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New Mexico

New Mexico

Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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PNM - Performance-Based Solar PV Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/19/2012
Program Overview:
State: New Mexico
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential
Amount:These prices will step down over time as certain MW goals are met
Prices below are current as of 9/19/2012; see program website for current prices


Systems up to 10 kW: $0.04/kWh for RECs
>10 kW up to 100 kW: $0.05/kWh for RECs
>100 kW up to 1 MW: $0.02/kWh
1 MW+: Fully subscribed
Maximum Incentive:None specified
Terms:Systems up to 10 kW: 8-year contract
Systems greater than 10 kW up to 1 MW: all contracts terminate on 12/31/2020
(System must be net-metered to be eligible.)
Start Date:3/1/2006
Web Site: http://www.pnm.com/customers/pv/program.htm
Authority 1:
Date Effective:

3/1/2006
Summary:

In March 2006, PNM initiated a renewable energy credit (REC) purchase program as part of its plan to comply with New Mexico's renewable portfolio standard (RPS). PNM will purchase RECs from customers who install photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal electric systems up to one megawatt (MW). PNM will then be able to apply these RECs towards their obligations under the state's RPS, which requires 4% of the total generation capacity to come from solar electricity by 2020, and 0.6% from distributed generation in 2020.

REC payments are based on the system's total output. PNM will purchase RECs from each participant as part of the regular monthly billing process. Participants will receive a monthly bill documenting the number of kilowatt-hours (kWh) produced by the PV system, the number of RECs purchased by PNM, the purchase price per REC and the total price of RECs purchased that billing period. REC purchase payments will be applied as a credit to the participant's electric bill on a monthly basis. REC prices will decline over time as certain MW targets are met. The prices included here are current as of September 19, 2012.

Systems up to 10 kW
PNM will purchase RECs generated by small PV systems at a rate of $0.04/kWh for 8 years of the system's operation. This incentive level will step down by one cent every time a certain MW goal is met. If the amount paid for the RECs is greater than the total of the customer's monthly electric service plus kWh charges, the balance of the REC payment will be carried forward as a credit for the following month's bill if $20 or less. If the REC payment balance is greater than $20 after credits to the customer's electric bill have been made, the entire REC payment balance will be paid directly to the customer. Program participants must pay an application fee of $100 for residential customers, which includes the cost of installing a second meter to monitor system output. Customers also must pay a net-metering application fee of $50 to establish an approved interconnection with PNM.

Systems greater than 10 kW up to 1 MW
PNM will purchase RECs associated with the electricity generated by large PV systems and used on-site. All contracts terminate on 12/31/2020. The incentive rate paid depends on the size of the system:

  • >10 kW up to 100 kW: $0.05/kWh
  • >100 kW up to 1 MW: $0.02/kWh
  • 1 MW+: Fully subscribed

These incentive levels will each step down independently over time as certain MW goals are reached. If the amount paid for the RECs is greater than the total of the customer's monthly electric service plus kWh charges, the balance of the REC payment will be carried forward as a credit for the following month's bill if $200 or less. If the REC payment balance is greater than $200 after credits to the customer's electric bill have been made, the entire REC payment balance will be paid directly to the customer. PNM does not pay for RECs associated with net excess generation. Program participants must pay an application fee of $350 for commercial customers, which includes the cost of installing a second meter to monitor system output. Customers also must pay an interconnection application fee of $100.00 up to 100 kW for interconnection + $1.00 for every kW above 100 kW up to 1 MW to establish an approved interconnection with PNM.


 
Contact:
  PV Incentive Program
PNM
Customer Generation Programs
Alvarado Square
MS 0510
Albuquerque, NM 87158-0001
Phone: (505) 241-2750
Web Site: http://www.pnm.com
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