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Oncor Electric Delivery - Solar Photovoltaic Standard Offer Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 04/19/2013
Program Overview:
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, Construction, State Government, Installer/Contractor, Tribal Government, Fed. Government, Multi-Family Residential, Agricultural, Institutional, Must be an Oncor Customer
Amount:Residential: $538.79/kW AC and $0.53/kWh AC
Non-residential: $538.79/kW AC and $0.41/kWh AC
Maximum Incentive:20% of the most recent funding allocation
Eligible System Size:Residential: 1 kW to 10 kW DC
Non-residential: minimum 1 kW DC
Equipment Requirements:Modules must be certified to UL-1703 standards
Installation Requirements:All solar photovoltaic system installations must obtain appropriate local building permits and pass all required local inspections, and must be in full compliance with the National Electric Code. Work must be performed in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local codes and standards.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:Customer initially, but Oncor reserves right to claim RECs produced by rebated systems at a later date
Program Budget:2013: $7,083,203 Residential; $4,425,395 Commercial
Start Date:12/19/2012
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The 2013 Oncor Solar Photovoltaic Standard Offer Program Guidelines are now available. The application period for both the residential and non-residential projects opens on December 10, 2012 at 10:00 am Central Time.

Oncor Electric Delivery offers rebates to its customers that install photovoltaic (PV) systems on homes or other buildings.* Oncor customers of all rate classes (e.g., residential, commercial) are eligible to participate in the program. The term "customer" means "the entity with financial responsibility for paying the electric bill for the meter behind which the distributed solar energy equipment is to be installed." Rebates may be assigned to the customer, a service provider, or a third party.

In 2013, rebates are $538.79 per kilowatt (kW) AC and $0.53 per kilowatt hour (kWh) AC for residential customers and $538.79 per kW AC and $0.41 per kWh AC for non-residential customers (e.g., businesses, governments, nonprofits, etc.). The maximum rebate is equivalent to 20% of the most recent funding allocation. Individual systems must be 1 kW or larger, unless they are to be used by schools for educational purposes. In addition, systems may not be sized to produce energy in excess of that required to meet annual on-site energy consumption. Customers may only apply for one rebate per point of service, as defined by a unique meter ESI-ID number. Customers with multiple points of service are therefore permitted to apply for multiple rebates, subject to a 20% maximum rebate cap and other program limits (e.g., limits on total incentives available to a single customer).

Systems must be new, connected to the grid on the customer side of the meter and meet all applicable code and utility interconnection requirements. All installations must be performed by service providers who meet specific program eligibility requirements. Service providers are also subject to ongoing quality assurance standards and are required to attend technical training sessions. Installations may be subject to a variety of inspection and performance monitoring requirements in the short- and long-term. System owners will initially retain title to renewable energy certificates (RECs) produced by their system. However, Oncor reserves the right to claim RECs produced by rebated systems at a later time.

Proposed projects are expected to be completed by November 15, 2013.

Additional information may be obtained from the Oncor website concerning frequently asked questions related to metering, billing, energy credit and certified installer questions. This site explains questions related to, What happens to the energy I generate?, How do I get paid for my excess energy? When will I receive my benefits for out-flow energy? What is the process for interconnecting a certified distributed renewable generation system? and many more.

*The Oncor program began as a pilot program in 2009 and provided rebates in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Oncor pays incentives to eligible Service Providers who market, sell/lease, and install solar photovoltaic systems to commercial and residential customers served by Oncor.

** Oncor reserves the right to raise the incentive cap if the total amount of incentives for reserved projects is not sufficient to meet the program incentive budget

  Kristy Tyra
Solar PV Standard Offer Program
1616 Woodall Rodgers 5M027
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: (214) 486-2750
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