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Lighting Incentive Program

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Join Columbia Water & Light’s efforts to reduce our electric costs by being paid to increase your lighting efficiency! By taking advantage of our Lighting Incentive program you can achieve significant reductions to your energy usage and receive a rebate to help cover lighting upgrades. If you are interested in signing up for this program please  opens in a new windowemail us or call 573-874-7325.

Commercial lighting can represent 10% to 25% of your total energy use so upgrades can make a real difference on your electric costs.

Commercial customers can receive $300 for each kilowatt of electricity a new lighting system saves!

Columbia Water & Light also offers a opens in a new windowlow interest loan program to help you finance the upgrade.

Lighting upgrades can also improve the quality of your lighting. This makes your product look more appealing and improves the working environment for your employees.

Recycling Bulbs and Ballasts

Some lamps and ballasts contain toxic metals such as mercury, cadmium and lead, which are harmful to the environment and the people who handle them, if not disposed of correctly. Lighting equipment that falls under this category are subject to the Universal Waste Rule and the Toxic Substance Control Act, as regulated by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

discarded fluorescent bulbs

Recycling prevents the release of mercury into the environment. CFLs and other fluorescent bulbs often break when thrown into a dumpster, trash can or compactor, or when they end up in a landfill or incinerator.  opens in a new windowLearn more about CFLs and mercury

Other materials in the bulbs get reused. Recycling CFLs and other fluorescent bulbs allows the reuse of the glass, metals and other materials that make up fluorescent lights. Virtually all components of a fluorescent bulb can be recycled.

The  opens in a new windowEnvironmental Protection Agency has complete lists of materials that fall under hazardous waste and universal waste category. Visit their website to learn about national and state regulations, and proper disposal techniques of toxic metal containing items.

Fluorescent bulbs:

  • Linear, U-tube and circline fluorescent tubes
  • Bug zappers
  • Tanning bulbs
  • Black lights
  • Germicidal bulbs
  • Fluorescent induction bulbs
  • High output bulbs, and
  • Cold-cathode fluorescent bulbs.

High intensity discharge bulbs:

  • Metal halide
  • Ceramic metal halide
  • Induction
  • Plasma
  • High pressure sodium, and mercury vapor.

Mercury short-arc bulbs and neon bulbs

For Households

Household hazardous waste (including bulbs and ballasts) may be dropped off at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection facility on the first and third Saturdays April through November, 8 a.m.- 12 p.m.  opens in a new windowClick here for details.

For Commercial and Industrial Customers

Commercial and Industrial Customers must arrange recycling through a third party collection. 

Local businesses that have recycling programs include:

For additional recycling services, visit  opens in a new windowEarth911.

Most recycling services charge rates per box, or per bulb. Call and compare for quotes to find the recycling provider that best fits your business needs.

Program Parameters

  • The Lighting Incentive program is offered to all Columbia Water & Light commercial and industrial electric customers.
  • A business’s new lighting system has to be at least a one kilowatt reduction from the old lighting system to be eligible for a rebate.
  • The amount of the rebate is $300 per kilowatt of reduction with the new lighting system or one half the invoiced cost of the project, whichever is less.
  • The maximum amount of a lighting rebate for a single project or combined projects at one location is $22,500 or a 75 kilowatt reduction, whichever is lower. A customer with a larger lighting project can request a rebate through the Columbia Water & Light Director.
  • Only payments made to outside vendors for equipment, supplies and labor will be counted as eligible costs. Labor costs for work performed by the customer or the staff of the customer are not eligible for a rebate.
  • Only indoor lighting projects are eligible for a rebate.
  • Lighting retrofits must be hardwired projects except for approved LED, cold cathode, or GU-24 base lamps. When approved, a rebate awarded for the replacement of lamps will be based only on a one-to-one replacement of existing lamps. Any wattage reduction from the reduction in the number of lamps (such as the removal of track heads), does not factor into rebate award calculations.
  • Columbia Water & Light requires proof of proper disposal of any lamps and/or ballast that fall under the Universal Waste Rule. Lamps containing mercury and other toxic metals such as fluorescent, high-pressure sodium, mercury vapor, metal halide, high intensity discharge lamps, and other hazardous incandescent lamps, as well as ballasts containing mercury must be disposed of at a certified recycling agency. Throwing away these items in standard solid waste facilities is illegal and prohibited by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Additional information can be found on the  opens in a new windowMissouri Department of Natural Resources’ Hazardous Waste Program website.

The Process

Download and complete the  opens in a new windowLighting Analysis Form Worksheet in Excel. For larger projects, please download the extended lighting analysis form worksheet. A business’ staff member, a lighting vendor or a contractor can help the business with ideas for lighting load reductions and suggest replacement products. Once the Lighting Analysis Form is completed, the business needs to fill out a  opens in a new windowLighting Incentive Application and submit it to Columbia Water & Light.

If you are applying for a  opens in a new windowloan, fill out the application and submit it to the utility. A Columbia Water & Light staff member will visit the business to check on the details of the lighting upgrade project. The staff member will notify the business if the project is approved for a rebate.

A business must receive pre-authorization for a lighting upgrade before proceeding with the installation of new fixtures to be eligible for the Lighting Incentive. The staff member will notify the business if the project is approved for a rebate and the loan. Once the lighting upgrade is completed, contact Columbia Water & Light for a final inspection. Copies of the paid invoices and receipts for the lighting upgrade expenses must be provided at the final inspection appointment. After Columbia Water & Light has inspected the business’ new lighting system and verified the invoices, the rebate will be processed.The rebate check will be mailed to the name and address, as filled out in the application. If you have applied for a loan, you will be contacted to set an appointment to sign the paperwork and receive the check.

Funds for the Lighting Incentive program are limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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