For Your Business
Learn how Hawaii Energy can provide incentive money for purchasing and installing energy-efficient equipment in your business that will cut your electricity costs for years to come. Incentives for conservation and efficiency projects are available to all commercial electric utility ratepayers in Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties.
Kauai is serviced by a utility co-op and therefore is not eligible. Please contact the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative for more information at (808) 246-4300.
Incentives are available on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to the availability of funds without notice. Incentives are not guaranteed. In order save the fillable PDFs below, you must print to Adobe Standard or CutePDF.
Applications & Worksheets
Central Chiller Plant Benchmarking
Measure to Manage
For a limited time, Hawaii Energy is offering to install a central chiller plant metering and data logging system at no cost to the customer. This system will provide real time data and trend data reflecting actual tons of cooling and measured efficiency in kW per ton. This offering will make it easier to set meaningful energy efficiency goals and track progress toward those goals.
- Application with written pre-approval from Hawaii Energy
- Project in planning phase
- Central chiller plant
- Total building electrical energy consumption exceeding 3,000,000 kWh/year (with a 3 year average)
- Incentive applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis
- Incentive will cover metering and logging equipment, and installation
- All incentives are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to the availability of allocated funds for the program year.
A cool roof emits the sun’s heat back to the sky instead of transferring it to the building below. This helps keep your roof cooler and reduces your cooling load and air conditioning needs.
Customized Incentives (Non-Lighting)
Custom incentives are awarded for investments in energy-efficient equipment and system designs not covered by the prescriptive incentives listed on this page. Incentives are based on projected energy and demand savings for both new construction and retrofit projects. Projects are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and must be pre-approved by Hawaii Energy before equipment purchase.
Customized lighting is awarded for energy-efficient lighting not covered by the incentives listed on this page. Within customized lighting there are two categories: (1) non ENERGY STAR® LED lighting projects and (2) other non-prescriptive lighting. There are LED requirements to qualify for Hawaii Energy’s customized incentives. Please refer to the below application.
Please contact Hawaii Energy at 839-8880 for more information on non-prescriptive lighting.
Design Assistance is available to building owners and their design teams and is matched to the needs of the project. The benefits include reduction in operating costs, improved comfort and conservation.
Design Assistance Application
Domestic Water Pump
Booster pumps are used to move water to reach the higher floors in buildings. Upgrading to more efficient booster pumps with variable speed drives (VSDs) is estimated to save between 20 to 50% of pump energy consumption depending on the application. Reducing the size of your pump to match loads can also reduce your energy demand. All pump motors must meet CEE Premium Efficient (one band above NEMA Premium) standards to be eligible. Incentives for booster pumps with Variable Frequency Drives are available for existing (retrofit) facilities only.
EC Motors uses less than one third of the electricity used by shaded pole motors used in ventilation and refrigeration units. .
Garage Demand Ventilation Control
It is critical to ensure safe air quality levels in a facility parking garage. To reduce electricity costs, installing a carbon monoxide monitoring system can result in these benefits: (1) minimized utility bills, (2) lower fan usage and (3) reduced maintenance.
Whole Building Assistance
Preliminary Energy Audit / Energy Study 50% / Energy Study Implementation 100%
This offer is designed to promote energy-saving evaluations of building equipment and operations that consume electricity. Hawaii Energy provides an incentive for a portion of the existing facility's energy consumption analysis through a two phase process: (1) the completion of a preliminary energy audit (see Energy Audit Worksheet below) and (2) a detailed energy study upon approval of the audit. Pre-approval is required prior to the start of any audit in order to ensure budget availability, review any prior studies at the location, and have a discussion about the goals and context of the energy analysis. Please review the application for more details about Hawaii Energy’s Whole Building Assistance incentives.
Heat Pump Water Heater
This incentive is for the installation of heat pump water heaters to replace electric resistant water heaters. Heat pump water heaters are approximately 4 times more efficient than electric resistant water heaters.
Hotel Room EMS
This offer is for the installation of energy management systems that gives thermostat control to existing guest room air conditioning systems using occupancy sensors.
HVAC Fan Variable Frequency Drive (VFD)
VFDs adjust the speed of an HVAC fan based on demand, which saves energy and prolongs the life of the equipment. Learn more here.
HVAC Pump VFD
VFDs adjust the speed of an HVAC pump based on demand, which saves energy and prolongs the life of the equipment. Learn more here.
Inverter Variable Refrigerant Flow (IVRF) Air Conditioner
An inverter variable refrigerant flow system provides individualized comfort and control in different zones in a building to minimize energy usage. A IVRF system can reduce 20-35% in energy use, maximize energy efficiency and help achieve a sustainable design.
Replacing existing fixtures with energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest and easiest ways to save electricity and money. For LEDs, T5 lamps and other lighting that do not have a prescriptive incentive, please visit the Customized Lighting section and look for the Lighting Customized Incentive Calculator.
Selecting a motor from CEE premium efficiency motor can save approximately 2 to 6% in energy cost over NEMA premium efficiency motor. CEE Premium efficiency motors operate at cooler temperatures, have a longer service life and require less maintenance.
Packaged or Split AC System
Older refrigerators and freezers can use 3-4 times more electricity than newer, energy-efficient models. Purchase an ENERGY STAR® refrigerator to replace an older model.
Commercial and Industrial Refrigerator Application
Solar Water Heating
Solar water heating systems are comprised of solar collectors and storage tanks. They can save 80 to 90 percent of water heating costs. Solar water heating incentives are calculated based on de-rated capacity per ton using the Solar Water Heating worksheet.
This offer is to assist master-metered condominiums and their Association of Apartment Owners (AOAO) efforts to reduce energy consumption. Submetering promotes equity in allocating energy costs and encourages energy conservation by the tenants. The combination of billing submeters, along with education, peer group comparisons and special equipment offerings, will assist the tenant achieve significant energy conservation and efficiency.
Hawaii Energy has issued the two documents below (effective Dec. 21, 2012):
Starting your search for a submetering vendor?
Note: The list is only provided for your convenience. Hawaii Energy does not and cannot endorse or warrant any vendor, manufacturer, product, installation and/or maintenance. Conducting your own thorough due diligence is the recommended approach.
Vending Machine Energy Control System
Vending machines can save energy when equipped with vending miser technology. The sensor shuts down non-essential lighting and reduces compressor run time during periods of low activity. Energy consumption is typically reduced an average of 46%.
VFD for Pool Pump
Swimming pool pumps can often quietly and unnecessarily use electricity beyond what is needed to keep the pool clean and safe. The key to increased pump efficiency and lower energy costs is to run the pump at its lowest possible speed, yet achieve the required turnover per day. Facilities and multifamily residential customers, such as condominiums, that replace older, inefficient pumps or motors with qualifying energy-efficient products can achieve significant savings on operating costs and are eligible for a $225 per horsepower incentive from Hawaii Energy. p>
Water-cooled Chiller (Enhanced and Standard Incentives)
Chillers are used to cool larger facilities. Most chillers have a service life of 10 to 20 years and can account for up to 35 percent of a facility’s electrical energy use.
Hawaii Energy also offers enhanced incentives for projects that:
- Use a process of identifying the actual/expected cooling load and utilizes a chiller based on various design/specification options.
- Install permanent kW/ton metering that measures the efficiency of the cooling system to optimize its performance and maintain the persistence of the energy savings.
Window film helps to reduce cooling costs in a building by reducing the amount of solar heat entering windows. Manufacturers make a variety of films for all types of glass. In order to qualify for an incentive, the type of film selected must meet specific criteria for solar heat gain and shading coefficients. Incentives are not available for shaded or north-facing windows