Black Hills Energy - Solar Power Program (Colorado)
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Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Financial Incentive Program
|Name||Black Hills Energy - Solar Power Program|
|Incentive Type||Performance-Based Incentive|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Industrial, Residential, General Public/Consumer, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, (All Black Hills Energy customers)|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Amount|| Systems up to 10 kW: 0.1267/kWh (only for first 5 kW)|
Systems larger than 10 kW up to 100 kW: 0.16/kWh
|Eligible System Size|| Minimum size of 0.5 kW|
System must be sized to meet no more than 120% of the building's most recent 12 month demand
|Equipment Requirements||PV modules must be warranted for a minimum period of 20 years. All other components (with the exception of batteries), labor and installation must be warranted for a minimum period of 5 years. All equipment must be new, UL-listed, and meet IEEE standards.|
|Installation Requirements||PV installations are subject to on-site supervision by a NABCEP certified professional to maintain a 3:1 ratio for the installation crew (one certified installer for every three solar installers)|
|Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits||Black Hills Energy (in exchange for PBI payment)|
|Program Administrator||Black Hills Energy|
|References||DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency|
Note: As of August 25, 2014, Black Hills Energy had reserved 275 kW out of 343.4 kW available for the Small Program. As of August 26, 2014, Black Hills Energy had fully subscribed the Medium Program for systems greater than 30 kW, but only 225.6 kW of 240.2 kW available for systems more than 10 kW but less than 30 kW had been reserved.
Black Hills Energy has a performance-based incentive (PBI) for photovoltaic (PV) systems up to 100 kilowatts (kW) in capacity. In exchange for a PBI, Black Hills Energy earns the renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with the PV-generated electricity for a period of time.
Small Program (10 kW or less)
PV systems 10 kW or less will receive a PBI of $0.1267 per kilowatt-hour (kWh). While systems between 5 kW and 10 kW are allowed to participate in the program and net meter, they will only receive the PBI based on 5 kW.
Medium Program (>10 kW but <100 kW)
Systems larger than 10 kW and up to 100 kW will receive a PBI of $0.16 per kWh. PBI payments are made annually for a period of 10 years.
All incentive payments are subject to the availability of funds and a pre-installation site inspection. Black Hills Energy has established participation caps for each tier. The status of funding availability for each tier is available on the website above. PV installations are subject to on-site supervision by a NABCEP certified professional to maintain a 3:1 ratio for the installation crew (one certified installer for every three solar installers).
See program web site for complete details.
|Contact Name||Black Hills PV Rebate Program|
|Department||Black Hills Energy|
|Address||105 South Victoria|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.