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HVAC and Water Heating

Energy Trust offers incentives for businesses that install qualifying natural gas upgrades like commercial water heaters and boilers. Incentives help reduce your upfront costs and make energy-efficiency improvements more affordable.

Project Examples

Existing Buildings: Gas HVAC and Water Heating

Auto Shop

Project Type: Infrared Radiant Heaters
Project Cost: $26,600
Incentive: $3,200
Annual Savings: 2,100 kWh and 3,600 therms

Existing Buildings: Gas HVAC and Water Heating

Elementary School

Project Type: Steam Traps
Project Cost: $16,000
Incentive: $8,000
Annual Savings: 3,600 therms

  1. Check your eligibility.

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    Energy Trust provides cash incentives to businesses for energy-efficiency and renewable power projects. To qualify, you must:

    • Have a project site in Oregon served by Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas or Avista and contribute to the public purpose charge. Check your bill or contact Energy Trust if you have questions.
    • Be improving an existing structure.
  2. Find a trade ally contractor.

    We can help you get started.

  3. Install equipment that meets the requirements listed in the Oregon Incentive Application.

    See the appropriate incentive application below to confirm equipment requirements before purchasing.

  4. Submit documentation.

    Complete the appropriate incentive application and submit with your W-9. To determine what incentive application you should complete and submit, see the Details Tab.

    Download W-9 (PDF)

  5. Get your incentive.

    Note: A post-installation verification may apply.

See incentives available for HVAC and water heating equipment outlined in the table below.

Energy Trust limits the total amount of standard electric and gas incentives a customer site may receive per year. The incentive limit varies by utility:

  • Portland General Electric (PGE) sites may receive up to $12,000 per site, per year for all equipment, gas or electric. This includes PGE customers also served by NW Natural. See Form 120P (Excel | PDF).
  • Pacific Power sites may receive up to $6,000 per site, per year for all equipment, gas or electric. This includes Pacific Power customers also served by NW Natural or Avista. See Form 120P-PAC (Excel | PDF).
  • NW Natural or Avista sites served by any other electric utility (not PGE or Pacific Power) may receive up to $12,000 per site, per year. See Form 120P (Excel | PDF).
  • Cascade Natural Gas customer sites:
    • Served by Pacific Power and installing electric equipment may receive up to $6,000 per site, per year. See Form 120P-CNG (Excel | PDF).
    • Served by Pacific Power and installing gas or gas/electric equipment are not subject to an incentive limit. See Form 120P-CNG (Excel | PDF).
    • Served by any other electric utility (not Pacific Power) are not subject to an incentive limit. See Form 120P-CNG (Excel | PDF).

Equipment Incentive
Infrared Radiant Heaters $5.50–$7 per kBtu/h input
New Rooftop Unit (RTU) with Economizer $30 per ton of cooling capacity
New RTU with Demand Control Ventilation (DCV) $29 per ton of cooling capacity
New RTU with Variable Speed Supply Fan $100 per ton of cooling capacity
Advanced Rooftop Controls (ARC) – Lite Retrofit $100 per ton
Advanced Rooftop Controls (ARC) – Full Retrofit $50-$200 per ton
Air-Cooled Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF), for Offices or Schools $1 per sq ft of area served by VRF
Steam Traps $0.40–$0.90 per lb/hr of trap capacity
Commercial Heat Pump Water Heater (HPWH) $500 each
Commercial Tank Water Heater $3 per kBtu/h input
Commercial Tankless Water Heater < 200 kBtu/h $165 each
Commercial Tankless Water Heater/Boiler ≥ 200kBtu/h $1 per kBtu/h input
Commercial Condensing HVAC Boiler $3.25 per kBtu/h input
Modulating Boiler Burner $5 per kBtu/h of burner rated capacity
Hydronic Heating Circulator Pumps, Single Speed Electronically Commutated Motor (ECM) $100-$300 each
Hydronic Heating Circulator Pumps, Variable Speed ECM $150-$750 each
Commercial Air-Source Heat Pumps - Retrofit $500 per ton
Commercial Air-Source Heat Pumps – New or Replacement $150 per ton

Ready to apply for standard incentives? Download general project forms. If you need guidance, just ask your trade ally contractor for assistance.

Custom Incentives

Energy Trust offers custom incentives for larger, more complex projects. Learn more about custom incentives >

Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change.

Need Help? Contact Us.

1.866.605.1676

existingbuildings@energytrust.org

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