Prior to the adoption of Ord. 21063 on 09/06/2011, Section 27-171 read as follows.

(a)    The city hereby establishes a commercial lighting program to provide an incentive for commercial and industrial customers to replace their current lighting with more energy efficient lighting.  The purpose of this program is to reduce loads thereby reducing the need of the electric utility to purchase higher priced power.

(b)    The water and light department shall establish criteria to insure the integrity of each project.  Each proposed project shall be reviewed to insure that it provides the intended benefits of the program.

(c)    A commercial or industrial customer is eligible to participate in the program only if the customer has paid a demand charge for at least two (2) years.

(d)    The city will reimburse customers approved for participation in the program in an amount equal to one-half the eligible cost of the approved lighting retrofit or one hundred dollars ($100.00) per kilowatt of reduction, whichever is less.  The maximum payment for a project at any one location is five thousand dollars ($5,000.00).

(e)    In order to be eligible for reimbursement, the project must be approved by the water and light department before the improvements are made.  Only payments made by a customer to an outside vendor will be counted as eligible cost.

(f)    A customer shall not be reimbursed for any cost until the water and light department has inspected the project and determined that it has been completed as approved.

(g)    The commercial lighting program established in this section is a pilot program that shall be in effect until October 1, 2006.  The total amount of incentives paid under this pilot program shall not exceed $40,000.00.