Small Business: $62,500
Public Facilities: $280,000
Schools: $140,000, or higher if granted permission from the utilities commission
Solar (2012-2013 Program Year):
Wind (2012-2013 Program Year):
Residential, small business and agriculture: $2.15/W
Schools and Public Buildings: $3.15/W
Small Hydro (Step 3):
Non-net metered systems: $2.00/W
Net metered systems: $2.25/W
'''''Note: The SolarGenerations program and the WindGenerations Program are currently closed. AB 428 (2013) made several changes to this program, and tasked the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) with adopting rules to implement the changes. Among other changes required by AB 428, the new program will accept applications through 2020, the maximum system size has been reduced to 500 kW, incentive awardees cannot be selected by lottery, and utilities must develop a Lower Income Solar Energy Pilot Program. The legislation did not specify incentive levels for the new program, but did provide certain criteria that must inform the incentive levels adopted by the PUCN and the utilities. The PUCN has opened Docket 13-06018 to implement these changes. Click [http://pucweb1.state.nv.us/puc2/Dktinfo.aspx?Util=All here] to access the docket.
The information below describes the RenewableGenerations program as it was previously available, and does not include the changes made by AB 428. '''''
The budget for the 2013 SolarGenerations program will support 5,644 kilowatts (kW) of projects in Southern Nevada, and 8,786 kW of projects in Northern Nevada. All Southern Nevada applicants selected in the lottery will receive incentives at the Step 5 rate. The first applicants selected by the lottery in Nothern Nevada will receive incenitves at the Step 4 rate until the capacity limit is reached for Step 4. All subsequent applicants selected will receive incentives at the Step 5 rate. More information about the 2013 SolarGenerations program is available in the [https://www.nvenergy.com/renewablesenvironment/renewablegenerations/docu... Program Handbook].
There are no size restrictions for systems participating in SolarGenerations aside from the [http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=NV04R&re... net metering limits], but rebates will be limited to certain system sizes corresponding to the customer class and the technology:
|Small Business||50 kW|
2013 Program Year SolarGenerations Incentives for Nevada Power (Southern Nevada)
|Category||Step 5 kW Available||Step 5 Incentive Rate|
|Residential and Small Business||1,539||$1.25 / W-AC|
|Schools||2,936||$2.80 / W-AC|
|Public||1,169||$2.80 / W-AC|
2013 Program Year SolarGenerations Incentives for Sierra Pacific Power (Northern Nevada)
|Category||Step 4 kW Available||Step 4 Incentive Rate||Step 5 kW Available
||Step 5 Incentive Rate|
|Residential and Small Business||799||$1.35 / W-AC||1,539||$1.25 / W-AC|
|Schools||1,597||$3.10 / W-AC||3,077||$2.80 / W-AC|
|Public||605||$3.10 / W-AC||1,169||$2.80 / W-AC|
2012-2013 Program Year WindGenerations Incentives for Sierra Pacific Power and Nevada Power Combined
|Category||kW Available||Incentive Rate|
|Residential and Small Business||50||$2.15|
To qualify for an incentive through WindGenerations, applicants need to prove that their site has a minimum annual average wind speed of 10 miles per hour at the hub height of the generator.
NV Energy takes ownership of the renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with the electricity produced by a customer’s PV, wind or small hydro system. The RECs count towards the utility's' goals under Nevada's renewable portfolio standards (RPS).
NV Energy (formerly Sierra Pacific Power and Nevada Power) administers the RenewableGenerations Rebate Program for photovoltaic (PV) systems and small wind and hydroelectric systems on behalf of the Nevada Task Force on Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy. With rebates originally available only for PV, the SolarGenerations Rebate Program was established in 2003 as a result of AB 431 ("the Solar Energy Systems Demonstration Program") and began in August 2004. Rebates are now available for grid-connected PV installations on residences, small businesses, public buildings, non-profits and schools; small wind systems on residences, small businesses, agricultural sites, schools and public buildings; and small hydroelectric systems installed at grid-connected agricultural sites. Participants must be current Nevada customers of NV Energy to participate.
Including three years as a demonstration program, SolarGenerations is now in its 2012/2013 program year. In June 2007 the program was made permanent (the planned end date had been June 2010 for a total of six years of demonstration program funding). As demonstrated above, incentive levels vary by technology type, customer class and program year, with incentive levels stepping down with each program year. Each program year has a designated amount of installed capacity set aside for each customer class.
Systems must be in compliance with all applicable standards;
Must carry a minimum 7-year warranty on inverters, 20-year warranty on panels, and 2-year warranty on labor;
Modules and inverters must be on the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved equipment list.
Turbines with a swept area smaller than 200 m2 must be listed by the Interstate Turbine Advisory Council. Turbines with a swept area greater than 200 m2 must have an IEC 61400-12 (power curve) certification provided.
Systems must be in compliance with all applicable standards and under 200kW.