Texas New Mexico Power Company - Solar PV Pilot Program

December 06, 2012


Texas New Mexico Power (TNMP) offers rebates to its residential customers that install photovoltaic (PV) systems on homes. Rebates may be assigned to the customer, a service provider, or a third party.

Rebates are offered at a flat rate of $1.75 per watt (DC) for all customers with a maximum rebate of $17,500. Larger systems are eligible, but may only receive incentives for the first 10 kilowatts (kW) of installed capacity. 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. System owners retain title to renewable energy certificates (RECs) produced by their system.

The total program budget is $120,000 for the 2012 program year. No single customer or Service Provider may reserve more than 50% of available funds during a program year.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: http://www.txreincentives.com/tpv/index.php
Start Date: 2009
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
Incentive Amount: $1.75/W DC
Maximum Incentive: $17,500
Eligible System Size: 1 kW minimum and 2 MW maximum (interconnection and net metering limit); system must be sized so that estimated production does not exceed annual on-site energy consumption.
Equipment Requirements: Equipment must be new and certified to UL 1703 standards; inverters must be certified to UL 1741 standards; revenue-grade, bi-directional solar meter required to measure system output; systems must have an all-inclusive 10-year warranty against breakdown or degradation of more than 10% from rated output. Disconnect switch is required.
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 TNMP's registered Service Provider list (specific eligibility requirements)
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Customer-generator


Organization: Texas-New Mexico Power Company
Address: 577 N. Garden Ridge Blvd.
Lewisville TX 75067
Phone: (817) 737-1360

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.