Arkansas Solar Rebates And Incentives

Rebates list

Arkansas Rebates and Incentives Summary

arkansasArkansas, home of former President Bill Clinton, is a verdant, southeastern state, and while it’s the 29th largest state, it’s the 32nd most populous. The state’s primary energy sources are coal and nuclear, but the state has some ample renewable resources, including solar and hydroelectric that the state has not capitalized on.

Arkansas has fallen behind the majority of other states—29—in terms of enacting a renewable portfolio standard or even a renewable energy goal—seven states. As such, its incentive programs for renewable energy pale compared to those offered by other states like California, New York and even Texas. Still, the state has developed various incentive programs to help its residents to adopt solar and other renewable forms of energy. Since it doesn’t require its energy providers to source their electricity from renewable sources, they aren’t compelled to offer incentives to help business owners or homeowners to convert to renewable electricity.

Thanks to Arkansas’ southern location, it gets slightly less than 5 hours of direct sunlight per square meter, making it a decent location for solar. It doesn’t get as much sun as states to its west like Texas, but it gets more than states to its east like Tennessee. The state also has potential to develop some wind power the EIA said and other potential renewables in the state include more hydroelectric, wood, and wood waste power generation.

To encourage Arkansans to adopt renewable energy and energy efficiency the state has enacted green building standards for state facilities. While the state offers some incentives for renewables, like rebates and net metering, much more of the state’s incentives focus on energy efficiency in homes, including incentives for tuning up air conditioners.


, full_html

Search Federal Programs, Rebates or Incentives

Arkansas Oklahoma Gas (AOG) Residential Rebate Program


Arkansas Oklahoma Gas (AOG) provides financial incentives to its residential and small commercial customers for both existing and new construction homes and small business whose primary fuel for heating is natural gas. Incentives for dealers/installers are available for specific equipments. Application along with necessary documents must be submitted to the rebate center within 90 days of installation date or before December 31, 2016. Rebate checks will be mailed within 4-6 weeks after completion. 

AOG also a part of a statewide joint weatherization program. The program helps to promote energy

Building Energy Code


Note: Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP websites.

   The 2014 Arkansas Energy Code is a combination of the International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1 standards. These standards exist in addition to the Arkansas Energy Code for New Building Construction Supplements and Amendments serve as the “Arkansas Energy Code” for residential and commercial builders in

CenterPoint Energy (Gas) - Residential Heating and Hot Water Rebates


CenterPoint Energy offers gas heating and water heating equipment rebates to its residential customers. Eligible equipment includes furnaces, back-up furnace systems, hydronic heaters, storage water heaters and tankless water heaters. Rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are depleted. Rebate program funds are budgeted on an annual basis and is subject to approval by the Arkansas Public Service Commission. 

 All equipment must meet program requirements for efficiency and installation in order to receive a rebate. Customers can work heating equipment dealers to

Empire District Electric - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program


Empire District Electric Company (EDEC) offers rebates to residential customers for energy audits, weatherization measures, central air conditioning systems, and energy efficient home appliances. Eligible air conditioning systems are eligible for rebates between $400 and $500. Energy audits and weatherization incentives vary based upon the cost of upgrades. EDEC and other utilities participating in the Arkansas Weatherization Program will cover a significant portion of energy audit and implementation costs. Visit the program web site or contact Empire District Electric Company for additional

Green Building Standards for State Facilities

Effective July 1, 2005, Act 1770 (the Arkansas Energy and Natural Resources Conservation Act), encourages (but does not require) all state agencies, including institutions of higher education, to use Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Green Globes rating systems whenever possible and appropriate in conducting or funding a public building project.

Title 22 of the Arkansas Code includes Arkansas-specific provisions for LEED and Green Globes certification. These rating systems add to the state building energy code established in 2004 for New Building Construction. Under the

Interconnection Guidelines


In April 2001, Arkansas enacted legislation directing the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) to establish net-metering rules for certain renewable-energy systems. The Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) adopted net-metering rules in July 2002 (Order No. 02-046-R). Section 3 applies to the interconnection of net-metered facilities to existing electric power systems.* Systems that generate electricity using solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass resources are eligible to interconnect and net meter. Microturbines and fuel cells using renewable resources are also eligible. Net

Local Option - Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing


Note: In 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which has authority over mortgage underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, directed these enterprises against purchasing mortgages of homes with a PACE lien due to its senior status above a mortgage. Most residential PACE activity subsided following this directive; however, some residential PACE programs are now operating with loan loss reserve funds, appropriate disclosures, or other protections meant to address FHFA's concerns. Commercial PACE programs were not directly affected by FHFA’s actions, as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do

Net Metering


In April 2001, Arkansas enacted legislation (HB 2325) directing the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) to establish net-metering rules for certain renewable-energy systems.* The PSC approved final rules for net metering in July 2002. Subsequent legislation enacted in April 2007 (HB 2334) expanded the availability of net metering. In 2012, the PSC amended the net metering rules to exempt local, state and federal government entities and agencies from previously required indemnity agreements (Docket 12-001-R Order No. 6). On November 6th, 2013 the PSC approved new net metering tariffs for

Solar Hot Water Contractor Licensing


Arkansas offers several limited, specialty licenses for solar thermal installers under the general plumbing license. There are three specialty classifications available for solar thermal installers: a Restricted Solar Mechanic license, a Supervising Solar Mechanic license, and a Solar Mechanic Trainee classification. Installers with a Restricted Solar Mechanic license can install and maintain systems used to heat domestic hot water, but are not allowed to perform any other plumbing work. Individuals holding a Supervising Solar Mechanic license are able to supervise, install and maintain

SourceGas - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program


SourceGas offers various incentives for high efficiency home heating and water heating equipment. Rebates are available for the purchase water heating and space heating equipments. Standard gas furnace and water heater rebates vary based upon the efficiency rating of the purchased equipment. Participating residential customers must schedule an installation with a local, partnering contractor. Customers must then complete a rebate form and mail it along with a paid invoice or receipt for the high efficiency equipment. Rebates will be processed within 4 - 6 weeks. All incentives are subject to

Sustainable Building Design Revolving Loan Fund


The ABA Revolving Loan Fund is an interest free loan program adopted by the Arkansas General Assembly through Act 1372 of 2009.  The loan program provides a funding mechanism for state agencies, boards, and commissions, including institutions of higher learning who own their own facilities and for renovations which exceed $250,000. The ABA Revolving Loan Fund was funded by a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and contributions from the State of Arkansas (Governor’s General Improvement Funds).   Funds are available on a continuing bases. 

Recommended projects