2018-02-01 / News

State Offers Rebate Programs for Light Fixtures

The Michigan Agency for Energy is offering two rebate programs for converting lighting fixtures to light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The public sector and nonprofit entities can apply for financial assistance from two programs: converting streetlights, or commercial building lighting, to LEDs. Organizations eligible for the programs include municipalities, public school districts, public universities, and other nonprofits. Federal and state government agencies are not eligible.

Up to $200,000 is available for both programs, and rebates will be awarded on a first-come, firstserved basis. MAE, through the Michigan Energy Office, will match utility rebates up to 25% of the total cost of the lighting replacements, and each applicant can receive up to $10,000.

The streetlight rebate program is intended to encourage reducing energy consumption. The goal of the commercial building rebate program is to encourage cost-effective interior and exterior energy upgrades that reduce operating costs, support job creation, and make more capital available for reinvestment.

Applicants must own the fixtures that are to be replaced. Applicants must also be registered in the State of Michigan Vendor System. Bulk purchasing through MiDEAL is encouraged.

Proposals must be completed between October 1, 2017 and May 1, 2018. The project must use LED fixtures, be listed on the Design

Lights Consortium, and have a utility rebate pre-approval letter.

Applications must be completed in full. The Michigan Energy Office will have 30 days to approve or deny a project. Once the office verifies the lighting was installed, rebates will be paid within 45 days. Applications will also require proof of payment for LED lights installed and proof of utility verification or rebate.

Projects will be funded until May 1 or until money is depleted, whichever occurs first. More information is available online at www.michigan.gov/energy. All questions regarding both rebate programs should be directed to Jake Wilkinson at wilkinsonj8@michigan. gov.

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