Sustainable Development Fund Solar PV Grant Program (PECO Territory) (Pennsylvania)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Pennsylvania

Name Sustainable Development Fund Solar PV Grant Program (PECO Territory)
Incentive Type Local Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential, PECO Service Territory
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 4/watt up to 20,000; then 1/kWh produced in first year of production up to 5,000




Eligible System Size 1 kW to 5 kW


Start Date December 2001







Maximum Incentive 25,000 or 80% of the total installed cost of the PV system










Program Administrator Sustainable Development Fund
Website http://www.trfund.com/SDF/solarpv/index.htm
Date added to DSIRE 2001-12-17
Last DSIRE Review 2007-01-22



References DSIRE[1]


Summary

Note: This program is temporarily closed to new applications, pending the receipt of additional program funding. Persons can be notified of the program reopening by signing up for an email notice on the program website: www.SDFsolar.com.

The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) offers grants for PV systems that are purchased by PECO Energy distribution company customers. Systems between 1 kW and 5 kW are eligible, and preference will be given to systems that will be interconnected to the electric grid. Each system must meet the program’s hardware and installation standards and be installed by participating contractors. All systems must be inspected and certified by the program administrator to ensure they comply with program requirements. In addition, the system owner must agree to allow the system to be used for research purposes and promotion of the program.

The PV grant is paid in several installments based in part on system performance. Current grant amounts were extended until further notice and include the following three-pronged subsidy:

  • Buy-down Incentive for the PV System Owner via the Participating Contractor: $4/watt (Rated PV Capacity @ STC) up to $20,000;
  • Performance Incentive for PV System Owner: $1/kWh of Gross Solar Production in the first year up to $5,000; and
  • Performance Incentive for the Participating Contractor: $0.10/kWh of Gross Solar Production in the first year up to $250

The first payment of $4/watt up to $20,000 will be made upon inspection and approval of the installed system. This payment is made to the installer of the PV system. All Participating Contractors have agreed to credit the system buyers with this payment.

The second payment is made at the first anniversary of the system and is equal to $1 per kilowatt-hour that the system has produced during the first 12 months of operation, up to a maximum payment of $5,000. At the same time, a payment will be made to the system installer equal to $0.10 per kWh generated by the system during these 12 months of operation, up to a maximum payment of $250 per system. The two later payments will give both the owner and the installer a significant incentive to monitor system performance and to make certain that the system is performing well.

To date, 83 PV systems (between 1kW and 5kW) have been installed or are pending installation with a total capacity of 307.4 kW.

The SDF program also funds some special PV projects, including those for low income housing and large commercial facilities, as well as some show case applications outside the PECO region.


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Ron Celentano
Department Sustainable Development Fund
Division Solar PV Grant Program
Address 7217 Oak Avenue

Place Melrose Park, Pennsylvania
Zip/Postal Code 19027-3222
Phone (215) 635-0900


Email solarpv@trfund.com
Website http://www.trfund.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 (DSIRE)"

Rebates Grants Solar Photovoltaic Incentives

PV Residential Max $ $500
PV Commercial Max $ $500
PV Non-profit Max $ $500


































Rebates Grants Solar Water Heating Incentives

SWH Residential $/unit $300
SWH Commercial $/unit $300
SWH Non-profit $/unit $300







Rebates Grants Solar Pool Heating Incentives

Pool Residential Max $ $200
Pool Commercial Max $ $200
Pool Non-profit Max $ $200









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

References

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