When you install a heat pump in San Mateo County, you may be eligible for Peninsula Clean Energy’s Rebate Program. It is a part of the BayRen Home+ program, which has provided rebates for energy efficiency upgrades in the nine counties of the Bay Area. Through the Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) program, you can receive a rebate for a heat pump water heater (HPWH) or heat pump heating ventilation and air conditioning (HP HVAC) upgrade.
If you’re a Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) customer, you may qualify for additional rebates for switching to clean appliances. Gas water heaters and space heaters often contribute to poor air quality in and outside your home. A rebate from SVCE’s FutureFit Homes Program helps make home electrification more affordable, so you can make the switch now.
What Is a Heat Pump Rebate?
Launched on January 1, 2021, these rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis and while funds last. The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) Home+ program offers homeowners incentives to perform energy-efficient upgrades that also improve comfort and indoor air quality. Eligible customers can receive a total rebate of up to $5,000. The Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) and BayRen Home+ rebates can be combined but not exceed the cost of any individual upgrade.
The Peninsula Clean Energy rebates are as follows:
- Heat Pump Water Heater Replacement for a Gas Water Heater: $3,000+$1000 additional rebate by choosing IRBIS (One rebate per unit replaced, with a limit of two water heater rebates per account).
- Heat Pump Water Heater Replacement for an Electric Resistance Water Heater: $500 (One rebate per unit and a limit of two rebates per account).
- Heat Pump HVAC Replacement for a Gas Heater/Furnace: $3,500+$1000 additional rebate by choosing IRBIS (One rebate per condensing or packaged unit; maximum amount of $7,000 per account).
BayREN rebates include:
Who Is Eligible?
The eligibility requirements for a heat pump rebate include:
- You own the residence in which upgrades are installed.
- Your home was built in 2016 or earlier.
- An upgrade was installed on or after October 1, 2022.
- An existing electric resistance water heater or gas tank/tankless water heater is being replaced.
- HPWHs of all sizes, voltage, or amperage levels qualify (including unitary or split models).
- An HP HVAC must replace a gas heater/furnace, whether it’s packaged, split, or mini/multi-split system.
- An HP HVAC must include a heat pump component and replace an existing gas heater/water heater.
How to Receive the Rebates?
If you’re working with a BayREN Participating Contractor, they will complete the rebate forms and obtain your signature for each. These include the Peninsula Clean Energy customer participation agreement. The contractor will then submit the application, which a program administrator will review and process before forwarding it to PCE. Payment is issued by PCE while rebates from BayREN and PCE are sent separately.
How Do I Qualify for an SVCE Rebate?
Rebates from SVCE are available to customers replacing existing equipment with qualifying appliances. Applicants can include owners of single-family homes, accessory dwelling units, and multi-family homes with 4 or fewer dwelling units. You can apply for one rebate per appliance type.
Eligibility for an SVCE rebate is not affected by receiving rebates from other programs, such as BayREN.
Rebate amounts from the FutureFit Homes Program are available for the replacement of a:
- Gas Heat Pump Water Heater: $2,000
- Electric Resistant Heat Pump Water Heater: $1,000
- HVAC Gas Furnace/Heat Pump: $2,500
Rebate add-ons paired with a heat pump water heater or heat pump HVAC unit can include:
- Pre-Wiring for Future Appliances: $500/circuit (up to $2,000 for 4 circuits)
- Main Breaker Panel Upgrade: $1,000
- Gas Meter Removal (All-Electric bonus): $500
The rules for the SVCE rebate program differ from those of other rebate programs. Also, note that pre-wiring for water heaters can’t be combined with a rebate for a heat pump water heater.
How to Apply for an SVCE Rebate
To reserve an SVCE rebate, you will need to complete a “Rebate Activation Request” on the organization’s website. You’ll be notified of approval via email. The request must be approved before the appliance is installed. Once approved, you’ll have up to 120 days to complete the upgrade.
Submit a “Payment Request” (along with photos of the unit, proof of costs, and copies of the permit documents) to SVCE upon completing the upgrade and receiving permit approval. Once the required information is received, the rebate is issued and mailed to you or your contractor.
We’re Here to Help You Save
At IRBIS, our team ensures all customers can access rebates and other opportunities to save on energy efficiency upgrades. We provide high-quality heat pump installation, repair, and maintenance as well. Schedule an appointment online or call (408) 882-1296 to learn more.