Renewable Energy Incentive Program (District of Columbia)

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Summary

Last modified on December 17, 2014.

Financial Incentive Program

Place District of Columbia

Name Renewable Energy Incentive Program
Incentive Type State Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential, Nonprofit, Multi-Family Residential, Private Schools, Third party owners, Condos, and Apartment buildings
Eligible Technologies Solar Water Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Solar PV: 0.50/W DC

Solar Thermal: 20% of installed cost
Solar Thermal: 20% of installed cost





Eligible System Size Solar PV: 1 kW DC minimum; system must be sized not to exceed on-site consumption

Solar Thermal: Must have minimum annual offset of 60 therms (Gas) and/or 1,200(kWh) electric


Equipment Requirements Solar PV System: must be new and have a performance meter; larger systems (100 kW+) must have a performance meter with remote communications capability; system must carry a one-year warranty; meter must carry a five-year warranty and solar panels must carry a ten-year warranty; must be in compliance with IEEE 929-2000 and NEC

Solar Thermal System (<10,000 kWh/year):Collectors shall be rated and certified OG-100 by the SRCC, and the actual energy output shall be determined by an onsite energy meter that meets performance standards established by OIML. System must carry a one-year warranty; meter must carry a five-year warranty and solar panels must carry a ten-year warranty.
Solar Thermal System (>10,000 kWh/year): Systems shall be rated and certified by the SRCC, and the energy output shall be determined by the SRCC OG-300 annual systems performance rating protocol; or the SRCC OG-100 solar collector rating protocol; or an onsite energy meter that measures the actual energy output and meets performance standards established by OIML. System must carry a one-year warranty; meter must carry a five-year warranty and solar panels must carry a ten-year warranty.




Funding Source Sustainable Energy Trust Fund (public benefits fund)

Installation Requirements Projects must be completed within 6 months after approval

PV systems must be grid-connected
Both solar PV and solar thermal systems must be installed by a licensed contractor (self-installations not permitted)
One-year warranty on installation required
Automatic freeze protection is required on solar thermal hot water systems.



Maximum Incentive Solar PV: 10,000 per site per program year

Solar Thermal (residential): 2,000 per system per program year
Solar Thermal (non-residential): 6,000 per system per program year


Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits Customer-generator


Program Budget $2 million annually (as defined by statute)*





Program Administrator District Department of the Environment
Website http://ddoe.dc.gov/service/apply-renewable-energy-incentive
Date added to DSIRE 2009-03-05
Last DSIRE Review 2014-10-22



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


Summary

In February 2009, the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) introduced the Renewable Energy Incentive Program (REIP), a rebate for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. In April 2012, solar thermal systems became eligible for the REIP program. The REIP is funded through the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund which is supported by a public benefits charge on utility bills. Funding for the program is available on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are fully committed.


Eligibility


Most PEPCO customers within the District of Columbia are eligible for incentives under this program; however, the federal government, the D.C. government, and public schools are specifically identified as ineligible. PV systems must be at least 1 kW in order to qualify and should be sized not to exceed on-site energy consumption as measured for the previous 12 months. There is no maximum system size, although incentives are capped at $10,000 per site per fiscal year. Solar thermal systems should be sized tooffset minimum of 10,000kWth (341.2 Therms) of energy per year. Maximum incentives for solar thermal are capped at $2,000 for residential and $6,000 for non-residential projects.


Projects must be located within the District of Columbia and applicants must be customers of PEPCO. Projects receiving incentives must be grid-connected and must follow the interconnection, operation, and metering guidelines set by Pepco and the DC Public Service Commission. Large systems must have remote communication capabilities for monitoring of the performance meter. Third party ownership by Certified Business Enterprise is allowed.


Program Description


The incentives for Solar Thermal residential systems are 20% of the installed cost up to a maximum of $2,000. The incentives for solar thermal non-residential systems are 20% of installed cost up to a maximum of $6,000. The current incentive for PV systems is $0.50/watt. The project must be completed within 6 months after the date the incentive request is approved.


Applicants must get a site assessment and conduct a pre-qualification application to get a reservation number. Once the pre-qualification application is approved, the applicant must complete a final application. If funds run out for a given year, applicants hold their place in line for one year with their reservation number and may receive funding the next year. The system must be completed within six months of the award date. If the system is not completed, the applicant may apply for a six month extension. If the system is not completed at the end of the extension, then the rebate must be returned to DDOE.


For more information, additional requirements and program history please view the Solar PV Program Guidelines or Solar Thermal Program Guidelines.

* While the this level of funding remains memorialized in the D.C. Code, funding for the program has been diverted to other uses at least twice in the recent past. The authorized amount of $ 1.1 million for Fiscal Year 2011, $2 million in Fiscal Year 2012, and $1 million for Fiscal Year 2013.


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Green Energy DC
Department District Department of the Environment

Address 1200 1st St. NE, 5th Floor

Place Washington, District of Columbia
Zip/Postal Code 20002
Phone (202) 535-2600


Email greenenergy@dc.gov
Website http://ddoe.dc.gov/node/9342
     
     


  • 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"