First Energy Ohio - Commercial Efficiency Rebates

June 23, 2016


Note: This program will be suspended on December 31, 2014 following the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approval of FirstEnergy Ohio's proposal to suspend the vast majority of its energy efficiency programs.

Ohio subsidiaries of FirstEnergy (Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company, Toledo Edison) offer rebates for the installation of certain energy efficiency improvements for commercial customers. These programs were created in response to Ohio Senate Bill 221, and funded by all non-residential customers of First Energy. Live webinar presentations are available on the website above to inform customers of new programs and program updates. Incentives help cover the cost of energy efficiency upgrades involving HVAC equipment, commercial cooking equipment, motors, variable frequency drives, lighting measures, and custom measures. Projects must be approved before measures are implemented, except in the case of the Mercantile Customer Program. Nine trade associations serve as program delivery administrators and are equipped to support members in the incentive application process.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Ohio
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: SAIC Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure, LLC
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controls/Sensors
  • Chillers
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Motors
  • Motor VFDs
  • Processing and Manufacturing Equipment
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Custom/Others pending approval
  • Other EE
  • Food Service Equipment
  • Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
Incentive Amount: High Bay Fluorescents: $23 - 74/fixture
Low Bay High Efficiency Fluorescents: $3 - $31/fixture
Fluorescent Retrofits: $4 - 14/fixture
Screw-In CFL: $1/lamp
Hard-Wired CFL: $15/lamp
LED Exit Signs: $10
Lighting Controls: $25/sensor
Custom Lighting: $0.05/kWh in use reduction
Traffic Signal: $25 - $45
Variable Speed Drives: $30/HP controlled
Motors: $20-$400/motor
Water Heater/Heat Pump Water Heater: $50/unit
Commercial Clothes Washer: $50/unit
Vending Machine Occupancy Control: $25/unit
Commercial Refrigerators: $50/unit
Commercial Freezers: $50/unit
Ice Machines: $50 - $200
Steam Cookers: $200 - $400/unit
Air Cooled Unitary/Split Systems: $150 - $550
Water Cooled Unitary/Split Systems: $150 - $500
Air Source Heat Pump: $150 - $350
Water Source Heat Pumps: $150
Ground Source Heat Pumps: $250
Chillers: $2,500
Custom: $0.08/kWh
Mercantile Customers (700,000 kWh per year): Contact FirstEnergy
Maximum Incentive: Mercantile Program: Contact FirstEnergy
Equipment Requirements: Motors: NEMA Premium rated, Open Drip-Proof (ODP) and Totally Enclosed Fan-Cooled (TEFC) motors from 1 to 200 HP
Installation Requirements: Mercantile Incentive Program: Commercial or industrial customers using more than 700,000 kWh/year can choose cash rebates or rider waivers for energy efficiency measures taken since 2008. The applications are processed by the PUC (not the utilities) so customers must submit 2-3 years of their electric utility bills.


Name: EnergySaveOhio
Address: 8870 Darrow Road
Twinsburg OH 44087
Phone: (866) 578-5220

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.