Michigan Agency for Energy offers two rebates for LED lighting

Rick Snyder, Governor
Valerie Brader, Executive Director

Contact: Nick Assendelft
517-388-3135 (cell)


Jan. 16, 2018


LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) today announced two rebate programs for conversion to light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in Michigan, one for converting streetlights and the other for commercial building lighting.

Financial assistance is available only to the public sector and nonprofit entities on a commercial rate, including municipalities and public school districts. (Federal and state governmental entities are excluded.)

Rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. MAE, through the Michigan Energy Office (MEO), will match utility rebates up to 25 percent of the total cost of the lighting replacements, with a maximum MEO payment of $10,000 per applicant. Up to $200,000 is available for the two rebate programs.

The street light rebate program encourages energy waste reduction and promotes community vitality by transitioning to energy efficient LED lights. The program application is located here.

The goal of the commercial building rebate program is to encourage cost-effective interior and exterior energy upgrades that reduce operating costs, support job creation and free up capital for reinvestment. The application can be found here.

Upgrades in each funded project are expected to reduce energy waste by at least 30 percent.

Applicants must:

Proposal must:

  • Use LED fixtures and be Design Lights Consortium (DLC) listed.
  • Have a utility rebate pre-approval letter.
  • Be completed between Oct. 1, 2017 and May 1, 2018.

Applicants must submit a complete application and the Michigan Energy Office (MEO) will have 30 days to approve or deny a project. The MEO will verify that the lighting was installed (or accept utility verification), after which rebates will be paid out within 45 days. Required documentation needed to apply is a completed application, proof of payment for LED lights installed and proof of utility verification or rebate.

Projects will be funded until May 1 or until money is depleted, whichever occurs first. All questions regarding both rebate programs should be directed to Jake Wilkinson at wilkinsonj8@michigan.gov.

For more information about MAE, please visit www.michigan.gov/energy or sign up for its listservs to keep up on MAE matters.

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