Michigan Energy Office launches first rebate program for upgrading public exterior lighting to LEDs Rebates available to municipalities, public K-12 schools and universities

July 24, 2017

Nick Assendelft (Michigan Agency for Energy), 517-284-8300

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Energy Office (MEO), part of the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE), has launched its first-ever rebate program to upgrade existing public exterior lighting with light emitting diode (LED) lights. Municipalities, public K-12 schools and universities are eligible for the rebates on a first-come, first served basis.

The MEO designed this innovative rebate program after hearing from public entities, who indicated interest in such a program.

“Replacing inefficient lighting with efficient LEDs is a quick way for public entities to slash their energy bills, reduce energy waste and promote community vitality,” said Valerie Brader, MAE’s executive director. “This program, the first of its kind offered through the Michigan Energy Office, will help accelerate the transition to energy efficient LED exterior lighting across the state.”

Under the program, the MEO will match utility rebates up to $0.35 per watt (W) reduced. Applicants with no utility rebate will be awarded at a rate of $0.35 per watt reduced. For example, if a 150W bulb is changed to a 100W bulb, the resulting rebate would be $17.50 (50W reduction multiplied by 0.35).

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a municipality, K-12 public school, or public university
  • Must own the fixtures that are to be replaced
  • Purposed lighting must be LED fixture and DLC (Design Lights Consortium) listed
  • Bulk purchasing through MiDEAL is encouraged

Process for Applicants

  • Gather information and submit complete application CLOSED AUGUST 30th
  • Receive email from MEO acknowledging receipt of application
  • MEO will have up to 30 days to approve or deny application
  • If less than $2,500, a voucher will be provided to applicant in place of agreement
  • If more than $2,500, a formal agreement with MEO will be entered into
  • Submission of final application for payment (including required documentation)
  • MEO will verify installation (or accept utility verification)
  • MEO will pay out rebate within 45 days of verification

Required Submission Documentation

  • Rebate Application CLOSED AUGUST 30th
    • Verification of Utility preapproval (if applicable)
  • Reimbursement Process
    • MEO preapproval of project;
    • Proof of payment / receipts for LED lights installed;
    • Proof of utility verification/rebate (if applicable); and/or
    • MEO visual verification of non-utility verified/rebate projects.

To help public entities understand more about the program, the MEO has posted a series of questions and answers about the rebate program on the MAE website.

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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