The lesser of 25% of the total cost or $50,000
RPS alternative compliance payments
PV: $0.80/W (DC) for new systems; $0.50/W (DC) for additions to existing systems
Solar Thermal: $0.12/rated or modeled kBtu/year for new systems with 15 or fewer collectors; $0.07/rated or modeled kBtu/year for new systems with more than 15 collectors; $0.04/modeled kBtu/year for additions to existing systems
The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission initiated a new solar rebate program for non-residential applicants in November 2010. Funded by alternative compliance payments under the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS), this program supports photovoltaic (PV) and solar-thermal installations. Installations must be located in the state of New Hampshire, and the facility must be served by an investor-owned utility or rural electric utility that is required to comply with the state's RPS. (Municipal Utilities are not required to comply with the state's RPS, and therefore their customers are not eligible for this program.) Systems owned by third-parties and sited on eligible customer premises are eligible.
Applicants must first reserve incentive funding. In addition, applicants must complete a "Level II" energy audit. Only qualifying systems installed on or after November 1, 2010, are eligible. This program will operate on a year-by-year basis or until funding is exhausted, whichever comes first.
See the program web site (listed above) for application materials, budget status and additional program details.
PV: Must comply with UL 1703 (by a nationally-recognized testing laboratory); inverters must comply with IEEE 1547 and UL 1741. Systems greater than 50 kW must include revenue-grade meter. Minimum system warranty of 5 years.
Solar Thermal: Must be SRCC-rated. Systems with a collector area of 500 sq. ft. or greater must include an output meter and/or web-based temperature monitoring. Minimum system warranty of 5 years.