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Austin Energy - Residential Solar PV Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 06/23/2014
Program Overview:
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Residential, Must be Austin Energy Customer
Maximum Incentive:$15,000
Eligible System Size:1 kW to 20 kW-AC
Equipment Requirements:Must use pre-approved modules and inverters (those listed by the California Energy Commission). PV systems must carry a 10-year warranty from the installer, a 20-year module manufacturer warranty, and a 10-year manufacturer warranty on inverters in residential applications without battery back-up.
Installation Requirements:Must be grid-connected. Must use a solar installer from the Austin Energy Registered Installer List. Solar installers must have at least one employee certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Homes must meet pre-determined energy efficiency requirements in order to qualify for a rebate.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:Austin Energy
Start Date:6/1/2004
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Austin Energy's Solar Rebate Program offers a $1.10 per watt incentive to eligible residential customers who install photovoltaic (PV) systems on their property. Rebates are limited to $15,000 per home installation (not to exceed 80% of the total invoice) and a lifetime maximum of $50,000 per residential site. Residential customers are billed for their whole house energy consumption at standard residential rates and then credited at the current Value of Solar Rate ($0.107 per kilowatt-hour), with monthly net excess generation rolled over to the next month. 

Rebates will only be paid for approved systems installed by approved solar contractors according to the established technical requirements. All systems must conform to the utility's equipment and installation standards in order to qualify for a rebate. These standards include the use of pre-approved equipment; equipment warranty requirements; and the use of a program-approved, NABCEP-certified, and appropriately insured solar installer. Participants must meet a detailed set of home energy efficiency requirements in order to qualify for a solar rebate.

Renewable Energy Credits and other environmental credits associated with renewable energy generated from the system belong to Austin Energy.

  Conservation Information Center - Solar Rebates
Austin Energy
Solar Rebate Program
721 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: (512) 482-5346
Fax: (512) 482-5409
Web Site:
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