Small Business Lighting

Rebates & Incentives

Rebates & Incentives

Austin Energy

Customer Energy Solutions

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Austin, TX 78704

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Saving energy and money go hand-in-hand. We can all contribute to reducing Austin’s energy demand by making simple lifestyle changes and energy-efficient home improvements. When demand decreases, we all save. Austin Energy is committed to helping our customers achieve the greatest savings possible.

Earn big discounts on bright lights.

Austin Energy offers small business and small non-profit customers up to an 80% discount to install high-efficiency lighting. Contact a participating contractor to get started.

The cost of buying high-efficiency lighting can be an obstacle for small businesses and small non-profits. Austin Energy works with local lighting professionals to offer a substantial discount that helps:

  • Reduce upfront costs
  • Retrofit new, energy-efficient lighting that lasts longer
  • Reduce your electricity bill

Our discount requires less administrative effort and costs you less. You receive the discount at purchase instead of waiting for a rebate. And, depending on the lighting retrofit or fixture you use, your discount may be as high as 80%.

Participating Contractor Required

Austin Energy requires that you use an Austin Energy participating contractor to qualify for this offering. Your participating contractor can help you choose the right equipment. Participating contractors meet Austin Energy requirements for licensure, insurance, workmanship, and equipment.

One of our participating contractors will conduct a free lighting inventory that provides:

  • A comprehensive retrofit proposal with cost estimate
  • Austin Energy’s portion of the cost
  • Anticipated energy savings

To get started, contact one of our participating contractors.

More Savings Opportunities for Small Businesses

Qualified small businesses, small non-profits, and houses of worship may also be eligible for a 30% bonus rebate on our standard commercial rebates. This bonus rebate applies only to retrofits for a wide range of improvements.

Learn more about bonus rebates

Also, Austin Energy’s Small Business Outreach Program provides small businesses, small non-profits, and houses of worship with free, personalized conservation and energy efficiency guidance to rebates and incentives offered by the City of Austin.

Learn more about our Small Business Outreach Program

Call Austin Energy at 512-482-5346 or email Small Business Outreach to schedule your free assessment or learn more about bonus rebates.

PACE Financing Available

Austin Energy provides various opportunities for our customers to purchase energy efficient technologies. Many of these reduce energy consumption and enhance comfort and indoor air quality for your customers. PACE is an effective financing approach. Travis and Williamson County PACE programs enable owners of non-profit, commercial, and industrial properties to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for water and energy efficiency improvements and solar generation retrofits.  

Private sector lenders finance qualified improvements and property owners voluntarily agree to contractual assessments imposed on the property. PACE improvements generate positive cash flow with no out-of-pocket cost to the property owner. If the property is sold before the full amount is repaid, the repayment obligation automatically transfers to the next owner. PACE assessments complement Austin Energy incentive programs. 

Austin Energy offers small business and small non-profit customers up to an 80% discount on the turnkey purchase and installation of interior high-efficiency lighting equipment.


  • You are an Austin Energy commercial customer.
  • You must comply with the Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) ordinance if your business is located within the Austin city limits.
  • You operate at least four consecutive hours daily between 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. weekdays, June 1 through September 30. (This requirement does not apply to schools.)

  • Austin Energy provides electricity to your property.
  • You are a qualified local small business or a tax-exempt (501c3), small non-profit.
  • You must use an Austin Energy participating contractor.
  • You have an existing business.
  • Only existing buildings qualify. New commercial construction rebates are available that include lighting.
  • If you wish to install new lighting fixtures instead of retrofitting existing ones, Austin Energy will discount the new fixture.
  • Your organization has a peak demand of less than 300 kW from June through September, or has a facility that is less than 30,000 sq ft.

General Requirements

  • Installations must exceed currently adopted City of Austin Energy Code.
  • All work must meet manufacturers’ standards and local, state, and national codes.
  • You must keep efficiency improvements in place for at least five years.
  • You agree to let Austin Energy schedule initial and final site visits.
  • Rebates cannot exceed 80% of the total job costs for the project, including materials, installation, and tax. You must confirm the total project cost.
  • Austin Energy may request invoices and equipment specifications.
  • You assign all rights to environmental attributes and credits resulting from energy savings to Austin Energy. This includes renewable energy and carbon offset credits.
Are You Waiting For a Rebate?

Use the confirmation (enrollment) and utility account numbers to check the status of your rebate application.

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Comply with ECAD to Qualify for Rebate

If your building is over 10,000 sq ft, you must be in compliance with the Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) ordinance. ECAD promotes energy efficiency by identifying potential energy savings for your business. You can choose one of two reporting options that best serve your business.

Learn more about ECAD for Commercial Buildings

Participating Contractor Required

  1. Contact one of our participating contractors.
  2. A participating contractor will conduct a free lighting inventory.
  3. The participating contractor will provide you with a summary of:
    • Suggested lighting upgrades
    • Total project cost
    • Your actual cost
    • The amount Austin Energy will pay to the lighting professional
    • Your energy cost savings
    • The return on investment
  4. The participating contractor installs your new lighting.
  5. You pay your portion of the installation costs to the participating contractor.

Contact Austin Energy for More Information

Call 512-482-5346 or email Commercial Rebates if you have any questions about our rebates.

Find a Participating Contractor

You must use an Austin Energy participating contractor to perform your installation. These companies can help you with the application process. We recommend that you check references and get a least three estimates from the companies listed below.

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The selection of a Participating Contractor to perform work is the sole decision of the property owner and/or authorized lessee/occupant. Inclusion in this directory does not represent an endorsement by Austin Energy of any product, individual, or company. No work is guaranteed or warranty expressed or implied, and Austin Energy makes no guarantees as to the quality, cost, or effectiveness of the products provided and work performed by the contractor, employees, or subcontractors.

Additional Documents

Commercial Rebate Summary (pdf)


Funding is limited and available only to Austin Energy customers on a first-come, first-served basis. Offerings are subject to change without notice.

Date last reviewed or modified: 10/3/17
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