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El Paso Electric Company - Solar PV Pilot Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 11/10/2014
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, Must be a Texas El Paso Electric Customer
Amount:$0.75/watt-DC for both residential and non-residential customers
Maximum Incentive:Residential: $7,500
Non-residential: $37,500
Per customer with multiple projects: 25% of 2014 incentive budget
Per service provider with multiple projects: 50% of 2014 incentive budget in each category
Eligible System Size:Minimum: 1 kW (unless for educational use at schools)
Maximum: 50 kW (El Paso Electric net metering limit per SB 1910); system must be sized so that estimated production does not exceed annual on-site energy consumption
Equipment Requirements:Equipment must be new; Modules must be UL-1703-listed (or equivalent) and inverters must be UL-1741 listed (or equivalent); Revenue-grade solar generation meter required to measure system output; Systems must have an all-inclusive five-year warranty against breakdown or degradation of more than 10% from rated output; Lockable AC disconnect is required.
Installation Requirements:Systems must be grid-connected and installed on the customer's side of the meter; Estimated system performance must be at least 80% of optimal, unshaded output as measured by PVWatts; Must use Service Provider from EPE's registered Service Provider list (specific eligibility requirements)
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:El Paso Electric
Program Budget:$402,000 (2014); $425,000 (2013); $1,150,000 (2012); $1,350,000 (2011); $141,300 (2010)
Start Date:March 2010
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Note: All available 2014 funds are fully subscribed and the 2014 program is closed to new applications.

El Paso Electric (EPE) offers rebates to both residential and non-residential customers that install photovoltaic (PV) systems on homes or buildings. Rebates are offered at a flat rate of $0.75 per watt-DC for both residential and non-residential customers. 

Residential systems are limited to a $7,500 incentive, and non-residential systems are limited to a $37,500 incentive. Rebates may be assigned to the customer, a service provider, or a third party. The 2014 program budget is $402,000 ($212,500 for residential and $189,500 for non-residential). Past program budgets were: $141,300 (2010), $1,350,000 (2011), $1,150,000 (2012), and $425,000 (2013).

EPE claims ownership of renewable energy certificates (RECs) produced by systems that receive incentives.


Individual systems must be sized between 1 kilowatt (kW) and 50 kW (per S.B. 1910, which came into effect June 2011) to be eligible for the incentive. 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 other program requirements.

Systems must be new, connected to the grid on the customer side of the meter, meet minimum estimated performance requirements (80% of optimum), and meet all applicable code and utility interconnection requirements. All equipment (i.e., modules, inverters, and meters) must meet standard quality and safety requirements (e.g., inverters must certified under UL-1741 or its equivalent). All installations must be performed by service providers who meet 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. Special considerations and rules may apply to new construction projects, apartments, rentals, condominiums, leased properties, large companies, and government agencies. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the program manager prior to submitting an application.

  Cece Hyslop
1515 S. Capital Highway, Suite 110
Austin, TX 78746
Phone: (210) 846-3120
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