OGE Rebates Make LED Lighting Upgrades Attractive 

  • By Josh Morphew
  • 17 Feb, 2017

According to ENERGY STAR®, 35% of an average building’s electricity is consumed by lighting. Many types of lighting used before the modern LED fixtures also produce heat, which requires offsetting air conditioning during peak summer hours. We have seen many of our Oklahoma City area commercial clients invest in high efficiency LED lighting saving them time, energy, and money.

In addition to direct savings from month-to-month utility costs, the reduced costs associated with lighting maintenance can be a large savings for many large commercial or industrial facilities. Warehouse lighting often requires lifts to access and time to change them, it can be a real inconvenience to address during normal working hours.

Small and medium sized businesses without dedicated maintenance staff often rely on local electrical contractors to help with their interior and exterior lighting, whether it be changing ballasts for fluorescent lighting and replacing parking lot lighting.

In addition to saving on their electricity bill and removing the pains associated with lighting maintenance, OG&E customers also have a variety of rebate incentives they can translate into some very cost effective projects with quick payback periods. In fact, these rebates can pay for as much as half of the cost of the lighting upgrades in larger commercial and industrial facilities, and as much as 80% in many small and medium business environments.

OG&E will again partner with CLEAResult in 2017 to administer the rebates, working with local contractors and local distributors to perform the lighting retrofits.

What types of lighting are eligible?

There are incentives available for a variety of lighting upgrades, including the following:

LED exit sign retrofits

LED lighting upgrades (tube lights, bulbs, fixtures)

Fluorescent lighting upgrades

Metal halide lighting upgrades

Occupancy sensor installations

Lighting control upgrades

How to qualify for rebates

There is a workflow of paperwork and validating the project specs before and after. We know of a few companies who handled this themselves, most rely on the electrical contractor of lighting contractor to handle this portion.

The first step is determining which type of business you will be classified as, CLEAResult can help with this by analyzing your current energy usage. Once this is determined, there is a process which must be followed where project diligence is largely conducted on the front end.

 Some programs are designed to be a rebate where the recipient business receives a lump sum reimbursement after the project is concluded.   The small business efficiency program companies actually only pay their portion of the project investment, with OG&E directly compensating the contractor for their work. This can be a wonderful catalyst to help small businesses reap the benefits of LED lighting, by keeping their initial investment lower.

Larger commercial and industrial facilities will receive $.09 per kilowatt-hour saved from the lighting retrofit, for up to 50% of the project’s total cost. Small businesses will receive $0.15 per kilowatt-hour, for up to 90% of the project’s cost.

If you have questions about the potential saving and rebate benefits from upgrading to LED lighting, we would be happy to visit with you today. If you happen to be outside of the OG&E service area, it is quite possible your utility provider will have some rebates to offer. We are happy to investigate this for you if it makes sense and you are interested in reducing the time, energy and money spent dealing with inefficient lighting in your commercial or industrial facility.

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