Residential New Construction Pilot Program

Builders can earn a cash incentive to build energy-efficient, single-family homes in Idaho Power’s service area.

These homes must meet strict requirements that make them at least 20% more energy efficient than homes built to standard state energy code.

Residential New Construction Pilot Program homes feature high-performance heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, high-efficiency windows, increased insulation values, tighter building shells and comfortable homeowners.

Incentive

  • $1,500 incentive available to builders who construct homes that are a minimum of 20% above state energy code. The incentive is paid to the builder.

Qualifications

  • New home must be electrically heated using heat pump technology and be constructed in Idaho Power’s service area.
  • Must be detached single-family or attached, side-by-side townhome/condo style buildings, up to three stories in height and where living units are not stacked.
  • Incentive available to builders who construct homes that are a minimum of 20% above state energy code. The incentive is paid to the builder.
  • Must contract with a RESNET-certified HERS Rater recognized by Idaho Power before construction begins.
  • Meet savings thresholds calculated by REM/Rate, an energy modeling software.

Eligibility

  • Contractors who build in Idaho Power’s service area.

How to Apply

  1. Hire one of the following RESNET-certified HERS Raters recognized by Idaho Power:
    Building Energy
    Star, ID
    208-286-0036

    Greenworks, Inc.
    Ketchum, ID
    208-721-2922

    Momentum, LLC
    Boise, ID
    208-794-9702

    Your rater will:

    • Work with you, pre-construction, to ensure your home design will achieve program requirements.
    • Perform the required energy modeling using the REM/Rate modeling tool.
    • Perform site inspections and testing.
    • Upload the REM/Rate data into the regional AXIS database for savings calculations.
    • Maintain, complete and submit all required technical documentation.
  2. Complete and submit the following to Idaho Power upon project groundbreaking:
    • Idaho Power Residential Application & Agreement. An application is required for each home you are applying for an incentive on.
    • Current W9 form.
  3. Completed forms can be emailed to bartehowell@idahopower.com, or mailed to:
    Idaho Power
    Residential New Construction Pilot Program
    P.O. Box 70
    Boise, ID 83707
  4. Incentive checks will be issued within 4 to 6 weeks of completion of construction and verification that savings thresholds have been met, as well as all quality-assurance (QA) verification inspections successfully passed. Review the program’s Terms and Conditions.

Program Assistance

For help, call Idaho Power’s Customer Care Team weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at 208-388-2323, or outside the Treasure Valley at 1-800-488-6151. You may also email Idaho Power Program Specialist Becky Arte-Howell at bartehowell@idahopower.com.

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