TVA, SRP Promote UVGI as One of 2021's Most Innovative Utility Programs
Despite the pandemic, utilities maintained a steady resilience throughout 2020, offering alternatives to on-site inspections in the form of virtual ones or detailed photos. They also ramped up their engagement with trade allies, like Schneider Electric, by offering webinars and advisory support.
States with some of the strongest rebates included New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Illinois, Connecticut and Massachusetts. And a diverse mix of incentive programs continued to evolve at the municipal, state and federal government levels – from the enactment of laws like the CARES Act to local tax credits to utility on-bill financing.
In July, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) offered one of the first initiatives addressing work re-entry by incentivizing healthy building infrastructure initiatives. TVA is providing incentives to businesses and schools to install ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) that removes viruses, such as COVID-19, and bacteria from indoor air. These germicidal lights can be installed in the ductwork of many existing commercial HVAC systems and the incentive of $30 per ton toward the adoption of approved UV technologies that directly combat COVID-19.
SRP, an Arizona-based utility, is offering a similar rebate for UVGI systems. As part of its response to COVID-19, SRP is offering a rebate of $30 per ton. SRP is also offering a "free webinar to understand what Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) for HVAC systems is, and why the CDC has recommended this method to help make the workplace safer.”
As utilities continue to respond to changing environments, disruption and progress, utility bonus programs offer some attractive enhancements to existing programs and create more opportunities for income.
Utilities featured in the download below include: Ameren Illinois, Ameren Missouri, Appalacian Power, ComEd, Con Edison, Consumers Energy Michigan, CTE Energy, and Southern California Gas Company.
The Schneider Electric team is receiving utility announcements and updates daily. If you have questions regarding specific projects and programs, please feel free to contact Diane Pruitt, Energy Incentive Client Associate, at 480.346.5832 or click here to email.