Incentives Overview

Filter by industry and type using the menu on the left to explore the various incentives available to assist you business.

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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,… Read More

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Expedited Plan Check and Inspection

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

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Fast-Track Permitting and Review

The Fast-Track Processing Team is composed of department heads or representatives with decision-making authority to “fast-track” the permitting process of specific, qualified commercial and industrial projects, waiving overtime charges for weekend inspections during the construction and/or tenant improvement installation process.… Read More

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Pre-Development Meetings

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

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Riverside Public Utilities Economic Development Rate

Qualifying businesses can save up to 40% off their electric bill with discounted rates for relocating or expanding in Riverside! Your business qualifies for savings if you: Relocate your business to Riverside bringing 500 kW or more of monthly electric demand or expand your existing Riverside business by 20% of electric demand or more… Read More

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Site Selection Assistance

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

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Technology Ombudsman

Whether the need is access to capital, site selection assistance, or networking with local leaders, the Technology Ombudsman’s goal is to support the growth of local technology companies, entrepreneurs and start-ups. The Technology Ombudsman acts as a concierge to existing tech companies as well as those looking to establish a presence… Read More

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California Competes Tax Credit

California Competes is a state income tax credit available to businesses that want to come to California, or stay and grow in California. Criteria for competition includes the number of jobs to be created or retained, the extent of poverty in a business development area, a minimum compensation limitation and a set job retention period. Tax… Read More

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Manufacturing Sales and Use Tax Exemption

Beginning July 1, 2014 qualified businesses are eligible to receive exemption of sales and use tax on certain manufacturing and research and development equipment purchases. To learn more, click here.

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New Employment Credit

The New Employment Credit (NEC) is available for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2014, and before January 1, 2021, 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

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Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)

SBIR is a highly competitive program that encourages small business to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By reserving a specific percentage of federal R&D funds for small business, SBIR protects the small business and enables it to compete on the same level as larger… Read More

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Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR)

STTR is an important small business program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development arena. Each year, five federal departments and agencies are required by STTR to reserve a portion of their R&D funds for award to small business/nonprofit research institution partnerships. Following submission… Read More

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Air Conditioning Incentives

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

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Business Photovoltaic Incentives Program

You can power your business with clean energy from the sun, and Riverside Public Utilities can help. With our Business Photovoltaic (PV) Rebate Program, we make it easier for commercial customers to harness solar energy by providing rebates for installation of PV systems on their businesses.

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Commercial Waterwise Landscaping Rebate

The Waterwise Landscape Rebate Program provides incentives for Riverside Public Utilities' non-residential water customers who replace existing lawn areas with water-efficient, California-friendly plants.

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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 resource technology projects. Winning research, development, and demonstration projects will be unique to the business or manufacturing process.

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Energy & Water Technical Assistance Services

In addition to rebates and incentives, Riverside Public Utilities offers tools that business customers can use to manage their energy and water consumption. Each of these services may be customized to suit your needs.

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Energy Efficiency Lighting Incentive

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.

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Energy Innovations Grants

Energy Innovation Grants have helped post-secondary institutions look for new ways to advance science and technology in energy-related fields. As we continue to work with local universities on the development of new innovative projects, we are helping to make energy cleaner and more reliable.

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Energy Management Systems

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.… Read More

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Energy Star-Rated Product Incentives

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.

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Energy-Efficient Exit Signs

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

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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

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Metropolitan Water District’s Water Savings Incentive Program

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California offers its Water Savings Incentive Program for local agricultural water users. Program participants can receive rebates when they make improvements to their existing irrigation systems and landscaping. To get more information on this program go to BeWaterWise.com or call 213-217-6244.

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Personal Computer Power Management Rebate

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

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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… Read More

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Shade Tree Incentives Program

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

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Small Business Direct Installation Program

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… Read More

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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.

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Water Use Efficiency Incentives

Working with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, our Water Use Efficiency Incentives can help lower your water usage and cost.

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Weatherization Rebate

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 products.