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SRP - EarthWise Solar Energy Incentive Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 05/02/2013
Program Overview:
State: Arizona
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Pool Heating
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Tribal Government, Fed. Government, (SRP territory)
Amount:Incentive Levels as of May 1, 2013:
Residential PV: $0.10/W
Nonprofit, School, and Government PV: $0.04/kWh
Small Commercial PV: $0.10/W
Residential solar water heaters: $0.35/kWh for 1st year estimated energy savings (based on SRCC rating)
Commercial solar water heaters: $0.35/kWh for 1st year equivalent energy savings
Solar pool heating (commercial only): $0.35/kWh for first year metered energy savings (glazed panels only)
Maximum Incentive:Standard (non OG-300 rated) and solar pool heating commercial solar water heaters: $75,000 per customer per fiscal year, not to exceed 60% of project costs.
Residential PV: $500
Small Commercial PV: $30,000
Eligible System Size:Commercial PV: 1,000 kW-DC maximum
Commercial solar water heating: up to 50,000 sq ft collector area
Equipment Requirements:PV: panels and inverter must be UL-listed
Solar water heating systems must be OG-300 certified by a third party entity approved by SRP and must be installed per the rating agency’s qualifications and standards.
Large solar water heating and solar pool heating panels must be OG-100 certified by a third party entity approved by SRP and must be installed per the rating agency’s qualifications and standards.
Installation Requirements:Must be installed by a properly licensed contractor.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:SRP
Web Site: http://www.srpnet.com/environment/earthwise/solar
Summary:
NOTE: SRP reopened its incentive programs effective May 1, 2013. SRP has funding available for 12 MW of residential photovoltaic (PV) systems, 4 MW of small commercial PV systems, 5 MW of nonprofit, school, and goverment PV. $1.1 million is available for residential solar water heaters, and $160,000 is available for commercial solar water heaters. All incentive rates will step down over time as participation goals are met.   
 
SRP's EarthWise Solar Energy Program provides incentives to its residential and commercial customers to purchase PV or solar water-heating systems. In exchange for the incentives, SRP will receive all the renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with the systems. SRP's Board of Directors increased its self-imposed goal in 2011 of having 20% of their retail sales come from sustainable resources by 2020, mirroring the renewable energy standard that other Arizona utilities are required to meet. The RECs that SRP receives through the EarthWise program will help the utility meet this goal.

Residential Incentives

SRP has funding for a total of 12 MW of residential PV systems for May 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014. Incentive rates are currently set at $0.10 per watt (up to 5 kilowatts) and will step down over time as participation goals are met.

The incentive for residential solar water heating systems is $0.35 per kilowatt hour (kWh) of estimated first year energy savings. The energy savings are estimated based on an OG-300 rating. In exchange for these incentives, SRP will have ownership of the RECs associated with the renewable energy system for a period of 20 years.

Commercial Incentives

SRP has funding for a total of 4 MW of small commercial PV systems for May 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014. Incentives will step down over time as participation goals are met.

Commercial solar water heating systems can receive an incentive of $0.35 per kilowatt-hour of the annual energy savings realized by the system, up to $75,000.  SRP has dedicated $160,000 for commercial solar water heating incentives through April 30, 2014. Commercial solar pool heating systems are eligible for an incentive of $0.35/kWh of first-year energy savings, up to $75,000. Larger systems may participate.

Nonprofit, School, and Government Incentives

SRP has funding for 5 MW of PV for nonprofits, schools, and governments May 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014.


 
Contact:
  Earthwise Solar Energy Program
SRP
Mail Stop PAB355
P.O. Box 52025
Phoenix, AZ 85072-2025
Phone: (602) 236-4448
Phone 2: (602) 236-8888
E-Mail: SolarPV@srpnet.com
Web Site: http://www.srpnet.com/solar
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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