Effective immediately, the Illuminate California program is permanently closed and no longer available to the market.
Since mid-2021, Illuminate California has offered incentives to Program Partners when they sell more efficient high and low bay fixtures and Type B and C replacements. As efficient LED lighting has become widespread, the base level efficiency has increased, lowering the energy savings. In 2023 when compared with 2022, energy savings and corresponding rebates would be reduced by 50-60% for high bay lighting, the most common lighting solution for the Illuminate California program.
Due to the lower incentives and increased costs, TRC, along with SCE, has determined that the financial viability of the Illuminate California program is unsustainable. Maintaining incentives at 2022 levels or increasing administrative costs would result in a program that would not be cost effective. Therefore, TRC has reached the difficult decision to close the program.
We are very grateful to our Program Partners, manufacturers, contractors, rep agencies, and others who worked with us to serve customers and expand the program’s reach over the past two years. Your hard work and dedication supported hundreds of projects since the program launched in 2021. Thanks to you, customers across the state are benefitting from high quality, energy efficient lighting, and lower energy bills.
Please note, the program phone number will no longer be active after July 31, 2023. We will reach out directly if there is an opportunity to collaborate in the future.
Thank you for your support and partnership.
Illuminate California Program Team