Tennessee Solar Rebates and Incentives

Tennessee Rebates and Incentives Summary


Tennessee was a sleeper in the solar industry, but has emerged as a state to watch in recent years. Solar manufacturers have moved their operations to the state and contributed significantly to economic growth there.

There were more than 134 solar companies in the state at the end of 2013, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. And solar installations have come along with the jobs in the industry. Tennessee installed 25 megawatts of solar in 2013, contributing to the state’s new total of 75 megawatts and ranking it 19th country.

The main program that would apply to many of Tennessee’s resident’s would be the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Generation Partners Program, but you may also quality for a Small Business Energy Loan.

TVA Generation Partners Program

Program Type Performance-Based Incentive
Technologies Photovoltaics, Wind Energy, Biomass

1,000 plus $0.12/kWh above the base rate for solar photovoltaic systems and $0.03/kWh

above the retail rate for all other eligible renewable sources

Required Documentation Application form submitted to local power company
Official Web Site http://www.tva.com/greenpowerswitch/partners/

If you live in an area where utilities are provided by one of the 91 participating power companies serviced by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), you may qualify for a partnership program where you can earn discounts on your power bill from renewable energy, or even make money if your renewable energy system produces more power than you consume.

If you have a photovoltaic system with an alternating current output between 500 W and 200 kW, and your local power supplier participates in the program, the TVA will purchase 100 percent of the energy at $0.12 per kWh, in the form of credits on your power bill, and periodic payments for excess credits you earn.

More information can be found at the TVA website or by calling 866-673-4340.

Tennessee Solar Power Financial Incentives

Financial Incentives

ndustry Recruitment/Support

Performance-Based Incentive

Property Tax Incentive

Sales Tax Incentive

State Grant Program

State Loan Program

Utility Loan Program

Utility Rebate Program

Rules, Regulations & Policies

Building Energy Code

Energy Standards for Public Buildings

Solar/Wind Access Policy

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