Member Programs & Incentives

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Program rebates and incentives apply to members of Firelands Electric Cooperative who agree to participate in the cooperative load management program; have a PeakBuster Radio Controlled Switch (RCS) installed for each applicable electric appliance(s) installed in the home. The new equipment must be inspected and approved by Firelands’ technician and a PeakBuster RCS must be installed/tested (no charge to the member) before any incentives can be issued to the member owning the building.

By participating in Firelands’ load management programs, the member acknowledges that during summer months (June, July, August and September) Firelands’ load management equipment may be activated on extremely hot/humid afternoons between 2 pm and 6 pm to avoid high electric demand. The PeakBuster RCS allows the cooperative to temporarily cut power to the water heater circuit or reduce the run-time of cooling system compressors to control high peak power loads. Controlling electric water heaters and cooling systems during periods of high demand for electricity saves money for the cooperative and all of its members because less high-cost “peak” power is needed.

NOTE: Electric appliances including, but not limited to, tankless water heaters, ductless heat pumps, in addition to air conditioning and HVAC systems that are too old or are not compatible with Firelands’ load management devices, do not qualify for advertised rebates and incentives.


ELECTRIC WATER HEATER REBATES & INCENTIVES

Incentives apply to Firelands’ residential, commercial and industrial members who purchase and install an electric water heater that meets all incentive requirements.  Tank must be installed at a location receiving electric service from the cooperative and agree to the installation of the cooperative’s load management PeakBuster RCS (at no charge to the member). 

NEW CONSTRUCTION or switching from fossil: (gas/propane/oil)

  • $300 rebate* for qualifying 80-gallon or larger electric water heaters that meet Firelands’ incentive requirement.
  • $100 bill credit* for qualifying 50-gallon electric water heaters that meet Firelands’ incentive requirement.

REPLACEMENT of existing electric water heater:

  • $100 bill credit* for qualifying 50-gallon or larger electric water heaters that meet Firelands’ incentive requirement.

‚ÄčRCS LOAD MANAGEMENT DEVICE installed/upgraded:

  • $25 bill credit* applies to 50-gallon or larger electric water heaters that DO NOT meet Firelands’ incentive requirement.
  • $10 bill credit* for upgrade/replacement of old style (round) PeakBuster device with a new, more advanced device that includes peak control indicator light

*Firelands Electric’s water heater incentive requirements: Water heater capacity of 50 gallons or larger and is greater than 90% efficient with an Energy Factor (E.F.) of 0.91 or higher, based on the GAMA Efficiency Rating Directory.  Solar, heat pump and on-demand water heaters do not qualify. A maximum of $500 total rebate may be paid for non-residential facility with multiple water heaters installed.


PEAKBUSTER COOL RETURNS PROGRAM

Firelands Electric Cooperative must pay higher prices for electric energy purchased during times of high peak demand for electricity, which typically takes place during peak demand times on very hot and humid afternoons between 2 pm and 6 pm. PeakBuster RCS devices are installed on central-air conditioning systems (at no charge to the member), limiting the amount of time a cooling system compressor operates during peak demand times.

PeakBuster load management devices are programmed so the cooling system compressor will never be off more than 12 minutes out of any half-hour control period. Your cooling system fan will continue to operate normally during peak demand sessions, circulating air throughout your home to maximize comfort. Firelands’ technician reserves the right to decide whether to accept older or marginal central air conditioners, heat pumps and geothermal systems into the Cool Returns Program.

COOL RETURNS AIR CONDITIONING INCENTIVES

  • $100 bill credit to install controls for central air conditioning, existing heat pumps and geothermal systems that do not already have Cool Returns PeakBuster devices installed.
  • $10 monthly bill credit during summer months of June, July, August, and September.

The Cool Returns air conditioning incentive cannot be combined with other heat pump and geothermal incentives offered by the cooperative.


GEOTHERMAL & AIR-SOURCE HEAT PUMP SYSTEM INCENTIVES

Program incentives apply to members of Firelands Electric Cooperative who purchase and install new or replacement geothermal or air-source heat pump systems, which are ENERGY STAR® qualified and meet or exceed the following energy efficiency standards:

GEOTHERMAL ground-source heating/cooling system

  • $800 rebate* for installing a geothermal system that meets or exceeds Firelands’ standards.
  • Geothermal energy standards: EER 17.1, COP 3.6; Open Loop EER 21.1, COP 4.1
  • Equipment installed shall be in compliance with ENERGY STAR® requirements for both EER and COP minimums at the time of installation. System loops shall be installed in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications and recommendations and shall meet applicable Federal, State or local agency standards.
  • $10 monthly bill credit applied during summer months of June, July, August, and September.

AIR–SOURCE HEAT PUMP all-electric heating/cooling system

  • $500 rebate* for installing a new or replacement all-electric air source heat pump system that meets or exceeds ENERGY STAR® and Firelands’ energy efficiency standards.  The backup heating must be electric resistance.
  • Air Source Heat Pump energy standards: Split SEER 15.0, EER 12.5, HSPF 8.5;
    Package SEER 14.0, EER 12.0, HSPF 8.0.
  • $10 monthly bill credit applied during summer months of June, July, August, and September

DUAL FUEL HEAT PUMP added to a fossil fuel heating system

  • $250 rebate* for installing a new or replacement dual-fuel heat pump added to any fossil fuel (gas/propane/oil) furnace that meets or exceeds Firelands’ energy efficiency standards.
  • $10 monthly bill credit applied during summer months of June, July, August, and September.

NOTE: Rebates and incentives are available for new or replacement systems and the Cool Returns PeakBuster incentive cannot be combined with other geothermal and heat pump rebates or incentives offered by Firelands Electric Cooperative.

*Program rebates and incentives require members to participate in the cooperative load management program by having a PeakBuster Radio Controlled Switch (RCS) installed on the applicable electric appliance. Communicating and ductless HVAC systems, as well as solar and heat pump water heaters (including on-demand/tankless units), do not qualify. A maximum of $2,000 total rebate may be paid for non-residential facility with multiple geothermal and air-source heat pumps installed.

 

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