Missouri River Energy Service Member Utilities - Residential Energy 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 residential 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
  • Denison Municipal Utilities
  • Hartley Municipal Utilities
  • Hawarden Municipal Utilities
  • Manilla Municipal Utilities
  • Orange City Municipal Utilities
  • Paullina Municipal Utilities
  • Primghar Municipal Utilities
  • Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities
  • Sanborn Municipal Utilities
  • Sioux Center Municipal Utilities
  • Woodbine Municipal Utilities

Prescriptive rebates are available for many types of equipment including appliances, insulation, HVAC equipment, programmable thermostats, energy audits, and equipment recycling. For certain equipment, requirements and rebate levels vary by the technology employed and are available on the rebate applications. Certain equipment may not be offered by all of the participating utilities or may be intended for natural gas customers only. 

Equipment must meet all stated requirements and be purchased, installed and operating prior to submitting an incentive application.  Prescriptive rebates are limited to $10,000 per customer per calendar year.  Payments for rebates larger than $10,000 must be specifically allowed by the participating utility.  All rebates totaling over $3,000 are subject to pre-approval from the participating 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=home&state=ia
Administrator: Missouri River Energy Services
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Clothes Washers
  • Dishwasher
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controls/Sensors
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Compressed air
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls
  • Motors
  • Motor VFDs
  • Custom/Others pending approval
  • Other EE
  • Food Service Equipment
  • Vending Machine Controls
  • Personal Computing Equipment
  • LED Lighting
  • Tankless Water Heater
  • Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
Incentive Amount: Incentive Amounts and Offerings Vary Among Member Utilities, Review Web Site For Full Rebate Details
Central Air Conditioning: $100/unit
Mini-Split Gas Furnace: $200 - $400/unit
Gas Boiler: $150 - $400/unit
ECM Motors: $150/unit
Air Handler/Fan Coil: $150/unit
Air Source Heat Pumps: $200 - $350/unit
Geothermal Heat Pumps: $200/ton
Programmable Thermostats: $25
Gas Water Heaters: $50 - $100
Heat Pump Water Heaters: $300
Energy Audit: Reduced Cost ($50)
Room AC: $15
Refrigerator: $50 with proper disposal of older unit
Dishwasher: $25
Dehumidifier: $10
Efficient Light Strings: $3.50/string
Clothes Washer: $50
Ceiling Fan: $25
Maximum Incentive: Prescriptive Measures: 75% of cost or $10,000 in each category unless pre-approved
Equipment Requirements: Review Web Site


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.