Black Hills Power - Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs

July 07, 2016


Black Hills Power provides rebates for its commercial customers who install energy efficient heat pumps, motors, variable frequency drives, lighting, and water heaters. Custom rebates for approved measures are also available. The custom rebate amount is based on the cost difference between the standard and high efficiency equipment and systems, as well as the amount of energy saved. Examples of measures that could qualify for the custom rebate program include: large scale geothermal heat pumps; high efficiency refrigeration equipment; industrial and agricultural equipment; and energy management systems. For more information on specific program requirements, guidelines, and applications, visit Black Hills Power's website or contact the utility directly.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Montana
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Black Hills Power
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Water Heaters
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controls/Sensors
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls
  • Motors
  • Motor VFDs
  • Agricultural Equipment
  • Custom/Others pending approval
  • LED Lighting
Incentive Amount: HVAC and Water Heaters
Variable Frequency Drive: $30 /hp
Single Phase or Split System HVAC: $50 /ton
Geothermal Heat Pump: $70 /ton
Electric Storage Water Heater: $1.50 /gallon
Heat Pump Water Heater: $5 /gallon

T8 Fixtures: $5 - $18 /system or $0.50 /lamp
High Bay Fluorescents: $40 - $125
CFLs: $8 - $25
Indirect Lighting: $24 /4 foot section
Other Fluorescent Fixtures: $4 - $16
Metal Halide Fixtures: $17 - $65
Lighting Controls: $12 - $35
LED Exit Signs: $6 /fixture
Other LED: $10 - $100

Totally Enclosed Fan-Cooled: $10 - $600
Open Drip-Proof: $10 - $600

Custom: Varies
Maximum Incentive: $25,000
Eligible System Size: Variable Frequency Drive: 1 - 200 hp
Single phase or Split System HVAC: Up to 5.4 tons
Motor: 1 - 200 hp
Equipment Requirements: Single Phase or Split System HVAC: SEER 14 or higher
Geothermal Heat Pump: EER 17.1 or higher, COP 3.6 or higher
Electric Storage Water Heater: EF of 0.95 or higher
Heat Pump Water Heater: EF rating of 2.0 or higher
Lighting: See program website
Motor: 77% - 85.5% minimum NEMA Nominal Efficiency, depending on motor speed


Name: Jim Keck
Organization: Black Hills Power
Address: PO Box 1400
Rapid City SD 57702
Phone: (605) 721-2612

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.