Prior to the adoption of Ord. 21063 on 09/06/2011, Section 27-164 read as follows.

        (a)      The city hereby establishes the reimbursement programs listed in this section, subject to the availability of funds for such purposes, for qualified electric customers of the water and light utility. The city manager is hereby authorized to appoint representatives of the water and light, and finance departments to administer the program. All loans shall be made based upon the following principles:

     (1)    The program shall be conducted at all times based upon sound business principles and shall in no wise be deemed a welfare or social service program of the city. No loan shall be made without having first ascertained the credit worthiness of the loan applicant and without having obtained adequate security for any loan.

    (2)    After having established the credit worthiness of the applicant(s), the committee shall make its loans in such a manner to reduce, by the greatest amount possible, the consumption of electric energy within the city. This goal shall be attained by consideration of:

            a.    The total energy consumption of the applicant; and

        b.    The results of an energy audit made to determine the potential impact of a loan under the program, along with the ability of that loan to reduce the electric consumption of the applicant.

    (b)    No applicant shall be refused a loan because of sex, race, religion, place of national origin, marital status, age, sexual orientation, handicap, political affiliation or ancestry. The following programs are established to encourage the purchase of approved equipment and approved installations:

        a.    New Home with Energy Star

        b.    Residential Energy Efficiency

        c.    Renewable Energy Projects

        d.    Commercial Energy Efficiency

    (c)    The director of water and light is hereby authorized to develop application forms for use in the program. In order to be eligible for reimbursement, the customer must follow all program guidelines.  Projects must be approved by the water and light department before the reimbursement will be awarded.

    (d)    Reimbursements will not be made in excess of documented expenses.

    (e)    For purposes of providing electric customer reimbursements, the water and light department shall establish policy and criteria for each program with regard to proper proof of purchase and installation of equipment to insure the integrity of each project.  Each proposed project shall be reviewed by the water and light department to insure that it provides the intended benefits of the program.

    (f)    Reimbursements exceeding the maximum amount normally allowed under program policies will be conditional on a financial assessment by the water and light department and must be pre-approved by the water and light director. Such reimbursements shall be reported to the Water and Light Advisory Board. Policies and procedures are subject to change.

(Code 1964, § 15.930; Ord. No. 13794, § 1, 9-7-93; Ord. No. 17895, § 1, 11-3-03; Ord. No. 20065, § 1, 9-15-08; Ord. No. 20582, § 1, 03-15-10)