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Incentives for Energy-Efficiency Improvements

Take advantage of the Energy-Efficiency Calculated Incentive Program, which offers financial incentives and recognition awards for a variety of projects that save energy.

The incentive payment for qualifying projects amounts to the following (whichever is less):

  • $1 per therm saved annually, or
  • 50 percent of the project cost (excluding taxes and internal labor).

Incentives can be as high as $1 million per project and $2 million per premise, per year. For qualifying projects saving at least 1 million therms a year, the customer and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®) may negotiate on an incentive.

SoCalGas is offering this incentive program to most of its business customers, including agricultural, commercial, industrial and chain account customers. These customers may qualify for incentives through any combination of the following types of energy-efficiency projects:

  • Equipment replacements
  • Improvements of existing processes
  • New energy-efficient equipment, processes or construction.

A key qualification for financial incentives is that SoCalGas must be involved from the beginning of the process, prior to equipment selection or final project design.

Program specifics

  • Retrofit projects saving less than an estimated 200,000 therms per year require an energy analysis, which may include load balance calculations, account history and engineering review.
  • Retrofit projects saving greater than an estimated 200,000 therms per year will require the customer to provide an energy analysis report approved by a registered professional engineer.
  • For other retrofit projects and new construction projects, SoCalGas will provide customers with an energy savings report at no cost.
  • Leased equipment projects will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, subject primarily to the terms of the lease.
  • Customers may receive incentives for qualifying installations of industrial steam traps. Two key qualifications are that SoCalGas or a licensed contractor must perform a steam trap survey, and SoCalGas must review that survey prior to the purchase of any steam traps. Please contact your account representative for more information.

Get started

Under this program, customers will need to follow a multi-step process using forms supplied specifically for this program by account representatives. The forms are submitted to SoCalGas for review and approval prior to purchasing the equipment. Additionally, pre- and post-inspections may be required. Customers work closely with SoCalGas to facilitate the review and payment process.

How to apply

  1. Contact your account representative to submit an application.
  2. Subject the project to an energy analysis.
  3. Proceed with purchase orders and/or equipment purchases.
  4. Sign a conditional incentive reservation form.
  5. Install equipment.
  6. Complete and submit project closure paperwork.
  7. Receive payment or recognition award.

Zero-interest loans

To help you finance your project, we offer unsecured, zero-percent loans of $5,000-$100,000 per meter for eligible business customers that participate in our incentive or rebate programs. Eligibility requirements and additional restrictions apply.

For more information, visit On-Bill Financing, contact your SoCalGas account representative or call us at 1-800-427-6584 and press option 6.

On-site generation

SoCalGas also offers incentives for on-site electric generation.
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These programs, including the On-Bill Financing Program, are funded by California utility customers and administered by Southern California Gas Company under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. Programs are subject to change without notice and available on a first-come, first-served basis until program funds are no longer available. Minimum and maximum loan amounts per meter are $5,000 and $100,000 respectively for eligible business customers that participate in our rebate/incentive programs. Customer results cited may not be typical. Additional restrictions apply. Southern California Gas Company is not responsible for any goods or services selected by the customer.

Updated 5/2013

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Energy Management Systems

An energy management system can monitor weather-related changes and automatically adjust greenhouse settings accordingly. For example, it could change indoor temperatures and open and close vents and heat curtains.

For qualifying installations, Southern California Gas Company provides financial incentives of up to 50 percent of the cost of energy you save in one year.

See additional Terms and Conditions.