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Food Service Incentive Program

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

The Food Service Incentive Program is offered to small commercial and industrial customers of Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison (FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities) to encourage participants to install high-efficiency food service and commercial kitchen equipment.  Typical participants in the Food Service Incentive Program include grocery, convenience stores and restaurants, as well as schools, hospitals and lodging facilities which include food service equipment.

Flat-rate incentives are available for the following equipment categories:

Effective Dates

To qualify for incentives through the Food Service Incentive Program, equipment must be new and installed after January 1, 2017.

Pre-Approval Requirements

All Food Service Incentive applications received by the program will require pre-approval before the purchase and installation of materials.

Limitations

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

Program Incentives

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

ENERGY STAR Commercial Reach-in Refrigerators

Equipment Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Commercial Refrigerators ENERGY STAR refrigerators must be self-contained with vertical-closed transparent or solid doors.  Residential style refrigerators are not eligible for incentives under this measure, but may be eligible for incentives under the Appliances program.  New installations and replacement projects are eligible under this measure. $50 per Refrigerator

ENERGY STAR Commercial Reach-in Freezers

Equipment Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Commercial Freezers ENERGY STAR freezers must be self-contained with vertical-closed transparent or solid doors.  Residential style freezers are not eligible for incentives under this measure, but may be eligible for incentives under the Appliances program.  New construction and replacement projects are eligible under this measure. $50 per Freezer

ENERGY STAR Commercial Ice Machines

Equipment Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Commercial Ice Machines Eligible equipment includes ENERGY STAR ice machines that are air-cooled and produce ice continuously or in batches.  New installation and replacement projects are eligible. < 500lbs/day:           $50

501 – 1000lbs/day: $50

> 1000lbs/day:        $50

Night Covers for Refrigerated Display Case

Equipment Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Night Covers for Refrigerated Display Cases Eligible projects include the installation of night covers on open reach-in refrigerated cases during unoccupied hours.  Covers must be in use for at least three hours daily to be eligible for incentives. $9 per Linear Foot

Strip Curtains for Walk-in Coolers and Freezers

Equipment Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Strip Curtains for Walk-in Coolers and Freezers Eligible strip curtains must be installed on walk-in coolers and freezers that have ineffective or no existing strip curtains in place.   Strip curtains must be new, made of polyethylene, and be at least 0.06″ thick.  Low temperature curtains must be used for freezer applications. Eligible units must be in use at least 2.5 hours per day. $1.50 per ft2

Anti-Sweat Heater Controls on Cooler and Freezer Doors

Equipment Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Anti-Sweat Heater Controls on Cooler and Freezer Doors Anti-sweat heater controls sense the humidity in the store outside reach-in, glass door cases and turn off anti-sweat heaters during periods of low humidity. Only the installation of new anti-sweat heater controls in cases with no existing controls are eligible for incentives. $30 per Door

Beverage and Snack Vending Machine Controls

Equipment Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Beverage and Snack Machine Controls Eligible sensors must be installed on non-ENERGY STAR-certified vending machines.  Each control must be able to automatically turn off lighting when there is no occupancy, and must modulate the refrigeration system for peak performance. $50 per Control

ENERGY STAR Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines

Equipment Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines ENERGY STAR vending machines have high efficiency refrigeration and lighting systems.  In addition, these machines have built-in controls that reduce lighting and refrigeration loads during unoccupied periods.  Only new ENERGY STAR vending machines are eligible for incentives. $65 per Machine

ENERGY STAR  Commercial Electric Combination Ovens

Equipment Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Commercial Electric Combination Ovens Electric combination ovens must be ENERGY STAR-certified to be eligible for incentives.  Only new, unused equipment is eligible. New construction and replacement projects are eligible under this measure. $600 per Oven

ENERGY STAR  Commercial Electric Convection Ovens

Equipment Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Commercial Electric Convection Ovens ENERGY STAR-certified convection ovens must be new. Used equipment is not eligible for incentives. New construction and replacement projects are eligible under this measure. $350 per Oven

ENERGY STAR  Commercial Electric Steam Cookers

Equipment Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Commercial Electric Steam Cookers Eligible steam cookers must be ENERGY STAR-certified and have a cooking efficiency of at least 50%.  Only new (unused), electric steam cookers are eligible for incentives. 3 Pans: $125

4 Pans: $185

5 Pans: $250

6 Pans: $300

ENERGY STAR  Commercial Electric Fryers

Equipment Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Commercial Electric Fryers ENERGY STAR fryers have advanced heat exchanger design and fry pot insulation to shorten cook times and reduce standby heat losses.  Only new (unused), electric, ENERGY STAR-certified fryers are eligible for incentives. $150 per Fryer

ENERGY STAR  Commercial Electric Griddles

Equipment Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Commercial Electric Griddles Eligible equipment must be ENERGY STAR–certified. Only new (unused) equipment is eligible for incentives. $150 per Griddle

ENERGY STAR  Commercial Hot Food Holding Cabinets

Equipment Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Commercial Hot Food Holding Cabinets ENERGY STAR hot food holding cabinets have better designs with better insulation to reduce heat loss and maintain more uniform food temperature.  Only new (unused) equipment is eligible for incentives. Half Size: $110 per cabinet

Three-Quarter Size: $185 per cabinet

Full Size: $250 per cabinet

How Do I Apply For Incentives?

Step 1 – The participant should complete and submit a program application online and upload required documents through the application portal. The following documents are required for a pre-approval (if the project is already complete, applicants should also submit the required documentation listed in Step 3):

  1. Completed Food Service 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.
  3. Completed letter of attestation.
  4. Revised Food Service calculator spreadsheet (this requirement is waived if no changes were made during construction).
  5. 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.