CPS Energy - Solar PV Rebate Program (Texas)
Last modified on December 17, 2014.
Financial Incentive Program
|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|
|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
|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
|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|
|References||DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency|
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.
|Contact Name||Public Information - CPS Energy Efficiency Rebates|
|Address||Mail Drop 340117, PO Box 1771|
|Place||San Antonio, Texas|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.