SCORE

The SWEPCO SCORE Program provides no-cost support to participating schools through a combination of tools, services, and incentives ($210 per KW) for SCORE participants to complete qualifying renovation and new construction projects that result in peak electric demand savings. Incentives are based on the savings generated by the project such as:
Measure Category Cash Incentives*
Lighting (non-LED) & Lighting Controls $215/kW
Lighting (LED) $225/kW
Lighting Controls $225/kW
HVAC – Chiller $235/kW
HVAC – DX & HVAC Controls $235/kW
Building Envelope $225/kW
Food Service $225/kW
Refrigeration $225/kW
PC Power Management $225/kW
Commercial Duct Sealing $235/kW
Custom $235/kW
*This table shows typical incentive amounts. Actual incentive rates may vary in accordance with program demand or requirements. Incentive amounts are documented and reserved on the Final Project Application.
Please note that no products or services are sold through the SCORE Program. SWEPCO has partnered with CLEAResult to implement the Program.

Program Details

The SCORE Program is designed to help participants identify energy efficiency opportunities in existing and newly planned facilities and to provide monetary incentives to implement these projects. SCORE offers objective, third-party consulting on best practices in the areas of energy usage and energy efficiency. Based on the participant's needs, the SCORE Program will provide customized energy efficiency solutions using the following tools and services:
  • Energy Performance Benchmarking for existing campuses.
  • Energy Master Planning Workshops that allow financial and facilities personnel to learn about industry best practices and determine where best to focus short and long term resources.
  • Technical Assistance to help identify and evaluate energy efficiency opportunities.
  • Communications Support to help publicize the partner's leadership and accomplishments in energy efficiency.

Program Eligibility

An eligible customer is defined by a single Tax ID number and includes any K-12 schools, colleges, or universities served by SWEPCO Texas. All measures must meet the following requirements:
  • Must produce electric demand savings through an increase in energy efficiency.
  • Full incentives are based on measures that have a useful life of at least 10 years. Equipment with shorter measure lives may receive a pro-rated incentive amount but require documentation of their useful life.
  • New equipment must exceed minimum equipment efficiency standards.

Steps

Step 1: Project Identification

The Program works with individual Partners to assist them in assessing their equipment, facilities and operations to identify eligible energy efficiency projects. See "Incentives" section for details on the assistance provided in identifying projects. Depending on volume or time of year, the Program may not be able to provide direct assessment assistance to all Partners. See "Project Eligibility" section of Program Manual for a list of measures eligible for incentives under the Program.

Step 2: Pre-Installation

For a retrofit project, Partner allows the Program Implementer access to the project site for the purpose of a pre-installation inspection. A pre-installation inspection must pass before any installation work can begin. For a new construction project, Partners must submit a full set of design development/construction drawings or similar (in electronic, PDF file format) to CLEAResult for review. Once a pre-installation inspection (retrofit projects) or plan review (new construction projects) has been completed, CLEAResult will assist the Partner in submitting a Project Application Form.

Step 3: Project Application & Incentive Reservation

Approval of Project Application Forms and reservations of incentive funds are solely within the discretion of the Program Implementer. Incentive funds estimated in a Form are not officially reserved until the Program Implementer approves the Form.

The Program Implementer will review each Project Application Form for completeness, accuracy and whether the listed measures qualify for incentive funding under the Program. CLEAResult will communicate with the Partner regarding necessary corrections and/or modifications to the application (additional information may be required). Once reviewed and approved, CLEAResult will notify the Partner in writing of the incentive amount reserved in the Program.

Step 4: Installation

Upon completion and written approval of the pre-installation inspection, the Partner proceeds with the project installation. In the case of a new construction project, Partner may proceed directly to installation as soon as the project is identified (i.e. Partner may choose to begin construction before the Project Application Form is submitted). Partner must notify the Program Implementer immediately of any and all changes to the project scope, equipment selection, or timeline during installation.

Step 5: Post-Installation

After the project has been installed, the Partner will notify CLEAResult of the project's completion as soon as possible in order to arrange a post-installation inspection of the project. Partner is expected to work with the Program Implementer to confirm (and update if necessary) the supporting documentation that accompanied the approved Project Application Form for the now completed project. Notice can be provided via email, telephone, or in writing to CLEAResult.

Partner agrees to submit to CLEAResult a copy of the final invoice for equipment cost, labor, and all other costs associated with the project. If Partner uses internal labor and is therefore not invoiced for labor, Partner will submit to CLEAResult a copy of the equipment invoice and an estimate of internal labor hours spent.

Once the project is completed, the Partner notifies CLEAResult and schedules a post-installation inspection. Using the most current project documentation, a Program inspector will again visit the site or sites to visually verify the equipment has been replaced as indicated. The inspector will document the type of equipment installed including make, model and serial number where applicable. The Partner must provide a knowledgeable representative to accompany the inspector on the post-installation inspection.

Step 6: Payment

Using the results of the post-installation inspection, the Program Implementer will determine the eligible peak demand savings (kW) and annual energy savings (kWh/yr) for the project and determine the amount of incentives due to the Partner. The Program Implementer is not under any obligation to provide Partner with more incentives than the amount reserved by the Project Application Form for any project, even if Partner achieves greater energy savings by the project than what were estimated. However, if budget is still available when a project achieves greater energy savings than estimated, the Program Implementer has the option to pay Partner more than the amount reserved, up to the incentive calculated by the achieved energy savings. For additional details on how incentive payments are determined, scheduled, and paid, please see the "Incentives" section in the Program Manual.

Forms

Program Documents

AEP SWEPCO Program Information
Memorandum of Understanding
Program Manual
Project Application Form

Program Savings Calculators