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City of San Marcos - Distributed Generation Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/18/2014
Program Overview:
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics, Wind
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, Multi-Family Residential, Low-Income Residential, Agricultural, Institutional, open to all City of San Marcos electric utility customers
Amount:Solar PV: $2.50/W up to $5,000
Wind: $1.00/W up to $5,000
Maximum Incentive:50% of installation cost, up to $5,000
Equipment Requirements:Solar PV: System must be professionally designed and installed, and equipment (inverter and modules) must be listed by California Solar Initiative ( System must be warranted as follows: min. 20 years for solar modules, min. 5 years for inverter, min. 1 year for installation.
Wind Generators: System must be professionally designed and installed, and equipment must have UL certificate of compliance (UL 6140; UL 1741). System must be warranted as follows: min. 5 years for generator, min. 1 year for installation
Installation Requirements:System must be professionally designed and installed by a City-approved contractor and must be interconnected to the City's electric distribution system.
Start Date:10/14/2011
Web Site: Genera...

The City of San Marcos offers a Distributed Generation Rebate Program for the installation of grid-tied renewable energy systems. The Distributed Generation Rebate Program is offered on a first-come/first-serve basis and is open to all City of San Marcos electric utility customers with an account in good standing.

Qualifying Solar PV systems are eligible for a $2.50 per Watt (W) rebate up to $5,000. Qualifying Wind Generation systems are eligible for a $1.00 per W rebate up to $5,000. Neither rebate amount can exceed 50% of the system installation costs. Renewable energy systems are required to be warranted for minimum time periods as follows:

  • Installation - 1 year
  • Wind Generator - 5 years
  • PV Modules - 20 years
  • Inverter - 5 years

Rebated products must be installed within the San Marcos electric utility service area, and must remain in use at the originating address for the lifetime of the product. Should the system be removed, the customer will be billed a pro-rated amount of the original rebate based on 80% after 1 year, 60% after 2 years, 40% after 3 years, and 20% after 4 years.

Rebate funds are not applicable to used equipment, maintenance agreements, warranties, re-roofing or structural work, batteries, or leases. 

  City of San Marcos
Public Services, Conservation Dept.
630 East Hopkins
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: (512) 393-8310
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