​Custom Retrofit

Our Custom Retrofit program (formerly Custom Incentives program) is designed for large or complex projects in existing non-residential buildings. Incentives are available for both beneficial electrification and energy efficiency projects.

Go Electric Business

Our commitment to the environment is evident every day. It’s a part of our DNA. We are always looking to reduce our impact on the environment, improve regional air quality and conserve resources for future generations. We’re growing our energy efficiency programs to include new incentives to convert commercial natural gas fired appliances to efficient heat pump and induction technologies. Learn about our incentives below.

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For complete program rules and restrictions or to begin the application process, please contact us: CustomRetrofit@smud.org or 1-916-732-5095.

  • Custom Retrofit incentives are available for equipment replacements or upgrades in existing buildings (see Integrated Design Solutions for commercial new construction incentives)
  • Go Electric (converting gas-fired equipment to electric) and Energy Efficiency projects are eligible
  • All projects must be pre-approved by SMUD prior to installation
  • Incentives are first come, first serve
  • Review our Custom Retrofit Procedures Manual for the latest program rules

"Go Electric" Gas to Electric Conversions

  • Heat pump water heating
  • Heat pump space heating
  • Heat recovery chillers
  • Other customized solutions that displace gas consumption

Incentives:

  • $0.10/kWh for all project types
  • Total incentive limited to up to 50% of project cost or $100,000, whichever is less

 

Heating and Cooling Systems

  • High-efficiency chiller replacements
  • Packaged air conditioners and heat pumps
  • Evaporative cooling units
  • Data center cooling optimization
  • Variable speed drives on pump motors
  • Controls and energy management systems for HVAC equipment
  • Cooling tower upgrades

Incentives:

  • $0.15/kWh annual energy reduction
  • Total incentive limited to up to 50% of project cost or $100,000, whichever is less

 

LED Lighting & Controls 

  • New interior and exterior lighting and controls
  • Lighting and controls retrofits
  • Daylighting systems and dimmable fixtures
  • All fixtures must be listed on the Design Lights Consortium's Qualified Products list at designlights.org 

Incentives:

  • $0.10/kWh annual energy reduction
  • Total incentive limited to up to 50% of project cost or $150,000, whichever is less

 

Refrigeration

  • High-efficiency chiller replacements
  • Complete subsystem replacements
  • Electric chiller heat reclaim
  • Evaporator fan controls
  • Motors and controllers
  • Demand control ventilation installation (CO2 sensors)
  • Plus more

Incentives:

  • $0.15/kWh energy reduction incentive
  • Total incentive limited to up to 50% of project cost or $100,000, whichever is less

 

Industrial process applications

  • Upgrades to industrial fans, pumps, and air compressors
  • Industrial refrigeration
  • Vacuum pumps/variable-speed drives
  • Injection molding machines
  • Data center cooling controls

Incentives:

  • $0.15/kWh annual energy reduction
  • Total incentive limited to up to 50% of project cost or $100,000, whichever is less

 

Pump Energy Assessment Program

  • Pre/post testing incentive on the installation and monitoring of qualifying energy-saving pump or system improvement
  • Applies to pumps greater that 25HP and associated systems
  • 500 provided for pre/post-monitoring for pumps successfully completing the program

Incentives:

  • $0.15/kWh annual energy reduction
  • $500 incentive per pump provided for pre/post-monitoring of pumps successfully completing the program
  • Total incentive limited to up to 50% of project cost or $150,000, whichever is less

 

Retrocommissioning (RCx)

  • Optimize existing systems and controls in commercial and industrial settings
  • Commercial buildings must have centralized EMS with some trending capability
  • $0.08/kWh annual energy reduction
  • Two-part incentive:
    • Upon installation of physical measures, SMUD pays 50% of predicted incentive
    • After a monitoring period, SMUD will pay an incentive of up to 50% of the predicted incentive
  • Total incentive limited to up to 50% of project cost or $100,000, whichever is less
  • Measures installed before the project was approved
  • Power factor correction or power conditioning equipment
  • Technologies that fail to meet or exceed federal and state minimum standards
  • Measures that are not permanently installed and can be easily removed
  • Solar water heating
  • Building envelope measures
  • Pre-owned equipment
  • Duty cyclers
  • Plus more. For a complete list, see Appendix G of the ACS Procedures Manual.