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Rochester Public Utilities - Solar Rebate Program

Fed. Government
Local Government
State Government
Savings Category 
Solar Water Heat
Maximum Rebate 

PV: $10,000
Solar Water Heating: 1,200

Program Info
Program Type 
Utility Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

PV: $1 per watt
Solar Water Heating: 15 per square foot of collector area

Rochester Public Utilities

Rochester Public Utilities provides incentives for residential and commercial customers to install photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heating systems. Qualifying PV systems can earn $1 per watt while eligible solar water heating systems can earn $15 per square foot of collector area. Systems must fully comply with equipment and installation requirements set forth by RPU.

In order to obtain eligibility, customers must agree to a net-metering and interconnection contract with Rochester Public Utilities. An energy audit must also be performed prior to system installation and results shared with RPU. Incentives are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. RPU obtains the right to withdraw the program at any time without notice.

Other Information 

PV: Equipment must be new. PV modules must be certified, meeting the most current edition of Underwriters Laboratory Standard 1703 (UL1703) and must have a 20 year or greater manufacturer's performance warranty. Inverters must be certified as meeting the current edition of Underwriters Laboratory Standard 1741(UL1741) and come with a minimum five-year manufacturer's warranty.

Solar Water Heating: All system components must be new. Entire system must be rated by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) and assembled by the manufacturer. Collectors must be SRCC OG-100 rated and have a five-year warranty; other components must have a one-year warranty. Flat plate collectors must have tempered glass glazing.