Missouri River Energy Service Member Utilities - Commercial and Industrial Efficiency Rebates

May 09, 2013


Missouri River Energy Services is a joint-action agency that supplies electricity and a range of energy-related programs and services to public power communities in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. One of these services is the Bright Energy Solutions program, which offers cash rebates for energy efficiency improvements to commercial, industrial, and government customers of participating member utilities. Below is a list of Iowa municipal utilities that participate in one or more of the programs.

Alton Municipal Utilities
City of Pella
Denison Municipal Utilities
Hartley Municipal Utilities
Hawarden Municipal Utilities
Kimballton Municipal Utilities
Lake Park Municipal Utilities
Manilla Municipal Utilities
Orange City Municipal Utilities
Paullina Municipal Utilities
Primghar Municipal Utilities
Remsen Municipal Utilities
Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities
Sanborn Municipal Utilities
Shelby Municipal Utilities
Sioux Center Municipal Utilities
Woodbine Municipal Utilities

Rebates are offered for improvements in several different categories: Lighting in New Construction; Lighting Retrofits; Cooling/Chillers; Motors, Pumps, and Variable Frequency Drives; Food Service Equipment; and Custom Measures. Prescriptive rebates are available for many types of equipment and custom rebates are based on the average demand reduction from June-September. Equipment requirements and rebate levels vary by the technology employed and are available on the rebate applications. Certain equipment which is available to some communities may not be offered by all of the participating utilities.

All equipment must be new and rebates may not be honored for equipment ordered, purchased, or installed prior to the receipt of rebate approval. Custom rebates are limited to $100,000 per customer per calendar year and have minimum application value of $500. Payments for rebates larger than $100,000 may be paid out over the course of multiple years. Prescriptive rebates in each of the first 4 categories that are larger than $10,000 must be pre-approved by the utility.
All applicants should contact their utility to confirm customer eligibility and the availability of funds prior to applying under any program. For further information, please consult the program web site listed at the top of this page or contact utility representatives.












Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Iowa
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: http://www.brightenergysolutions.org/municipalities/?category=business&state=ia
Administrator: Missouri River Energy Services
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Clothes Washers
  • Dishwasher
  • Water Heaters
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controls/Sensors
  • Chillers
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Heat recovery
  • Compressed air
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls
  • Windows
  • Motors
  • Motor VFDs
  • Custom/Others pending approval
  • Other EE
  • Food Service Equipment
  • Personal Computing Equipment
  • LED Lighting
  • Tankless Water Heater
  • Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
Incentive Amount: Targeted Audit: Varies by building type and size
Lighting (New Construction): Varies widely
Lighting (Existing Buildings): Varies widely
Custom Measures: $300 kW; $0.01/kWh; $0.40/Therm
Compressed Air Audit/Leak Survey: 50% of cost
Insulation: $0.025/sq ft/R-value increase; up to 70% of cost
Pumps: $60 - $400/unit
Variable Frequency Drives: $40/HP

Central AC/Heat Pumps: $35 - $90/ton
Mini Split AC/Heat Pump: $100 - $200/unit
Chillers: $15 - $40/ton
Geothermal Heat Pumps: $200/ton, additional $250 for Desuperheater
ECM in Furnace: $150
Room AC: $35 - $70
Programmable Thermostat: $50/unit
Guest Room Management Systems: $30 - $35
Demand Controlled Ventilation: $35/1000 sq ft
Chilled Water Resets (Retrofit): $0.35 - $6/ton
Energy Recovery Ventilator: $0.60/CFM
Tankless Water Heaters: $300
Heat Pump Water Heaters: $300
Window Film: $2/square foot
ECM in Furnace/Air Handler/Fan Coil: $150
Natural Gas Water Heaters: $50 - $300
Furnace: $200 - $400
Boiler: $150 - $400

Food Service & Refrigeration Equipment
Ice Machines: $200 - $600
Commercial Refrigerators/Freezers: $50 - $250
ECM Fan Motors: $20 - $60
Anti-Sweat Heater Controls: $30
Commercial Dishwashers: $90 - $1,000
Fryers: $500
Griddles: $600
Steam Cookers: $300 - $600
Hot Food Holding Cabinets: $200 - $400
Ovens/Steamers: $200 - $1,000
Kitchen Hood Controls: $25 - $150/hp

Specialty Measures
Clothes Washer: $50
Dishwasher: $25
Occupancy Sensors for Document Stations: $25
Computer Network Power Management: $25
Maximum Incentive: Prescriptive Measures: $10,000 in each category unless pre-approved
Custom Measures: $100,000 per customer per year
General: Rebates will not exceed 75% of project costs
Equipment Requirements: Vary by measure employed, customers should see application for details


Name: Bright Energy Solutions
Organization: Missouri River Energy Services
Address: 3724 West Avera Drive
Sioux Falls SD 57109-8920
Phone: (605) 338-4042
Email: info@mrenergy

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.