SMUD - Non-Residential PV Incentive Program

May 24, 2016


SMUD offers cash incentives to commercial, industrial, and non-profit customers who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Expected Performance Based Incentive (EPBI) available until funds are depleted. 

As of August 2013, the current EPBI is $0.20/W CSI-AC; adjusted based on the expected performance of the system, which is affected by factors such as inverter efficiency, orientation, tilt and shading. When determining the expected performance, factors such as components used, system orientation, and shading will be considered. An incentive calculator can be accessed at

Note that these incentive amounts will end when no more funds are available.

Rebate recipients must comply with SMUD interconnection and net-metering rules and must agree that all environmental and air quality credits (also known as renewable energy credits) resulting from the installation are retained by SMUD. Should customer want to retain the RECs, there will be no incentives paid.  The SMUD PV Incentive Handbook and other documents can be obtained at the following link:


Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: California
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
Incentive Amount: Expected Performance Based Incentive: $0.20/watt CSI-AC; incentive adjusted based on expected performance
Maximum Incentive: $200,000 for up-front incentives at current $0.20/W incentive level.
Eligible System Size: Expected Performance Based Incentive: $0.20/watt CSI-AC; incentive adjusted based on expected performance
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: SMUD (if incentive is paid)


Name: Jim Barnett
Organization: Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Address: 6301 S Street MS A203
Sacramento CA 95852-1830
Phone: (916) 732-6762

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.