Renewable Technology Rebate Fund

September 13, 2011


Note: This program has closed. The program description below is for information purposes only.

Beginning March 22, 2010, the Arkansas Energy Office is offering rebates for renewable energy systems used to generate electricity and solar water heating systems. Funding for the rebate comes from The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Photovoltaics (PV), small wind, and solar water heating systems are eligible to receive the rebate. Local government systems receiving Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding for renewable energy systems from the Arkansas Energy Office are not eligible for this rebate program.

Electricity-generating systems must sign an interconnection agreement and be net-metered in order to receive the rebate. Systems must meet net metering size requirements. Residential systems must be 25 kilowatts (kW) or smaller and non-residential systems must be 300 kW or smaller. In order to receive the rebate, the system must not be interconnected until after the start date of the rebate program. All systems must apply for the rebate using a form available online and submit a photo of the installation site prior to installing the system and prior to interconnection (for electricity-generating systems). Non-residential applicants must select a vendor from the list of qualified installers. This list is available on the program web site.

The rebate for PV and small wind is based on the actual first year production of the system. This amount is verified through monthly monitoring over the first year of operation. Rebate checks are mailed out quarterly, as production is verified. The rebate for PV systems is $1.50 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for systems sized 25 kW or less and $0.75/kWh for systems over 25 kW. The rebate for wind systems is $1.25/kWh for systems sized 20 kW or less and $0.625/kWh for systems over 20 kW. Wind systems over 20 kW must be specially approved on a case-by-case basis to receive a rebate. Rebates for solar water heating systems are based on collector area. Systems that are 320 square feet or less will receive $30/square foot; systems that are greater than 320 square feet will receive $15/square foot. Solar water heating systems must be SRCC-certified and must be installed on a residential or small commercial building. Rebates are available through March 31, 2012, or whenever program funds run out. The program closed in early 2011, and reopened on May 31, 2011. The program was open for 2 days before the funds were exhausted the program closed again on June 2, 2011.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Arkansas
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Arkansas Department of Economic Development
Start Date: 3/22/2010
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Wind (Small)
Incentive Amount: PV: $1.50/kWh for systems 25 kW or under, $0.75/kWh for systems over 25 kW
Wind: $1.25/kWh for systems 20 kW or under, $0.625/kWh for systems over 20 kW
Solar Water Heating: $30/sq. ft. for systems 320 sq. ft. or less, $15/sq. ft. for systems over 320 sq. ft.
Eligible System Size: Electricity-generating systems must meet the size requirements of the net metering and interconnection policies (25 kW or smaller for residential, 300 kW or smaller for non-residential)
PV: 60 kW or smaller if ground mounted; systems on rooftops or parking structures must be appropriately sized;
Wind: 20 kW or smaller (larger systems may be considered on case-by-case basis);
Equipment Requirements: All equipment must be new and commercially available. Systems must meet UL, IEEE, NEC, and SRCC standards, if applicable.


Name: Information - Renewable Rebate
Organization: Arkansas Department of Economic Development
Address: 900 W. Capitol, Suite 400
Little Rock AR 72201
Phone: (501) 682-7690

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.