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Pacific Power - PV Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/14/2012
Program Overview:
State: California
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Agricultural
Amount:Incentives may be adjusted based on expected performance. Incentive amounts below are current as of 12/14/12. See program website for current status.
Residential: $1.13/W CEC-AC
Commercial: $0.36/W CEC-AC
Tax-exempt Entities: $1.11/W CEC-AC
Maximum Incentive:Commercial: $90,000
Tax-exempt Entities: $277,500
Eligible System Size:Minimum system size: 1 kW
Maximum system size: 5 MW
Equipment Requirements:System components must be on the CEC's list of eligible equipment.
Systems must include a 10-year warranty to protect against defects and undue degradation of electrical output
Installation Requirements:Systems must be installed by contractors with an active A, B, C-10, or a C-46 license for PV systems, or systems may be self-installed.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:Remains with system owner
Funding Source:Ratepayer funds
Program Budget:$4.3 million
Start Date:7/1/2011
Expiration Date:7/1/2015, or until funds are exhausted
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Pacific Power is providing rebates to their customers who install photovoltaic (PV) systems on their homes and facilities. These rebates step down over time as key installation targets are met.  As of December 14, 2012, the rebate for residential systems is on Step 3, with incentives for $1.13 per watt AC-CEC.  The rebate for non-residential systems is on Step 7, with incentives of $0.36 per watt for taxable entities and $1.11 per watt for tax-exempt entities. Customers may elect to install systems up to 5 megawatts (MW) in capacity but will receive a rebate based on a maximum of 250 kilowatts (kW).  The full schedule of rebate changes, in addition to all the rules associated with this program are available on the website above. 

  Solar Incentive Program - Pacific Power
8690 Balboa Ave., Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (858) 244-1177
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