Arkansas Solar Rebates and Incentives

Arkansas Rebates and Incentives Summary

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Arkansas’ primary energy sources are coal and nuclear. While the state has solid solar resources, it ranks in the bottom 25 percent nationally for installed solar capacity, having fewer than 150 homes topped with rooftop solar panels, according to information gathered by The Solar Foundation.

Not surprisingly, the state’s lack of enthusiasm for solar has kept the growing industry from becoming a major part of Arkansas’ economy. The state ranks 43 for solar-industry jobs.

But Arkansas has a few factors on its side. It is adding solar and climbed from No. 42 in 2012 to No. 43 in the nation for solar industry jobs.

The state also has a strong net metering policy, which credits solar homeowners at the retail rate for the excess power they generate and feed back onto the grid. That relatively robust net metering policy would have likely made a bigger impact on the state’s energy makeup by now if it weren’t for a lack of policy supporting third-party owned systems and some of the country’s lowest utility rates.

Arkansas has the third least expensive power in the nation. It’s one of just three states where solar energy will not reach grid parity in 2016. While Arkansas, like nearly every state, does have a growing solar industry, it’s much slower growing than most.

State Rebate Program

Program Type Rebate
Technologies Photovoltaics, Solar Hot Water Heating and Wind Energy
Amount For systems 25 kW or under, $1.50 per kilowatt hour, $0.75 per kWh for systems larger than 25 kW
Required Documentation Online Electric Application and Application Checklist
Official Web Site

http://arkansasenergy.org/energy-in-arkansas/energy-policy-and-legislation/recovery-

2009/state-energy-program/renewable-technology-rebate-fund.aspx

This program is closed.

Arkansas Net Metering

Program Type Net Metering
Technologies Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Electrics and other renewables
Amount Credited to system owner at retail rate toward future bills                                                       
Required Documentation Interconnection agreement with the utility
Official Web Site http://www.arkansasenergy.org/

Arkansas has offered net metering in the state since July 2002. However, under the state’s law, customers do not receive any actual cash for net metering a system. Rather excess generation is credited forward, at retail rate, toward future electricity bills. At the end of a 12-month period any overall excess generation is granted back the customer’s utility.

Residential renewable electric generation systems up to 25 kW are eligible to enroll in the program. Non-residential renewable energy systems up to 300 kW also are eligible to net meter their system. In addition to solar power, systems generating power from wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, biomass and microturbines are eligible.

Only investor-owned utilities and cooperative utilities are covered under the net-metering law. Municipal utilities are not covered by the net-metering law.

To be eligible, customers must sign an interconnection agreement with their utility and must submit it to the utility at least 30 days before connecting the system.

Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

Program Type Energy-efficiency Rebate
Technologies Lighting, Duct- and Air-sealing, Insulation and HVAC Improvements
Amount $329 per kW of reduced peak energy demand
Required Documentation Contact the Arkansas Energy Efficiency Solutions Center at 1-877-212-2420
Official Web Site http://www.entergy-arkansas.com/your_home/save_money/EE/residential-solutions.aspx

While the state doesn't offer much in the way of renewable energy incentives, it offers a host of energy efficiency incentives, as do utilities in the state. Taking advantage of such programs can help residents save energy and make solar installations more effective.

Under the state’s Entergy Arkansas program residents can qualify for a variety of residential efficiency programs to make energy efficient improvements to their homes.

Residents can enroll in the program by contacting an Energy Efficiency Solutions Center representative, or by checking out the program online. Among other things the program allows for people to calculate energy savings online and have a walk-through energy assessment of their home. If, after having a walk-through assessment, the customer chooses to make recommended energy improvements, their utility will cover part of the costs.

Rebates are as follows:

 

$175 incentive toward the cost of a high-performance AC tune-up of a system size 5 tons or less
$200 incentive toward the cost of a high-performance AC tune-up of a system size over 5 tons
Tier 1 Home Energy Survey
--- Survey $75 discount
--- Bonus: up to $75 sent to customer after installing 2 or more recommended measures
--- Survey participants will also receive at no cost up to 6 CFLs, an advanced power strip, and if the participant has electric hot water heating, low flow faucet aerators and shower head, water heater pipe insulation, and water heater tank insulation
Tier 2 Home Energy Assessment
--- $300 discount on the Assessment
--- Bonus: up to $200 sent to customer after installing 2 or more recommended measures
--- Assessment participants will also receive at no cost up to 6 CFLs, an advanced power strip, and if the participant has electric hot water heating, low flow faucet aerators and shower head, water heater pipe insulation, and water heater tank insulation
--- Participant may be eligible for a 15% or 30% incentive bonus after installation of 2 or more measures if total energy saved exceeds 15% or 30% of total energy usage
Ceiling insulation
--- Incentive of up to $0.23 per square foot of insulation installed
--- Bonus of up to $0.22 per square foot additional when air sealing is performed in conjunction with insulation
Air Sealing
--- Incentive of $0.25 per CFM50 reduction
Wall Insulation
--- Incentive of $0.60 to $0.90 per square foot installed, depending on heating type (gas or electric)
Duct Sealing
--- Incentive of $0.50 per cooling kWh reduction
AC or Heat Pump Replacement
--- Incentive of up to $593 for air conditioner or $809 for heat pump replacements that meet program efficiency requirements
--- If duct sealing is performed in conjunction with unit replacement, the incentive for the unit is doubled
--- Incentive of $150 for installing an air handler with an ECM (electronically commutated motor)
$1 - $12 off Energy Star qualified Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs at participating retail locations
$10- $15 off Energy Star qualified Compact Fluorescent Fixtures at participating retail locations
$25 - $35 off Energy Star qualified Room Air Conditioners at participating retail locations
$15 - $20 off qualified Advanced Power Strips at participating retail locations

 

Arkansas Solar Power Financial Incentives

Financial Incentives


State Loan Program

Utility Loan Program



Rules, Regulations & Policies


Building Energy Code

Energy Standards for Public Buildings

Interconnection

Net Metering




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