LED Accelerator Program 2016–2017

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.

What’s New?

  • Incentives calculated using real hours validated by trending data
  • Tier I for DLC Premium fixtures, no controls
  • DLC raises efficacy bar. DLC will remove LED products that do not meet V4.0 starting April 1, 2017.

2017 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 I: LEDA DLC Premium fixtures, no controls
  • Tier I: Type C LED Tubes with External Drivers and NLCs
  • Tier I and Tier II: New Construction <100,000 ft². (Note: LEDs must meet DLC V4.0 Technical Requirements. To qualify for previous versions, a Program Participation Agreement must be submitted to PG&E by May 31, 2017. April 1, 2017 versions less than V4.0 will be removed from the DLC QPL. Networked Lighting Controls must meet DLC Technical Requirements V1.01.)

Target Sectors

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

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 lamps, downlights, accent lighting 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 or NLCs are not yet listed on the DLC QPLs, LEDA can approve if DLC required tests are available

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.
  • If real operating hours are significantly different than DEER operating hours, real hours can be utilized as the baseline if monitoring is conducted for one month before and after installation.
  • 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, trending data from the NLCs can be used to calculate incentives if the baseline is also monitored
  • 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, 2017 LEDA Minimum Equipment Specifications

Minimum Specifications
Additional Requirements
Efficacy (lm/w) CRI Warranty (yrs)
Tier II $0.24/kWh saved
$150/kW saved
Troffer 125 80 5 Networked Lighting Controls
New Energy Efficient Design Layout
Highbay 130 70 5
Direct Linear Ambient 130 80 5
Interior Directional (Downlight and Accent) 90 80 5
OLED 45 80 3
Tier I $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
DLC Premium LED 130 80 5 No Controls
MR 65 90 3
PAR 70 90 5
A-19 75 90 5
Interior Directional 90 80 5
LEDA Standard $0.08/kWh saved plus $150/kW saved DesignLights Consortium® LED Fixture and/or EnergyStar® 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 and the NLCs must be on the most recent DLC Networked Lighting Controls QPL. LEDA can work with manufacturer to approve LEDs if they meet DLC Premium specifications.
  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.
  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 project 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 required, 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 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 do not qualify.
  7. Direct linear ambient and downlight retrofit kits are eligible and must meet same technical criteria 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 V4.0.
  10. OLEDs do not require controls.
  11. High bay fixtures in warehouses are allowed 70 CRI but all other building types require 80 CRI.

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 I 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 = X (Non-LED Percent Lighting Load) * Load below T24 Requirement * $0.05 * DEER hours * Interactive Effects

LED Energy Incentive = Y (LED 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 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
  • Daylight Harvesting
  • High End Trim
  • Continuous Dimming
  • Software Reconfigurable Zoning
  • Networking of Luminaires and Devices
  • Energy Monitoring — Ability to Report Energy Savings
    • kW
    • kWh
    • Demand savings compared to original lighting system
    • Energy savings compared to original lighting system
    • 5 minute interval data
  • Control System must be on DLC QPL

Highly Recommended Attributes

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

Customer Requirements

  • Sign NLCs Proposal
  • Lighting Control Proposal 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 technical support for customer


  • Monitor energy costs and savings in real time
  • Control lighting onsite or remotely from smart phone or computer
  • Create flexible schedules to meet staff hours and leverage energy savings
  • Provide personal control to improve employee satisfaction and productivity
  • Improve lighting quality using natural daylight
  • Learn use patterns in building to adjust operations or leverage energy savings
  • Detect fixture failures and plan lighting maintenance
  • Incorporate Automated Demand Response capability into your system
  • Incorporate other non-energy benefits (NEBs) such as security, wayfinding, HVAC temperatures
  • Cost-effective to future proof lighting system with NLCs and for NEBs



Project Identification

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

Pre-Installation Verification

  • Customer signs Access Agreement
  • Customer signs Data Authorization Agreement or approves Share My Data
  • LEDA schedules and performs onsite 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, lighting equipment and NLCs invoices and LEDs and NLCs labor invoices
  • LEDA performs onsite 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, and lighting hours
  • Building and retrofit square footage for different space types
  • Provide LED cut sheets including full model numbers (including kelvin)
  • Provide NLCs proposal cut sheets, model numbers, and controls strategy (high-end trimming, occupancy sensors, daylighting, dimming, automatic timer) for different space types
  • New construction: lighting drawings, fixture schedule, T24 documents, product cut sheets
  • 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?

    LEDA can give incentives for corporate offices associated with retail entities on a case-by-case basis. LEDA is more likely to grant incentives to an office project if the associated retail locations are also retrofitting their lights through LEDA.

  • Does LEDA give incentives for exterior lighting?

    No, unless it is a small portion of the project which is at a minimum 50% or more 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?

    No, not at this time. DLC Premium Troffers are eligible for deemed or catalog rebate.

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

    Not necessarily. DLC Premium linear ambient, highbay, interior directional or exterior fixtures and NLCs can qualify for Tier II. DLC certified 4 foot linear lamps external driver (UL Type C) and NLCs are eligible for Tier I. LED directional lamps and fixtures are eligible for Tier I and do not require NLCs in this tier. DLC Standard products can only qualify for LEDA if the amount of demand savings is a small proportion of the project.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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, Pam Molsick, at pmolsick@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 have done surveys on the sites targeted for that retrofit. LEDA needs an accurate measurement of existing lighting 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 using. The customer cannot have already ordered LEDs, because LEDA needs to demonstrate that we had some influence on the project – in other words, that the project would not have happened or would have used different LEDs if LEDA incentives had not been involved.

  • 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 through PG&E. There is no cost to the customer for going through LEDA. PG&E receives funds through Public Goods Charge on customer electricity bills to fund programs like LEDA.

  • 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 payback period.


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

Pam Molsick
Energy Solutions
Email: pmolsick@energy-solution.com
Desk: (510) 482-4420 ext. 276


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).