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CPS Energy - Solar PV Rebate Program

Eligibility 
Commercial
Industrial
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
Multifamily Residential
Institutional
Savings Category 
Solar Photovoltaics
Maximum Rebate 

$25,000 for Residential
$80,000 for Schools and Commercial using local installer

Program Info
Sector Name 
Utility
Administrator 
CPS Energy
Funding Source 

Save for Tomorrow Energy Plan (STEP)

State 
Texas
Program Type 
Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

Schools (public and private): $2.00/W for first 25 kW; $1.30/W for any additional capacity
Residential using local installer: $1.60/W for first 25 kW
Residential not using local installer:$1.30/W for first 25 kW
Commercial using local installer: $1.60/W for first 25 kW; $1.30/W for any additional capacity
Commercial not using local installer: $1.30/W

Summary 
CPS Energy, San Antonio's municipal utility, offers rebates to customers who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on their homes, schools, or businesses. There are four rebate "tiers" available depending on customer type and whether or not the customer is using a "local" registered CPS Energy Installer.* Third-party owned systems (e.g., leased PV systems) are not eligible for rebates (a customer must make the upfront financial investment). In all tiers, final rebate levels will be determined upon a final inspection from the utility. Unfavorable shading, angles or direction may influence the final rebate amount. The rebate is available to all CPS Energy customers for systems of at least 1 kilowatt (kW)-AC. CPS Energy will offer special considerations for systems larger than 100 kW, but such systems remain eligible for rebates. The following "tiers" are in place:

  • Tier One
    Eligibility: Schools (private or public; must be accredited and nonprofit) who use local, registered CPS Energy Installers
    Amount: $2.00 per watt-AC for the first 25 kilowatts (kW) and $1.30 per watt for any additional capacity, with a maximum rebate of $80,000. 
  • Tier Two
    Eligibility: Residential customers who use local certified CPS Energy Installers
    Amount: $1.60 per watt-AC up to $25,000 maximum or 50% of rebated equipment installation labor and material costs, whichever value is less.
  • Tier Three
    Eligibility: Commercial customers who use local certified CPS Energy Installers
    Amount: $1.60 per watt-AC for the first 25 kW-AC and $1.30 per watt-AC for any additional capacity up to $80,000 maximum or 50% of rebated equipment installation labor and material costs, whichever value is less.
  • Tier Four
    Eligibility: Residential and commercial customers who do not use local, registered CPS Energy Installers
    Amount: $1.30 per watt-AC up to $25,000 maximum for residential and $80,000 for commercial

On an individual basis, rebate eligibility will be determined by a pre-inspection of the site. In order to ensure that rebated systems are efficient, safe, and productive, numerous equipment and installation requirements apply. System owners are responsible for obtaining all applicable permits and permissions required to install and operate the system and all work must be performed in accordance with all applicable federal, state, local, and manufacturer codes and standards. CPS publishes interconnection guidelines for systems smaller than 25 kW. Rules for larger systems will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Rebate recipients will be required to sign an agreement handing over all of the renewable energy credits (RECs) produced by the system to CPS Energy.

 

*CPS defines "local" as being located in CPS Energy territory with a CPS Energy electric account.