SMUD - Non-Residential PV Incentive Program (California)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place California

Name SMUD - Non-Residential PV Incentive Program
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Expected Performance Based Incentive: 0.20/watt CSI-AC; incentive adjusted based on expected performance

Eligible System Size Expected Performance Based Incentive: 0.20/watt CSI-AC; incentive adjusted based on expected performance

Maximum Incentive 200,000 for up-front incentives at current 0.20/W incentive level.

Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits SMUD (if incentive is paid)

Program Administrator Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Date added to DSIRE 2005-01-28
Last DSIRE Review 2014-11-14

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


SMUD offers cash incentives to commercial, industrial, and non-profit customers who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Expected Performance Based Incentive (EPBI) available until funds are depleted.

As of August 2013, the current EPBI is $0.20/W CSI-AC; adjusted based on the expected performance of the system, which is affected by factors such as inverter efficiency, orientation, tilt and shading. When determining the expected performance, factors such as components used, system orientation, and shading will be considered. An incentive calculator can be accessed at

Note that these incentive amounts will end when no more funds are available.

Rebate recipients must comply with SMUD interconnection and net-metering rules and must agree that all environmental and air quality credits (also known as renewable energy credits) resulting from the installation are retained by SMUD. Should customer want to retain the RECs, there will be no incentives paid. The SMUD PV Incentive Handbook and other documents can be obtained at the following link:

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Jim Barnett
Department Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Address 6301 S Street MS A203

Place Sacramento, California
Zip/Postal Code 95852-1830
Phone (916) 732-6762


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


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