance (condenser and coil) meets or exceeds the minimum requirements outlined below.
Measure Cooling & Heating Efficiency Incentive
Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump – Single Zone 15 SEER/12.5 EER and 8.5 HSPF $150 per Ton
Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump – Multi Zone ≥ 12.0 EER and ≥ 10.0 HSPF $150 per Ton

PACKAGED TERMINAL AIR CONDITIONERS (PTAC)

Eligible equipment must meet or exceed cooling efficiency requirements as outlined in the table below. Cooling capacities (in Tons) listed in the table below are Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) net capacities, not gross capacities.
Measure Cooling Efficiency Incentive
PTAC < 7,000 Btu/h 11.7 EER $75 per Ton
PTAC ≥ 7,000 Btu/h and ≤ 15,000 Btu/h 14.0-(0.3 x Cap/1000) $75 per Ton
PTAC > 15,000 Btu/h 9.5 EER $75 per Ton

PACKAGED TERMINAL HEAT PUMP AIR CONDITIONERS (PTHP)

Eligible equipment must meet or exceed cooling and heating efficiency requirements as outlined in the table below. Cooling capacities (in Tons) listed in the table below are Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) net capacities, not gross capacities.
Measure Cooling & Heating Efficiency Incentive
PTAC < 7,000 Btu/h 13.1 EER and 3.6 COP $75 per Ton
PTAC ≥ 7,000 Btu/h and ≤ 15,000 Btu/h 15.4-(0.3 x Cap/1000) EER and

4.1-(0.052 x Cap/1000) COP

$75 per Ton
PTAC > 15,000 Btu/h 10.5 EER and 3.2 COP $75 per Ton

ELECTRIC CHILLERS –WATER COOLED

Equipment and Eligibility Requirements:

– Eligible equipment must meet or exceed total system cooling efficiency requirements as defined in the table below. Cooling capacities (in Tons) listed in the table below are Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) net capacities, not gross capacities.

– Eligible systems include water cooled chiller systems with cooling capacities less than 1,000 Tons.

– Air cooled chillers, systems with multiple chillers, systems used for process cooling, or systems used for low temperature applications where the leaving water temperature is less than 40°F are not eligible under the HVAC program. These projects may be eligible for incentives through the Custom Equipment program.

– VFD retrofits of existing chillers are not eligible for incentives under this measure.

Chiller Efficiency Paths:

Path A ratings refer to chillers designed to operate close to their full load cooling capacity most of the cooling season.

Path B ratings refer to chillers designed to operate at less than full load capacity for the majority of the cooling season.

Measure A. Operating > 70% load for 50% or more time B. Operating < 70% load for 50% or more time Incentive
Full Load IPLV Full Load IPLV
Water Cooled – Reciprocating/Positive Displacement Chiller < 75 Tons 0.702 0.567 0.720 0.540 $22.50 per Ton
Water Cooled – Reciprocating/Positive Displacement Chiller

≥ 75 Tons and < 150 Tons

0.698 0.554 0.711 0.527 $22.50 per Ton
Water Cooled – Reciprocating/Positive Displacement Chiller

≥ 150 Tons and < 300 Tons

0.612 0.522 0.646 0.486 $22.50 per Ton
Water Cooled – Reciprocating/Positive Displacement Chiller

≥ 300 Tons

0.558 0.486 0.575 0.441 $22.50 per Ton
Water Cooled – Centrifugal Chiller

< 150 Tons

0.571 0.536 0.575 0.405 $22.50 per Ton
Water Cooled – Centrifugal Chiller

≥ 150 Tons and < 300 Tons

0.571 0.536 0.575 0.405 $22.50 per Ton
Water Cooled – Centrifugal Chiller

≥ 300 Tons and < 600 Tons

0.518 0.494 0.540 0.360 $22.50 per Ton
Water Cooled – Centrifugal Chiller ≥ 600 Tons 0.513 0.485 0.531 0.360 $22.50 per Ton

CIRCULATION PUMPS VARIABLE SPEED CONTROLS FOR BOILER HEAT SYSTEMS

Measure Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Circulation Pumps Eligible projects include the installation of variable speed controls on existing hot water circulations pumps on boiler systems. The new controls must vary pump speeds to produce flow rates that match system heating requirements. Only retrofit projects are eligible for incentives. $50 per control

ENERGY STAR® WINDOW AIR CONDITIONERS

Measure Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Window Air Conditioners Eligible window air conditioners must be ENERGY STAR-certified and be used only for comfort cooling applications. New installations and replacement projects are eligible. $25 per air conditioner

HVAC MAINTENANCE

Measure Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
HVAC Maintenance Eligible tune-ups require checks of the refrigerant levels, airflow across coils, refrigerant charge level, fan bearings and pulleys, check/clean filters, and inspect/clean the condenser and evaporator coils. Eligible equipment must either be a packaged/split air conditioner or heat pump used for comfort cooling. Applicants must submit a completed HVAC tune-up form (one form for each HVAC unit serviced) available from the Program Resources section above, along with a completed HVAC calculator.  To be eligible, units may not have been tuned-up within the last 5 years. $15 per Ton serviced

How Do I Apply For Incentives?

Step 1 – The participant should complete and submit a HVAC Incentive Program application online and upload required documents through the application portal. The following documents are required for a pre-approval to be issued:

  1. Completed HVAC calculator spreadsheet
  2. Manufacturers’ specification (cut) sheets for the proposed equipment. Please highlight all relevant information such as the equipment efficiency ratings.
  3. Completed and signed W-9 tax form for the incentive payee. The W-9 form must be current and dated within the last 24 months.
  4. Copy of utility bill to confirm account number and service address. If desired, the participant may obscure all cost and rate related information

Step 2 – The Program Administrator will notify the applicant via email when the review is complete and funds have been reserved. The applicant will have 90 days from the date of the pre-approval letter to complete the project.

Step 3 – Once the project is complete, the participant should review the approved application for any changes to the project that occurred during installation and make any needed corrections. The following final documentation should be submitted to the Program Administrator for review

  1. Detailed, itemized invoices or proofs of purchase for the equipment installed
  2. Manufacturers’ specification (cut) sheets for any additional equipment installed (if applicable)
  3. Completed letter of attestation
  4. Revised HVAC calculator spreadsheet (this requirement is waived if no changes were made during construction).
  5. Completed HVAC tune-up form for each HVAC unit serviced (if applicable)
  6. If applicable, customers who wish to issue all or a portion of their incentive to a 3rd party should complete a Dual Incentive Payment form

Upon receipt and verification of all required documentation, the incentive check will be processed and mailed to the applicant or to an authorized representative, if requested on the application.

Apply online or contact us at 1-866-578-5220.