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Solar Pilot Program

Program for FY 2015-2016

SolarSkycloudsMesa's Energy Resources Department has launched a solar pilot program for City electric customers. The pilot will provide up to $75,000 of incentives to qualified residents and business property owners in its electric service area who purchase and install a qualified solar photovoltaic (P.V.) system. In addition to budget limitations, total interconnections during the pilot period are limited to 500 kilowatts (kW). Since funding is limited, participants who qualify for the program will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis based on application submittal and acceptance. The program will run through June 2016.

Incentives for residential program participants will be limited to $1,000 ($0.20 per watt) for up to five (5) kWs. Commercial participants' incentives will be limited to $15,000 ($0.20 per watt up to 75 kW).

INCENTIVE INFO
RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL
Incentive ( $ / kW ) $ 200 $ 200
Max Incentive $ 1,000 $ 15,000
Pilot Year Incentive Limits
$ 10,000 $ 65,000
Pilot Year Installation Limits
  49 kW 451kW

 

In exchange for the incentive payment, the City receives the associated renewable energy credits and environmental benefits. A net metering program is also available under which the City will purchase, from qualified net metering customers, energy produced from their P.V. system that is in excess of what they used. Customers and installations not qualified for incentives may qualify for net metering.


RESIDENTIAL CHECKLIST

Prior to installation of residential customer-owned generation:

PLEASE NOTE:  The Interconnection Agreement, Net Metering Addendum, and Incentive Agreement found on this page are drafts for informational purposes only.  Original copies of these agreements will be prepared for you by Energy Resources personnel and provided to you to sign after receipt and final review of your application.

All customers interconnecting any customer-owned generation facility to the City of Mesa electric system are required to execute an Interconnection Agreement (single line interconnection agreement diagram).


COMMERCIAL CHECKLIST

Prior to installation of commercial customer-owned generation:

PLEASE NOTE:  The Interconnection Agreement, Net Metering Addendum, and Incentive Agreement found on this page are drafts for informational purposes only.  Original copies of these agreements will be prepared for you by Energy Resources personnel and provided to you to sign after receipt and approval of your application.

All customers interconnecting any customer-owned generation facility to the City of Mesa electric system are required to execute an Interconnection Agreement (single line interconnection agreement diagram).


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Where can I get copies of the application and the draft agreements?
    Forms are available online or you may contact Lori Bonilla at Lori.Bonilla@mesaaz.gov or 480-644-2652.

  2. How do I qualify for the Solar Pilot Program if I already have a solar system?
    You will not qualify for the incentive but may qualify for net metering during the pilot program. To qualify you will need to execute an Interconnection Agreement and Net Metering Addendum (see above).

  3. I do not want to sell my environmental attributes to the City. Can I still qualify for the incentive?
    No.

  4. Will Net Metering continue beyond the Pilot Program termination on June 2016?
    No, unless the City decides to extend the program.

  5. When does the pilot program end?
    June 2016.

  6. If I don't qualify for incentives why do I need to execute an interconnection agreement?
    Safety is the primary reason. Even small generators of electricity can back-feed the electric system and create serious safety hazards for customers and personnel.

  7. May I interconnect before signing agreements?
    No. You must execute an interconnection agreement prior to interconnecting. Doing so without a signed agreement will disqualify you from any incentive or net metering benefit and your service may be disconnected.

  8. I am not a City of Mesa electric customer; do I qualify for the program?
    No, this program is for customer-owned solar systems that are interconnected to Mesa's electric system.  SRP does have a solar program for its electric customers; contact them at SRPSolar@srpnet.com.

  9. Who selects and hires the solar contractor?
    Selecting your solar contractor and hiring the contractor is your (the customer's) choice and responsibility. Mesa does not recommend or endorse any solar contractors as part of this pilot program.

  10. Who do I contact with questions regarding the Solar Pilot Program or the Interconnection Process?
    Lori Bonilla, Business Development Coordinator
    480-644-2652
    lori.bonilla@mesaaz.gov
    or
    Pedro (Pete) Serrano, Energy Resources Program Manager 
    480-644-6898
    pedro.serrano@mesaaz.gov

  11. Where can I find more information on the benefits, risks, and other information on interconnecting a solar PV system?
    Download a study produced by Louisiana State University in conjunction with the Edison Electric Institute and other solar industry participants titled “Solar Power for Your Home, A Consumer’s Guide.”

Learn more about tax credits and rebates available to City of Mesa residents.

 

 


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