Multi-Family Custom Housing Rebates

Energy efficient incentives for comprehensive multi-family housing projects.

This program is designed for property managers and 5 or more units. It takes a whole-building approach to increasing overall energy efficiency. Incentives are paid based on the amount of energy saved and they can involve a wide variety of equipment upgrades. Projects must adhere to minimum criteria to qualify.

Program details

This program is a whole building approach with energy efficient incentives paid by performance metrics.


  1. Complete and submit application starting January 1, 2019
  2. Approval and construction
  3. Verification
  4. Payment

Qualifying measures

  1. Envelope
  2. Heating/cooling
  3. Water heating
  4. Appliance/lighting
  5. Electrification

Tenant engagement

Project participants (property owner, manager or contractor must participate in SMUD's efforts to engage directly with the building tenants (residents) during various phases of the project. A formal tenant engagement plan will be provided by SMUD to the project participants for review at the time of application approval.

To participate

If you’re interested in participating in SMUD’s Multi-family Custom Program, please download and send the completed application to beginning January 1, 2019. 

Get the application 

Please call 1-916-732-7650 with any questions. This program is funded on a first-come, first served basis for SMUD commercial customers. Projects must adhere to the time limitations of the program. Full terms and conditions can be found in the Program Manual included with the application form.

Types of projects

SMUD-only funded

  • Improve building energy efficiency by 15 percent as compared to existing conditions
  • Install a minimum of 2 qualified measures, in two of the five unique measure categories
  • Combined utility funded projects

    • Improve building energy efficiency by 25 percent as compared to existing conditions
    • Install a minimum of 3 qualified measures, in three of the five unique measure categories

    Rebate information

    Electrification bonus

    • Heat pump:  $1,000/unit
    • Heat pump water heater:  $1,000/unit
    • Induction cooking:  $250/unit


    Percent Savings Over Baseline 15% - 24.9% 25% - 34.9% 35% - 44.9% 45% +
    Incentive $0.15/kWh $0.25/kWh $0.35/kWh $0.45/kWh