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NV Energy - RenewableGenerations Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 11/26/2013
Program Overview:
State: Nevada
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics, Wind, Small Hydroelectric
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Agricultural, Other Public Buildings
Amount:Solar (2013 Program Year):
See below
Currently closed
Small Hydro:
For Profit Organizations (Net metered systems): $2.00/W
For Profit Organizations (Non-net metered systems): $2.25/W
Non-Profit Organizations (Net metered systems): $3.00/W
Non-Profit Organizations (Non-net metered systems): $3.25/W
Maximum Incentive:Solar:
Residential: $5,000
Small Business: $25,000
Public Facilities: $100,000
Schools: $50,000, or higher if granted permission from the utilities commission
Eligible System Size:Maximum of 500 kW
Equipment Requirements:Solar:
Systems must be in compliance with all applicable standards; Must carry a minimum 7-year warranty on inverters, 20-year warranty on panels, and 2-year warranty on labor; Modules and inverters must be on the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved equipment list.
Turbines with a swept area smaller than 200 m2 must be listed by the Interstate Turbine Advisory Council. Turbines with a swept area greater than 200 m2 must have an IEC 61400-12 (power curve) certification provided.
Systems must be in compliance with all applicable standards and under 200kW.
Installation Requirements:Installations must comply with all federal, state, and local codes and meet detailed siting criteria specified in program guidelines. Systems must be grid-connected and net metered. Solar systems must be installed by a Nevada-licensed electrical C-2 or C-2g electrical contractor. Wind and microhydro systems must be installed by a Nevada-licensed C-2 electrical contractor.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:NV Energy
Program Budget:PV: $255,270,000; Wind and Hydro: $40,000,000
Expiration Date:12/31/2020 (PBI payments may continue to be paid through 12/31/2025)
Web Site:
Authority 1:
NRS § 701B.010 et. seq.
Authority 2:
NAC § 701B
Authority 3:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
AB 428

Note: The WindGenerations Program and elements of the SolarGenerations Program are currently closed. AB 428 (2013) made several changes to this program, and tasked the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) with adopting rules to implement the changes. Among other changes required by AB 428, the new program will accept applications through 2020, the maximum system size has been reduced to 500 kW, incentive awardees cannot be selected by lottery, and utilities must develop a Lower Income Solar Energy Pilot Program. The legislation did not specify incentive levels for the new program, but did provide certain criteria that must inform the incentive levels adopted by the PUCN and the utilities. The PUCN has opened Docket 13-06018 to implement these changes. Click here to access the docket. 

The budget for the 2013 SolarGenerations program will support 5,644 kilowatts (kW) of projects in Southern Nevada, and 8,786 kW of projects in Northern Nevada. More information about the 2013 SolarGenerations program is available in the Program Handbook

Customers may install systems sized to meet 100% of their annual energy needs, but rebates will be limited to specific system sizes corresponding to the customer class:


Incentive Limit

Residential 10 kW
Small Business 50 kW
Public Governmental 50 kW
Public Non-Governmental 100 kW
Schools 50 kW


SolarGenerations Incentives for Southern Nevada as of 11/26/13

Category Incentive Rate/Status
Residential and Small Business $0.50 per watt-AC
Schools Closed
Public Closed

SolarGenerations Incentives for Northern Nevada as of 11/26/13

Category Incentive Rate
Residential and Small Business  $0.50 per watt-AC
Schools  $1.00 per watt-AC
Public Closed


NV Energy takes ownership of the renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with the electricity produced by a customer’s PV, wind or small hydro system. The RECs count towards the utility's' goals under Nevada's renewable portfolio standards (RPS).


NV Energy (formerly Sierra Pacific Power and Nevada Power) administers the RenewableGenerations Rebate Program for photovoltaic (PV) systems and small wind and hydroelectric systems on behalf of the Nevada Task Force on Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy. With rebates originally available only for PV, the SolarGenerations Rebate Program was established in 2003 as a result of AB 431 ("the Solar Energy Systems Demonstration Program") and began in August 2004. Rebates are now available for grid-connected PV installations on residences, small businesses, public buildings, non-profits and schools; small wind systems on residences, small businesses, agricultural sites, schools and public buildings; and small hydroelectric systems installed at grid-connected agricultural sites. Participants must be current Nevada customers of NV Energy to participate.

Including three years as a demonstration program, SolarGenerations is now in its 2012/2013 program year. In June 2007 the program was made permanent (the planned end date had been June 2010 for a total of six years of demonstration program funding). As demonstrated above, incentive levels vary by technology type, customer class and program year, with incentive levels stepping down with each program year. Each program year has a designated amount of installed capacity set aside for each customer class.

  John Hargrove
NV Energy
6100 Neil Road
Reno, NV 89511
Phone: (866) 786-3823
Web Site:
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