Nevada Solar Rebates And Incentives

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Nevada Rebates and Incentives Summary

nevadaNevada offers rebates, tax exemption and net metering as incentives for residential solar energy and other renewable energy systems. 

The state has the most solar installed per capita in the country. But the installations are primarily major utility-scale projects. And a lot of the power sells over the border to California or goes to help Nevada meet is renewable energy portfolio standard, which requires it to get 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025, including 6 percent from solar.

While the state's abundance of utility-scale solar is good for Nevada solar installers and manufacturers, it's not great news for homeowners. Nevada has clearly favored commercial solar projects over residential solar installations.

But the state does have some programs for homeowners and upped the limits in September 2012. The Nevada Energy RenewableGenerations program offers incentives as large as $13,500 for residences and $67,500 for small business. These rebates reduce system payback time substantially.

Net Metering rules in Nevada allow participants to carry credits forward indefinitely. The credits can be used to offset power costs, but the program does not provide a cash incentive.

Property owners can get property tax abatements to offset their investments in renewable sources like solar panels, solar hot water, geothermal, wind and hydroelectric. Abatements are open to residential property owners, small businesses and other commercial property owners.

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Direct Energy Assistance Loan (DEAL)


The Governor's Office of Energy provides the Direct Energy Assistance Loan (DEAL) program to help state employees make energy efficiency improvements to their homes. Full-time employees who own their homes are eligible for an interest-free loan repaid through a monthly payroll deduction. 

Employees may receive up to a $6,000 loan to make improvements recommended by a state-approved energy auditor. Loan terms are a maximum of 60 months, and monthly payments are set at $50 for loans up to $3,000 and $100 for loans of $3,001 - $6,000. Veterans may be eligible for loans up to $8,000 with an

Interconnection Standards


In December 2003, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) adopted interconnection standards for customers of NV Energy (formerly Nevada Power and Sierra Pacific Power) with on-site generation up to 20 megawatts (MW) in capacity. These standards are largely consistent with IEEE 1547 standards, California's interconnection rule (California Rule 21) and the model interconnection agreement developed by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). Significantly, the PUC determined that NV Energy may assess customer-generators for past fuel and purchased-power

Large Scale Renewable Energy Property Tax Abatement (Nevada State Office of Energy)


New or expanded businesses in Nevada may apply to the Director of the State Office of Energy for a property tax abatement of up to 55% for up to 20 years for real and personal property used to generate electricity from renewable energy resources including solar, wind, biomass*, fuel cells, geothermal or hydro. Generation facilities must have a capacity of at least 10 megawatts (MW), and must plan to be in operation for at least 10 years. Facilities that use solar energy to generate at least 25,840,000 British thermal units of process heat per hour can also qualify for an abatement.


Local Option - Special Improvement Districts


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 operating with loan loss reserve funds, appropriate disclosures, contractual subordination or other protections meant to address FHFA's concerns. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Housing

Nevada Energy Code for Buildings


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.

Legislation signed in 2009 changed the process of adopting building codes in the state. Previously, the statewide code would only apply to local governments that had not already adopted a code, including less stringent codes. The code now applies to all jurisdictions, but local governments may adopt more stringent codes

Nevada State Energy Reduction Plan


As mandated by the Nevada statutes, the Nevada Energy Office prepared a state energy reduction plan which requires state agencies, departments, and other entities in the Executive Branch to reduce grid-based energy purchases for state-owned buildings by 20% by 2015. The report suggests a series of immediate, short-term and long-term conservation measures to help the affected agencies meet their energy reduction goals. As of the end of 2013, electricity use in State-owned buildings has decreased 8.8% from the 2005 baseline. The Energy Office's Status of Energy Report outlines stategies the

NV Energy (Northern Nevada) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program


Note: NV Energy's Second Refrigerator or Freezer Recycling program is currently unavailable. Check the website or contact the program at for updates and more information.

NV Energy offers incentives for their residential customers in northern Nevada to increase the efficiency of their homes. NV Energy will haul away old refrigerators and freezers free of charge and provide a $50 incentive. The refrigerator or freezer must be in working condition and at least 10 cubic feet in size to be eligible. There is a limit of two units per address.  

Customers of NV Energy can also

NV Energy (Northern Nevada) - SolarGenerations Solar Heating


NV Energy is providing an incentive for its residential customers, small commercial, nonprofit, school and other public customers to install solar water heating, solar space heating, and solar pool heating on their homes and facilities. Residential customers with an electric or gas water heater can qualify for incentives through this program. Non-residential customers can only qualify if they have a gas water heater and are gas customers of NV Energy.

As of March 2014, NV Energy residential electric customers in northern Nevada who own their homes are eligible for a rebate of 50% of the

NV Energy (Southern Nevada) - SolarGenerations Solar Heating


NV Energy is providing an incentive for its residential customers to install solar water heaters on their homes. As of March 2015, NV Energy electric customers in Southern Nevada who own their homes are eligible for a rebate of up to 50% of the installed cost of the system up to $2,250. Additionally, NV Energy's small business, nonprofit, school and other public gas customers in northern Nevada are eligible for incentives based on the number of therms saved by their systems. Incentives are capped at $7,500 for small businesses and $30,000 for nonprofits, schools and other public entities. NV

NV Energy (Southern Nevada) - SureBet Business Energy Efficiency Rebate Program


Commercial, industrial and institutional customers of NV Energy can take advantage of a wide variety of incentives offered through the program for retrofit and new construction projects. Incentives and rules differ based upon whether equipment is for new construction or existing buildings. Complete details are available on the program website. 


NV Energy (Southern) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program


Note: As of January 2016, programs for pool pump rebates, refrigerator recycling, and LED lighting discounts are unavailable in NV Energy's southern territory. See website for more information.

NV Energy offers rebates for the installation of high efficiency A/C units, air source heat pumps, and home energy management tools for residential customers in southern Nevada. Complete details are located on the program website. 

Customers of NV Energy in Northern Nevada may access in-store rebates on the purchase of certain LED lights at participating stores. See the NV Energy website for more

NV Energy - RenewableGenerations Rebate Program


Note: As of December 1, 2017, PV incentives are on Step 10. Please refer to the website above for the current rebate levels.

The SolarGenerations Rebate Program was established in 2003 as a result of AB 431 ("the Solar Energy Systems Demonstration Program") and began accepting applications in August 2004. The program was subsequently amended numerous times and rebates are now available for grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) and small wind systems installed on residences, small businesses, large commercial/industrial facilities, public buildings, low-income housing, non-profits and schools; and

Portfolio Energy Credits

Nevada's Energy Portfolio Standard requires NV Energy to derive or save a minimum percentage of the electricity it sells from renewable energy resources or energy efficiency measures. Included in the standard is a Portfolio Energy Credit (PEC) trading program.
Beginning January 1, 2003, Nevada's renewable energy producers can earn PECs, which can then be sold to utilities that are required to meet Nevada's portfolio standard. One PEC represents one kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity generated, with the exception of the multipliers described below.   Each kWh generated by a photovoltaic

Property Tax Abatement for Green Buildings


Nevada provides a property tax abatement for new non-residential and multifamily residential green buildings, and existing buildings or structures which are renovated for use by a manufacturer to meet certain green building standards.

Property tax abatement for new non-residential and multifamily residential green buildings

Non-residential buildings and multifamily residential buildings that earn certification under the United States Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program may be eligible for a partial abatement of property taxes. As directed by

Renewable Energy Sales and Use Tax Abatement


New or expanded businesses in Nevada may apply to the Director of the State Office of Energy for a sales and use tax abatement for qualifying renewable energy technologies. The purchaser is only required to pay sales and use taxes imposed in Nevada at the rate of 2.6%. The abatement is valid for three years beginning with the approval of the application.

The abatement applies to property used to generate electricity from renewable energy resources including solar, wind, biomass*, fuel cells, geothermal or hydro. Generation facilities must have a capacity of at least 10 megawatts (MW).

Renewable Energy Systems Property Tax Exemption


Renewable energy systems which serve a commercial or industrial building or irrigation system are exempt from property taxes. Qualified equipment includes solar, wind, geothermal, solid waste and hydroelectric systems used to heat or cool a building, heat or cool water used by a building, or generate electricity used by the building. SB 426 of 2011 clarified that a system installed on one or more buildings and supplying energy to adjacent buildings or an irrigation system in an agricultural operation is eligible for the exemption.  This exemption applies for all years following installation.

Revolving Loan Program


Note: The Governor's Office of Energy (GOE) issues periodic Request for Applications to fund renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy conservation projects from the revolving loan funds. A solicitation opened October 21 and is scheduled to close December 31, 2016, but may be extended upon the GOE's discretion. Visit the website or call the GOE at (775) 687-1850 for current information regarding applications and loan availability. 

Assembly Bill 522 of 2009 established a fund for renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy conservation loans with funding from the American Recovery

Solar and Wind Easements & Rights Laws


Nevada's general statutes provide owners of solar and wind energy systems protection against restrictions that would otherwise prevent them from installing these systems on their property. NRS § 111.239, 278.02077, and 278.0208 disallow the adoption of any covenant, deed, contract, ordinance or other legal instrument which affects the transfer or sale of real property that unreasonably restrict a landowner from installing solar or wind energy systems on their land. The law further states that any existing covenant, deed, contract or other legal instrument that unreasonably restrict a

Solar Contractor Licensing


Nevada law requires that solar energy system installers be licensed by the Nevada State Contractors Board. Contractors may be licensed under License Classification C-37 (solar contracting for solar water heating and space heating and air conditioning). Contractors may also perform solar work under License Classification C-1* (plumbing and heating), sub-classification (d) for solar water heating installations, or sub-classification (f) for solar air heating. Contractors may also perform solar work under License C-2 (electrical contracting), sub-classification (g) for photovoltaics used to

Southwest Gas Corporation - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program


Southwest Gas Corporation (SWG) offers rebates to residential customers in Nevada who purchase various energy-efficient measures for their homes. All equipment must meet program requirements for efficiency. A rebate form may be found on the program web site listed above.  Please visit web site listed above for other details or contact SWG.

Southwest Gas Corporation - Smarter Greener Better Solar Water Heating Program


Southwest Gas is offering rebates to Nevada customers for solar water heating systems installed in private residential, small business, public and other properties. Rebates are based on the amount of therms expected to be generated by the system, and the rebate amounts decline based on each "step" of the incentive program reached.

See the website above for more information.

Valley Electric Association - Net Metering


The Board of Directors for Valley Electric Association (VEA) approved net metering in April 2008. The rules apply to systems up to 30 kW, though owners of larger systems may be able to negotiate net metering terms with VEA on a case-by-case basis. VEA will make net metering available to eligible customer-generators in a timely manner and on a first-come, first-served basis up to zero point five percent (0.5%) of the VEA’s most recently measured annual peak load.

A customer-generator may choose to use an existing electric revenue meter if the VEA’s criteria are met. If the customer-generator’s

Valley Electric Association - Solar Water Heating Program


Valley Electric Association (VEA), a nonprofit member owned cooperative, developed the domestic solar water heating program to encourage energy efficiency at the request of the membership. VEA partnered with Great Basin College to train and certify installers, creating jobs in the community, and also with Rheem Manufacturing and a local licensed contractor to install the units. A site visit is performed to determine the best installation and system design for each member. Contact VEA for additional details. This program is currently only offered to those members in VEA’s service territory.