Solar Photovoltaics

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority - Clean Energy Business Partners Program

NYSERDA's Clean Energy Business Partners range from emerging to established companies who use innovative research and cutting edge technology to develop energy efficient and clean energy technologies. These companies have received support from NYSERDA to nurture and grow their ideas into a commercially viable product or process.

Fort Collins Utilities - Integrated Design Assistance Program

Financial incentives for building owners and design teams are available for participating in the Integrated Design Assistance Program. The program is based on the Architecture 2030 Challenge® and provides design, construction, and performance incentives. New construction and major renovation projects can participate. Participating project teams set a Target Energy Usage Index (EUI) early in the project using Energy Star® Target Finder and then design and build to that target. A year's worth of post-occupancy EUI data is collected to confirm the Target EUI is achieved.

Southern California Edison - Saving Solutions for Business

Southern California Edison (SCE) offers a variety of financial and technical assistance for commercial and industrial customers, including energy audits and assessments, rebates for efficiency upgrades, participatory demand-response programs, and assistance for distributed generation energy systems. All business customers are eligible (i.e., all non-residential customers).

Solar Energy Loan Program

The Solar Energy Program (SEP) program offers financial assistance as loans to eligible applicants to promote manufacturing, research and development, and generation of solar energy in the state.  The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). 


The program provides loans for solar projects, including generation, distribution, storage, manufacturing or assembly facilities for solar panels or equipment, and development or construction of facilities used for research and development of technology related to solar energy.  The terms of the loan for

Local Option- Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Faclities

The State of Alabama provides abatement of property tax for qualifying renewable energy facility in the state.  Only the noneducational portion of the property tax can be abated. 


The Renewable Energy Facility is defined as any plant, property or property that either produces electricity from biofuels, or from renewable energy resources, including- wind, biomass, black liquor, tidal or ocean current, geothermal, solar energy, small irrigation, municipal solid waste, and hydrogen when derived or produced from some other renewable energy resource. Hydropower is exempted from the definition of eligible resource. 

Program Description:

The abatement of the property taxes is based

Local Option- Sales Tax Abatement for Renewable Energy Facilities

State of Alabama provides the option for local governments to provide exemptions or abatement for sales and use tax for qualifying renewable energy facilities in the State.  The state has a general sales tax of 4%, however, the renewable energy facilities qualify for 1.5% rate provision that is set for manufacturing and farm machinery. In addition to State sales tax, the local governments may also impose an additional sales or use tax. 

The exemption or abatement for both state and local sales/use tax are provided by the local granting authority. The local granting authority could be a city, county, or

Wichita City - Solar Permitting

Solar Installation plans, specifications and other data shall be submitted for permit to the Building Official. The fees for solar installation are as follows, $40 for two or less site inspection for final approval and $15 for each additional site inspection. The Energy Advisory Board acts as a board of appeals for the solar installation process. Specific certificates and licenses are required to install, repair, replace and alter solar energy systems and it is unlawful to do so without a certificate or license.

Seattle City - Solar Permit Requirements

Seattle has created a guide to help home and business owners install a solar electric system. The guide gives advice and outlines important steps to take to install a solar PV (photovoltaic) system.

The guide includes electrical, building, land use, and set-back yard permit requirements. Any solar electric project must obtain an electrical permit secured by an electrical contractor. An electrical permit fee is approximately $190 if you system size is less than 7 kW.

A building permit is required when the array weight is 1,000 pounds or more, the installation is structurally complex, the project is part of building

Pima County - Solar & Wind Permitting Requirements

Pima County has outlined its solar and wind permitting standards. The general requirements include a site plan and cut sheets for all system equipment. For solar photovoltaic (PV) systems a one line diagram with conductor and conduit sizes and types must be included. Click here for more information on solar PV system requirements. Solar hot water systems require a solar hot water schematic which includes the temperature relief valve. Wind energy systems are allowed one tower per residential lot.

It should be noted that depending on the project scope, your application may require prior approval from Regional Flood Control District (RFCD).