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Duke Energy Florida - SunSense Commercial PV Incentive Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 11/26/2014
Program Overview:
State: Florida
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial
Amount:First 10 kW: $2/watt
11 kW - 50 kW: $1.50/watt
51 kW - 100 kW: $1/watt
Maximum Incentive:$130,000 per participant
Eligible System Size:Minimum system size: 2 kW
Equipment Requirements:Must be certified by the Florida Solar Energy Center
Installation Requirements:Must be installed by licensed contractor
Must be interconnected to Progress Energy Florida power system
Must be capable of producing 1,000 kWh per kW each year
Program Budget:$1.3 million per year
Start Date:03/15/2011
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Note: The SunSense Program will resume for 2015 and begin accepting applications on January 14, 2015 at 1:30 PM. On November 25th. 2014 the Florida PSC voted to end a solar pilot program at the end of 2015 that requires independently owned utilities to offer solar rebates. This program will not be offered after 2015.

In March 2011, Progress Energy Florida began offering incentives to commercial customers who install photovoltaic (PV) systems. Incentive rates are based on a tiered structure:

  • $2.00/watt for the first 10 kilowatts (kW)
  • $1.50/watt for 11 kW to 50 kW
  • $1.00/watt for 51 kW to 100 kW

Systems may be larger than 100 kW, but incentives only apply to the first 100 kW of the system, with a maximum total incentive of $130,000 per customer. All systems must be at least 2 kW in capacity and certified by the Florida Solar Energy Center. In addition, all systems must be installed by a licensed contractor and connected to Progress Energy Florida's grid.

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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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