The ElectriCities NCMPA1 Lighting Rebate Program is available to commercial and industrial customers in the City of Morganton and other member cities of North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 (NCMPA1). The rebate is funded by ElectriCities as a credit to the City's wholesale power bill. The City then passes that credit onto the customer.
IMPORTANT! Commercial/Industrial electric customers in Morganton who are interested in applying for a rebate must contact the City of Morganton Electric Department and start the application process before purchasing any new lighting or equipment.
Funding is limited, and the rebate only applies to approved lighting. Customers who apply for the rebate must agree to terms and conditions of the program and inspections completed by City Electric Department staff.
Lighting salesmen have no authority to promise any automatic rebates to perspective customers.
NCMPA1 Lighting Rebate Program
Objective: The purpose of the NCMPA1 Lighting Rebate Program for commercial and industrial customers is to promote energy efficient lighting technologies through a rebate incentive.
Eligibility: Commercial and industrial customers of NCMPA1 cities and towns are eligible for a rebate upon filing an application that agrees to terms and conditions of the program and a final inspection of the completed job by a NCMPA1 representative.
Amount of Rebate: $.35/watt saved compared to the "before" lighting system with a maximum rebate of $25,000 per customer; rebate may not exceed 50% of total project cost.
Program Criteria: Program Criteria are specified in the application for rebate under "Terms and Conditions." A partial list of terms and conditions are below:
- The retrofit must improve energy efficiency of an existing facility; new construction projects are not eligible.
- The incentive amount will be based on the difference between the "Before" lighting wattage and the "After" lighting wattage multiplied by $.35/watt saved, unless this calculation exceeds $25,000, in which case the maximum incentive paid will be $25,000; rebate may not exceed 50% of total project cost.
- It is acceptable to aggregate lighting measures at multiple facilities if they all are customers of a NCMPA1 city and owned by the same parent company.
- Incentives may be paid to a tenant in a leased building where the tenant is responsible for the utility bill, provided that the tenant has received permission, in writing, from building owner to make lighting upgrades.
- Incentives may be paid to a building owner that leases space to a tenant where the tenant is responsible for the utility bill.
- Minimum operating hours per year of 1,800 are required to be eligible for incentives.
- All fixtures, lamps and ballasts must be UL certified and meet all applicable codes and regulations.
- Customers with projects completed after January 1, 2011 are eligible for a rebate provided they can document the type of lighting system, including the electrical use, that was replaced by a new, more efficient lighting system.
- Administration: NCMPA1 cities and towns will provide applications to customers for completion.
- Applications will be reviewed and must be approved by NCMPA1 staff. Rebates will be paid either as a credit on a customer's electric bill or by check, at the discretion of the NCMPA1 city or town.