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Business Liaison Service
At the heart of the Business First Philosophy is the dedicated Business Liaison. The City’s Office of Economic Development staff is part of a larger Business First Team of professionals ready to answer questions and provide guidance. Whether your business is relocating, expanding or developing a new project in the City of Riverside, the… Read More
While only specific projects will qualify under the Fast-Track Program, the City of Riverside strives to give efficient service to every project and provides the option for all businesses to apply for expedited service. Applications for after-hours plan check service are reviewed and approved based on staff availability. The applicant pays… Read More
Available to business customers based on individual need, we can pull together a team representing the departments critical to your project that will provide detailed analysis and review of your tenant improvements or new construction plans before they are formally submitted to the City. This round-table review can save a business money… Read More
Riverside Public Utilities Economic Development Rate
Your company can earn up to 60% off its electric bill with discounted rates for relocating or expanding your business in Riverside.
To qualify for this ED rate your business must be:
• A new RPU customer with a minimum demand of 500 kW; or• An existing customer that is adding new load to Riverside of at least 150 kW of monthly electrical… Read More
Based on criteria provided by the business customer, we can compile a list of potential sites for consideration, advice on zoning code and provide feedback about the need for additional permitting measures such as a Conditional Use Permit, Parking Study or Variance that can help the customer compare sites knowledgeably and make the best… Read More
The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to come to California or stay and grow in California. Tax credit agreements are negotiated by GO-Biz and approved by a statutorily created “California Competes Tax Credit Committee,” consisting of the State Treasurer, the Director of the Department… Read More
Beginning on July 1, 2014, manufacturers and certain research and developers may qualify for a partial exemption of sales and use tax on certain manufacturing and research and development equipment purchases and leases. To be eligible for this partial exemption, you must meet all three of these conditions:
• Be engaged in certain types of… Read More
The New Employment Credit (NEC) is available for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2014, and before January 1, 2026, to a qualified taxpayer that hires a qualified full-time employee on or after January 1, 2014, and pays or incurs qualified wages attributable to work performed by the qualified full-time employee in a… Read More
Air conditioning equipment can be the largest utility expense for a business. If your current system provides inefficient heating and cooling, it may be time for a new one. Our air Conditioning Incentives can help offset those costs.If you’re thinking of making your business more energy efficient by replacing your old air conditioning… Read More
With our Commercial Building Construction Incentives, we offer rebates for building projects that incorporate energy-saving designs and equipment. This rebate also covers expansion and retrofit projects that make Riverside’s existing buildings more efficient.
This program provides incentives for new commercial construction projects that… Read More
Custom Energy Technology Grants
The Custom Energy Technology Grant program provides our business electric customers with the opportunity to request funds for the advancement of renewable energy and utility industry solutions. Winning proposals will address changes the utility industry has seen in the last five years with the advancement of technology and its impact on… Read More
Riverside Public Utilities offers customers incentives when they replace older, inefficient lighting with the most energy-efficient fixtures available. And now, we’re expanding this incentive program to include daylighting and occupancy sensors, along with solar tubes and sky lighting.
Here’s how the program works: To greater incentivize… Read More
The Energy Innovations Grant program is an ongoing program that has already contributed over $2 million in research funds to our local Universities. Funding from the program has helped post-secondary institutions look for new ways to advance science and technology in energy-related fields. Over the last five years, the utility industry has… Read More
With our Energy Management Systems Program, we help cover the cost of installation. If you’re planning on installing or upgrading your energy management system (EMS), call our account management team for assistance.
An energy management system will allow your company to capture energy savings by monitoring and controlling energy load. This… Read More
Energy Star-rated products can save 20-30% on energy costs. When you purchase these appliances for your business using our Energy Star-rated Product Incentives. We’ll give you a rebate, it’s that simple.
For more information on ENERGY STAR® qualified products, please call (888) 782-7937 or visit their website at
Riverside Public Utilities offers incentives for replacing older inefficient exit sign lighting with the most energy efficient fixtures available.
Qualified exit sign lighting must be LED or Photo Luminescent Exit signs that replace incandescent or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). New exit signs must meet City of Riverside fire and… Read More
Lighting your home or business with bulbs that feature light emitting diodes – also called LEDs – can help reduce your energy costs over time. Here is a helpful guide with more detail.
For a limited time, Riverside Public Utilities will give its customers an instant in-store rebate when they purchase LED bulbs at any of the retail… Read More
LEED Construction Incentives
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, is a great way to create sustainable buildings. Riverside has created a program to encourage businesses to pursue LEED-certified designation.
The LEED guidelines were developed in 2000 by the U.S. Green Building Council to standardize green building practices and encourage builders to… Read More
Load Profiler Program
Load profiling can help your company pinpoint spikes in energy use, compare historical usage data, and identify short and long-term energy trends in your business.
Access to interval meter data allows large energy customers to identify anomalies in energy use, improve operational efficiency, and reduce energy costs.
Once collected, our… Read More
In keeping with its goal of attracting and fostering business in the City of Riverside, Riverside Public Utilities has joined with SmartRiverside to develop the Personal Computer Power Management Rebate Program. Under the program, businesses located in the City of Riverside can receive energy efficiency rebates for implementing PC power… Read More
For business customers with newly constructed or existing in-ground swimming pools or spas as part of their facility, we can help them save on energy costs when they replace old, inefficient pumps with new, high-efficiency equipment.High-efficiency pumps are able to maintain a pool or spa without using excessive amounts of energy. Save up… Read More
Premium Motor Incentives
Riverside Public Utilities knows commercial motors can be critical to your manufacturing process. We offer you incentives to help offset the costs of new, more efficient premium motors.
If you’re a manufacturer using older motors, we encourage you to purchase and install electric motors with the highest energy efficiency output needed for… Read More
Since the shade tree program began, Riverside Public Utilities has given out more than 125,000 shade trees. By cooling our city, shade trees are a vital part of the quality of life in Riverside.
Perfect for beautifying your campus, our shade tree planting incentives make it easy to purchase and plant shade trees around buildings. You’ll… Read More
Riverside Public Utilities offers direct installation programs that help small business customers lower their utility bills by installing energy and water efficiency upgrades at low or no cost. The program is open to Flat and Demand Rate commercial customers. Program funding is limited and subject to availability. To learn more about this… Read More
Time is Money. Streamline Riverside is a program based on the City of Riverside’s commitment to providing excellent customer service and the most business-friendly process possible. A City-wide review and revision of regulations, processes, and policies are resulting in a smoother, more efficient permitting process for businesses based on… Read More
Thermal Energy Storage & Feasibility Study Incentives
With our Thermal Energy Storage Incentives, you can earn rebates when you install a thermal energy storage system to shift your cooling load to off-peak hours. By doing so, your business can significantly cut energy costs.
How Do I Apply?
Complete the Commercial Application, attach any required documentation and mail to:
Riverside Public… Read More
Water Innovations Grant
The Water Innovations Grant Program provides support for local universities as they make advancements in water conservation techniques and procedures.
Proposals must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for consideration:
Propose an original, innovative solution to a significant water issue and provide a clear potential… Read More
Riverside Public Utilities has formed a partnership with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) to streamline and automate the rebate process for high-efficiency toilets, clothes washers, irrigation controllers, and many other water-saving devices.
Rebates will now be administered and processed by MWD. Rebate applications… Read More
Our Weatherization Rebate Program is an innovative approach to improving the energy efficiency of Riverside’s businesses. The program is open to all RPU commercial electric customers.
Rebates are available for attic and exterior wall insulation, whole building fans, attic fans (solar and electric), window film, and Cool Roof coatings or… Read More