City of San Antonio and CPS Energy - City Lights Small Business Energy Efficiency Program

September 28, 2012


Utilizing funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the City of San Antonio and CPS Energy (the city's municipal electric utility) launched the "City Lights Program” in 2010. This program combines turn-key lighting efficiency upgrades and no-cost financing to small businesses to help them save energy.

Eligible businesses include commercial, industrial, and agricultural small businesses with 50 or fewer employees and facilities up to 15,000 square feet. Approved businesses will receive a lighting efficiency assessment, report of recommended improvements and upgrades, actual installation of the recommended lighting equipment retrofits, and subsequent quality control.* Participating businesses may receive zero-percent interest loans to be repaid in 36 months (or less) and no upfront costs. Loans are repaid monthly and are offset by the energy savings on the company’s utility bills. This program is designed to work with the CPS Energy Commercial Energy Efficiency rebates, which can cover up to 75% of the cost of recommended lighting upgrades.

*The City Lights program is administered by EnerPath, which will conduct the energy lighting assessment, provide the report of the recommendations, install the recommended lighting efficiency improvements, as well as handle quality control aspects of the project.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Loan Program
Web Site:
Administrator: EnerPath Services, Inc.
Start Date: 08/2010
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controls/Sensors
Maximum Loan: $10,000
Loan Term: Rate: 0%
Repayment: Not specified


Name: City of San Antonio
Organization: Office of Environmental Policy
San Antonio TX
Phone: (210) 207-0255
Name: Customer Service - EnerPath
Organization: EnerPath
Address: 2900 Mossrock
San Antonio TX 78230
Phone: (210) 366-9955

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.