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Austin Energy - Residential Solar Loan Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/16/2014
Program Overview:
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Utility Loan Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Residential
Amount:Minimum Solar Water Heating: $500
Minimum Solar PV: $1,500
Maximum Incentive:Solar Water Heating (Single Family): $5,000
Solar Water Heating (Duplexes): $10,000
Solar PV: $20,000
Terms:Solar Water Heating Rate: 0% - 2.0%
Solar PV Rate: Market Rate
Credit scores of 639 or below will carry an additional 2.0% interest rate.
Repayment: up to 10 years
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Austin Energy offers two types of loans for residential customers to finance solar energy systems in eligible homes:

  • Solar water heater loans are available for up to $5,000 for single family and $10,000 for duplexes. (A customer can choose either the loan or the rebate incentive for solar water heaters, but not both.)
  • Solar PV loans are available for up to $20,000, which may be combined with Austin Energy solar PV rebates.

Terms for Austin Energy solar loans are 3, 5, 7, or 10 years. All work must be done by a program-approved contractor.

For loan pre-approval with Austin Energy's financing partner, customers can contact Velocity Credit Union.

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Austin, TX 78704-1194
Phone: (512) 974-7827
Fax: (512) 482-5450
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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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