LED Accelerator Program 2018

The best quality products deserve the highest incentives

The LED Accelerator Program (LEDA) incentivizes Retrofit and New Construction projects for premium light emitting diodes (LEDs) in conjunction with Networked Lighting Controls (NLCs) or a new lighting design layout. Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) LEDA Program serves multi-site commercial businesses and is funded by PG&E via a system benefit charge. LEDA’s Implementation Team helps businesses through every step of a project — from product evaluation, through procurement and installation. The Team provides lighting energy audits, application support, economic analysis, product demonstration and product selection assistance at no additional cost to you.

What’s New?

  • Tier IB: not adding controls will require efficacy levels above DLC Premium, ENERGY STAR® or PG&E deemed rebate requirements. See Performance Tier minimum equipment specifications.
  • Network Lighting Controls External Systems Integration allowed (e.g. BMS, EMS, HVAC, Lighting, API)
  • DC and PoE pilots

Program Offerings

  • Tier II: DLC Premium fixtures and NLCs
  • Tier II: DLC Premium Fixtures with New Design Layout
  • Tier II: Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs)
  • Tier IA: Type C LED Tubes with External Drivers and NLCs
  • Tier IB: DLC Premium fixtures that meet additional LEDA efficacy, no controls
  • Tier IA or IB and Tier II: New Construction <100,000 ft²

Target Sectors

  • Retail
  • Retail affiliated warehouse, office, and garage
  • Grocery
  • Restaurant
  • Bank
  • Medical office
  • Telecommunications

Program Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a PG&E electric customer
  • Project must save a minimum of 20 kW (multiple sites with same owner can add up to 20 kW)
  • Project must be in one of the above target sectors
  • Tier I LED products with no controls must meet LEDA minimum equipment specifications below
  • LEDA projects must have at least 50% of retrofit load in Tier I or Tier II and the interior
  • If LEDs are not yet listed on the DLC LED QPL, LEDA can approve if DLC testing is available (see LEDA Product Qualification Checklist)

Retrofit and New Construction Incentive Rates

Tier II: 
$0.24/kWh saved plus $150/peak kW saved
Tier I: 
$0.17/kWh saved plus $150/peak kW saved
LEDA Standard: 
$0.08/kWh saved plus $150/peak kW saved (Only small portion of project allowed if product does not fall under Tier II, Tier I or PG&E deemed or catalog rebate)
  • Incentives capped at 100% of total incremental measure costs
  • Incentive calculation includes interactive effects (savings from HVAC), coincident diversity factor (are all lights on during entire peak hours) and DEER hours
  • The project baseline is equal to California T24 code or the existing baseline, whichever is less. Only energy savings above this baseline will be used to calculate the incentive.
  • If NLCs will be installed, 1 month of trending data from the NLC and baseline can be subtracted from DEER hours to calculate incentives
  • If there is more than 1 year of remaining useful life of a product and early retirement can be proven, the baseline can be used for the purposes of calculating incentives. Early Retirement documentation can include: past invoices, past installation dates, maintenance contract or contract practice documentation.
  • Incentives subject to change based on PG&E core program offering and DLC and ENERGY STAR® required specifications

Performance Tiers

Effective January 1st, 2018 LEDA Minimum Equipment Specifications

Minimum Specifications
Additional Requirements
Efficacy (lm/W) CRI Warranty (years)
Tier II $0.24/kWh saved
$150/kW saved
DLC Premium Troffer 125 80 5 Networked Lighting Controls
New Energy Efficient Design Layout
DLC Premium Highbay/Lowbay 130 70 5
DLC Premium Direct Linear Ambient 130 80 5
DLC Premium Track Monopoint and Wall-Washer 90 80 5
Above ENERGY STAR® Downlight 90 80 5
OLED 45 80 3
Tier IA $0.17/kWh saved
$150/kW saved
Type C, 4′ External Driver Linear Lamp Style Retrofit Kits (bare lamp) 110 80 5 Networked Lighting Controls
Tier IB Above DLC Premium Highbay/Lowbay 160 80 5 No Controls
Above DLC Premium Direct Linear Ambient 145 80 5
Above DLC Premium Troffer 150 80 5
Above DLC Premium Track Monopoint and Wall-Washer 100 80 5
Above ENERGY STAR® Downlight 90 80 5
Above ENERGY STAR® MR 75 90 3
Above ENERGY STAR® PAR 75 90 5
LEDA Standard $0.08/kWh saved plus $150/kW saved DesignLights Consortium® LED Fixture and/or ENERGY STAR® LED Lamp if not Tier II, Tier I or deemed Must be small portion of project
  1. LED fixtures must be on the DLC LED QPL, LED lamps must be on the ENERGY STAR® LED Lamps QPL, and NLCs must be on the DLC Networked Lighting Controls QPL. LEDA can work with manufacturer to approve LEDs if testing is available (see Program Resources below for manufacturers) and manufacturer will be applying for DLC certification.
  2. The intent of a New Design Layout is to save energy while maintaining sufficient light and is not a 1-for-1 replacement. Drawings must be submitted with ceiling plan and photometrics and include energy savings in new design compared to 1-for-1 retrofit.
  3. LEDA Standard products are eligible at standard incentive rates to enable comprehensive projects and the convenience of going through one program if the products are not deemed but the majority of the retrofit load must include Tier I and/or Tier II products.
  4. Only Type C, External driver linear lamp style retrofit kit products are eligible for incentives if networked controlled, a lens covers the LED, and LEDs are not visible. If bi-level dimming utilized, must have ability to dim <50%.
  5. If MR16s are low voltage or less than 5 watts, there is no power factor requirement, consistent with ENERGY STAR®.
  6. Warranties must guarantee L70 and L90 (DLC Premium) lifetimes and cover the complete luminaire or retrofit kit/replacement lamp when applicable. Warranties that only cover certain components of the luminaire or retrofit kit/replacement lamp or NLC do not qualify.
  7. Direct linear ambient and downlight retrofit kits are eligible and must meet same LEDA technical specifications for a new fixture of the same LED type.
  8. Direct linear ambient and troffer retrofit kits must remove the existing ballast, tombstones and new source components (driver, LED chips and lens) must be assembled in the housing and LEDs must not be visible.
  9. LED fixtures must meet zonal lumen density requirements listed on the DLC Technical Requirements Table V4.2.
  10. OLEDs do not require controls but are recommended.
  11. High bay fixtures in warehouses are allowed 70 CRI but all other building types require 80 CRI.
  12. A fixture that qualifies for Tier IB when paired with DLC Networked Lighting Controls is eligible for Tier II incentives.
  13. PoE and DC pilot projects are eligible.

New Construction Requirements

Lighting Type
Percent of Lighting Load
LED Threshold Criteria
Incentive Rate
LED Lighting Y If 25% or more of the retrofit LED lighting load is met with Tier II products or better, apply this rate to LED Energy Incentive $0.24/kWh saved
$150/kW saved
If 25% or more of the retrofit LED lighting load is met with Tier IA or IB products or better, apply this rate to LED Energy Incentive $0.17/kWh saved
$150/kW saved
Default for LED products which are not Tier II, Tier I or deemed $0.08/kWh saved
$150/kW saved
Non-LED Lighting X $0.05/kWh saved
$150/kW saved

Sample Incentive Calculation

The sample calculation below consisting of three components is provided as an example of the incentive rates above.

Demand Incentive = Load below T24 Requirement × $150 × Coincident Diversity Factor × Interactive Effects

Non-LED Energy Incentive = XNon-LED Percent Lighting Load × Load below T24 Requirement × $0.05 × DEER hours × Interactive Effects

LED Energy Incentive = YLED Percent Lighting Load × Load below T24 Requirement × Applicable LED Threshold rate × DEER hours × Interactive Effects

Total Incentive = Demand Incentive + Non-LED Energy Incentive + LED Energy Incentive

Networked Lighting Controls (NLCs) Requirements


The ability of individual luminaires and control devices to connect to a data network so that they can selectively exchange information with other luminaires and control devices. This capability is required at fixture or zones level.

Capability Requirements

  • Occupancy Sensing or Traffic Sensing for exterior
  • Daylight Harvesting/Photocell Control
  • High End Trim
  • Continuous Dimming
  • Scheduling
  • Zoning
  • Networking of Luminaires and Devices
  • Energy Monitoring — Ability to Report Energy Savings (kWh)
  • NLCs must be on DLC NLC QPL V2.0
  • External Systems Integration allowed (e.g. BMS, EMS, HVAC, Lighting, API)
  • 5-year warranty for all components of the system with the exception of software, on-premises computer server, and cloud service

Highly Recommended Attributes

  • Personal Control
  • Load Shedding (Automated Demand Response)
  • Plug Load Control
  • Luminaire Control Integration
  • Graphical User Interface
  • Localized Processing / Distributed Intelligence
  • BMS/EMS/HVAC Integration
  • Interoperability / API
  • Remote Diagnostics
  • Operational and Standby Power
  • Visible Light Communication
  • DC and PoE Wiring and Power Supplies
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Inrush Current
  • Security
  • Color Changing / Tuning

Customer Requirements

  • Lighting Control Proposal to be prepared by contractor or controls manufacturer must include: controls scope, narrative, sequence of operations, all relevant control cut sheets, project costs (separated by equipment, software, labor), manufacturer’s warranty, commissioning warranty, training plan for customer, 1 year of technical support for customer
  • Sign NLC Proposal


  • Monitor energy costs and energy savings
  • Detect fixture failures and plan lighting maintenance
  • Create flexible schedules to meet staff hours and leverage energy savings
  • Dim lights after open hours while stocking, cleaning, and changing displays to save energy
  • Improve lighting quality and save energy using natural daylight
  • Integrate HVAC and plug loads to optimize energy savings
  • Incorporate Automated Demand Response capability into your system
  • Learn use patterns in building to adjust operations, leverage energy savings, and increase sales
  • Provide personal control to improve employee satisfaction and productivity
  • Control lighting on-site or remotely from smart phone or computer
  • Incorporate other non-energy benefits (NEBs) such as security, wayfinding, asset tracking, and sales
  • Cost-effective to future-proof lighting system now while retrofitting lights



Project Identification

  • Customer provides scope of work, LED and NLC specifications
  • LEDA team confirms/approves LEDs and NLCs
  • LEDA Project Lead estimates incentive

Pre-Installation Verification

  • Customer signs Access Agreement
  • Customer utilizes Share My Data or signs Data Authorization Agreement
  • LEDA schedules and performs on-site pre-field inspection
  • LEDA Drafts Program Participation Agreement (PPA)

Program Participation Agreement (PPA)

  • Customer signs PPA based on agreed upon Statement of Work (SOW)
  • PG&E approves PPA
  • Potential CPUC random inspection
  • PG&E reserves incentives


  • LEDA emails customer official project approval
  • Customer orders equipment and installs project

Post-Installation Verification

  • Customer emails LEDA PM the project completion date and invoices (separate lighting equipment, lighting labor, NLC equipment, NLC labor, software costs and software labor)
  • LEDA performs on-site post-field inspection
  • LEDA drafts Revised Incentive Agreement (RIA)

Post-Installation Agreement

  • Customer signs Revised Incentive Agreement and Permit Compliance

Incentive Payment

  • PG&E approves RIA
  • Energy Solutions issues incentive payment

Getting Started

To get started, email an excel spreadsheet to the LEDA Project Manager including the following:

  • Existing and retrofit lighting type, wattage, quantity, lighting hours, controls and if energy management system
  • Building and retrofit square footage for different space types
  • Provide LED cut sheets and full model numbers (including Kelvin)
  • Provide NLC proposal cut sheets, model numbers, and controls strategy (high-end trim, occupancy sensors, daylighting, dimming, automatic timer) for different space types
  • New construction: lighting drawings, fixture schedule, T24 documents, product cut sheets, and model numbers
  • Project start and completion dates

Program Resources

For Customers

For LED Manufacturers if products not yet DLC Premium certified

Frequently Asked Questions

Project Eligibility

  • Does LEDA give incentives for office lighting?

    No, unless it is a retail affiliated corporate office, such as a Target corporate office. Eligibility is on a case-by-case basis. LEDA is more likely to grant eligibility if a retail store is also being retrofitted.

  • Does LEDA give incentives for exterior lighting?

    No, unless load is over 50% Tier II or Tier I and interior.

  • Is there a minimum size for a LEDA project?

    Yes. LEDA projects must save at least 20 kW. If multiple sites have the same owner and save a total of 20 kW they are eligible. (2 kW per site minimum).

Product Eligibility

  • Does LEDA give incentives for LED troffer retrofit kits?

    Yes. DLC Premium troffers and troffer retrofit kits are eligible if installed with networked lighting controls or a more energy efficient design layout. DLC Premium troffers and troffer retrofit kits are eligible for Tier I if they meet LEDA efficacy requirements.

  • If an LED is listed on the statewide Qualified Product List, does it qualify for LEDA?

    Not necessarily. “DLC Standard” fixtures listed on the IOU QPL will not qualify for LEDA, except LED tubes Type C if installed with NLCs. DLC Premium fixtures listed on IOU QPL will qualify if installed with NLCs. If NLCs will not be installed, only LED fixtures that meet LEDA Performance Tiers will qualify. If LEDs meet the above Performance Tier requirements and are not on the IOU QPL, LEDA may approve if all of the testing is available for review. See LEDA Product Qualification Checklist and please inquire within.

  • If the LED fixture has occupancy sensors and daylighting are those considered NLCs and eligible for Tier II incentives?

    No, the LED fixture and control devices need to connect to a data network so they can selectively exchange information with other lighting fixtures and control devices and that information can be seen on a computer or phone. LED fixtures might have integrated occupancy and daylighting controls but are not necessarily networked. These fixtures would not be eligible for incentives. NLCs must be listed on the DLC NLC QPL.

Incentive Calculations

  • How does LEDA determine a building’s hours of operation to calculate energy savings?

    To calculate incentives, LEDA uses standardized hours defined by the Database of Energy Efficiency Resources (DEER). These are standard based on a building’s function, and on whether the LEDs are lamps or fixtures. For example, all grocery stores are assigned 3850 annual hours of operation for lamps and 4850 for fixtures. If NLCs will be installed, 1 month of datalogging before installation and 1 month of monitoring from NLCs after installation is used to determine operating hours and subtracted from baseline DEER hours.

  • How does LEDA determine “peak kW reduction”?

    “Peak kW” is defined by the CPUC as the average grid level impact for a measure between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. during the three consecutive weekday periods containing the weekday temperature with the hottest temperature of the year. If your retrofitted lights are on during those hours, you qualify for the incentive on peak kW reduction.

  • What other factors go into LEDA’s incentive calculation?

    LEDA is able to use PG&E’s proprietary calculations of “interactive effects” to maximize your savings and incentives. Interactive effects account for the effect that more efficient lighting has on other building systems. For example, since LEDs radiate less heat than other lighting sources, they decrease the load on the building’s air conditioning system and save additional energy. Because these factors are proprietary, we recommend that you send LEDA a proposed scope of work and have us return an incentive estimate to you.

  • How does LEDA calculate incentives for new construction?

    If 25% or more of demand load is met with Tier II products, Tier II rates apply to all of the demand and energy savings. If 25% or more of demand load is met with Tier I products, Tier I rates apply to all demand and energy savings.

Logistics of a LEDA Project

  • Do I need to fill out an application form, and where do I send it?

    There is no standard LEDA application form, because every LEDA project is different. We encourage you to send a quick summary of the project to our program manager, Dan Hannigan, at dhannigan@energy-solution.com. From there, LEDA can contact you and discuss incentive estimates and next steps.

  • What stage should a project be in when I bring it to LEDA?

    Ideally, a customer would be strongly interested in carrying out an LED retrofit and in the design phase. We can assist with identifying fixtures and NLCs that meet program requirements. Providing surveys or drawings for sites targeted for retrofit will be very helpful. LEDA needs an accurate measurement of existing lighting baseline in order to calculate an accurate incentive estimate. However, the customer does not need to be completely certain that they will perform the retrofit, or have finalized what LEDs they will be installing. The customer cannot have already ordered LEDs until the project is approved by the utility.

  • Is there a cost associated with going through LEDA (i.e. how do you get paid)?

    LEDA is a third-party program run by PG&E to decrease energy consumption and receives funding from PG&E approved by the California Public Utilities Commission. There is no cost to the customer for utilizing LEDA services. PG&E receives funds through Public Goods Charge on customer electricity bills to fund programs like LEDA. It is much less expensive to provide incentives for installing energy efficient equipment than building a new power plant.

  • How does LEDA verify the customer-provided counts of existing and retrofit fixtures?

    Before and after the LED retrofit, LEDA conducts inspections of the facilities to be retrofitted, ensuring that both the counts and wattages provided by the customer are accurate. This allows both the customer and LEDA to have confidence in the energy savings calculations provided by LEDA. This way, the incentive can be correctly calculated and the customer has an accurate idea of the project’s simple payback period.


Please contact LEDA project manager Dan Hannigan at Energy Solutions if you are a PG&E commercial customer or LED manufacturer interested in participating in the program.

Dan Hannigan
Energy Solutions
Email: dhannigan@energy-solution.com
Desk: 510-482-4420 ext. 297


California consumers are not obligated to purchase any full fee service or other service not funded by this Program. This Program is funded by California utility ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Los consumidores en California no están obligados a comprar servicios completos o adicionales que no esten cubiertos bajo este Programa. Este Programa está financiado por los usuarios de servicios públicos en California bajo la jurisdicción de la Comisión de Servicios Públicos de California (CPUC).