Owatonna Public Utilities - Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

August 06, 2010


Owatonna Public Utilities offers incentives to its commercial and industrial customers to install energy-efficient equipment in their facilities. Rebates are available for lighting equipment, HVAC equipment, anti-sweat heater controls for cooler/freezer doors, motors, variable speed drives, heat pumps (air and ground source), food service equipment, custom gas measures, and custom electric measures. An energy audit rebate is offered through Owatonna Public Utilities. Rebates on ENERGY STAR appliances are available under the Residential Conserve and Save Rebate Program. Applications must be submitted and approved before the new equipment is installed. Rebates are available until funds are exhausted for the calendar year.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: http://www.owatonnautilities.com/environ/environ-e-c.php
Administrator: Owatonna Public Utilities
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Water Heaters
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controls/Sensors
  • Chillers
  • Heat pumps
  • Motors
  • Other EE
  • Food Service Equipment
  • Vending Machine Controls
  • Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
Incentive Amount: Lighting Equipment: varies widely depending on equipment type and wattage
Rooftop & Package Unit Air Conditioner: $75/ton, plus bonus rebate of $5/ton for each 0.1 SEER/EER above minimum efficiency
Water-cooled Chiller: $15/ton, plus bonus rebate of $3.50/ton for each 0.01 kW/ton below the minimum IPLV efficiency
Air-cooled Chiller: $8/ton, plus bonus rebate of $2.25/ton for each 0.01 kW/ton below the minimum IPLV efficiency
Motors: $10 - $2,700, varies by HP, efficiency, and whether the motor is replacing a working motor, a new installation, replacing a failed motor, or placed in inventory
Variable Speed Drives: $60 - $3,600, varies by HP and whether the drive will be used now or placed in inventory
Anti-Sweat Heater Controls/Door Misers: $40 per qualifying door (controlled freezer or cooler case doors)
Vending Misers: $50 per VendingMiser
Ground Source Heat Pumps: $200/ton plus $25/ton for each 1.0 EER point over the minimum
Air Source Heat Pumps: $75/ton, plus $5/ton for each 0.1 SEER or EER over minimum
Food Service Equipment (electric and gas): varies by type of equipment
Custom Gas Measures: varies by type of measure
Custom Electric Measures: customer should see application for rebate payment structure/formula
Natural Gas Water Heaters: $1,000
Natural Gas Boilers: $1,000 - $1,400 per MMBtu
Energy Audit: 25% of the cost
Maximum Incentive: Electric Measures: $100,000 per customer location, per technology, per year
Custom Gas Measures: $1,500 per commercial location per year, $5,000 per industrial location per year
Equipment Requirements: Energy efficient equipment must be installed within 6 months of purchase to qualify
Natural Gas Water Heaters: 90% TE
Natural Gas Boilers: 85% CE ($1,000 per MMBtu); 90% CE ($1,400 per MMBtu)


Name: Customer Service
Organization: Owatonna Public Utilities
Address: 208 Walnut Avenue, P.O. Box 800,
Owatonna MN 55060-0800
Phone: (507) 451-2480
Email: customerservice@owatonnautilities.com

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.