Mississippi Solar Rebates And Incentives

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Mississippi Rebates and Incentives Summary

MississippiNamed after the mighty river that bisects our great nation, home of the Port Gibson Heritage Festival, and birthplace of celebrities ranging from the wealthiest woman in the United States, Oprah Winfrey, to the sensational amphibian Kermit the Frog, Mississippi has had its share of success. It's also had its challenges. Hurricane Katrina caused enough damage to leave the state in a clean-up daze that has left the green economy in the “Magnolia State” singing the blues.

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill, caused by energy goliath British Petroleum (BP), has added to the woes of the Mississippi coastline. As a result, the state’s budget has been consumed with urgent matters that need attention now, relegating solar and other renewable energy ideas to the back burner.

Fortunately, Mississippi does have some policies in place to help keep the renewable energy market moving forward with incentives, rebates, and tax breaks that make installing renewable energy systems much more feasible.

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has created a program called generation partners Green Power Switch (GPS) that encourages consumers to give back by providing incentives to install renewable energy systems offering to not only offset the cost of expensive energy bills, but to also provide a means for consumers to become producers, and sell their excess energy back to the TVA at very competitive prices.

By allowing residents to turn a profit on their environmentally conscious investment, renewable technology has become much more attractive, especially with programs like the energy investment loan program which allows consumers to borrow the money needed to purchase and build renewable energy installations at a fixed interest rate that is 3 percent less than the prime rate.

Mississippi currently does have some good green policies in place, but until it’s able to establish a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, it will still be trailing the greater majority of the nation in progressive renewable technology and policy, the investors who wish to cash in on the new green revolution, and the jobs that would come with the production and maintenance of the new installations.
 

 

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Atmos Energy (Gas) Industrial and Commercial Rebate Program

Atmos Energy Smart Choice appliance rebate program provides financial incentives to its large businesses, industrial, and commercial customers to purchase energy efficient appliances. Rebates are awarded on a first come, first serve basis until the funds are depleted. 

Eligibility

To be eligible the applicant must receive natural gas service from Atmos Energy in Mississippi. The applicant must be a an business or an industrial customer in Mississippi. 

Program description

To receive the rebate, the customers must first purchase and install an eligible equipment and submit the application form available in the program website within 30 days of purchase or service

Atmos Energy (Gas) Residential Appliance Rebate Program

Atmos Energy's SmartChoice Appliance Rebate program provides its natural gas customers in Mississippi financial incentives to purchase eligible energy efficient appliances. Incentives are available for qualified furnaces, water heaters, clothes dryers, and thermostat that are fueled by natural gas. The program also offers energy audit and an energy saving kit at no additional cost to the participating customer. Rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis until the funds are depleted. 

Eligibility 

To be eligible for the program, the qualifying equipment must be installed in a Mississippi home that receives natural gas service from Atmos Energy. 

Program description

The program offers a

Building Energy Code

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.

Mississippi's existing state code is based on the 1977 Model Code for Energy Conservation (MCEC). The existing law does not mandate enforcement by localities, and any revised code will probably require adoption by local jurisdictions. To adopt the code at the local level, the local government must adopt it through a vote of the city council or county

Entergy Mississippi- Residential Energy Efficiency Program

Entergy Mississippi offers residential energy efficiency programs to help residential customers save energy by providing rebates for lighting, heating and cooling equipment, A/C tune ups, and energy audit. Incentives for lighting are offered as in-store discount at participating retailers. Customers may also choose to schedule a free energy audit of their homes. A walk through energy audit will provide a comprehensive list of energy saving measures for the home, and will also provide low-cost energy efficiency equipment including CFLs, faucet aerators, and efficient showerheads at no additional cost. Incentives up to $500 is available to replace an existing HVAC

Interconnection

On December 2015, the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) established net metering in the State accompanied by interconnection standards for distributed generator facilities. 

Eligibility

The standards apply to all the investor owned utilities in the Mississippi under the jurisdiction of the PSC. The cooperatives are required to file net metering program and interconnection standard that is consistent with the rules set forward by the PSC. Cooperatives that participate in the TVA sponsored net metering program are exempt from the rule. Interconnection request applications will be made available on the electric utility’s website. 

All the distributed generation facilities must be capable of

Mississippi Clean Energy Initiative

In April 2010, the Mississippi Legislature enacted HB 1701, establishing the Mississippi Clean Energy Initiative. This program provides an incentive for companies that manufacture systems or components used to generate renewable energy, including biomass, solar, wind and hydro generation. Alternative energy manufacturers, including manufacturers of components used in nuclear power plants, are also eligible for this incentive. This program allows the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) to certify these manufacturers for a tax exemption.

Eligible manufacturers are offered a 10-year exemption from state income and franchise taxes as well as a sales and use tax exemption to establish a plant

Mississippi Power (Electric) - Residential Loan Program

Mississippi Power offers loans to residential customers to help pay for energy efficiency upgrades. The loan can be used for heat pumps, heating & cooling systems, electric water heaters, electric cooling if included with electric heat or electric hot water heating, thermal improvements, duct sealing and infiltration control insulation, storm doors, and Energy Star windows. Interest rates can be as low as 9.9% and the term can be 2, 4, 5 or 6 years. The web site contains an application that must be filled out and either faxed or mailed to Mississippi Power. See the program web site for loan

Mississippi Power - In-home Energy Checkup Program

Mississippi Power offers Energy Checkup Program that provides an inspection of residential home's insulation, appliances, lighting, and heating and air equipment. Along with inspections, the program also provides installation of no-cost energy-saving devices such as LED bulbs, smart power strips, and faucet aerators. Instant discounts for insulation, air sealing, or duct sealing are also available. $75 is provided by Mississippi Power to offset the cost of the assessment. 

Eligible residential customers include homeowners living in a single-family home or multifamily unit of two units or fewer, and the home has to be at least a year old.


Mississippi Power -Residential Heating and Air Rebate Program

Mississippi Power offers rebates to its residential customers to help offset the cost of replacing an existing unit with a high-efficiency heat pump. Replacements must be performed by an Independent Service Contractor.

 The web site contains contact information and instructions on how customers should proceed. Call 800-532-1502 for more information.Incentive amounts based on size and SEER (efficiency) of the new unit can be found in the official website.

Net Metering

NOTE: Although, this post is categorized as netmetering, the policy adopted by MS does not meet DSIRE's standards for a typical net metering policy. Net metering policy allows a customer to offset all of their electricity consumption on a 1:1 parity basis within the billing period. The policy adopted by MS only allows instantaneous generation and use to be credited at retail rate; all of the electricity exports are credited at the utility's avoided cost plus a premium. 

On December 2015, the Mississippi Public Utilities Commission (PSC) through an extensive rulemaking process established a method to compensate and incentivize behind the meter electricity generation

Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association provides incentives through its Comfort Advantage Program to encourage energy efficiency within the residential sector. Rebates are available for heat pumps and electric water heaters in both new and existing homes. However, higher rebates are offered if a home meets the standards of a Comfort Advantage Home. Such homes must be new and feature:

  • Flat ceiling insulation of R-30 or higher
  • Roof/ceiling combination insulation of R-19 or higher
  • Wall insulation of R-18 or higher
  • Floor insulation of R-19 or greater
  • Double glazed or stormed windows
  • Glass area less than 20% of total floor area

Singing River Electric Power Association - Comfort Advantage Home Program

Singing River Electric Power Association provides rebates on energy efficiency measures in new homes and existing homes through its Comfort Advantage program. This program is centered around the use of an energy efficiency heat pump. Singing River Electric's professionals can help to review plans and advise customers prior to building new homes or buying heat pumps. Visit the program website for more information.

Southern Pine Electric Power Association - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Southern Pine Electric Power Association offers the Comfort Advantage Home Program which provides rebates on heat pumps to new homes which meet certain Comfort Advantage weatherization standards. To qualify for this rebate the home must have:

  • Attic insulation of R-38 or higher
  • Wall insulation of R-13 or higher
  • Floor insulation of R-19 or greater
  • Dual-pane windows
  • Glass area less than 20% of total floor area
  • An electric water heater
  • Effective air-sealing and attic ventilation
  • A properly designed, installed and insulated duct system

If the above criteria are met, the home owner can receive rebates on qualified Comfort Advantage Home or

TVA - Green Power Providers

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and participating power distributors of TVA power offer a performance-based incentive program to homeowners and businesses for the installation of renewable generation systems from the following qualifying resources: PV, wind, hydropower, and biomass. The long term Green Power Providers program replaces the Generation Partners* pilot program. The energy generated from these renewable generation systems will count towards TVA's green power pricing program, Green Power Switch.

The Green Power Providers program contract term is 20 years. Generation credit will be paid at the following flat rates for the entirety of the 20-year contract:

•Residential/GSA-1 customers with system

TVA - Mid-Sized Renewable Standard Offer Program

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) now compliments the small generation Green Power Providers Program by providing incentives for mid-sized renewable energy generators between 50kW and 20MW to enter into long term price contracts. The goal for total production from all participants is 100MW, with no more than 50MW from any one renewable technology. The Renewable Standard Offer program also includes Solar Solution Initiative program that offers additional financial incentives for Solar Photovoltaic (PV) projects. 

TVA bases the standard offer for customer generators off of a seasonal time-of-day averages chart, which sets base prices for the term of the

TVA - Solar Solutions Initiative

Solar Solutions Initiative (SSI) is a pilot program that offers additional financial incentives for Solar PV systems participating in the Renewable Standard Offer program. Applications for new projects for the year 2015 opened on January 2, 2015. Participants applying for the Solar Solutions Incentive program are required to apply through the Renewable Standard Offer program.

The program offers performance based incentive of $0.04/kWh for the first 10 years after the project is operational. This incentive is additional to the seasonal and time-of-day price for electricity offered through the Renewable Standard Offer program.

The total capacity for the program

TVA Partner Utilities - Energy Right Heat Pump Program

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) energy right Heat Pump Plan provides financing to promote the installation of high efficiency heat pumps in homes and small businesses. Installation, performance, and weatherization standards ensure the appropriate sizing of equipment and operation of the system. TVA maintains a Quality Contractor Network (QCN) from which customers can choose an installer. Through a third-party lender, TVA provides financing for residential heat pumps with repayment on the customer’s electric bill and a term of up to 10 years. The programs are independently administered by local power companies served by TVA.

TVA Partner Utilities - eScore Program

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in partnership with local electric utilities offers eScore program, which provides homeowners financial incentives to increase the energy efficiency of existing homes. This program replaces the previous In-Home Energy Evaluation Pilot program offered by TVA. 

To participate in the program, homeowner must create an account with the program. After the account is verified, the applicant has two options to participate in the program:

  1. Request for eScore evaluation: If the homeowner is unsure about what exact steps should be taken to increase energy efficiency, then they have a professional energy advisor evaluate their home for a