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Rocky Mountain Power - Solar Incentive Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 01/30/2013
Program Overview:
State: Utah
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, (All RMP customers)
Amount:Program Year 2012/2013 (application period is closed):
Residential: $1.25/W-AC
Small Non-Residential (up to 25 kW): $1.00/W-AC
Large Non-Residential (greater than 25 kW, up to 1,000 kW): $0.80/W-AC
Maximum Incentive:Residential: $5,000
Small Non-Residential (up to 25 kW): $25,000
Large Non-Residential (greater than 25 kW, up to 1,000 kW): $800,000
Eligible System Size:Maximum system size: 25 kW (residential) and 2 MW (commercial), but the incentive will only be provided up to the maximum amounts referenced above
Equipment Requirements:PV equipment must be on the California Energy Commission's list of eligible modules and inverters. Generation meter must meet design guidelines.
All components of the system must carry a minimum 10-year manufacturer’s warranty
Installation Requirements:Must be grid-connected, net metered, and installed by a qualified Utah (S200, S201 or S202) electrical contractor.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:Rocky Mountain Power will be credited a fixed REC contribution equal to 0.28 MWh per incentivized kW per year for 20 years. The system owner will retain ownership of any RECs over and above that quantity.
Funding Source:Rate-payer funds
Program Budget:$50 million from 2013 - 2017
Start Date:9/1/2007
Expiration Date:12/31/2017
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Note: Applications for 2013 were accepted during a two-week period from January 15 to 5:00 PM through January 28, 2013. The program is now closed through the remainder of 2013.

Rocky Mountain Power's Solar Incentive Program has a total budget of $50 million for calendar years 2013 through 2017. That budget is divided between program years and program sectors (residential, small non-residential, and large non-residential). Eligible systems must be net-metered, and the statewide maximum system size for net-metered systems is 25 kilowatts (kW) for residential and 2 MW for non-residential. Participants in this program may size their systems up to the maximums allowed by net metering, but incentives will be restricted based on the sizes referenced below. The incentive amount available to each program sector is designed to step down every year according to the following schedule:

Program Year
Residential (up to 4 kW)
Small Non-Residential (up to 25 kW) Large Non-Residential (25.1 kW - 1,000 kW)
2012/2013 $1.25 per W (AC) $1.00 per W (AC) $0.80 per W (AC)
2014 $1.20 per W (AC) $0.95 per W (AC) $0.75 per W (AC)
2015 $1.15 per W (AC) $0.90 per W (AC) $0.70 per W (AC)
2016 $1.10 per W (AC) $0.85 per W (AC) $0.65 per W (AC)
2017 $1.05 per W (AC) $0.80 per W (AC) $0.60 per W (AC)

Rocky Mountain Power will accept applications during the first two weeks of each program year for all three program sectors. Winners will be selected via lottery. If there is remaining capacity available for a sector after the lottery, additional applicants will be awarded incentives on a first come, first served basis. If, however, the capacity available for a sector is over-subscribed during the lottery, additional applicants will be added to a wait list.

Residential and small non-residential applicants will receive their full incentive within 60 days of the receipt of an approved incentive claim form after the system is interconnected. Large non-residential applicants, however, will receive their incentive in five annual installments, with the first installment coming within 60 days of the receipt of an approved incentive claim form. The remaining balance of the incentive will earn simple interest at an annual rate of 6%.

Large non-residential systems are also required to produce 85% of the expected output based on estimates from PVWatts. If the system produces less than expected, the annual payments will be reduced proportional to the under-performance of the system.

See Utah Clean Energy's web site for more information.

The  pilot phase of this program ended in March 2012. The Public Service Commission of Utah approved a major expansion of this program on October 1, 2012. The new program will provide $50 million in incentives through 2017, resulting in 60 megawatts (MW) of new PV installations.

  Rocky Mountain Power
PO Box 25308
Salt Lake City, UT 84125
Phone: (800) 532-1626 Ext.5951
Web Site:
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