With the U.S. Department of Energy’s announcement that most indoor T12 commercial and industrial lighting equipment will be phased out by July, 2012, the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and its administrators, The Connecticut Light and Power Company and The United Illuminating Company, are offering a variety of programs to help offset the costs of purchasing and installing the energy-efficient lighting systems that will replace them.

The incentive programs, available only through the end of 2010, represent a limited-time opportunity to have the Energy Efficiency Fund cover up to 50% of the cost of upgrades that will soon become a matter of necessity.

As of July 1 of this year, the magnetic ballasts most commonly used for the operation of T12 lamps will no longer be produced for commercial and industrial applications.

Two years after that, a phase out of approximately 70 percent of all T12 fluorescent lamps sold in the U.S. will go into effect. The newer lighting technologies are considered far more energy efficient than the outmoded T12 lamps and ballasts, which are expected to become less and less available and increasingly more expensive once the limited supply is no longer able to keep pace with demand.

The Energy Efficiency Fund’s incentive program offers businesses and institutions financial assistance towards upgrading their inefficient T12 lighting systems that could result in energy savings of up to 45% with simple one-to-three year paybacks.

With special 2.99% financing available to qualified participants, some companies will not have any out-of-pocket investment. For more information, call 1-877-WISE-USE.