OUC can also give you specific tips on conserving electricity and offer details on the following OUC commercial customer rebate programs:
Commercial Energy Rebates
Commercial Water Rebates
OUC is committed to helping your business become more energy efficient. We understand that every business is different and holds unique energy saving opportunities. That’s why OUC has launched the new Commercial & Industrial Custom Incentive Program offering financial incentives to businesses that install energy efficient upgrades in their facilities. From lighting upgrades to refrigerator efficiency, you can create your own plan that will help your business save the most. Bring us your ideas and we will help craft a plan that will make life a little greener in your business and on your bottom line.
Participation is open to facilities located within OUC’s service area that receive electric service under an OUC commercial rate.
Commercial & Industrial Custom Incentive Program Brochure [PDF]
Commercial & Industrial Custom Incentive Project Application [PDF]
The customer installs a Solar PV, Solar Thermal, or both systems on his or her home, and signs an agreement allowing OUC to retain the rights to the environmental benefits or attributes. In exchange, OUC will provide a monthly production credit on the customer's utility bill for the energy the systems produce. Any excess electricity generated by the PV systems back to OUC’s electric grid will be credited at the full applicable standard retail rate.
The Solar PV systems will be metered in kilowatt-hours (kwh). The Solar Thermal systems will be metered in British Thermal Units (BTU’s) and converted to kwh. For reference, an average 2 kilowatt solar PV system and a typical residential solar thermal system will each produce about 2,800 kilowatt-hours a year. The customer not only saves on his normal electric consumption but also receives a monthly credit for the kwh production of the solar systems. The monthly production credit is $0.03 and $0.05 for each equivalent kwh produced for solar thermal and PV systems respectively.
For residential customers, OUC has partnered with Orlando Federal Credit Union to provide low interest loan options for solar installations to help keep the net monthly cost low for our customers.
Additionally, there are Florida state rebates and federal tax credits available to help minimize the cost.
Download the Solar Information Packets, which contain a step-by-step customer checklist, loan information for residential customers, state rebate and federal tax credit information, a list of solar contractors, the solar service and interconnection agreements, and the tariff credit riders.
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Homebuilders who want to receive tax benefits for building homes that are energy efficient can take advantage of some federal tax incentives. Homebuilders are eligible for a $2,000 tax credit for a new energy-efficient home. A tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot is available to owners or designers of new or existing commercial buildings that save at least 50% of the heating and cooling energy of a building that meets ASHRAE standard 90.1-2001.
More Information Regarding Federal Tax Incentives
Below are the incentives OUC offers for both Commercial Improvements (CI) and New Construction (NC) applications. This program covers products purchased and installed on or after January 1, 2009.
Commercial energy and water efficiency programs are only available to OUC electric and water customers respectively. Proof of purchase and all necessary documentation are required to obtain any rebate. All receipts / invoices must be dated and submitted by not more than six months from the date of work performed. Rebates will be awarded as a credit on your OUC bill (Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing).