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LADWP - Solar Incentive Program

Eligibility 
Commercial
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Savings Category 
Photovoltaics
Maximum Rebate 

Up to 75% of project costs for residential installations and up to 50% for commercial systems
The maximum system size for incentive payment is 1 MW AC per site, or per government, or per corporate parent per year.
2 MW may be reserved depending on fund availability

Program Info
Expiration Date 

12/31/2017

State 
California
Program Type 
Utility Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

Incentives will step down over time. Current incentive levels as of 1/8/2013:
Residential (customer-owned): $1.05/W CEC-AC
Residential (leased systems): $1.05/W CEC-AC
Commercial: Closed until July 2013
Government/Non-profit: Closed until July 2013

Provider 
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

'''''Note: LADWP reached its budget limit for non-residential solar incentive applications in Augugst 2012. Applicants who have not received a confirmation as of August 22, 2012, have had their applications cancelled, and will need to reapply when the program reopens on July 1, 2013.'''''

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's (LADWP) Solar Incentive Program began in 2000, with a funding level of $150 million. The California Solar Initiative, created in 2007 upon the enactment of SB 1, established new guidelines for municipal utilities to follow, and established new funding levels. The LADWP Board of Commissioners approved the Solar Incentive Program Guideline Revisions on September 4, 2007, to comply with SB1. The revised program was suspended in early 2011, but was revised and relaunched on September 1, 2011.

The Solar Incentive Program has 10 phases with declining incentive levels as certain installed megawatt (MW) targets are met. There are separate goals for residential and non-residential participants, and the incentive levels for each will decline irrespective of the other. All incentives are adjusted for expected performance. Non-residential systems may be eligible for bonus incentives if they utilize equipment manufactured in LA or if the systems is building-integrated PV.

LADWP’s 10-year, $313 million Revised Solar Photovoltaic Rebate Program began in 2007 and will remain in effect through December 31, 2017, or until the total installed MW goal has been reached.

Other Information 

Must use CEC-certified [http://www.gosolarcalifornia.org/equipment/pv_modules.php PV modules] and [http://www.gosolarcalifornia.org/equipment/inverters.php inverters].
Custom modules not certified by UL 1703 may seek certification by the LA Department of Building and Safety Materials Test Lab. Specifications for solar equipment not listed by the CEC must also be provided to the LADWP Solar Group.

Warranty requirements: panels – 20 years; components – 10 years