Plumas-Sierra REC - PV Rebate Program (California)

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Last modified on December 17, 2014.

Financial Incentive Program

Place California

Name Plumas-Sierra REC - PV Rebate Program
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Agricultural
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 2012 rebate level: 2.09/watt (AC)

Incentives will be adjusted based on expected performance.

Eligible System Size Maximum capacity: 25 kW (proposals for larger systems may request a variance)
Equipment Requirements All major system components (panels and inverters) must be listed on the California

Energy Commission’s (CEC) Eligible Equipment List. All systems (PV modules and inverters) must have a minimum 10-year warranty provided in combination by the manufacturer and installer

Installation Requirements Installation contractors must have an active A, B, C-10 license, or C-46 license for PV systems. North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certification is recommended.

Maximum Incentive 6,000 for residential; 12,000 for small commercial, agricultural and non-profit applications; 20,000 for large commercial and industrial applications

Program Budget $140,000 annually for 10 years

Program Administrator Plumas-Sierra REC

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


Plumas-Sierra REC offers an incentive for its customers to install photovoltaic (PV) systems on homes and businesses. Rebates are available for qualifying systems between one kilowatt (kW) and 25 kW; the rebate amount is based on the installed capacity. The rebate level will decreases by 7% annually over the 10-year life of the program. During the 2012 program year, the rebate level is $2.09 per watt. Rebates may be reduced based on expected performance due to shading.

The program is available to residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural and non-profit members of Plumas-Sierra REC. There are annual incentive caps for each customer class. If the rebate funds in any rate class have not been fully reserved by July 1 of any program year, the remaining rebates will be available to any other member type. Applicable caps based on rate class will still apply.

Residential members must include the "Residential Energy Efficiency Checklist" along with the application. Members may be exempt if the home complies with the 2001 or 2005 CA Title 24 Energy Code. (Submit a copy showing compliance with CF-1R Form, prepared by a Certified Energy Plans Examiner). Commercial members are encouraged to consider contracting for an energy efficiency study prior to PV system installation.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Jessica Nelson
Department Plumas-Sierra REC
Address 73233 State Route 70
Place Portola, California
Zip/Postal Code 96122-7064
Phone (530) 832-4261 Ext:6037


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


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