CPS Energy - New Commercial Construction Incentives

February 22, 2019


CPS Energy offers incentives for new commercial construction that is at least 15% more efficient than required by the City of San Antonio Building Code (based on IECC 2009). The building code and incentive program were created by Ordinance 2009-03-12-0179 (the Sustainable Building Codes Ordinance) and further amended by Ordinance 2009-10-01-0777D.

The Commercial New Construction Incentive Program does not specify eligible measures, but rather provides incentives for the amount of energy saved overall. Savings are based on the total energy consumption of all fuel types used in the building. In order to measure energy savings and determine incentive amounts, an approved modeling software or calculation methodology must be used. In order to apply for the incentive, applicants must submit a copy of the results of the modeling software, a final certificate of occupancy, and a letter from the architect certifying that the building is in compliance with the requirements of the program. CPS Energy may inspect buildings prior to authorizing an incentive. Multi-family structures with 4 or more units are considered commercial construction. More information and an application are available on the program web site.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: https://www.cpsenergy.com/en/my-business/ways-to-save/programs-and-rebates/commercial-new-construction-rebate.html
Administrator: CPS Energy
Start Date: 01/01/2010
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Yes; specific technologies not identified
Incentive Amount: Tier 1 Energy Incentive: $0.08/kWh
Tier 1 Peak Demand Incentive: $125/kW
Tier 2 Energy Incentive: $0.12/kWh
Tier 2 Peak Demand Incentive: $150/kW
Tier 3 Energy Incentive: $0.20/kWh
Tier 3 Peak Demand Incentive: $200/kW
Maximum Incentive: 35% of eligible project costs or $250,000 per project
Equipment Requirements: Tier 1: Building must be 15-24.9% more efficient than city building code
Tier 2: Must be 25-34.9% more efficient
Tier 3: Must be 35% more efficient


This program has 1 incentives
Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Yes; specific technologies not identified
Sectors: Commercial
Parameters: The incentive has a maximum of 0.08 $/kWh, The incentive has a minimum of $0.20, The incentive has a maximum of 125.00 $/kW, The incentive has a minimum of $200.00


Name: Ordinance 2009-03-12-0179
Date Enacted: 03/12/2009
Effective Date: 01/01/2010
Name: Ordinance 2009-10-01-0777D
Date Enacted: 10/01/2009
Effective Date: 01/01/2010


Name: New Construction Contact
Organization: CPS Energy
Address: PO Box 1771
San Antonio TX 78296-1771
Phone: (210) 353-2728
Email: CPS-newconstruction@cpsenergy.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.