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

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. 

Low income

  • Qualifying low income properties can receive an additional 25% more in incentives.

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.

Incentive information

Go-electric incentive

Single multi family unit system

  • HP HVAC $1000/unit
  • HP hot water heater $1000/unit
  • Induction cook top $500/unit

Whole building central plant system

  • HP domestic hot water
    *Incentives based on project review.

Modeling incentives

  • Energy efficiency model $2500.00/project
  • Electrification model $3,000/project
    *Must submit both models. Projects limited to one incentive, not to exceed $3,000.

Energy efficiency incentives

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