Avista and Resource Synergy Partner to Retrofit Existing Lighting in Businesses


Resource Synergy partnered with Avista Utilities on a new Small Business Lighting Program.

The program provides free or extremely low-cost LED lighting retrofits to Avista electricity customers at the rate schedule 11.

We thought it would be fun to ask ChatGPT about retrofitting existing lighting and it's impact on local businesses.

Question to ChatGPT:
Avista Public Utilities in Spokane, Washington, offers incentives for businesses to retrofit existing lighting to LEDs. What can you tell me about that?

The ChatGPT was only trained through September 2021, at which point it has a “knowledge cutoff.”

As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, Avista Public Utilities, based in Spokane, WA, indeed offers incentives for businesses to retrofit their existing lighting systems to energy-efficient LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting. However, please note that specific program details and offerings may have changed since then, so it's advisable to consult Avista's official website or contact their customer service for the most up-to-date information.

Avista's Commercial Lighting Efficiency Program is designed to encourage businesses to transition from traditional lighting technologies, such as incandescent or fluorescent lights, to more energy-efficient LED lighting. By upgrading to LED lights, businesses can enjoy several benefits, including reduced energy consumption, longer lifespan of lighting fixtures, and potential cost savings on electricity bills.

Avista's program typically provides financial incentives or rebates to eligible businesses to offset the upfront costs associated with retrofitting their lighting systems. These incentives are intended to help incentivize and accelerate the adoption of energy-efficient technologies.

To participate in the Commercial Lighting Efficiency Program, businesses usually need to meet certain eligibility criteria, such as being an Avista electric customer and having an existing lighting system that is eligible for retrofitting. The program may have specific requirements regarding the type and quality of LED fixtures and bulbs that qualify for incentives.

The incentive amount provided by Avista may vary depending on factors such as the energy savings achieved through the retrofit, the size of the project, and the specific lighting equipment installed. The utility company may also offer technical assistance or guidance to help businesses navigate the retrofit process and make informed lighting choices.

To obtain detailed and current information about Avista's Commercial Lighting Efficiency Program, I recommend visiting Avista's official website or contacting their customer service directly. They will be able to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date details regarding the program's offerings, eligibility criteria, and application process.

Question to ChatGPT:
How does this incentive compare to incentives from other utilities?

While I don't have access to real-time information on current incentives from other utilities, I can provide you with a general overview of how incentives for retrofitting lighting systems to LEDs offered by Avista Public Utilities in Spokane, WA, might compare to incentives provided by other utility companies.

Incentive programs for energy-efficient lighting retrofits can vary significantly between utilities, as they are often tailored to the specific goals, regulations, and resources of each utility. Here are a few factors that can differ between programs:

  1. Incentive Amounts: The financial incentives or rebates offered by utilities can vary in terms of the amount provided per fixture or per kilowatt-hour saved. Some utilities may offer a fixed rebate amount, while others may base the incentive on a percentage of the project cost or energy savings achieved.
  2. Eligibility Criteria: Each utility's program may have its own eligibility requirements. These can include factors such as customer type (commercial, industrial, etc.), size of the lighting project, specific technologies used, and the utility's service territory.
  3. Program Scope: The scope of the program may differ, including the types of lighting technologies covered (e.g., LEDs, CFLs) and whether it includes both interior and exterior lighting retrofits.
  4. Technical Assistance: Some utilities may provide additional support, such as energy audits, lighting design assistance, or contractor recommendations, to help businesses navigate the retrofit process more effectively.

To compare Avista's incentives with those offered by other utilities, it is advisable to research and review the specific incentive programs of different utility companies serving the areas of interest. This can be done by visiting their websites or contacting their customer service departments. By directly comparing the program details, eligibility criteria, and incentive amounts, you can gain a better understanding of how Avista's program compares to others in terms of the benefits it offers to businesses seeking lighting retrofits.

Keep in mind that utility programs are subject to change, so it's important to verify the latest information and availability of incentives directly with each utility.