DTE Energy - Solar Currents Program (Michigan)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Michigan

Name DTE Energy - Solar Currents Program
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Agricultural, Institutional, Must be a DTE Energy Electric Customer
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Residential Rebate: 0.20/W

Residential Production Incentive: 0.03/kWh
Non-Residential Rebate: 0.13/W
Non-Residential Production Incentive: 0.02/kWh

Eligible System Size 1 kW - 20 kW DC per site; systems must generally be sized not to exceed on-site energy needs
Equipment Requirements PV modules must be CEC listed; inverters must be approved by DTE (UL 1741 and IEEE 1547.1 approved inverters may also qualify upon review by DTE engineers); all installations require a generation meter
Start Date 2009

Installation Requirements Systems must be grid-tied and net metered; installations must meet all applicable federal, state, local, and manufacturer's codes and standards and be installed in accordance with DTE Interconnection Guidelines.

Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits DTE Energy

Program Budget 2009-2011: $25 million

Program Administrator DTE Energy
Website https://www2.dteenergy.com/wps/portal/dte/residential/productsPrograms/details/SolarCurrents/

References DSIRE[1]


Note: ''''''''''Note: The Solar Currents program fulfilled phase two of their pilot program of additional 2 megawatts of customer-owned solar projects by 2015, and are no longer accepting applications. Although the program web site above links to the residential section of DTE Energy's web page, the program itself is not limited to residential customers. Other customers that meet the program requirements are also eligible to participate.

DTE Energy offers incentives through the Solar Currents program to its electric customers that install photovoltaic systems with a capacity of 1 kilowatt (kW) to 20 kW. For residential customers, the program offers both an up-front rebate of $0.20 per DC watt and a production incentive of $0.03 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for the renewable energy credits (RECs) produced by the system through August 31, 2029. The rates for non-residential customers are $0.13/W upfront and $0.02/W for the RECs. Both new systems and existing PV systems with valid DTE Energy Net Metering and Interconnection Agreements are eligible to participate in the program. All systems must be grid-connected, net metered, and be sized not to exceed on-site energy needs.

The up-front rebate (characterized as a REC pre-payment by DTE Energy) is payable upon the successful installation of the system.The production incentive payments are received as a credit on the customer's electricity bill. At the end of the calendar year the customer will receive a check for any unused bill credits from the utility if the balance is more then $250. The level of the production incentive is not affected by whether or not the system is a new system or an existing system.

The production incentive portion requires all systems to be equipped with a separate generation meter -- provided at no cost to the customer by DTE Energy -- to measure total system energy production (i.e., REC production). System owners are responsible for costs associated with connecting the system to the grid and for wiring and meter socket installation costs associated with the generation meter. Additional requirements, including minimum equipment standards (e.g., CEC listing for PV modules) and installer qualification requirements are described above and in further detail on the program web site. The utility recommends, but does not require, that all new systems carry a 5 year installation warranty, and manufacturer warranties of 5 years on inverters and 20 years on PV modules. All systems are subject to post-installation inspection by utility personnel.

The program is being offered as part of DTE Energy's compliance plan under the state Renewable Portfolio Standard. Four rounds of funding are expected, with 500 kW of installations expected each round. Pricing will be reviewed after each offering. For the first round of offerings, 1.5 MW is reserved for residential systems, and 0.5 MW is reserved for non-residential. The application periods will open on per the below schedule:

  • January 7, 2013
  • June 24, 2013
  • January 2014
  • June 2014

Please consult the program web site for additional information on net metering, interconnection requirements, and further program rules.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Program Information - Solar Currents
Department DTE Energy
Address One Energy Plaza, 530 GO
Place Detroit, Michigan
Zip/Postal Code 48226
Phone (313) 235-4786

Email solarcurrents@detroitedison.com
Website http://www.dteenergy.com/

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


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