Program Update:

FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities are committed to making safety our top priority.

Throughout the evolving coronavirus health emergency, FirstEnergy’s Ohio electric companies are committed to closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus and taking appropriate precautions to protect the health and safety of our employees, contractors and customers.

To ensure that safety, effective immediately, FirstEnergy Ohio electric companies are temporarily suspending all Commercial & Industrial (C&I) Energy Efficiency programs until further notice. Please check back for updates.

This will not impact FirstEnergy’s Ohio C&I customers with pre-approved applications. Customers with pre-approved C&I Energy Efficiency applications may check the status of those applications by emailing a program representative at

FirstEnergy’s Mercantile Customer Program continues to accept applications for projects that are already completed.

Eligible customers wishing to participate in FirstEnergy’s Mercantile Customer Program, or those who have questions regarding the program, may visit the program website by clicking here.

Commercial Lighting

Learn more about cash incentive programs that provide reimbursement for lighting improvements.

Commercial Lighting Incentive Program

Available to existing facilities and new construction projects, the Lighting Incentive Program is offered to Ohio commercial, industrial, governmental and institutional customers of Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison (FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities) to encourage participants to install high-efficiency lighting equipment. Agricultural and horticultural lighting projects will be reviewed under the Custom Equipment Program.

Cash incentives are available for installation of:

  • High-efficiency fluorescent tubes
  • LED lighting fixtures and retrofits
  • LED lamps and LED exit signs
  • Occupancy and daylighting controls

Effective Dates

To qualify for incentives through the Lighting Incentives Program, equipment must be new and installed after January 1, 2017.

Pre‐Approval Requirements

All lighting incentive applications received by the program will require pre-approval before the purchase and installation of materials


Incentives available from the Lighting Incentive Program are shown below, and are limited to the total equipment cost. Only new equipment is eligible for incentives under the Lighting Incentive Program.

New Ohio C&I Program Requirements – T-12 Lighting Phase-Out

Starting January 1, 2017, standard T-8 fluorescent lighting equipment will become the baseline for energy savings for replacing any T-12 linear fluorescent lighting equipment. All Lighting Incentive Program applicants are required to use the Lighting Calculator spreadsheet to estimate annual energy and demand savings. T-12 fixtures codes entered in the lighting calculator will be automatically converted to an appropriate T-8 fluorescent fixture code as defined in Appendix C of the 2016 PA TRM.


Incentives Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
LED Lamps Eligible LED lamps must be ENERGY STAR® rated and replace existing A-19 incandescent lamps with a medium screw base. Projects where all or a significant portion of the project includes the retrofit of A-19 incandescent lamps, a pre-inspection will be required before pre-approval. $5 per lamp
LED Exit Signs Eligible LED exit signs must replace existing fluorescent or incandescent exit signs to be eligible. $15 per sign
LED Refrigerated Case Lighting Eligible LED case lighting must be listed by the Design Lights Consortium (DLC) ( and replacing existing fluorescent lighting technology.  Only small rate code customers are eligible for this prescriptive incentive. $37.50 per door
LED Channel Signage Eligible measures include the replacement, retrofit, or new installation of channel letter signs with LED lighting technology. $3 per linear foot
Calculated Incentives

Lighting equipment that does not meet the requirements of the prescriptive lighting incentives listed above may qualify under the base incentive rate of 5¢ per kWh saved annually.

Please note:  For retrofit projects, calculated incentives for interior and exterior LED fixtures are capped at $55 per fixture when replacing fixtures with a total lamp wattage (excluding the ballast) of 250 Watts or less.

When interior and exterior LED fixtures are replacing fixtures with a total lamp wattage (excluding the ballast) greater than 250 Watts, the calculated incentive is capped at 50% of the fixture cost.

For new construction projects, calculated incentives for interior and exterior LED fixtures are capped at $55 per fixture.

Calculated incentives for street and area lighting fixtures (retrofit and new construction) are capped at $220 per fixture.

Lighting Program Requirements

Solid State Lighting

– Solid State Lighting/LED equipment must be ENERGY STAR rated ( or listed by the Design Lights Consortium (DLC) ( to be eligible for incentives.

Lighting Controls

– Occupancy controls may not have a manual “on” switch capable of overriding the automatic “off” switch.

– New controls must replace a manual switching system.

– Occupancy sensors installed as part of a new construction project, in areas where sensors are required by code, are not eligible for incentives.

General Requirements

– Only new equipment is eligible for incentives.

– Lighting incentives are available for the installation of new lighting equipment that results in a reduction in electrical energy use.

– All 30 and 32 watt 4-ft T8 lamps must appear on the current Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Qualifying Products list or meet the CEE “High-Performance” specifications. (See the CEE website:

– All retrofit kits shall include lamp socket brackets and sockets that center the lamps in the fixture, and may include a new reflector or ballast cover. Retrofit kits and components shall be UL or CSA listed for luminaire retrofit conversion and be installed in accordance with the current National Electrical Code.

– The total lighting incentive applies to linear fluorescent retrofits and energy efficient lighting products. This involves the replacement or new installation of linear fluorescent lighting equipment, including but not limited to T8 and T5, to a higher efficiency than existing or designed.

Existing Facilities and New Construction

– Lighting incentives are available for both existing facilities and new construction projects and the portions of building addition projects that increase a facility’s footprint. Projects involving existing facilities should consider the existing equipment when calculating the baseline energy usage. New construction projects should follow applicable building energy construction codes when calculating the baseline energy usage. CFL or LED exit signs installed as part of a new construction project are not eligible for incentives.

How Do I Apply For Incentives?

Step 1 – The participant should complete and submit a Lighting Program application online and upload required documents through the application portal. The following documents are required for a pre-approval:

  • Completed lighting calculator spreadsheet
  • Manufacturers’ specification (cut) sheets for the proposed/installed equipment. Please highlight or circle all relevant information, such as the equipment efficiency ratings.
  • Letter supporting the lighting equipment hours of operation used in the lighting calculator. This requirement is waived if the applicant is using the default hours of operation in the lighting calculator spreadsheet.
  • If applicable, new construction or major renovation projects must include a copy of their facility drawings and lighting equipment schedules.
  • Completed and signed W-9 tax form for the incentive payee. The W-9 form must be current and dated within the last 24 months.
  • Copy of utility bill to confirm account number and service address. If desired, the participant may obscure all cost and rate related information.

Step 2 – The program administrator will notify the applicant via email when the review is complete and funds have been reserved. The applicant will have 90 days from the date of the pre-approval letter to complete the project.

Step 3 – Once the project is complete, the participant should review the approved application for any changes to the project that occurred during installation and make any needed corrections. The following final documentation should be submitted to the Program Administrator for review:

  • Detailed, itemized invoices or proofs of purchase for the equipment installed.
  • Manufacturers’ specification (cut) sheets for any additional equipment installed (if applicable).
  • Revised lighting calculator spreadsheet (this requirement is waived if no changes were made during construction).
  • Completed letter of attestation.
  • If applicable, customers who wish to issue all or a portion of their incentive to a 3rd party should complete a Dual Incentive Payment form.

Upon receipt and verification of all required documentation, the incentive check will be processed and mailed to the applicant or to an authorized representative, if requested on the letter of attestation.