To install a solar electricity system for your business, you will need to work directly with a solar contractor. They will handle all the permitting as well as the interconnection and incentive application process.
In keeping with state legislation, SMUD began a declining 10-step solar incentive program in 2007 that included a legislatively mandated and Board authorized total incentive budget amount. SMUD is very close to reaching the total solar incentive budget limit. We conducted a review of all PV programs, financial commitments, and project validity in June and July. The review will be an ongoing process till all incentive funds are committed.
An incentive waiting list began June 1, 2013. 11 MW of applications have been received to date. We reserved funds for 3MW of the 11MW at $200/kW on Aug. 12, 2013. Those projects are now off the waiting. For the duration of the commercial program, we will continue administrating a waiting list and monitor all PV program incentive commitments and distribute funds as they become available. The incentive rate will be no more than $200/kW or $0.20/watt CSI-AC.
Applications for commercial PV incentives will be placed on the incentive waiting list as they are received. This will not guarantee an incentive will be granted nor the incentive rate. Customers will be notified should funds become available.
The following table lists the Applicant order and capacity of projects on the incentive waiting list:
|Capital City Development||446|
|Go Solar Now||3|
|Go Solar Now||3|
|Pristine Sun LLC||45|
|Pristine Sun LLC||50|
|Spectrum Energy Development Inc.||54|
|Tire and Wheel||3|
|Capital Remodel and Design/Five Star Solar||8|
To be placed on the incentive waiting list:
- 60-days to submit all required documents including:
- Signed Incentive Reservation Request Form (produced in PowerClerk)
- Interconnection Application, 1-lines & layout drawings
- Copy of an executed contract
- Energy Efficiency Declaration and Audit
- 6-months – AHJ sign-off and request SMUD inspection:
Want to install a PV system regardless of the incentive?
Commercial customers can obtain SMUD interconnection approval and not wait on incentive availability to begin their PV installation.
- No efficiency or audit documents will be required at this time)
- Identify the project in the email
- Place “Interconnection Review Request” in the Subject line.
Step 1: Find out if solar is right for you
See if it pencils out. The Solar Sacramento map uses satellite technology to determine the solar power generation potential for your business. Type in the address to discover your likely savings.
Check your electricity usage history. Find out how much electricity your company used in the past 12 months. Log into your account history (the Solar Sacramento Map also gathers that information for you). See SMUD business electricity rates here.
Get a cost-benefit analysis. The Clean Power Estimator helps you narrow the likely costs and savings over time of different sized systems for your home in order to make informed choices.
Size it right. SMUD pays incentives only on systems designed to offset the amount of electricity you typically use over a 12-month period. State law requires SMUD to pay for excess power that flows from your system back onto the grid, but the amount you receive may be less than retail value.
Step 2: Make your business energy-efficient
Your best savings will always be the energy you don’t use. To maximize the benefits of having your own solar power system, make sure the electricity it generates is not lost to energy-inefficiency. Learn more here about saving energy and money, as well as rebates and incentives.
The State of California requires purchasers to consider efficiency before receiving incentives for solar power systems. Talk with a SMUD auditor before you begin call 1-888-742-SMUD (7683). To perform an on-line analysis, begin here.
Step 3: Making the purchase
You’ve analyzed the savings potential of installing a solar power system at your business and taken steps to make it more energy efficient. Good. Now it’s time to begin.
Selecting a contractor. This may be your most important decision in the whole process. For your own peace of mind it’s best to talk to more than one contractor to evaluate them not only on price, but also on their expertise. SMUD maintains a list of solar contractors who are licensed, insured and who have installed five or more solar electric systems. Contractors do not need to appear on this list for you to receive incentives from SMUD. But they do need to hold a C-10, C-46 or B-General Contractor license. A broader list of solar contractors may be found on the website of the California Solar Initiative.
Assessing costs. Solar equipment costs have declined over the last few years. Installed system costs can be as little as $4/watt (CEC-AC rating) or perhaps even less.
Go solar without buying a system. To learn about leasing a solar power system or about Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) go here.
Frequently Asked Questions. For more information on solar power, check out these frequently asked questions.
Ask SMUD. For questions or more information about solar electricity for your home, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Start the PV (photovoltaic) rebate reservation process by submitting a rebate application using PowerClerk.
If you need a PowerClerk password, or do not have access to SMUD programs through the CSI Program portal, download the SMUD PowerClerk Access Application here. Email completed applications to email@example.com.
- SMUD Generating Facility Interconnection Application (SMUD-2655) [Commercial Only]
- SMUD Solar PV System Certification
- SMUD PV System Certification (Micro Inverters)
- SMUD Interconnection Guidelines of SMUD Rate Policy and Procedures Manual Section No. 11.01
- SMUD PV Program Handbook
- Residential Retrofit Energy Efficiency Disclosure Agreement
- Commercial Energy Efficiency Disclosure Agreement
- AB920 Excess Generation Election Form
- Commercial Solar Incentive Reservation Request Form.
- Meter Clearances
- SMUD Solar PV System Certification