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Austin Utilities - Solar Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/17/2014
Program Overview:
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential, Nonprofit, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government
Amount:PV: 50ยข per watt
Solar Water Heating: $15 per square foot net aperture
Maximum Incentive:PV: $5,000
Solar Water Heating: $1,200
Eligible System Size:PV: 0.5 kW - 10 kW
Equipment Requirements:PV: Must be new, UL-listed, in compliance with all applicable performance and safety standards
Inverters must carry a minimum 5-year warranty
Panels must carry a 20-year warranty
Solar Water Heating: Must be new, SRCC OG-100 rated
Collectors must have 5-year warranty
All other components must have 1-year warranty
Installation Requirements:Systems must be installed by a licensed, qualified professional
An energy audit must be conducted prior to installation
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Austin Utilities provides incentives for their residential and commercial customers to install photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heating systems. Qualifying PV systems can earn 50¢ per watt; eligible solar water heating systems can earn $15 per square foot of collector area. Incentives are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Austin Utilities obtains the right to withdraw the program at any time without notice.

In order to obtain eligibility, customers must agree to a net-metering and interconnection contract with Austin Utilities. An energy audit must be performed prior to system installation and results shared with Austin Utilities.

Application forms with additional information are available on the program web site.

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Austin Utilities
400 4th Street NE
Austin, MN 55912-3495
Phone: (507) 433-8886
Fax: (507) 433-5045
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