Standard Incentives

Standard Incentives are open to ALL commercial and industrial participants meeting the eligibility criteria and funding availability. Incentives are available for certain energy smart measures that involve an upgrade or one-for-one replacement of an existing piece of equipment with a piece of equipment that takes smart energy use into account. Efforts have been made to include measures that are recognized nationally and that are accepted as good business practice. An application requesting a standard incentive may fall into several categories based on technology such as HVAC equipment, lighting, food service, refrigeration and miscellaneous. The pre-approval requirement is waived for the standard HVAC category. A list of all standard measures and minimum-efficiency requirements is available in incentive tables located in the technology document links below. Reach out to a Preferred Partners Network member to access a potential incentive to help offset the capital investment for your energy solutions project.

Pre-Approval Required No Pre-Approval Required
Miscellaneous HVAC
Lighting**  
Food Service  

**Lighting must be purchased or installed by a Preferred Partners Network (PPN) contractor. Only PPN members can submit lighting projects, lighting code required.

To Qualify for Standard Incentives

To qualify for eligible incentives, all projects must receive written approval before you purchase or install equipment. Projects may require pre- and post-installation inspection. Incentives are determined after pre-inspection and communicated in the Application Approval Notice. Do not start removal of existing equipment until after you have completed all pre-measurement requirements and you have received the Application Approval Notice.

  • All projects, except for fuel switching projects, must have a utility payback period greater than or equal to two years. The amount of incentive to be paid will be adjusted as appropriate if TVA determines such amount will cause the payback period to be less than 2 years.
  • New construction projects qualify ONLY in the case where TVA determines fuel switching measures are being installed
  • For reimbursement of standard HVAC projects that do not require pre-approval, a program application, final invoices and any specification sheets must be submitted within 60 days of purchase.
  • All incentives are dependent on the approval of TVA and your local power company, as well as upon available funding.
  • For projects with incentive amounts greater than $100,000, TVA will work with you to determine an incentive offer that ensures consistent funding is available for all projects of all sizes.
  • A Preferred Partners Network (PPN) member will complete the application, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to submit the application to ensure that all information is correct. Incomplete fields may result in a rejected application.

Ready to Get Started? Here’s How.

1. Pick a PPN Project Expert Guide

Address energy-smart opportunities available within your facilities. Each application submitted requires the participation of a Preferred Partner Network member. Search our online PPN member database by technology, location or contractor company name to find a match that’s right for you.

2. Get Bids on Your Project

Once you’ve identified a project you’d like to undertake, make sure you’re getting the best price and service. Click here to get bids.

3. Get Status Updates or Answers

Once your application is in and approved, you can call us at (866) 233-0450, or email TVABusinessIncentive@tva.gov, for information about your project. You can also call us to request to be contacted by your local EnergyRight Solutions expert.

Custom Incentives

Custom Incentives are open to ALL commercial and industrial participants meeting the eligibility criteria. With incentives, the program offers unbiased, reliable technical assistance and information to help identify custom facility and process electric savings opportunities.

Want More Information?

Want to know more details, or understand what to expect? Click here to learn more about how the incentive process works, and read our guidelines, terms and conditions.