CPS Energy - Solar PV Rebate Program (Texas)

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Summary

Last modified on December 17, 2014.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Texas

Name CPS Energy - Solar PV Rebate Program
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Multi-Family Residential, Institutional, Must be CPS Energy Customer
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Schools (public and private): 2.00/W for first 25 kW; 1.30/W for any additional capacity

Residential using local installer: 1.60/W for first 25 kW
Residential not using local installer:1.30/W for first 25 kW
Commercial using local installer: 1.60/W for first 25 kW; 1.30/W for any additional capacity
Commercial not using local installer: 1.30/W





Eligible System Size 1 kW AC minimum, special considerations apply to systems larger than 100 kW

Equipment Requirements PV modules and inverters must be listed on the California Energy Commission (CEC) website. Warranties: Installer 5 year, PV Module 20 years, Inverter 5 years

Expiration Date STEP extends through 2020, annual program year expiration dates may apply

Funding Source Save for Tomorrow Energy Plan (STEP)

Installation Requirements Systems must be grid connected and installed by a CPS Energy registered installer (must have NABCEP certification within 2 years); Systems should be South oriented with at least 260 square feet of unobstructed space.


Maximum Incentive 25,000 for Residential

80,000 for Schools and Commercial using local installer
80,000 for Schools and Commercial using local installer


Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits CPS Energy, unless RECs required for LEED certification


Program Budget Expected to be ~$2.5 M per year (PV and SWH); may be adjusted according to demand





Program Administrator CPS Energy
Website http://www.cpsenergysavers.com/start-saving/solar/solar-photovoltaic-rebates
Date added to DSIRE 2007-11-12
Last DSIRE Review 2014-09-16



References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


Summary

CPS Energy, San Antonio's municipal utility, offers rebates to customers who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on their homes, schools, or businesses. There are four rebate "tiers" available depending on customer type and whether or not the customer is using a "local" registered CPS Energy Installer.* Third-party owned systems (e.g., leased PV systems) are not eligible for rebates (a customer must make the upfront financial investment). In all tiers, final rebate levels will be determined upon a final inspection from the utility. Unfavorable shading, angles or direction may influence the final rebate amount. The rebate is available to all CPS Energy customers for systems of at least 1 kilowatt (kW)-AC. CPS Energy will offer special considerations for systems larger than 100 kW, but such systems remain eligible for rebates. The following "tiers" are in place:


  • Tier One
    Eligibility: Schools (private or public; must be accredited and nonprofit) who use local, registered CPS Energy Installers
    Amount: $2.00 per watt-AC for the first 25 kilowatts (kW) and $1.30 per watt for any additional capacity, with a maximum rebate of $80,000.
  • Tier Two
    Eligibility: Residential customers who use local certified CPS Energy Installers
    Amount: $1.60 per watt-AC up to $25,000 maximum or 50% of rebated equipment installation labor and material costs, whichever value is less.
  • Tier Three
    Eligibility: Commercial customers who use local certified CPS Energy Installers
    Amount: $1.60 per watt-AC for the first 25 kW-AC and $1.30 per watt-AC for any additional capacity up to $80,000 maximum or 50% of rebated equipment installation labor and material costs, whichever value is less.
  • Tier Four
    Eligibility: Residential and commercial customers who do not use local, registered CPS Energy Installers
    Amount: $1.30 per watt-AC up to $25,000 maximum for residential and $80,000 for commercial

On an individual basis, rebate eligibility will be determined by a pre-inspection of the site. In order to ensure that rebated systems are efficient, safe, and productive, numerous equipment and installation requirements apply. System owners are responsible for obtaining all applicable permits and permissions required to install and operate the system and all work must be performed in accordance with all applicable federal, state, local, and manufacturer codes and standards. CPS publishes interconnection guidelines for systems smaller than 25 kW. Rules for larger systems will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Rebate recipients will be required to sign an agreement handing over all of the renewable energy credits (RECs) produced by the system to CPS Energy.


*CPS defines "local" as being located in CPS Energy territory with a CPS Energy electric account.


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information - CPS Energy Efficiency Rebates
Department CPS Energy

Address Mail Drop 340117, PO Box 1771

Place San Antonio, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 78296-1771
Phone (210) 353-2728



Website http://www.cpsenergy.com
     
     


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency"