Energy Efficiency for Commercial & Industrial Buildings | Energy Solutions

Energy Efficiency for Large Commercial & Industrial Businesses

When it comes to smart energy use, large businesses can make a big impact: saving money, reducing energy use, and creating a sustainable future. Seattle’s Climate Action Plan calls for a 39 percent reduction of greenhouse emissions by 2030 and an 82 percent reduction by 2050. And your business has a role in this process.

On average, 30 cents of every dollar that organizations spend on energy use in commercial buildings is wasted through inefficiencies.


Now is the time to make energy efficiency a strategic priority for your business. Seattle City Light can help you develop a plan that maximizes your budget and demonstrates a return on investment. We can help remove barriers—in the boardroom, and across the organization—to improved building performance that results in reduced operating costs, increased cash flow, and improved business outcomes in as little as six months. We provide complimentary energy expertise along with financial services to help make any energy efficiency project successful.

Professional services:

  • Opportunity assessment: Let’s start with a phone consultation to determine potential energy savings that align with your unique business needs and goals.
  • Proposal review: If you have a proposal from a contractor for an energy efficiency project, we’ll review it to make sure that all energy saving opportunities are included, and that it meets eligibility requirements for Seattle City Light financial incentives.

Financial incentives:

We offer financial incentives to help offset costs for a variety of equipment upgrade projects including qualified high-efficiency lighting, refrigeration and HVAC systems, an improved building envelope, energy management systems, and other measures that are unique to a customer’s business or physical process. Contact an Energy Advisor to learn more.


Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a City Light customer.
  • Must be assigned a rate code of medium or large commercial. Not sure what code you are assigned? Ask us!
  • Approval required prior to equipment purchase or implementation.

How it works:

  • Request a City Light consultation and an energy advisor will contact you to learn more about your needs, identify opportunities, and provide additional assistance upon request, such as help completing a City Light financial incentives application.
  • Select a contractor and get a proposal. While we do not endorse or refer contractors, we do recommend getting a minimum of two bids from a qualified contractor.
  • Submit your project proposal.
  • We will review the application and proposal to identify which equipment qualifies for financial incentives and provide you with an incentive estimate and authorization to proceed
  • Proceed with project installation.
  • Submit invoices for project costs to your assigned energy management analyst. We will confirm that equipment was installed as proposed, paid for, and that our program eligibility requirements were met.
  • City Light pays your incentive directly to you or, if preferred, your contractor.

Ready to learn more?

Contact an Energy Advisor today for more information or to arrange a consultation.