Oklahoma Solar Rebates And Incentives

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Oklahoma Rebates and Incentives Summary

OklahomaThe Oklahoma renewable energy industry could use some serious improvement coming into 2012.  It’s safe to say that Oklahoma has yet to give the solar industry any leadership with a renewable energy standard (RES). Only recently in May 2010 has Oklahoma adopted a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) with some pretty lack luster goals.

The goal of Oklahoma’s RPS has only set the bar at 15 percent of its energy generated by renewables by 2015 as compared to the nation’s renewable leader, California, who has established an RPS goal of 20 percent of their energy generated by renewables by 2010 (and met it) with even more ambitions to produce 33 percent by 2020. Also, there are no interim targets for their renewable energy production, and the goal of 15 percent doesn’t extend past 2015 essentially allowing for Oklahoma to fall back into a non-renewable dependence. This doesn’t even get to the limited number of incentives offered by the state to encourage renewable growth.

Although the state does have a net-metering program, and a fair amount of good incentives to commercial business to upgrade their facilities to zero carbon emissions, again Oklahoma falls well short by comparison to most states in the number of incentives, rebates, tax breaks, and loan programs that will only give consumers a reason to jump on the green band wagon.

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AEP Public Service Company of Oklahoma - Residential Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

The Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), an electric utility, encourages residential energy efficiency under a variety of incentive programs. General rebates for HVAC equipment, appliances and building envelope measures are available to all residential PSO customers. Customers must select a participating contractor. PSO offers two ways to receive incentives: 

1) Single Upgrade: Pays for customers to upgrade one eligible item. 

2) Multiple Upgrade: Pays up to $5,000 for the completion of three or more eligible upgrades. 

All equipment efficiency, purchase and installation requirements must

Building Energy Code

Summary

In November of 2015, the Commission adopted the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) with amendments. The Commission did not adopt the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as part of this revision.

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.

In 2009 S.B. 1182 created the Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission. The 11-member Commission was given the

Community Energy Education Management Program

Summary

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce offers a revolving loan fund for local governments to make energy efficient improvements to government buildings. All eligible projects should increase energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption, project a positive return on investment and be paid back within 6 years of the loan award. Funds from this program can be used to pay for a technical assistance report/audit, energy conservation measures, and operation and maintenance procedures that would contribute to overall reduced energy consumption.

An eligible local government may have only one active loan

East Central Electric Cooperative - Residential Rebate Program

Summary

East Central Electric Cooperative offers rebates to residential customers to install energy-efficient ground source heat pumps, electric water heaters, and air conditioners. To qualify for the rebate customers must submit a rebate survey form, the appropriate appliance rebate form, and a company invoice, with date and proof of purchase price. Rebates are paid as credits to the member's electric bill. See the program website for more information.

Edmond Electric - Residential Heat Pump Rebate Program

Summary

Edmond Electric offers rebates to residential customers who install energy-efficient heat pumps. This program applies to installations in both new and existing residential homes and complexes. Air-source heat pumps are eligible for a $250/ton rebate; geothermal heat pumps are eligible for an $800/ton rebate; and air conditioning units are eligible for a $100/ton rebate. Equipment must meet specific energy efficient standards listed on the program brochure. Interested customers should contact Edmund Electric to schedule a free energy audit, which is required prior to system installation.

Energy Efficient Residential Construction Tax Credit (Corporate)

Summary

Oklahoma allows a contractor who is the primary builder of an energy efficient home or manufactured home substantially completed after December 31, 2005, to claim an income tax credit beginning in tax year 2006. The home must be under 2,000 square feet. Improvements eligible for the credit include energy efficient heating and cooling systems, windows, doors, roofs, and insulation to minimize heat loss and gain.

The contractor can take a tax credit for the amount of the eligible expenditures, not to exceed $2,000 for a home that is between 20% and 39% above the International Energy

Energy Loan Fund for Schools

Summary

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has established a loan/lease fund for public and non-profit K-12 schools to improve energy efficiency.

Two categories of funding are available for schools to reduce energy consumption. Category I funding will pay for technical and energy audits, the development of Energy Management Plans, and any professional services that contribute to the planning and design of energy reduction systems and measures. Category II funding covers the actual acquisition and installation of energy conservation measures.

All projects must be shown to reduce energy

Energy Standards for State Buildings

Summary

In May 2013, Oklahoma enacted H.B. 1990, repealing the high-performance building certification program.

The State is still required by statute to adopt planning and construction standards for state buildings that conserve energy and optimize the energy performance of new buildings. The standards must reduce dependence on imported sources of energy through energy efficiency and local and renewable energy sources.

The standards must also authorize the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to pursue ENERGY STAR designation to demonstrate energy efficiency in public buildings. 

Higher Education Energy Loan Program

Summary

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has established a loan/lease fund for institutes of higher education to improve energy efficiency. Two categories of funding are available for schools to reduce energy consumption. Category I funding will pay for technical and energy audits, the development of Energy Management Plans, and any professional services that contribute to the planning and design of energy reduction systems and measures. Category II funding covers the actual acquisition and installation of energy conservation measures.

All projects must be shown to reduce energy consumption,

Local Option - County Energy District Authority

Summary

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

Oklahoma City - Green Home Loan Program

Summary

Homeowners in Oklahoma City are eligible for energy efficiency loans up to $15,000. The funds can only be used within the city limits of Oklahoma City, and residents must have an annual income of $100,000 or less and must repay the loan within 36 months.

The loan program is administered through the city's Community Action Agency. Apply by calling the Agency at (405) 232-0199.

Oklahoma Electric Cooperative - Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Oklahoma Energy Cooperative (OEC) offers rebates to residential customers for the purchase of air-source heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps and water heaters. Air-source heat pumps are eligible for a $175 - $325/ton rebate and geothermal heat pumps are eligible for a rebate of between $400 and $700/ton. Customers who upgrade the efficiency of heat pump systems are eligible for a $225/ton rebate. In order to qualify for the rebate, the heat pump must be installed in a newly constructed home or apartment complex or in an existing residential structure that is converting from gas to electric or

Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority - WISE Energy Efficiency Loan Program

Summary

The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) offers loans for a variety of measures and equipment through its "Ways I Save Electricity" (WISE) Loan Program. This program encourages residential and commercial customers to utilize energy efficient equipment by providing below market-rate loans for equipment and service purchases. Eligible measures and equipment includes air conditioners, air-source heat pumps, dual fuel heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, water heaters, a variety of insulation, lighting, fans, building controls, and general weatherization measures. 

Unsecured loans are range from

Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority - WISE Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) offers residential customers rebates on a variety of HVAC equipment through its WISE Rebate program. This program encourages residential customers and builders to upgrade to energy efficient heating and cooling equipment in participating homes. Rebates are available on air conditioners, air-source heat pumps, dual fuel heat pumps, and geothermal heat pumps. Window units are not eligible for rebates. OMPA will cover 50% of the cost for eligible upgrades through this program, while local municipalities will cover the remaining 50% of the cost. Read

Oklahoma Natural Gas - Residential Efficiency Rebates

Summary
  To encourage customers to install high-efficiency natural gas equipment in homes, Oklahoma Natural Gas offers rebates to residential customers and builders for measures including natural gas furnaces, water heating, or space heating systems. Both new construction and retrofit measures may be eligible for rebates. Contact Oklahoma Natural Gas for more details on this program.

Solar and Wind Access

Summary

Oklahoma enacted S.B. 1787 in 2010, which states that access to the airspace is tied to the ownership of the land and any wind or solar leasing arrangements associated with the airspace must be made with the landowner that owns the land below the air: “No interest in any resource located on a tract of land and solely associated with the production or potential production of wind or solar-generated energy on the tract of land may be severed from the surface estate except that such rights may be leased for a definite term pursuant to the provisions of this act,” (60 O.S. § 820.1(F)). However,

Zero-Emission Facilities Production Tax Credit

Summary

For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2003, a state income tax credit is available to producers of electric power using renewable energy resources from a zero-emission facility located in Oklahoma. The zero-emission facility must have a rated production capacity of 1 megawatt or greater. The facility must be placed in operation after June 4, 2001, and the electricity must be sold to an unrelated party.

Eligible Technologies

Eligible renewable energy resources include wind, moving water, sun, and geothermal energy. The construction and operation of the zero-emission facility must