Solar Thermal Electric

Solar/Wind Construction Permitting Standards

The following standards apply to solar PV systems of any size and wind systems 10 kilowatts or less:

Licensing Requirements

Any person bidding or contracting for the installation of a solar PV system or a wind system 10 kW or less must possess a valid license issued by the construction industries division (CID) in the EE-98 or ER-1 license classification.

Any person performing the installation of a solar PV system or a wind system 10 kW or less must possess a valid journeyman certificate issued by CID in the EE-98J or ER-1J classification, or be an apprentice working under the

El Paso Electric Company - Net Metering

El Paso Electric (EPE) has offered net metering to customer-generators since September 2011.

Eligibility and Availability

To qualify, distributed renewable generation (DRG) owners must either:

  • interconnect an apartment house occupied by low-income elderly tenants that qualifies for master metering or 
  • have a qualifying facility with a design capacity of not more than 50 kilowatts (kW).

Additionally, the DRG facility must be rated to produce an amount of electricity less than or equal to the estimated annual electricity consumption (for new apartment house or qualifying facility) or the amount of electricity the owner consumed in the year before installing the DRG

NY Green Bank

In December 19, 2013 the Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a petition issued by NYSERDA’s to establish and fund the operations of New York Green Bank (NY Green Bank). NY Green Bank is a  state-sponsored specialized financial entity, working to accelerate clean energy deployment throughout New York State by   partnering with the private sector to address and alleviate market and financial barriers preventing a thriving clean energy marketplace. NY Green Bank does not accept deposits or offer retail loans, and instead works on the wholesale level, operating in direct response to real-time market needs.

Funding

On December 2013, the PSC

Missouri Clean Energy District

In July 2010 Missouri enacted the Property Assessed Clean Energy Act, which led to the creation of the statewide Missouri Clean Energy District (MCED) in January 2011.

Membership

Any county, city, or incorporated town or village in Missouri may join MCED at no membership cost, allowing residents to benefit from PACE financing without requiring the local government to take on additional work load, budget impact, or liability. The Board provides the necessary administrative functions so that communities have access to funding while avoiding the burden of running another new program. A unique feature among PACE program providers nationally, MCED

SouthCarolinaSaves Green Community Loan Program

The SouthCarolinaSAVES™ Green Community Loan Program affords low cost financing to South Carolina governmental, institutional, and commercial and industrial properties for qualified conservation measures, including lighting, HVAC, controls, envelope, process improvement upgrades, solar photovoltaic systems, and LNG/CNG or propane fleet conversions. A below market rate is enabled through the use of Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds allocated by the South Carolina Energy Office and issued through the South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority (JEDA).

Projects are eligible to receive between $500,000 and $5,000,000 of low cost financing and must have a payback period of 15 years.

For more information about the SCSAVES

Agricultural Energy Loan Program

The Agricultural Energy Loan Program (AELP), created through Act 87 in 2013, is administered by the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC). The AELP provides loans to agriculture- or forest product-based companies for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. 

The maximum loan amount is $2,000,000, and the percent of the project funded by VACC is negotiable. Loans up to $350,000 can typically be approved internally, loans exceeding $350,000 are presented to the VACC Board monthly for consideration. Loans are provided at variable rates, although fixed rates may be available in some circumstances; current rates can be found here. Loan terms are

Commercial Energy Loan Program

The Commercial Energy Loan Program (CELP), created by Act 87 in 2013, is administered by the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA). The CELP provides loans to businesses for larger renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

The maximum loan amount is $2,000,000, and VEDA may fund up to 60% of the project. Loans are provided at variable rates, which are adjusted on a quarterly basis; current rates can be found here. Loan terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, with a maximum loan term of 20 years.

Fees associated with CELP loans include (1) a 1% commitment fee ($1,000 minimum and $3,500

Small Business Energy Loan Program

The Small Business Energy Loan Program (SBELP), created by Act 87 in 2013, is administered by the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA). The SBELP provides loans to businesses for smaller renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. 

The maximum loan amount is $500,000, and VEDA will fund up to 60% of the project. However, in certain cases, VEDA may provide loans under $50,000 that cover up to 75% of project costs. Loans are provided at fixed rates; current rates can be found here . Loan terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, but the maximum loan term is generally 10 years with a

Distributed Energy Resource Program

Note: A series of orders issued on July 15, 2015 in  Docket 2015-53-E, Docket 2015-54-E, and Docket 2015-55-E approved the incentive programs for South Carolina's Distributed Energy Resource Program. All incentives are retroactive to January 1, 2015.

In June of 2014 S.B. 1189 mandated the creation of a voluntary Distributed Energy Resource Program and mandated that the Public Service Commission develop new accompanying net metering rules. The legislation allows participating utilities to recover costs connected to meeting a 2021 target of 2% aggregate generation capacity from renewable energy sources. Facilities sized between 1 MW and 10 MW

Commercial Solar Property Tax Exemption

The following property tax exemptions for solar facilities are available in Virginia:

100% property tax exemption for the assessed value of equipment and facilities used in:

  1. Projects equaling 20 MW or less that serve a public institution of higher education or private college.
  2. Projects equaling 5 MW or less.

80% property tax exemption for the assessed value of equipment and facilities used in:

  1. Other projects over 5 MW and less than 150 MW. The exemption for projects greater than 20 MW shall not apply to projects upon which the construction begins after January 1, 2024.

The law broadly defines eligible solar