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HVAC and Water Heating

Energy Trust offers incentives for businesses that install qualifying natural gas upgrades like commercial water heaters and boilers. Incentives help reduce your upfront costs and make energy-efficiency improvements more affordable. Want to stretch every dollar? Bring us in.

Project Examples

Existing Buildings: Gas HVAC and Water Heating

Auto Shop

Project Type: Infrared Radiant Heaters
Project Cost: $26,600
Incentive: $3,200
Annual Savings: 2,100 kWh and 3,600 therms

Existing Buildings: Gas HVAC and Water Heating

Elementary School

Project Type: Steam Traps
Project Cost: $16,000
Incentive: $8,000
Annual Savings: 3,600 therms

  1. Check your eligibility.

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    Energy Trust provides cash incentives to businesses for energy-efficiency and renewable power projects. To qualify, you must:

    • Have a project site in Oregon served by Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas or Avista and contribute to the public purpose charge. Check your bill or contact Energy Trust if you have questions.
    • Be improving an existing structure.
  2. Find a trade ally contractor.

    We can help you get started.

  3. Install equipment that meets the requirements listed in the Oregon Incentive Application.

    See the appropriate incentive application below to confirm equipment requirements before purchasing.

  4. Submit documentation.

    For customers of Portland General Electric, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista
    Download Oregon Application (Excel/PDF)

    For customers of Pacific Power
    Download Oregon Application (Excel | PDF)

    Download W-9 (PDF)

  5. Get your incentive.

    Note: A post-installation verification may apply.

See incentives available for HVAC and water heating equipment outlined in the tables below.

Energy Trust is limiting the maximum amount of standard electric incentives a customer site may receive per year.

  • Portland General Electric sites are limited to a maximum of $12,000 per site, per year.
  • Pacific Power sites are limited to a maximum of $6,000 per site, per year.
Equipment Incentive
Infrared Radiant Heaters $5.50–$7 per kBtu/h input
New Rooftop Unit (RTU) with Economizer* $30 per ton of cooling capacity
New RTU with Demand Control Ventilation (DCV)* $29 per ton of cooling capacity
New RTU with Variable Speed Supply Fan* $100 per ton of cooling capacity
Advanced Rooftop Controls (ARC) – Lite Retrofit* $100 per ton
Advanced Rooftop Controls (ARC) – Full Retrofit $50-$200 per ton
Air-Cooled Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF), for Offices or Schools* $1 per sq ft of area served by VRF
Steam Traps $0.40–$0.90 per lb/hr of trap capacity
Commercial Heat Pump Water Heater (HPWH)* $500 each
Commercial Tank Water Heater* $3 per kBtu/h input
Commercial Tankless Water Heater < 200 kBtu/h $165 each
Commercial Tankless Water Heater/Boiler ≥ 200kBtu/h $1 per kBtu/h input
Commercial Condensing HVAC Boiler $3.25 per kBtu/h input
Modulating Boiler Burner $5 per kBtu/h of burner rated capacity
Hydronic Heating Circulator Pumps, Single Speed Electronically Commutated Motor (ECM)* $100-$300 each
Hydronic Heating Circulator Pumps, Variable Speed ECM* $150-$750 each
Commercial Air-Source Heat Pumps - Retrofit* $500 per ton
Commercial Air-Source Heat Pumps – New or Replacement* $150 per ton

*Customer sites served by Portland General Electric may be subject to a $12,000 total maximum incentive per-year for equipment purchases, and customer sites served by Pacific Power may be subject to a $6,000 total maximum incentive per-year for equipment purchases.

Ready to apply for standard incentives? Download general project forms. If you need guidance, just ask your trade ally contractor for assistance.

Custom Incentives

Energy Trust offers custom incentives for larger, more complex projects. Learn more about custom incentives >

Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change.

Need Help? Contact Us.

1.866.605.1676

existingbuildings@energytrust.org

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