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Commercial Energy Conservation Program

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0% Interest Assistance for Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Projects  

HG&E’s Commercial Energy Conservation Program provides businesses with the capital they need to make energy-saving improvements. This program provides assistance at 0% interest for the implementation of approved energy efficiency and renewable energy projects including, but not limited to, high efficiency systems.  

Multi-family Assistance: Multi-family assistance is capped at $20,000 ($2,500 limit per unit). Please note that if you are applying for assistance for a non-owner occupied multi-family property, you must be a Holyoke resident. 

Commercial Assistance: Commercial assistance is granted based on the potential energy savings of the proposed improvement. Requests greater than $5,000 require approval by HG&E's Board of Commissioners. 

Assistance is repayable over 36 months for projects up to $2,000, 60 months for projects $2,001 or more, and 120 months for Solar PV projects. These monthly payments are conveniently included on your utility bill. Please note that a one-time processing fee of $100 and other restrictions apply. Eligibility for this program includes having an HG&E account with 12 months of clear history and city taxes must be current.

Eligible Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects:

HEATING & COOLING

Equipment Type Requirements
Central Air Conditioning SEER 14.5 or greater
Gas Fired Warm Air Furnace AFUE Rating >95%
Gas Fired Steam Boilers AFUE Rating >82%
Gas Fired Hot Water Boilers AFUE Rating >90%
Mini-split/Ducted Air Source Heat Pumps SEER > 16
Mini-Split/Ductless Heat Pump SEER > 18
Programmable and/or Wi-Fi Thermostat  

DOMESTIC HOT WATER

Equipment Type Requirements
Electric Hot Water Heaters Energy Factor of 2.0 or higher
Gas Storage Water Heaters Energy Factor of 0.67 or higher
Indirect Water Heater Attached to a Gas Fired Boiler
Solar Hot Water Heater SEF > 1.8 for electric back-up
SEF > 1.2 for gas back-up

BUILDING SHELL

Item Requirements
Attic insulation Final R-value shall not exceed R60 (should be between R49-R60, no lower than R38)
Wall insulation Final R-value shall not exceed R15 (must be between R13-R15)
Floor insulation Final R-value shall not exceed R30 (must be between R25-R30)
Basement insulation Below grade wall should not exceed R25 (must be between R20-R25)
Heating & Hot Water Piping Insulation
Rim Joist Insulation
Replacement Windows Energy Star Rated and U- Factor of .30 or less
Replacement Doors Current Energy Star Rated, U-Factors Levels.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Up to $10,000  -  Note that solar financial assistance is available in addition to assistance for energy efficient home improvements, but maximum outstanding assistance granted to a customer is capped at a total of $10,000.

 ADDITIONAL ENERGY IMPROVEMENTS

Up to $10,000  -  Note that solar financial assistance is available in addition to assistance for energy efficient home improvements, but maximum outstanding assistance granted to a customer is capped at a total of $10,000.

  • Commercial Energy Audits
  • High Efficiency Lighting
  • High Efficiency Manufacturing Equipment (Motors, Compressors, etc)
  • Variable Speed Motors
  • Additional Building Shell Improvements


How to Apply:
Get started by reviewing these step-by-step application instructions.

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Michael Curtin
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