Entergy Texas - Solar PV Pilot Program

December 21, 2011


NOTE: As of August 26, 2011, this program is no longer accepting applications.  It is closed for the remainder of 2011. This program is not scheduled for renewal in 2012. This information is for reference only.

Entergy Texas offers rebates to its customers that install photovoltaic (PV) systems on homes or other buildings. Entergy customers of all rate classes (e.g., residential, commercial, etc.) are eligible to participate in the program. The term "customer" means "the entity with financial responsibility for paying the electric bill for the meter behind which the distributed solar energy equipment is to be installed." Rebates may be assigned to the customer, a service provider, or a third party.

Rebates for new construction projects are permitted, but could involve complications that conflict with program guidelines. Special considerations and rules also apply to apartments, rentals, condominiums, leased properties, large companies, and government agencies. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the program manager prior to submitting an application.

Rebates are offered at a flat rate of $2.00 per watt (DC) for all residential customers and $1.75 per watt (DC) for non-residential; with a maximum rebate of $20,000 for residential systems and $87,500 for non-residential systems. Larger systems are eligible, but may only receive incentives for the first 10 kilowatts (kW) for residential systems and 50 kW for non-residential systems. In addition, systems may not be sized to produce energy in excess of that required to meet annual on-site energy consumption. Customers may only apply for one rebate per point of service, as defined by a unique meter ESI-ID number. Customers with multiple points of service are therefore permitted to apply for multiple rebates, subject to the restriction above and other program limits (e.g., limits on total incentives available to a single customer).

Systems must be new, connected to the grid on the customer side of the meter, meet minimum estimated performance requirements (80% of optimum), and meet all applicable code and utility interconnection requirements. All installations must be performed service providers who meet program eligibility requirements. Service providers are also subject to ongoing quality assurance standards and are required to attend technical training sessions. Installations may be subject to a variety of inspection and performance monitoring requirements in the short- and long-term. Entergy takes ownership of all renewable energy certificates (RECs) produced by rebated systems.

No single customer or Service Provider may reserve more than 50% of available funds during a program year. Contact program personnel for additional information on applications, incentive eligibility, installer qualifications and other program details.

The total program budget is $450,000 for 2011. Past budgets were $450,000 for 2010 and $350,000 for 2009.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: http://www.txreincentives.com/epv/
Administrator: Frontier Associates & Clean Energy Associates
Start Date: 06/01/2009
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
Incentive Amount: Residential: $2.00/W DC
Non-residential: $1.75/W DC
Maximum Incentive: Residential: $20,000
Non-residential: $87,500
Eligible System Size: System must be sized so that estimated production does not exceed annual on-site energy consumption.
Equipment Requirements: Equipment must be new and listed as eligible under the California Solar Initiative; revenue-grade, bi-directional solar meter required to measure system output; systems must have an all-inclusive five-year warranty against breakdown or degradation of more than 10% from rated output.
Installation Requirements: Systems must be grid-connected and installed on the customer's side of the meter; estimated system performance must be at least 80% of optimal, unshaded output as measured by PVWatts; Must use Service Provider from Entergy's registered Service Provider list (specific eligibility requirements)
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Entergy


Name: Steve Wiese
Address: 1515 S Capital of Texas Highway, Suite 110
Austin TX 78746
Phone: (800) 381-6552
Email: epv@cleanenergyassociates.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.