Business is about to pick up for electrical contractors.

Small Business Energy Solutions helps qualified small businesses make energy-efficient lighting improvements, and the incentive is paid directly to you – the electrical contractor. You’ll be paid up to 75% of the total project cost, based on the amount of electricity your customer saves (you receive $0.14 per kWh). The customer pays the balance.

What’s in it for you?

  • Grow your customer base
  • Earn money as your customers save electricity
  • Free use of the program’s Energy Estimator software
  • A simple and seamless experience for you and your customers


For contractors:

For small business customers:

  • Electric service from Alliant Energy
  • Annual electric bill less than $50,000
  • Occupy less than 20,000 square feet
  • Approval from landlord, if facility is leased

How the program works

  1. Contractor evaluates customer’s eligibility and current lighting.
  2. Contractor develops a lighting project using the Energy Estimator software and presents the proposal to the customer.
  3. Customer decides to move forward and contractor requests project approval from the lighting program and completes the project installation.
  4. Alliant Energy pays contractor up to 75% of the project cost, customer pays the balance.

The Alliant Energy incentive will typically cover 35% to 55% of the project cost.

Small Business Energy Solutions in action

Here is a snapshot of how Small Business Energy Solutions projects can work for you and your customers.

facility type energy savings project cost incentive paid directly to contractor customer balance sample lighting retrofit components 
Convenience store (lighting and refrigeration upgrades)

10,978 kWh for lighting

17,175 kWh for refrigeration

$6,108 $4,581 (75% cap) $1,527 • T12 to T8 with delamping
• Incandescents to CFLs
• Metal halides and halogens to LEDs
• Strip curtain installation
• LED case lighting
• Anti-sweat heater controls installation
19,796 kWh $7,782 $3,167 (41%) $4,615 • T12 to T8 with delamping
• Incandescents to CFLs
• Metal halides and halogens to LEDs
25,698 kWh $6,362 $4,112 (65%) $2,250 • T12 to T8 with delamping
• Incandescents to CFLs
• LED exit signs


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