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Retro-Commissioning Incentives

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⚠️ In compliance with Ohio House Bill 6, DP&L's mandated energy efficiency programs will end by December 31, 2020. Learn More › 


DP&L is no longer accepting Retro-commissioning rebate applications. Questions should be directed to


Retro-commissioning (RCx) is a process by which existing building systems are optimized in order to perform as efficiently and effectively as possible. Most often system operating parameters are adjusted for energy-consuming core building equipment such as mechanical systems, digital controls and lighting.

DP&L’s RCx rebate is designed to help customers understand opportunities to save energy costs within their facility by co-funding a comprehensive study, which offers valuable recommendations for building systems improvement.

How it Works

The RCx offering incentivizes both customers and qualified Study Providers:

  • DP&L customers can earn $0.04 – $0.08 per kWh saved by implementing measures identified during the RCx Study.
  • Qualified study providers can earn up to 80% of the total study cost in DP&L incentives.

Who Qualifies

Target Facilities

  • Incentives are geared toward facilities with low-cost or no-cost energy saving opportunities that can be implemented in a short time period and will produce a rapid return on investment.
  • Facilities with the ability to manage and manipulate the building systems with an integrated control system are prime candidates.
  • Buildings already considered "high performing" may not provide savings opportunities significant enough to receive approval to participate, which is based upon a cost-benefit analysis performed on a project-by-project basis.

Study Providers

Each study provider must meet minimum qualifications to participate. DP&L reviews the application for each study provider carefully to ensure they meet required criteria.

How to Start

  • Step 1 - Application: You or your selected study provider submit the RCx application. Applications must include details such as the RCx cost and a savings goal.
  • Step 2 - Application Approval: Once your application is approved, you will receive a formal notification of approval.
  • Step 3 - RetroCx Study: The study provider will conduct an on-site investigation, identify energy saving opportunities, and prepare the RCx Study Report for DP&L review and approval. The customer pays the study provider 20% of the study cost at this time.
  • Step 4 - Study Review and Measure Selection: Following DP&L's approval of the study, the study provider will schedule a meeting with you and DP&L to identify measures for implementation.
  • Step 5 - Implementation: Measure implementation must occur within 4 to 12 weeks of the study review meeting and is led by you (the customer) and your preferred team. Following implementation, DP&L will issue a rebate to the study provider for 60% of the cost of the study.
  • Step 6 - Measurement and Verification: DP&L will confirm implementation and quantify energy performance in comparison to initial targets.
  • Step 7 - Post Implementation: You will receive a post-implementation rebate from DP&L for $0.04 to $0.08 per kWh based upon actual realized savings and the amount of time required for measure implementation, as determined during measurement and verification (step 6). DP&L then issues payment to the study provider for the remaining balance (up to 20%) of the study cost.
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Additional Details

  • For more information, view the program terms and conditions or contact us at
  • Equipment, once installed, must result in a net decrease in energy consumption or demand
  • Rebate values are subject to change. Details are for the 2020 program year and projects must be completed on or before December 31, 2020.
  • Funds are allotted on a calendar-year basis and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Rebates are issued directly to the customer. Each project will only be eligible to receive a single DP&L rebate.
  • An RCx rebate may not exceed the customer's cost of implementation net outside funding received, not including taxes, warranty fees, or maintenance fees. DP&L shall make the final determination regarding rebate amounts. Any individual account number will be limited in incentives in any calendar year to the greater of $250,000 or the amount equivalent to the dollars paid into DP&L's Energy Efficiency Rider for the individual account number during the preceding 12 months, with the exception of CHP projects.
  • DP&L reserves the right to deny any rebate.
  • All DP&L energy programs are subject to Public Utilities Commission of Ohio rules and regulations.