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Austin Energy - Commercial Solar PV Incentive Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 06/23/2014
Program Overview:
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Nonprofit, Schools, State Government, Fed. Government, Institutional
Maximum Incentive:80% of the PV system invoice cost or terms stated in Letter of Intent
Terms:10-year locked term
Eligible System Size:Up to 200 kW (AC)
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Austin Energy offers a performance-based incentive to customers with a commercial account number for electricity generated by qualifying photovoltaic (PV) systems of up to 200 kilowatts (kW)-AC. The incentive rate is currently set at $0.09 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) locked for a 10-year term, but the maximum incentive cannot exceed 80% of the PV system invoice cost. Systems rated up to 20 kW-AC are also eligible for net metering.

In order to qualify for this program, PV modules must be new and be listed on the California Energy Commission's Go Solar web site. In addition, all solar panels must have a 20-year manufacturer warranty, all inverters must have a 10-year manufacturer warranty, and all systems must have a 10-year installer's warranty. Licensed electrical contractors must obtain the appropriate permits and perform all electrical connections.

  Program Information - AE Commercial Solar Program
Austin Energy
811 Barton Springs Road, 3rd Floor
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: (512) 482-5346
Fax: (512) 482-5455
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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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