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El Paso Electric Company - Solar PV Pilot Program

Local Government
State Government
Federal Government
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Multifamily Residential
Savings Category 
Solar Photovoltaics
Maximum Rebate 

Per Customer with Multiple Projects: $53,125 (25% of budget)
Per Service Provider and/or Project Owner: $106,250 (50% of budget)

Program Info
Sector Name 
Frontier Associates & Clean Energy Associates
Program Type 
Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

$0.75/watt-DC for both residential and non-residential customers

El Paso Electric (EPE) offers rebates to both residential and non-residential customers that install photovoltaic (PV) systems on homes or buildings. Rebates are offered at a flat rate of $0.75 per watt-DC for both residential and non-residential customers with a maximum incentive of $7,500. 

All incentives are offered at $0.75/watt-dc. Rebates may be assigned to the customer, a service provider, or a third party. The 2015 program budget is $212,500. Past program budgets were: $141,300 (2010), $1,350,000 (2011), $1,150,000 (2012), $425,000 (2013) and $402,000 (2014).

EPE claims ownership of renewable energy certificates (RECs) produced by systems that receive incentives.


According to the 2015 program, the incentive level for all customers is limited to the applicable incentive level for a 10 kWdc system.

Individual systems must be sized between 1 kilowatt (kW) and 50 kW (per S.B. 1910, which came into effect June 2011) to be eligible for the incentive. In addition, systems may not be sized to produce energy in excess of that required to meet annual on-site energy consumption. Customers may only apply for one rebate per point of service, as defined by a unique meter ESI-ID number. Customers with multiple points of service are therefore permitted to apply for multiple rebates, subject to other program requirements.

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. All equipment (i.e., modules, inverters, and meters) must meet standard quality and safety requirements (e.g., inverters must certified under UL-1741 or its equivalent). All installations must be performed by service providers who meet program eligibility requirements. 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. Special considerations and rules may apply to new construction projects, apartments, rentals, condominiums, leased properties, large companies, and government agencies. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the program manager prior to submitting an application.