Hawaii Energy Extends Energy Efficiency Auction Deadline to Oct. 6

Posted September 25, 2014

Hawaii Energy will extend its original deadline of September 29 for the “Hawaii Energy Efficiency Auction” by one week to Monday, October 6 at 4 p.m. (HST).

The Request for Project Applications and an application form are available at http://auction.hawaiienergy.com. Applications must be received online, via email or in hard copy. All companies that are licensed and insured to conduct business in Hawaii can submit an application. There are no application fees.

The Auction is an open call for contractors, developers, energy efficiency solution providers, energy service companies (ESCOs), energy vendors and property managers to submit qualified energy efficiency projects to compete for up to $2.1 million in incentive funds to offset project costs.

Proposed projects must reduce energy consumption and deliver one or more of the following: (1) Improved cost-effectiveness compared to existing Hawaii Energy offerings, (2) Increased energy efficiency in high energy consumption and/or hard-to-reach geographic areas or (3) Mass installations of specific energy efficiency technologies or offerings.

Proposed projects must serve electric utility ratepayers in Hawaii, Honolulu and/or Maui counties who pay the Public Benefit Fee charge on their electric bills. Projects that are already in contract do not qualify for the Auction. There is over $977,000 set aside for selected residential projects requiring a minimum incentive commitment of $10,000. Additionally, more than $1.14 million is earmarked for commercial projects with a minimum incentive requirement of $50,000 per selected project.

There are two project categories: (1) Targeted Projects which focuses on specific target markets (Residential or Commercial) or specific technologies and (2) Innovative Projects which are new energy efficiency technologies not currently offered by Hawaii Energy.

The Residential target markets include renters and hard-to-reach geographic areas. Specific technologies may include solar thermal water heaters for multi-family homes, LED lighting, smart thermostats, occupancy sensors and whole home monitors/energy management systems.

The Commercial target markets consist of professionally-managed housing (e.g., privately-managed communities or military housing), schools, healthcare, small businesses and restaurants, as well as businesses in hard-to-reach geographic areas. Specific technologies may include LED lighting, controls (e.g., lighting and building management systems), refrigeration/cold storage, kitchen equipment, Demand Response (DR) as an energy efficiency initiative, business submetering and re-commissioning/retro commissioning.

Interested participants must submit an application (along with an estimated energy savings worksheet and project proposal) online at http://auction.hawaiienergy.com, via email to John Rei at reij@leidos.com, or hard copy to Hawaii Energy at 1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1800, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.

Applicants will be notified if their project is selected by October 24, 2014. Preference will be given to projects that can be completed by May 30, 2015. However, longer duration projects may be accepted based on value to the program. For more information, please contact John Rei at (808) 839-8823 or reij@leidos.com.