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Express Energy Solutions

Express Energy Solutions (EES) is a straightforward rebate program that pays businesses to install new, energy-efficient equipment at their business location.

Examples of qualifying equipment include:

  • Refrigeration equipment
  • Food service equipment
  • Lighting, including reductions in numbers of lamps
  • Lighting controls
  • HVAC equipment (heating & air)

To qualify, equipment must meet EES performance specifications and be UL, CSA or ETL approved.

For a full listing of measures, performance requirements, and, eligibility rules, see our EES Procedures Manual.

EES rebates are flat amounts paid according to each unit of qualifying equipment installed, and are aggregated into a single rebate check per project, subject to a project rebate cap. A 'project' is limited to that set of equipment installed within the period of eligibility and served by a single, non-residential meter.

Multi-family property managers

For purposes of this rebate program, multi-family housing units operated as a business do qualify.

Using contractors, versus do-it-yourself

Whether you choose to be your own contractor, or hire a professional contractor, all parties need to first set up a My Account at smud.org in order to apply for rebate.

Customer Sign-up

Contractors Sign-up

Contractors may apply for, and receive, project rebates with your approval. If you do hire a contractor, they must be licensed for the type of work they will be doing for you. And for all projects, applicable permits must be obtained.

Applying for rebates

Time is of the essence. Rebate funds are limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, dollar amounts matter. The application process is streamlined for project rebate amounts of $5,000 or less. Application procedures and timelines are different for project rebate amounts over $5,000.

If you are ready to begin the application process, go to our Tips to speed your application.

Frequently Asked Questions

SMUD business customers, including managers of multi-family housing complexes, are eligible. Rebates can be paid directly to the SMUD customer, or to their designated contractor.

Each meter represents a separate customer account. Rebates are aggregated to just the equipment served by each individual meter. Annual $20,000 rebate caps apply separately to each metered account. It is possible to have multiple rebate projects apply to a single meter within a year, but they would be considered together in applying the $20,000 annual rebate cap. Meters that do not serve the new equipment cannot be used to apply for rebate or increase the rebate cap.

The $20,000 project rebate cap is per-year, per metered account. If rebates for qualifying equipment would otherwise exceed $20,000 for a single metered account in a single year, the $20,000 limit would apply.

Technically, yes. But it's complicated. If you are in that situation, contact us at 916-732-5095, or email express.energysolutions@smud.org. We'll help you find the best solution.

They are determined by adding up the individual rebate amounts for each separate piece of qualifying equipment installed in a 'project.' In many cases, you'll install multiple quantities of the same item, such as a light. If you install ten, and each one qualifies for a $6 rebate, the total for that item would be $60. And if those ten lights are controlled by two different occupancy sensors each having a rebate amount of $20, you would add $40 more to your rebate amount for a total of $100 (10 x $6, plus 2 x $20 = $100)

You'll find a list of individual equipment rebate amounts starting on page 14 of our EES Procedures Manual. (Note: If the equipment's not on the list, it doesn't qualify under the EES program − but may be eligible under one of our other rebate programs.)

The Project Rebate Cap – the rebate limit for each project – is subject to change. Generally it's determined by calendar year, according to available funds.

Rule of thumb: If your projected rebate is $20,000 or more, there may be a rebate program more advantageous to you than EES. Call us at 916-732-5095, or email express.energysolutions@smud.org to find out more.

If your projected rebate is less than $20,000, submit your fully-completed application as timely as you can to improve your chances of being funded. See ourTips to speed your application].

EES rebate checks are a one-time payment mailed separately from your SMUD bill.

If your rebate application is fully complete when entered online, including all required attachments, you should get your check in about 30 days. Moral of the story: Sweat the details.

That's up to you, depending on who submits the application. If your contractor gets the check, we'll ask you first to OK it. And both of you will need to set up a My Account at smud.org.

Rebates are computed on the cost of qualifying equipment. But that also includes related direct costs, like engineering, installation, materials, removal of old equipment, recycling costs, pro-rated overhead, tax, shipping and direct labor − as long as those costs are detailed on your contractor's invoice. Spare parts are not eligible for the rebate. *(Note: Rebates cannot exceed the cost of the project as invoiced by your vendor or contractor.)

  • Rebates only apply to new equipment. Remanufacturing existing equipment, repurposing existing equipment or relocating existing equipment from another site will not qualify for a rebate.
  • SMUD has multiple rebate programs. If you apply for a rebate under the EES program, you cannot apply under another rebate program for the same equipment.
  • Deadlines to apply: (a) for rebates of $5,000 or less – finish the project then apply within 90 days the of the project invoice date; (b) for rebates more than $5,000 – work must be completed within 120 days of its approval by SMUD.

Questions? Call 916-732-5095, or email express.energysolutions@smud.org.