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AEP Texas Central Company - SMART Source Solar PV Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/06/2012
Program Overview:
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Tribal Government, Fed. Government, Multi-Family Residential, Agricultural, Institutional, Must be an AEP-TCC Customer
Amount:Residential: $1.50/W DC
Non-residential: $1.25/W DC
Maximum Incentive:Residential: $15,000
Non-residential: $31,250
Eligible System Size:System must be sized so that estimated production does not exceed annual on-site energy consumption.
Equipment Requirements:Equipment must be new and certified to UL 1703 standards; inverters must be certified to UL 1741 standards; revenue-grade, bi-directional solar meter required to measure system output; systems must have an all-inclusive 10-year warranty against breakdown or degradation of more than 10% from rated output. Disconnect switch 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 the registered Service Provider list (specific eligibility requirements)
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:Customer-generator
Program Budget:(2013) $360,000; (2012) $360,000; (2011) $360,000;(2010) $527,050
Start Date:08/01/2009
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American Electric Power Texas Central Company (AEP-TCC) offers rebates to customers that install photovoltaic (PV) systems on homes or other buildings. Customers of all rate classes are eligible to participate in the program. The term "customer" means "the entity with financial responsibility for paying the electric bill for the meter behind which the distributed solar energy equipment is to be installed." Rebates may be assigned to the customer, a service provider, or a third party. Rebates for new construction projects are permitted, but could involve complications that conflict with program guidelines. Special considerations and rules also apply to apartments, rentals, condominiums, leased properties, large companies, and government agencies. 

Rebates are offered at a flat rate of $1.50 per watt (DC) for all residential customers and $1.25 per watt (DC) for non-residential customers. The maximum per project and per customer rebate for residential systems is $15,000 and the maximum rebate for non-residential customers is $31,250. Systems may not be sized to produce energy in excess of that required to meet annual on-site energy consumption. Each customer and point of service is eligible to participate in the program multiple times, subject to other program limitations (e.g., maximum per customer and per project incentive limits).

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. Eligible systems must be covered by an all-inclusive warranty for at least five years from the date of installation.The modules must be new and certified to UL 1703 and inverters must be new and certified to UL 1741. All installations must be performed service providers who meet program eligibility requirements. AC disconnect switches are required as are revenue grade solar meters. 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. System owners retain title to renewable energy certificates (RECs) produced by their system.

All incentive reservations expire either on six calendar months after the date of acceptance, or November 30, 2013.

Contact program personnel for additional information on applications, incentive eligibility, installer qualifications and other program details.

*The program budget for 2012 was $360,000; and in 2011 the budget was $590,375 ($360K allocated for 2011 and $230,375 rolled over from previous year). The expenditures during 2009 and 2010 totaled $389,625.

  Steve Wiese
Smart Source PV Program
1515 S. Capital Highway, Suite 110
Austin, TX 78746
Phone: (800) 381-6552 Ext.101
Web Site:
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