Solar Domestic Hot Water Pilot Program (New Jersey)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place New Jersey

Name Solar Domestic Hot Water Pilot Program
Incentive Type State Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Residential
Eligible Technologies Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 1,200

Eligible System Size No size restrictions specified

Equipment Requirements System and components must be new; be SRCC OG-300 certified; and have warranties of 10 years on the collector, 6 years on the storage tank, 2 years on controls, and 1 year on piping, parts and labor. For gas customers, systems must be Energy Star listed.
Start Date 09/09/2009 (electric); 04/09/2010 (gas)
Expiration Date 12/31/2010 or when funds are exhausted (electric portion fully subscribed)

Installation Requirements System must either replace or retrofit an existing gas or electric hot water system in a single family home. All systems must be installed by a program participating contractor with a NJ Home Improvement Contractor's (HIC) License.

Maximum Incentive 1,200

Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits Not specified, but systems do not generate SRECs eligible for the NJ RPS

Program Administrator New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Office of Clean Energy
Date added to DSIRE 2009-09-16
Last DSIRE Review 2011-01-11

References DSIRE[1]


Note: As of August 18, 2010 the portion of this program devoted to eligible electric customers is now fully subscribed and applications are no longer being accepting. It is not clear whether this program will continue with additional funding in the future. The portion devoted to gas customers remains open.

The New Jersey Office of Clean Energy (OCE) has initiated a pilot program providing rebates to eligible state residents for the purchase and installation of domestic solar water heating systems. Rebates are only available for systems that replace, retrofit, or supplement an existing gas or electric water heater in single-family residential homes. The designation "gas" includes customers that currently use propane for their water heating needs. Participants in the New Jersey Energy Star Homes, Home Performance with Energy Star, Weatherization Assistance, or other OCE programs are not eligible for incentives. It is also important to note that certain program rules and requirements are differ between electric customers and gas customers.

The rebate is set at a flat rate of $1,200 per system. In addition, all systems and components must be new; have an OG-300 rating from the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC); and come with a variety of manufacturer and installation warranties. All installations must be performed by program participating contractors that possess a New Jersey Home Improvement Contractor's (HIC) License. Contractors must also be NABCEP certified or have prior industry experience coupled with accredited training. The program website contains a list of eligible solar water heating systems and participating contractors. Due to different equipment requirements, the list of eligible solar water heaters for electric customers differs from that for gas customers.

In order to claim the incentive, participants must submit their rebate within 120 days of purchasing the system for systems with electric back-up and within 60 days for systems with gas back-up. Rebates can either be issued to the customer or assigned to the contractor. Completed systems may be subject to inspection or monitoring by program personnel. It is important to that while renewable energy certificate ownership is not directly addressed by program documents, solar water heating system are not eligible to generate Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) for use under the state renewable portfolio standard (RPS).

Incentive Contact

Contact Name New Jersey Clean Energy Program - Residential Market Manager
Department c/o Honeywell

Address 145 Route 46 West

Place Wayne, New Jersey
Zip/Postal Code 07470
Phone (866) 657-6278


  • 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 (DSIRE)"

Rebates Grants Solar Water Heating Incentives

SWH Residential Max $ $1,200

SWH Residential $/unit $1,200

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


  1.  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"