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Solar Program

Program for FY 2017-2018

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Mesa's Energy Resources Department has launched a solar program for City electric customers. $50,000 of incentives are available to qualified residents and business property owners in Mesa’s electric service area who meet the program’s requirements, successfully apply to the program and install a qualified solar photovoltaic (P.V.) systems (applications should be received and accepted for interconnection by the City of Mesa prior to the installation of the system). In addition to budget limitations, total interconnections during the FY 17-18 program period are limited to 500 kilowatts (kW). Since funding and total interconnections are limited, participants who qualify for the FY 17-18 program will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis based on application submittal, acceptance, and interconnection. The program will run through June 2018.

Incentives for individual residential program participants will be limited to $1,000 ($0.20 per watt) for up to five (5) kWs. Commercial participants' incentives will be limited to $10,000 each ($0.20 per watt up to 50 kW).

Incentive & Interconnection Information  Residential  Commercial
 Incentive ($/kW)  $200 $200 
 Max incentive  $1,000  $10,000
 FY 17-18 program incentive limits  $10,000  $40,000
 FY 17-18 program installation limits 45 kW  455 kW 

In exchange for the incentive payment, the City takes ownership of the associated renewable energy credits and environmental benefits. Through the FY 17-18  program, net metering is available under which the City will purchase, from qualified net metering customers, energy produced from their P.V. system that is in excess of what they used on a monthly basis. Customers and installations not qualified for incentives may qualify for net metering. Any net metering payments to customer are not applied on customer bills but are a separate payment.


 

RESIDENTIAL CHECKLIST

Prior to installation of residential customer-owned generation within the City’s Electric Service Area:

     

    After final application review by Energy Resources, you will be required to sign:

    • Residential Interconnection Service Agreement;
    • Residential Incentive Agreement (if you are interested in the incentive);
    • Net Metering Addendum
    All customers interconnecting any customer-owned generation facility to the City of Mesa electric system are required to execute an Interconnection Agreement (single line interconnection agreement diagram).


    COMMERCIAL CHECKLIST

    Prior to installation of residential customer-owned generation within the City’s Electric Service Area:

    • Submit a Solar Pilot Program Application to the Energy Resources Department.
      • Prior forms of the application will not be considered.
    • Submit evidence of property ownership by the applicant.
    • Submit a completed IRS for W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification.
    • Submit an insurance certificate and endorsement as required in the Interconnection Agreement;
    • After application review by Energy Resources, you will be required to sign:
      • Commercial Interconnection Service Agreement;
      • Commercial Incentive Agreement ( ifyou are interested in the incentives); and
      • Net Metering AddendumSolarPVCommercialRoof

    All customers interconnecting any customer-owned generation facility to the City of Mesa electric system are required to execute an Interconnection Agreement (single line interconnection agreement diagram).


    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    1. Where can I get copies of the application and the draft agreements?

    Forms are available online or you may contact Lori Bonilla at Lori.Bonilla@mesaaz.gov or 480-644-2652.

    2. How do I qualify for the Solar Program if I already have a solar system?

    You will not qualify for the incentive but may qualify for net metering during the agreement period. To qualify you will need to execute an Interconnection Agreement and Net Metering Addendum (see above).

    3. I do not want to sell my environmental attributes to the City. Can I still qualify for the incentive?

    No.

    4. Will Net Metering continue beyond the Program period on June 30, 2018?

    No, unless the City decides to extend the program.

    5. When does the program end?
    June 2018 for fiscal year 17-18. Details of any subsequent program will be announced after that.

    6. If I don't qualify for incentives why do I need to execute an interconnection agreement?

    Safety is the primary reason. Even small generators of electricity can back-feed the electric system and create serious safety hazards for customers and personnel.

    7. May I interconnect before signing agreements?

    No. You must execute an interconnection agreement prior to interconnecting. Doing so without a signed agreement will disqualify you from any incentive or net metering benefit and your service may be disconnected.

    8. I am not a City of Mesa electric customer; do I qualify for the program?

    No, this program is for customer-owned solar systems that are interconnected to Mesa's electric system.  SRP may have a solar program available for its electric customers; contact them at SRPSolar@srpnet.com.

    9. Who selects and hires the solar contractor?

    Selecting your solar contractor and hiring the contractor is your (the customer's) choice and responsibility. Mesa does not recommend or endorse any solar contractors as part of this program.


    10. Who do I contact with questions regarding the Solar Program or the Interconnection Process?

    Lori Bonilla, Business Development Coordinator
    480-644-2652
    lori.bonilla@mesaaz.gov
    or
    Pedro (Pete) Serrano, Energy Resources Program Manager 
    480-644-6898
    pedro.serrano@mesaaz.gov

    11. Where can I find more information on the benefits, risks, and other information on interconnecting a solar PV system?

    Download a study produced by Louisiana State University in conjunction with the Edison Electric Institute and other solar industry participants titled “Solar Power for Your Home, A Consumer’s Guide.”

    12. Will I need to otherwise modify my electric service connection to interconnect?

    Perhaps.  It is a customer's responsibility to ensure that all electrical facilities on the customer's side of the point of delivery for electric service are built and maintained in a safe operating condition. This responsibility includes ensuring that the Customer's electrical facilities comply with all relevant construction codes, safety standards, and permits have obtained.

    13. Will I still get a bill for City of Mesa electric charges? 

    Yes. Customers will remain subject to and will receive a monthly bill for City of Mesa Electric services including, but not limited to, a monthly customer charge as set forth in the 17-18 Utilities Rates and Fees book.  As administered, the City of Mesa’s net metering program still charges the customer for all energy that flows from the utility to the customer at the applicable tariff rate, however, the customer will be issued a check based on the monthly amounts of energy that flow from the customer’s system out to the utility.  Any energy from the customer’s PV system that is directly used on site (and doesn’t therefore “flow backwards” through the utility meter) serves to reduce the energy required by the customer from the utility.

    Learn more about tax credits and rebates available to City of Mesa residents.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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