Jul 172009

Xcel Energy is continually updating their energy rebate programs. If your project saves energy, particularly if it cuts your electric demand, Xcel is bound to have a rebate program for you. This assumes you’re in Minnesota, New Mexico, or Colorado. If you’re in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, or Texas you’re out of luck. (We have offsetting lower rates and lower taxes.)


  1. Parking garage lighting retrofits
    Effective July 1, 2009, Minnesota Xcel Energy business customers converting from 150W or 175W high intensity discharge (HID) lighting to two- or three-lamp T8s or T5H0s are now eligible for a rebate of $50 per fixture. Xcel has simplified the process with new rebate forms. See the Parking Garage Lighting Application for requirements and rebate incentive information.
  2. Lighting Redesign Studies
    A complete building-wide lighting system analysis of can show you the best approach to improve lighting design or to reduce existing light output while maintaining proper lighting levels for your needs. Xcel has increased lighting redesign study incentive to 75% of the cost of the study, not to exceed $25,000, and more than doubled many of our equipment rebates.
  3. More Lighting Rebates
    Every step to lower lighting use, from installing energy-efficient lighting to adding controls or offering in-depth photometric analysis can significantly lower your customers’ energy bills and earn substantial rebates.
    A) $400 per kW saved for preapproved projects when they add their lighting system to a building control system or add microprocessor controls to lighting systems.
    B) Custom Efficiency program now offers a method of analyzing lighting projects that yield greater rebate potential for your customers.
  4. Boiler Rebates
    New boilers, efficiency-boosting add-ons and tune-ups for boilers used for space heating and/or domestic water heating now can go through our Boiler Efficiency rebate program without preapproval. Xcel offers rebates for projects that improve the efficiency of existing equipment such as boiler tune-ups, steam trap repair/replacement and boiler add-ons.

Updated Minnesota Energy Code

The long-awaited Minnesota Energy Code for Commercial Buildings will take effect on June 1, 2009. The code itself adopts the ASHRAE 90.1-2004 Energy Standard with minor modifications.

The new code will have an impact on Energy Design Assistance, Cooling Efficiency and Variable Frequency Drives. Because the adoption of a new, higher energy code will result in increased minimum efficiencies.

For more information about the commercial energy code, please visit the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry construction codes and standards energy Web site.

  3 Responses to “Xcel Energy Rebate Recap”

  1. It is hard to get clients to learn about the programs before they conduct the retrofits. I think the electric, and gas, companies are not giving enough attention to the programs. [The program information] is usually on the bottom of utility bills in boring black font.

  2. Laurent, Thanks for taking time to comment. You have a good point about energy companies and rebates. Not only is difficult for the users to learn about the rebate programs but it is also difficult for those trying to inform those customers. Just finding the information about the program- it is buried deep in their web site. For example here is the page for Xcel’s energy program for North Dakota.
    If not for pressure from the federal or state government there would be no programs at all. What other industry wants you to use less of their product?

  3. (I often suggest calculating the potential rebate on a lighting retrofit before) closure of the rental property or lease.
    Places to move and improve. Caution though as, rebate programs change, and the funds are not donated by the utility to landlord, but must be used for energy saving projects.
    Uses some form of kwh.. lets the renter know improvements can be made. I’ve had some success with this approach. Signing an instructor, a medical firm to get a renter and make improvements to my property. The worst you can say is I’m out some months of rent, but it might have stood empty but for the improvements. This isn’t rocket science.. maybe astronomy.. using Utility rebates to give an edge.
    -Kurt W. McMurty, property manager for Massenburg, Inc.

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