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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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SMUD - Non-Residential PV Incentive Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 11/14/2014
Program Overview:
State: California
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit
Amount: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.
Eligible System Size:Expected Performance Based Incentive: $0.20/watt CSI-AC; incentive adjusted based on expected performance
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:SMUD (if incentive is paid)
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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:


  Jim Barnett
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
6301 S Street MS A203
Sacramento, CA 95852-1830
Phone: (916) 732-6762
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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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