Duke Energy Progress - SunSense Residential PV Incentive Program

October 27, 2016


Duke Energy Progress is offering incentives for their residential customers to install photovoltaics (PV) systems on their homes through their SunSense Program. The incentive is multifaceted. Customers will receive an upfront payment of $250 for every kilowatt-AC (kW-AC) they install on their home, and they will receive monthly credits on their bill of $4.50 per kW-AC. For instance, if a customer installs a 10 kW-AC system, the largest system eligible to participate in the program, the customer will receive a check for $2,500 plus a bill credit of $45 on their monthly bills.

To participate in the program, the customer must surrender all their Renewable Energy Credits (RECs*) to Duke Energy Progress for a period of five years and they will receive the $4.50 per kW bill credits throughout those five years. After those first five years, there may be an opportunity for the customer to renew their REC contract with Progress Energy under the terms of the agreement that exists at that time.

Systems must be connected to the grid and be net metered to participate. As a condition of the net metering agreement, the residence must be billed on a time of use demand tariff, where their electricity rate is a factor of the time of day and year, and customers are subjected to demand rates.

*Duke Energy Progress is purchasing RECs to comply with North Carolina's renewable energy and energy efficiency portfolio standard. Since Duke Energy Progress is purchasing the RECs, customers cannot sell their RECs to NC GreenPower or any other REC purchaser for the duration of their contract with Duke Energy Progress.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: North Carolina
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: https://www.progress-energy.com/carolinas/home/save-energy-money/energy-efficiency-improvements/sunsense/solar-pv.page?
Administrator: Duke Energy Progress
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
Incentive Amount: $250 per kilowatt AC, plus a monthly bill credit of $4.50 per kW
Eligible System Size: 2 kW AC minimum
10 kW AC maximum
Equipment Requirements: Systems must be interconnected and net metering.
Installation Requirements: Installers must have NABCEP Solar PV Installation Professional Certification
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Duke Energy Progress gets RECs for first 5 years. Customer may renew contract for additional 1-year terms.


Name: Residential Solar PV Program
Organization: Progress Energy Carolinas
Address: 100 E. Davie Street TPP 14
Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 508-5400
Email: PECHomeSolar@pgnmail.com

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.