Arkansas Solar Rebates And Incentives

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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.
 

 

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AEP SWEPCO - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

SWEPCO Arkansas offers a variety of rebates to residential customers in its service territory. Eligible equipment includes central ac units, heat pumps, insulation, air sealing, duct sealing, windows, equipment insulation and light fixtures. All equipment must meet specified efficiency and installation requirements of the program. Incentives vary depending on whether the participants utilize the standard offer or the Home Walk Through Assessment approach. 

Multifamily Pathway provides three different pathways for property owners to receive rebates. Through the Direct Install program, qualified installers will install low cost energy saving products at no cost. ENERGY STAR clothes washers can also qualify for

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. 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 efficiency in low income single family residential customers. Incentives are available to

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 the state.

For residential buildings, the new code

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 determine the best system. Application forms for the heating system must be completed and signed

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 program information and requirements.

Entergy Arkansas - Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

Entergy Arkansas offers the Home Energy Solutions Program to help residential customers understand and make energy efficiency improvements in participating homes. Customers can call a toll-free number to reach an energy efficiency solutions representative who can direct the customer to the best energy efficiency solution based on the customer’s need.   Entergy Arkansas also offers the CoolSaver A/C tune-up program to residential and small commercial customers in order to help them improve and verify the condition of their AC or heat pump units. During the tune-up all components of the system receive a thorough cleaning, and the airflow and refrigerant

First Electric Cooperative - Home Improvement Loans

First Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Energy® Cooperative, serves over 85,000 member accounts throughout parts of seventeen counties in central and southeast Arkansas. The Home Improvement Loan Program allows members to borrow between $500 and $15,000 for energy efficiency home improvements associated with heat pumps, First Electric products and portable home generators. Loan repayments can be included in your monthly electric bill. 

For loans under $2500, there is a filing fee of $20; for loans over $2,500, the fee is $60. Only single-family primary residences served by FECC are eligible. Loans between $500 and $2,500 are secured with an equipment lien,

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 Arkansas-specific provisions, those pursuing LEED certification receive additional credit for the use of

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 metering is available to residential systems up to 25 kilowatts (kW) in capacity and non-residential systems up to 300 kW.

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 not underwrite commercial mortgages. Visit PACENow for more information about PACE financing

Net Metering

In April 2001, Arkansas enacted legislation (H.B. 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 (H.B. 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 all utilities under its jurisdiction. In March 2015, legislation (H.B. 1004)

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Inc - Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Program

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative (NAEC), a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, serves approximately 35,000 member accounts in seven different counties. The coop provides low interest rates for energy efficiency improvements in the home through the EECL Loan Program. 

Up to $20,000 is available for air or water source heat pumps, energy efficient lighting, energy star doors, energy star windows, high efficiency water heaters, and additional weatherization measures. To qualify, a heat pump must be a complete system and have a SEER rating of at least 14.0 and an HSPF of 8.2. All loans for heat pumps require a $100 blower door test

Ozarks Electric Cooperative - Home Energy Lending Program

Ozarks Electric Cooperative offers the Home Energy Lending Program (H.E.L.P) to residential members to help make energy efficiency improvements in eligible homes. Certified contractors first perform an energy assessment of eligible participants' homes regarding technologies such as air sealing, duct sealing, attic insulation and more. Upon completion of the assessment, the program will review the results with participants and determine areas of improvement, loan details and estimated savings. Once improvements and terms are agreed upon, certified contractors would conduct the energy efficiency improvements. After all improvements have been made and checked for quality, total project costs will be financed on participants'

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 solar and hydronic heating systems for the purpose of solar heating of domestic hot water. A Solar

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 rebate and equipment guidelines. All program standards must be met in

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 include

  1. Building exterior weatherization, air sealing, or thermal