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LADWP - Solar Incentive Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 01/08/2013
Program Overview:
State: California
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential, Nonprofit, Local Government
Amount:Incentives will step down over time. Current incentive levels as of 1/8/2013:
Residential (customer-owned): $1.05/W CEC-AC
Residential (leased systems): $1.05/W CEC-AC
Commercial: Closed until July 2013
Government/Non-profit: Closed until July 2013
Maximum Incentive:Up to 75% of project costs for residential, government and non-profit installations.
Up to 50% for commercial systems
The maximum system size for incentive payment is 1 MW AC per site, or per government, or per corporate parent per year.
2 MW may be reserved depending on fund availability
Eligible System Size:Minimum system size of 1 kW
Maximum system size of 5 MW
Equipment Requirements:Must use CEC-certified PV modules and inverters.
Custom modules not certified by UL 1703 may seek certification by the LA Department of Building and Safety Materials Test Lab. Specifications for solar equipment not listed by the CEC must also be provided to the LADWP Solar Group.
Warranty requirements: panels – 20 years; components – 10 years
Installation Requirements:The installer must be a properly licensed California contractor with an active A, B, C-10 or C-46 license.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:RECs become the property of LADWP. Participants may elect to take a significantly smaller incentive than the base incentive in exchange for ownership of the RECs.
Funding Source:Public Benefits Fund
Program Budget:$30 million per year
Expiration Date:12/31/2017, or when total installed MW goal has been reached.
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Note: LADWP reached its budget limit for non-residential solar incentive applications in Augugst 2012. Applicants who have not received a confirmation as of August 22, 2012, have had their applications cancelled, and will need to reapply when the program reopens on July 1, 2013.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's (LADWP) Solar Incentive Program began in 2000, with a funding level of $150 million. The California Solar Initiative, created in 2007 upon the enactment of SB 1, established new guidelines for municipal utilities to follow, and established new funding levels. The LADWP Board of Commissioners approved the Solar Incentive Program Guideline Revisions on September 4, 2007, to comply with SB1. The revised program was suspended in early 2011, but was revised and relaunched on September 1, 2011.

The Solar Incentive Program has 10 phases with declining incentive levels as certain installed megawatt (MW) targets are met. There are separate goals for residential and non-residential participants, and the incentive levels for each will decline irrespective of the other. All incentives are adjusted for expected performance. Non-residential systems may be eligible for bonus incentives if they utilize equipment manufactured in LA or if the systems is building-integrated PV.

LADWP’s 10-year, $313 million Revised Solar Photovoltaic Rebate Program began in 2007 and will remain in effect through December 31, 2017, or until the total installed MW goal has been reached.

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Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
111 N. Hope St
Room 940
Los Angeles, CA 90051
Phone: (213) 367-4122
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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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