NYS has a cash rebate program to assist local government, schools and non-profits install PV. US$13.8 Million is currently available.

The rebate is $5,000. per kW for the first 25 kW, $4,000. per kW after the first 25 kW up to a total of 50 kW per site or meter. The rebate is limited to 110% of the facility load; systems larger are eligible for rebates only on the first 110% of load, to prevent giving incentives to Distributed Generators in an era of net metering.

Rebates are paid in two increments and are tied to specific installation milestones. A payment for 75% of the total amount approved is paid after system components have been delivered to a customer’s site, permits have been obtained, and the necessary state application is completed, submitted, and approved. The customer has 90 days from the date that the initial invoice is approved to complete the installation.

The second rebate for the remaining 25%  is paid after the PV system has been connected to the utility grid, inspected by an electrical inspector, and additional paperwork has been completed, submitted and approved. Installers must provide a list of names for all primary crew members working on the installation with the final payment. Documentation for utility and town inspections must be provided.

No local, state, or federal taxes are used to pay for the rebates because it is the Systems Benefit Charge collected on NYS ratepayers’ bills that pays for the NYS PV program. Take a look at your utility bill to see your contribution.

There are additional benefits for PV related to NYC real estate taxes and federal taxes, but as local government, schools and non-profits are not subject to taxes, the ability of these users to benefit (by sale of tax credits, for instance) is not clearly evident.

Further benefits related to RECs and carbon credits will the subject of a future post.


Photo courtesy Sunpower Corporation, module layout and payback analysis at Norwalk Aquarium, MeXSI Inc

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