SANTA ANA, Calif. — Southern California Edison (SCE) has announced the addition of a new incentive for commercial contractors participating in its HVAC Optimization program. Called “Early Retirement,” for a limited time contractors can earn rebates for the immediate replacement of qualifying old — but still operational — rooftop HVAC units at the facilities of SCE commercial customers. The incentive is nicknamed “Cash for HVAC Clunkers.”

SCE said Early Retirement can help contractors lower their customers’ electric bills, provide customers with newer and quieter equipment, and give the contractor an opportunity to concurrently enroll the new unit in an HVAC Optimization Maintenance Agreement. Eligibility requirements for the Early Retirement rebate include:

• Eligible Equipment Types: Air- and water-cooled package and split unitary air conditioning and heat pump systems of all sizes are eligible. (Chillers are not eligible.)

• Old Equipment Condition: Existing equipment must be installed and operational.

• New Equipment Efficiency: The old unit must be replaced with a new high-efficiency unit that meets minimum EER, IEER and/or SEER requirements.

Non-functioning units, non-operational units, and emergency replacements are not eligible.

For more information about Southern California Edison’s complete HVAC Optimization program, visit

Publication date: 5/12/2014

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