Austin Energy - Residential Solar PV Rebate Program (Texas)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Texas

Name Austin Energy - Residential Solar PV Rebate Program
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Residential, Must be Austin Energy Customer
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 1.10/W-AC

Eligible System Size 1 kW to 20 kW-AC
Equipment Requirements Must use pre-approved modules and inverters (those listed by the California Energy Commission). PV systems must carry a 10-year warranty from the installer, a 20-year module manufacturer warranty, and a 10-year manufacturer warranty on inverters in residential applications without battery back-up.
Start Date 2004-06-01

Installation Requirements Must be grid-connected. Must use a solar installer from the Austin Energy Registered Installer List. Solar installers must have at least one employee certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Homes must meet pre-determined energy efficiency requirements in order to qualify for a rebate.

Maximum Incentive 15,000
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits Austin Energy

Program Administrator Austin Energy

References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


Austin Energy's Solar Rebate Program offers a $1.10 per watt incentive to eligible residential customers who install photovoltaic (PV) systems on their property. Rebates are limited to $15,000 per home installation (not to exceed 80% of the total invoice) and a lifetime maximum of $50,000 per residential site. Residential customers are billed for their whole house energy consumption at standard residential rates and then credited at the current Value of Solar Rate ($0.107 per kilowatt-hour), with monthly net excess generation rolled over to the next month.

Rebates will only be paid for approved systems installed by approved solar contractors according to the established technical requirements. All systems must conform to the utility's equipment and installation standards in order to qualify for a rebate. These standards include the use of pre-approved equipment; equipment warranty requirements; and the use of a program-approved, NABCEP-certified, and appropriately insured solar installer. Participants must meet a detailed set of home energy efficiency requirements in order to qualify for a solar rebate.

Renewable Energy Credits and other environmental credits associated with renewable energy generated from the system belong to Austin Energy.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Conservation Information Center - Solar Rebates
Department Austin Energy
Division Solar Rebate Program
Address 721 Barton Springs Road
Place Austin, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 78704
Phone (512) 482-5346


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


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