Puerto Rico - State Energy Program - Sun Energy Rebate Program

August 03, 2011


This program is closed; the information is for reference only. The Energy Affairs Administration announced in November 2010 that any application received after October 1, 2010 is placed on a waiting list. It is unlikely that wait listed programs will be funded, as the Energy Affairs Administration announced that they have received applications that exceed available funding by 250%.

As of May 31, 2010 this rebate is no longer available for government applicants.

Through the State Energy Program and with funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Energy Affairs Administration (EAA) has developed with the Puerto Rican Infrastructure Financing Authority (AFI) several rebate programs.

The Sun Energy Program offers rebates to eligible homeowners, businesses, and organizations that properly install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to produce electricity. Applicants must seek at least three quotes for their project from certified installers (see the EAA's website for a list). Applicants must submit the application form to reserve the rebate prior to making any expenditures. Eligible project costs include the solar PV equipment (excluding batteries), design and engineering costs, installation costs, and interconnection and permitting costs. No building-modification costs will be eligible.

Documentation required to reserve a rebate includes:
1. The Applicant Rebate Reservation Form
2. The Installer Information and Site Sketch Form
3. Completed Vendor Information Form
4. Copies of the project price quotes
5. Proof of ownership (such as the property title deed) or if the applicant is a tenant, copy of the rent agreement and property owner's written permission to install the PV system
6. Copy of the applicant's identification
7. Copies of the last six utility bills
8. Photos of the facility where equipment will be installed

If approved, the applicant will receive a "Rebate Reservation Notice" letter with the approved rebate amount. Once that letter is issued, the applicant has 15 days to sign the "Rebate Agreement" and 6 months to complete the installation, connect to the grid, and undergo AFI/EAA inspection. The AFI/EAA Installation Certificate will be required documentation along with the Rebate Claim Form for the applicant to receive the rebate payment. Extensions may be granted according to program rules.

Rebate recipients are not eligible for any energy-related Puerto Rican tax credits, local incentives, or other energy assistance (other than the revolving loan program of the Economic Development Bank of Puerto Rico and the Solar Water Heater Rebate program for residential projects). Residential Sun Energy recipients are eligible to apply for the Solar Thermal rebate if they are also installing solar thermal. See the full program regulations for additional information.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Puerto Rico
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: http://www.gobierno.pr/AAE/Inicio/Default.htm
Administrator: Autoridad Para El Financiamiento de la Infraestructura
Start Date: 01/01/2010
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
Incentive Amount: Solar PV: Residential and Commercial $4/watt (DC)
Maximum Incentive: Solar PV: Residential - Up to 50% of the project costs or $30,000 (whichever is lower)
Solar PV: Commercial - Up to 50% of the project costs or $200,000 (whichever is lower)
Eligible System Size: Solar PV: greater than or equal to 2 kW (DC)
Equipment Requirements: All equipment must be new and carry a minimum 5-year installation warranty and comply with the Energy Affairs Administration regulations. The equipment must be permanently installed for a period of at least ten years.
Installation Requirements: Must be installed by certified installers (by the Energy Affairs Administration) and comply with PREPA interconnection and net metering regulations.


Name: ARRA-SEP Information AFI
Organization: Autoridad Para El Financiamiento de la Infrae
Address: Capital Center, North Tower, 16th Floor
San Juan PR 00918-1454
Phone: (877) 988-8253

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.