Texas Solar Rebates And Incentives

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Texas Rebates and Incentives Summary

TexasTexas has been a big player in the development of its wind resources since the late 1990s. Though it's known for its big wind, the state also has abundant solar resources for photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power installations.

To help Texans adopt renewables, the state offers numerous incentives, like property tax rebates and performance-based incentives. While other states have adopted legislation requiring utilities to offer net metering to their residents, utilities in Texas have the option to offer net metering, but are not mandated to offer it. Currently three city utilities do including Austin.

When it comes to rebates, however, power suppliers in Texas offer significant rebates to property owners in their service districts, sometimes better rebates than found in other states. And there’s a smorgasbord of utilities in Texas that are offering incentives to their customers.

Texas has increased its interest in promoting renewables in the last couple of years that has prompted many solar installers to expand into the state. As of 2018, it has a renewable portfolio standard, which requires 10,000 megawatts of renewables installed throughout the state by 2025. According to the annual compliance report prepared by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Texas surpassed its 2025 target in 2009 and had 13,359 MW of additional renewable energy capacity (12,824 MW of which was wind) in 2013 relative to 1999.

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AEP (Central and North) - Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

The Residential Standard Offer Program and Hard to Reach Standard Offer Program provide incentives to Project Sponsor contractors for installing energy efficiency measures at the homes of residential customers. Both programs provide incentives for upgrades to residential properties; however the Hard to Reach Program focuses on low-income homes and underserved communities. Project Sponsors agree with customers on terms including measures to be installed, conditions of sale, and price.  Customers will be asked to sign and date the Host Customer Agreement and Acknowledgement form provided by TCC or TNC to document participation in the RSOP or HTRSOP.  TCC or TNC will

AEP (Central and SWEPCO) - Coolsaver A/C Tune Up or Replacement

Residential customers are eligible to receive an instant rebate from a participating A/C contractor for installing high performance A/C systems. Incentives are based on the tonnage and efficiency (SEER) of the new system installed. Only system replacements are eligible.

                     SEER
Tons     16     17     18
1.5     $120     $180     $240
2.0     $160     $240     $320
2.5     $200     $300     $400
3.0     $240     $360     $480
3.5     $280     $420     $560
4.0     $320     $480     $640
5.0     $400     $600     $800

AEP (SWEPCO) - Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

The South Western Electric Power CO. (SWEPCO) Residential Standard Offer Program provides incentives to Project Sponsor contractors for installing energy efficiency measures at the homes of SWEPCO residential customers. The primary objective of this program is to achieve cost-effective energy usage reduction in peak summer demand. SWEPCO Texas will enter into contracts for peak demand and energy savings with "Project Sponsors" who are typically energy efficiency service firms such as air conditioning contractors, insulation installers, lighting contractors or national energy service companies.

AEP Texas Central Company - SMART Source Solar PV Rebate Program

American Electric Power Texas Central Company (AEP-TCC) offers rebates to any customer that installs photovoltaic (PV) systems on homes or other buildings. Rebates may be assigned to the customer, a service provider, or a third party. 

Rebates

Rebates are offered at a flat rate of $0.60 per watt (W)-DC for residential customers and $0.25 - $0.70 per W-DC for non-residential customers. The maximum rebate is:

  • $6,000 per residential customer (equivalent to a 10 kilowatt (kW) system),
  • Service Provider/Project Owner: $45,000 - $90,000

PV System Eligibility

Unless used for educational purposes by a school, systems must be at least 1 kW- DC

AEP Texas North Company - SMART Source Solar PV Rebate Program

American Electric Power Texas North Company (AEP-TNC) offers rebates to any customer that installs photovoltaic (PV) systems on homes or other buildings. Rebates may be assigned to the customer, a service provider, or a third party.

Rebates

In Program Year 2018, rebates are offered at a flat rate of $0.7 per watt for residential customers, $0.8 per watt for non-residential customers with capacity no higher than 25kW, and $0.25 per watt for non-residential customers with capacity higher than 25kW and no higher than 100kW. The maximum rebate is:

  • $6,000 per residential project (equivalent to a 10 kW system),
  • $36,250 per

Austin Energy - Commercial Energy Management Rebate Program

Austin Energy offers incentives for commercial customers to increase the energy efficiency of facilities through the Commercial Rebate Program. Rebates are available for qualified HVAC equipment, ceiling/roof insulation and reflective coating, chillers, custom technologies, energy recovery ventilators, lighting equipment, motors, variable frequency drives, and window treatments. Austin Energy has also created an incentive schedule for new construction projects, which awards incentives based upon specific project conditions. Custom measures include wire-up sizing, day lighting controls, cooling towers and others.

Interested businesses must first fill out a Customer Information Request Form. An Austin Energy Representative will then contact the business to schedule

Austin Energy - Commercial Solar PV Incentive Program

Austin Energy offers a performance-based incentive to customers with a commercial account number for electricity generated by qualifying photovoltaic (PV) systems. The incentive rate varies based on capacity of  the program, locked for a 10-year term, but the maximum incentive cannot exceed the amount indicated on the Letter of Intent. Systems rated up to 20 kW-AC are also eligible for net metering.

In order to qualify for this program, PV modules must be new and be listed on the California Energy Commission's Go Solar web site. In addition, all solar panels must have a 20-year manufacturer warranty, all inverters

Austin Energy - Free Home Energy Improvements Program

Note: potential participants could be placed on a wait list due to program limits.

Austin Energy provides a variety of weatherization measures at no cost to its low-income and disabled residents through its Free Home Energy Improvements Program. Certain income levels must be met for residents to participate in this program. Eligible residents must fill out a program application, and within two weeks Austin Energy will then send a letter stating whether they have been accepted to the program. Homes with an appraised value of $250,000 (excluding land value) may be excluded from this offer. Both renters and homeowners may apply.

Austin Energy - Multi-Family Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

The Austin Energy Multi-Family Program provides cash incentives to owners, developers, and property managers of apartments and other multi-family properties for making energy efficiency improvements. Rebates are available for qualified A/C systems, heat pumps, window treatments, insulation, ductwork, and lighting equipment. A free walk-through energy survey is required before a rebate application will be accepted. Rebate eligibility for each identified improvement will be determined by the on-site survey. Rebates for some measures may be prorated or not offered depending on the cost-effectiveness of each measure. Incentives are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Austin Energy for more information on

Austin Energy - Multifamily Solar PV Rebate Program

Note: Additional rebates are available through August 31

Austin Energy offers incentives for multifamily property owners to install solar PV systems on five or more units. In order to qualify, PV systems must be at least 2kW (AC) per unit or be estimated to produce at least 50% of annual electrical consumption. For more information, visit the program website.

Austin Energy - Net Metering

Eligibility and Availability

Austin Energy, the municipal utility of Austin Texas, offers net metering to its non-residential retail electricity customers for renewable energy systems up to 20 kilowatts (kW). Austin Energy offers the Value of Solar rate instead of net metering for residential customers with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems no larger than 20 kW. The current Performance Based Incentive Rate being accepted is $0.09/kWh for a ten year term.

The definition of renewable includes solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, wave and tidal energy, biomass, and biomass-based waste products, including landfill gas.

Systems must be used primarily to offset a

Austin Energy - Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Program

Austin Energy offers three types of loans to residential customers to finance energy efficient improvements in eligible homes. Option One requires you to make all mandatory energy efficiency improvements to your home as your participating company recommends. You must also install a new central air conditioning or a heat pump system. The minimum loan is $1,500. Terms vary depending on the length of the loan. Option Two lets you select from the list of recommended improvements. You can replace up to two HVAC systems or convert two window units to central air conditioning. The minimum loan is $1,500. APR is higher

Austin Energy - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Austin Energy offers incentives to its residential customers to encourage the use of energy efficient equipment and measures through the "Power Partner Program." Rebates are available for qualified HVAC equipment, weatherization improvements, smaller appliances, and technology upgrades through an energy star rebate program. A winter bonus rebate is also available on certain HVAC improvements. Customers may also receive the Home Performance Bonus Rebate up to $2,400 when they install a new air conditioning unit or heat pump and perform the following weatherization measures listed, if needed for low-to-moderate income residents:

  • Install additional attic insulation
  • Repair leaking AC ducts and repairs

Austin Energy - Residential Solar PV Rebate Program

Rebates will only be paid for approved systems installed by approved solar contractors according to the established technical requirements. All systems must conform to the utility's equipment and installation standards in order to qualify for a rebate. These standards include the use of pre-approved equipment; equipment warranty requirements; and the use of a program-approved, NABCEP-certified, and appropriately insured solar installer. Participants must meet a detailed set of home energy efficiency requirements in order to qualify for a solar rebate.

Renewable Energy Credits and other environmental credits associated with renewable energy generated from the system belong to Austin Energy.

Austin Energy - Small Business Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Austin Energy offers a special incentive for its small-to-midsize and not-for-profit business customers to increase the energy efficiency of facilities through the Small Business Rebate Program. Rebates are available for qualified HVAC equipment, ceiling/roof insulation and cool roofing, custom technologies, lighting equipment, and window treatments.

A separate rebate is also available for lighting equipment. Improvement costs of up to 80% percent may be covered by the program. For more information, visit the program website or contact the utility directly.

Austin Energy - Solar Water Heating Rebate

Austin Energy offers its residential, commercial, and municipal customers either an up-front rebate or a low-interest loan for the purchase and installation of solar hot water heaters. Because the program is in part designed to help Austin Energy reduce peak electricity demand, only systems that preheat water for a permanently installed electric hot water heater are eligible to receive the incentive. Rebate levels vary by customer class.

Rebates

  • Residential (new construction): $1,500
  • Residential (existing homes): $2,000 or low interest loan (see below)
  • Commercial: Custom, determined on a case-by-case basis

Loans option details (existing homes)

  • Home improvement loans: 0% interest rate

Austin Energy - Value of Solar Residential Rate

Note: In August 2014, the City Council of Austin, Texas, enacted Resolution No. 20140828, which directed program changes to the Value of Solar Tariff as follows:

  • allow excess credits to be rolled over from year to year (instead of being reset at zero at the start of a calendar year),
  • allow solar energy systems of any size to be eligible for the Residential Solar Tariff by removing the existing 20 kW cap,
  • set an annual price floor equal to the residential electric rates of a “tier 3 customer” (i.e., $0.091 per kilowatt-hour for the rate schedule approved September 2013),
  • allow

Bandera Electric Cooperative - Residential Heat Pump Rebate Program

Note: This program has limited funding. Once funds are depleted the program will close for the year.

The Bandera Electric Cooperative offers a $200 rebate for the installation of a 15 SEER or higher heat pumps in existing homes. This program is designed to promote energy efficiency in existing homes and to reduce demand for electricity. Rebates will be applied as a credit to participating members' accounts. The customer must apply for rebates in the year which the equipment was installed.  Visit the program website listed above or contact the cooperative for additional information on this program. Rebate forms must be

Brownsville Public Utilities Board - Green Living Residential Rebate Program

 Brownsville Public Utilities Board offers residential customers rebates for installation of energy efficient measures. Through the Green Living Rebate program, customers can apply for rebates for installation of energy efficient HVAC, improved duct flow performance, Energy Star Windows,  Energy Star water heaters, and attic and ceiling insulation. Applications must be completed within 30 days of installations and are subject to verification. 

For more information see web site.  

Bryan Texas Utilities - SmartHOME Program

The Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU) SmartHOME Programs offers incentives to owners of single- and multi-family homes for insulation, windows, and solar screens. The incentive amount may not be less than 10% or more than 25% of the project costs. No single customer may receive an incentive that exceeds 20% of BTU's budget for the program. Interested customers must submit an application prior to installing any of the efficiency measures; the application is available on the program web site listed above.


Please see the program guidelines and program web site for equipment and installation requirements.

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.

The Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) by rule may choose to adopt the latest published editions of the energy efficiency provisions of the International Residential Code (IRC) or the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for residential or commercial buildings. When the International Code Council publishes new codes, the Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL), a division of Texas A&M University,

CenterPoint Energy - Residential and Small Commercial Efficiency Program

Note: Rebate Incentives are only available to CenterPoint Energy electric customers in the greater Houston area, Texas.

CenterPoint Energy's (CNP) Residential and Small Commercial Standard Offer Program (SOP) provides incentives to encourage contractors to install energy efficiency measures in homes and small businesses in CNP's designated service area. Contractors who install energy efficiency measures at a facility that has a maximum demand of no more than 100 kW are eligible to participate in the program as a "project sponsor". Multiple facilities can aggregate projects, but must not have a maximum combined demand of more than 250 kW. All payments to

CenterPoint Energy Advanced Residential Lighting Program

CenterPoint Energy’s Advanced Lighting program provides a point-of-sale discount on the purchase of selected Energy Star® rated LED products, such as screw-in LEDs and LED fixtures, which are available in several styles and wattages. No rebate forms or  paperwork are needed for this program, all arrangements have been made at the manufacturer level.

Discounts are typically 10-20 percent off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

CenterPoint Energy New Homes Program

Note: This program is only available to electric customers in CenterPoint Energy's service territory (greater Houston area, Texas). 

The CenterPoint Energy New Homes Program offers both ENERGY STAR and non-ENERGY STAR builders the opportunity to leverage incentives and utilize program resources to help improve the efficiency of their homes. 

Benefits include: 

• Home energy performance consulting: Learn how to leverage program incentives to improve the efficiency of your homes 

• Energy Efficiency technical trainings: Your home energy rater and HVAC contractor can gain new skills and brush up on current ones in trainings offered every year

• Energy Efficiency sales

CenterPoint Energy's Energy Wise Program

CenterPoint Energy's Energy Wise program provides take-home kits containing efficiency devices with classroom and in-home education techniques with the aim to inspire families to adopt new resource usage habits. Results are tracked and summarized to document projected savings outcomes. Students receive a kit of energy-efficient devices, which are taken home as a homework project, then installed while sharing the learning experience with family members. They work on subjects required by state learning standards to understand and appreciate
the value of natural resources in everyday life. Program launch will typically be in the fall of each school year.

TAKE-HOME KIT:

City of Austin - Green Building Policy for Municipal Buildings

LEED Silver Building Requirement

The City Council of Austin passed a resolution (Resolution No. 000608-43) in June 2000 requiring that all future building projects be built in accordance with the standard of the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver.

In November 2007 this policy was revised (Resolution No. 20071129-045) to set two criteria for triggering the LEED Silver requirement for new construction and major renovations:

  • the project includes work in the five major LEED categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality, and

City of Austin - Green Power Purchasing

Austin is the largest city in the U.S. to have all city-owned buildings and facilities powered by renewable energy resources. 

Under the Austin Climate Protection Plan, the City Council has set numerous goals for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and carbon emission reductions with the overall goal of making Austin a national leader in local climate change mitigation policy. Included in Climate Protection Plan is a goal of powering all city facilities with renewable energy by 2012. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Green Power Partnership, the City of Austin generates nearly 100% of its annual electricity consumption (372,000,000

City of Austin - Renewables Portfolio Standard

The City Council of Austin, Texas, first adopted a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) in 1999 (Resolution No. 990211-36). The RPS was subsequently amended several times, with the current RPS goal—65% renewables by 2025—among the most ambitious in the nation.

Eligible Technologies

Renewable resources include those that rely on energy derived directly from the sun, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, wave or tidal energy, or biomass or biomass-based waste products, including landfill gas.

Goals and Requirements

The RPS for Austin Energy (the City of Austin’s municipal utility) and the city as a whole include the following renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission goals,

City of Austin - Residential and Commercial Green Building Requirements

The City of Austin has ambitious building energy efficiency codes, policies, and programs in place.

Building Codes

In February 2007, the city council passed the Austin Climate Protection Plan, calling for the drafting of new building codes consistent with reducing energy used in single-family homes by 65% and all other public and private buildings by 75% by 2015 (see Resolution No. 20070215-23). Accordingly, the Zero-Energy Capable Homes (ZECH) Task Force was designated to draft recommendations and progressively-increasing goals for the program. Furthermore, an Energy Efficiency Retrofits (EER) Task Force was created in December 2007 to examine strategies for reducing

City of Austin - Zoning Code

The Zoning Code (Chapter 25-2) of the Austin City Code provides a height limitation exemption for solar installations. Solar installations may exceed the zoning district height limit by 15% or the amount necessary to comply with a federal or state regulation, whichever is greater.

The Zoning Code also allows for preservation plans in historic districts to incorporate sustainability measures such as solar technologies and other energy generation and efficiency measures.

City of Brenham - Net Metering

In September 2010, the City of Brenham passed an ordinance adopting net metering and interconnection procedures. Customer generators up to 10 megawatts (MW) are eligible to participate, although customer generators with systems 20 kilowatts (kW) or less are eligible for a separate rider and expedited interconnection. The utility will install and maintain a meter capable of measuring flow of electricity in both directions. Any net excess generation (NEG) is credited on a monthly basis at the utility's avoided cost rate.

The ordinance includes a standard form interconnection application and agreement as well as standard riders. Customers must provide all equipment

City of Dallas - Green Building Policy for Municipal Buildings

In 2003, the Dallas City Council passed a resolution requiring that all new municipal buildings larger than 10,000 square feet be constructed to meet U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification standards. In 2006 the green building program policy was updated, increasing the requirement for new city-funded public works and transportation facilities under the 2006 bond program to LEED Gold Certification.

The first building completed under this policy was the Jack Evans Police Headquarters, which obtained LEED Silver certification in December 2005. As of 2015, Dallas has 26 LEED certified facilities: 14 silver (includes

City of Dallas - Residential and Commercial Green Building Requirements

In April 2008, the City of Dallas enacted a Green Building Program (see Ordinance No. 27131), which required all new buildings to meet enhanced energy efficiency standards. The program was implemented through two phases. Phase 1 became effective October 1, 2009, and Phase 2 became effective October 1, 2013 (as amended by Ordinance No. 28813).

Notably, Dallas became the first U.S. city to adopt the 2012 International Green Construction Code (with amendments, hereafter Dallas Green Construction Code) as mandatory for new commercial construction.

Residential Buildings

During Phase 1, new residential buildings (single family and duplex homes) were required to

City of El Paso - Green Building Policy for Municipal Buildings

In June 2008, the City Council of the City of El Paso enacted the Sustainable Design Standards for City Buildings policy (see Ordinance 16911, updated in July 2012 in this resolution). All new City buildings over 5,000 square feet in size are required to be designed, contracted, and built to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification level and strive for a higher level of certification (gold or platinum) when possible. Future major renovations and non-occupied City buildings will also be designed, contracted, and built to include as many principles

City of El Paso - Residential and Commercial Green Building Requirements

In September 2012, the City of El Paso adopted the Alternative Energy Conservation Code for residential and commercial buildings based on the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). (The energy conservation code of the City is the 2009 IECC.)

El Paso offers several incentives for projects meeting the Alternative Energy Conservation Code. First, all approved applicants receive expedited plan review. Second, approved applicants receive a reduction in the master permit fee associated with the project for 50% for the first 100 approved projects and 20% for the next 100 approved projects. Finally, approved applicants receive advanced notice of stakeholder

City of Fort Worth - Residential and Commercial Green Building Requirements

In March 2011, the City of Fort Worth adopted the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code with amendments as the City’s building energy code.

Fort Worth Energy Sustainability Program

Fort Worth developed a voluntary provision for projects desiring to be recognized for going above the requirements of the existing building codes. Participating residential and commercial projects are scored using a point system to achieve a rating of Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.

The options for earning points include, but are not limited to the following:

  • achieving U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification;
  • Green Building certification

City of Frisco - Residential and Commercial Green Building Requirements

Residential

In October 2013, existing green building codes were repealed and the 2012 International Residential Code with amendments was adopted. Among the amendments were energy efficiency requirements approximately 15% above the state minimum standard.

Specifically, new single-family residential structures must meet one of the following minimum standards for energy efficiency:

  • ENERGY STAR designation,
  • 15% increase in energy efficiency above the most recent State Energy Conservation Office approved Texas Building Energy Code provided with high efficacy lighting for 75% of all fixtures, or
  • Dallas Builders Association’s GREEN BUILT TEXAS 3.0 designation.

Commercial

In November 2006, Frisco passed an ordinance requiring that

City of Houston - Green Building Policy for Municipal Buildings

In June 2004, the Houston City Council passed a resolution requiring adherence to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines in the construction or renovation of municipal buildings with more than 10,000 square feet of occupied space. The resolution sets no definitive certification requirement, instead requiring capital improvement projects to follow LEED principles "to the greatest extent practical and reasonable." The general target rating for the program is LEED Silver certification. Buildings owned, managed, or constructed by the Houston Airport System Department are exempt from the resolution.

City of Houston - Property Tax Abatement for Green Commercial Buildings

In September 2009, the City of Houston Tax Abatement Program was enacted (Ordinance No. 2009-858), establishing a partial tax abatement for U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified commercial buildings. Since its inception, the tax abatement has been renewed three times, most recently in 2016 (Ordinance No. 2016-252).

Abatement Amount

The Ordinance specifies the abatement as follows:

“If the owner of a new or refurbished commercial facility has registered with the U.S. Green Building Council seeking LEED Certification, then the Economic Development Division…may recommend approval by the City Council of a partial tax abatement for the

City of Houston - Residential and Commercial Green Building Requirements

Residential

In 2014, the City Council of Houston passed Ordinance No. 2014-5, requiring new residential construction to exceed the energy efficiency requirements under the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) by 15%.

There are several ways a project can demonstrated compliance with the 15% additional energy efficiency requirement, including:

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR Program certification;
  • energy code compliance modeling through approved software, along with testing the building’s thermal envelope;
  • prescriptive energy efficiency option packages approved by Texas A&M Energy Systems Laboratory listed in the statute, among which include either a 4 kilowatt photovoltaic array or a solar

City of Plano - Green Building Policy for Municipal Buildings

In January 2007, the City of Plano adopted a policy to "finance, plan, design, construct, manage, renovate, and maintain its facilities and buildings to be sustainable." This policy applies to new construction and major renovations. The City will use the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system to determine what constitutes sustainable building by national standards. The City of Plano requires the highest level of LEED certification possible for all city facilities.

Return on investment will be considered when determining feasibility of implementing green features. While pursuing the highest level of LEED certification possible,

City of Plano - Smart Energy Loan Program

The City of Plano offers the Smart Energy Loan (SEL) Program to provide energy efficiency loans to homeowners. In partnership with Credit Union of Texas, Plano provides homeowners with a variety of financing options for energy efficiency upgrades. The SEL loan program will continue to offer future loans as existing loans are paid off.

Eligible properties must be owner-occupied existing residential properties to qualify for this loan program. Other requirements include being current on mortgage and property taxes, no bankruptcy or foreclosure history for the past 3 years, and no voluntary liens currently held on property. (See the Residential

City of San Antonio - Energy Conservation Code

The City of San Antonio city council approves and adopts the recommendations of the mayor’s sustainable task force. The city supports the adoption and implementation of energy provisions that result in energy savings ranging from 15%-30% when compared to the 2008 code. The provisions include the goal of net-zero carbon by 2030. San Antonio wants to provide flexibility to permit the use of innovative approaches and techniques to achieve the effective use of energy and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The city approves the goals of the following recommendations of the sustainable building task force. One of the main goals

City of San Antonio - Residential and Commercial Green Building Requirements

In 2009, the mayor of San Antonio announced the “Mission Verde” plan, which included several energy savings goals. As part of this plan, the City Council enacted an ordinance in March 2009 requiring all new buildings in San Antonio to meet a 15% greater efficiency rate than what was required in the 2008 city energy code and establishing goals of 30% energy saving by 2012 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.

In December 2011, the City Council adopted the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code, Chapters 2 through 5. 

City of San Antonio - Sec. 35-398. - Renewable Energy Systems

Small Wind Energy Systems:

The standards are applicable for small wind energy systems consisting of a wind turbine, a tower, and associated control or conversion electronics, which has a rated capacity of not more than 100 kW and which is intended to primarily reduce on-site consumption of utility power.

Small wind energy systems shall be permitted ("P") by right in the following zoning districts C-3, L, I-1, I-2, MI-1, MI-2, O-2, ED, FR, QD and SGD. Small wind energy systems shall require specific use authorization ("S") in all residential base zoning districts and neighborhood preservation districts as well as the

City of San Marcos - Distributed Generation Rebate Program

The City of San Marcos offers a Distributed Generation Rebate Program for the installation of grid-tied renewable energy systems. The Distributed Generation Rebate Program is offered to San Marcos Electric Utility (SMEU) customers. In order to qualify for the rebate, customers must be pre-approved by the utility. Single family homes must meet certain energy efficiency criteria determined by the utility. All systems must be professionally designed and installed. For more information, visit the program website.

City of San Marcos - Energy Efficient Home Rebate Program

The City of San Marcos offers an Energy Efficient Home Rebate Program for the installation of HVAC equipment, insulation types/levels, duct leakage, windows and doors.  A homeowner or tenant with written consent may apply; however, only existing homes qualify for the Energy Efficient Home Rebate Program. Energy efficient products eligible for the rebate program include:

  • Central HVAC Systems
  • Attic and Wall Insulation
  • Radiant Barrier
  • Duct Sealing or Replacement
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Window Film
  • Solar Screen
  • Window AC Units.

More information and application instructions for the Energy Efficient Home Rebate Program can be found on the program website.

 

 

 

City of Sunset Valley - PV Rebate Program

The City of Sunset Valley offers rebates to local homeowners who install photovoltaic (PV) systems on their properties. The local rebate acts as an add-on to the PV rebates that are offered by Austin Energy to its electric customers.

The Sunset Valley rebate is $1.00 per watt (W) up to 3,000 W. In order to qualify for the Sunset Valley rebate, the system must first qualify for an Austin Energy rebate. In addition, the system installation cost must be $6 per 1,000 W or less.

The Sunset Valley rebates are in addition to the Austin Energy rebate of $2.50 per

City of Sunset Valley - Solar Water Heating Rebate Program

The City of Sunset Valley offers rebates to local homeowners who install solar water heating systems on their properties. The local rebate acts as an add-on to the solar water heating rebates that are offered by Austin Energy to its electric customers. The Sunset Valley rebate is set at 30% of the installed system cost, up to a maximum rebate of $2,000 per homeowner, supplementing the Austin Energy rebate of $1,500 for systems on new homes and $2,000 for systems on existing homes.

In order to participate in the program, local residents must first be approved for a rebate through

College Station Utilities - Residential Energy Back II Rebate Program

College Station Utilities offers an incentive for residential customers to install energy efficient HVAC equipment through the Energy Back II Program. Rebates only apply for replacements in exsiting homes. To qualify for the rebate, the A/C system must be a minimum of 15 SEER or higher. Both the evaporator coil (inside unit) and the condensing unit (outside unit) must be replaced as a matching system as rated in the Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Institute directory. Units must be installed in accordance with the current ICC building and City of College Station Codes, and the equipment and installation must be inspected by

CoServ - Solar Energy Rebate

CoServ Electric Cooperative provides a rebate to its members who installation a solar energy system on their property. Customers must sign an interconnection agreement (with net metering) for on-site generation with CoServ. Any excess generation from the system will be given to CoServ without compensation.

Interested customers are encouraged to contact the utility for more details before making investment decisions.

CoServ Electric Cooperative - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

CoServ Electric Cooperative's "Think Green Rebate Program" provides a range of incentives encouraging its residential customers to upgrade to high efficiency equipment in their homes. Rebates are available for CFL and LED lighting upgrades, HVAC tune-ups, new Energy Star Homes, heat pumps, water heater replacements, room AC units and dishwashers. All appliances must be Energy Star rated and meet all program efficiency requirements as stated on the program web site. For all Energy Star purchases and rebates, members must provide a copy of the receipt as well as a copy of the Energy Guide label along with applications. Customers applying

CPS Energy (Electric) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

CPS Energy offers a variety of rebates for energy efficiency related improvements to residential homes, including: appliances, HVAC equipment, and insulation. Rebate calculation methods, limits, and equipment requirements vary by technology and sometimes by existing home characteristics. All equipment and installation requirements must be met in order to receive rebate payments. View the program web site for additional details.

CPS Energy also offers energy efficiency rebates for commercial and industrial facilities, as well as rebates for solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal systems. 

CPS Energy - New Residential Construction Incentives

CPS Energy offers incentives for new residential construction that is at least 15% more efficient than required by the City of San Antonio Building Code (based on IECC 2009). The building code and incentive program were created by Ordinance 2009-03-12-0179 (the Sustainable Building Codes Ordinance) and further amended by Ordinance 2009-10-01-0777D. The Residential New Construction Incentive Program does not specify eligible measures, but rather provides incentives for the amount of energy saved overall. Savings are based on the total energy consumption of all fuel types used in the building.


CPS Energy offers builders and contractors incentives for new, energy-efficiency residential

CPS Energy - Solar Hot Water Rebate Program

As part of a larger program designed to reduce electricity demand within its service territory, CPS Energy offers rebates for solar water heaters to its customers. In general, any CPS Energy customer is eligible to receive the rebate; however, systems must be new and have a permanently installed electric back-up system. Rebates will be calculated according to the annual savings estimated by the system's Solar Rating Certification Corporation (SRCC) OG-300 table as applied in the San Antonio area. Estimated annual electricity savings will be multiplied by a standard rate of $0.60/kilowatt-hour (kWh) in order to determine the value of the

CPS Energy - Solar PV Rebate Program

CPS Energy, San Antonio's municipal utility, offers rebates to customers who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on their homes, schools, or businesses. Third-party owned systems (e.g., leased PV systems) are not eligible for rebates (a customer must make the upfront financial investment). The rebate is available to all CPS Energy customers for systems of at least 1 kilowatt (kW)-AC.

Current funding will be allocated through three tranches. Each tranche will have a different rebate amount:

  • Tranche 1: $2,500/project, plus $500 for locally-produced panels
  • Tranche 2: $1,200/project, plus $500 for locally-produced panels
  • Tranche 3 (commercial only): $0.60/watt, plus $0.10/watt for locally-produced

Denton Municipal Electric - GreenSense Solar PV/Thermal Rebate Program

 At the moment, the solar rebates have been depleted and the program is suspended until funds can be secured.

Denton Municipal Electric (DME) offers rebates to its electric customers for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heating systems. The solar rebates are designed for residential and small commercial customers and are available for both existing buildings and new construction. Applicants must be a home or rental property owner.

The following requirements apply to the PV rebate:

  • Applicant must contact Program Manager to receive Interconnection Agreement, Application for Interconnection Packet, and GreenSense PV Rebate Agreement.
  • All applications are

Denton Municipal Electric - Residential GreenSense Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Denton Municipal Electric pays residential and small commercial customers to reduce energy demand and consumption in order to reduce the utility bills of DME customers, reduce peak load, reduce emissions, and promote energy conservation. The program offers rebates on the electric service bills of DME retail customers and cash incentives to builders, and applicants can qualify for multiple incentives simultaneously. Rebates are available for air conditioning units, heat pumps, building insulation, programmable thermostats, radiant heat barriers and efficient windows.

An application form must be completed and sent to DME within 30 days of installation of the energy efficient upgrades. 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

El Paso Electric Company - Residential Solutions Program

The El Paso Electric Residential Solutions Program offers El Paso Electric customers and participating contractors cash and non-cash incentives for implementing energy efficiency improvements in the Texas portion of the El Paso Electric Service territory. Incentives are available for qualifying measures in retrofit projects, and are available on a first come, first serve basis. For additional information, please contact the utility or program representative.

Additionally, the El Paso Electric Low Income Residential Solutions Program offers El Paso Electric income eligible residential customers and participating contractors cash and non-cash incentives for implementing energy efficiency improvements in the Texas portion of the

Entergy Texas - Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

Entergy Texas offers an incentive program that provides residential customers with a comprehensive, whole-house approach to energy efficiency. Qualified customers are eligible for financial incentives totaling up to $5,000 for home energy efficiency upgrades. For more information, visit the program web site.

Participation in the program involves several steps. A customer first selects a participating contractor, who completes an energy assessment of the home. Next, the customer selects the energy efficiency upgrades based on the results of the assessment and signs a contract with the contractor, who then completes the upgrades. Finally, incentives for qualified measures are paid to

Entergy Texas - Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program

Entergy Texas offers incentives of up to $5,000 for energy efficiency home upgrades and installations.  The home must be within Entergy's service territory. After a home performance evaluation, a contractor will recommend a variety of energy efficiency improvements. Improvements include: Central Air Conditioner Replacement, Comprehensive Air Conditioner Tune Up, Air Source Heat Pump, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning duct sealing and/or replacement, High Efficiency Electric Water Heater, Water Heater Jackets, Attic, Wall, and Floor Insulation, Air Sealing, Solar Screens, Energy-Efficient Windows, Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs,  and Pool Pumps.

Entergy Texas - Residential and Small Commercial Standard Offer Program

The Hard to Reach and Residential Standard Offer Programs provides incentives for the retrofit or new construction installation of a wide range of energy efficiency measures. The program does not prescribe technologies or end uses, but provides a framework through which energy efficiency service providers can receive incentives to achieve cost-effective reduction in peak summer demand. If the customer uses the performance based calculations to determine an incentive, the implementation payment may be added to the kW saved payment. Entergy will not make a total incentive payment (i.e., the sum of the Implementation Payment and the Performance Payment) that is

Farmers Electric Cooperative - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Farmers Electric Cooperative offers incentives for its residential and agricultural members to purchase certain energy efficient equipment. In order to receive rebates, equipment and installation must meet program requirements. More information and rebate applications can be found on the web site listed above.

Garland Power & Light - Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

Garland Power and Light (GP&L) offers incentives to its residential, small commercial, and commercial customers to increase the energy efficiency of homes and facilities. Rebates for installing central air conditioning or heat pumps in already existing homes and businesses are available to residential and small commercial customers. Additionally, a separate lighting program is available to commercial customers who reduce their facility demand. Details on all offerings are available on the program web site.

Residential customers also qualify for rebates when they install high efficiency window air conditioning units with an ENERGY STAR Rating or make weatherization improvements to already existing

Garland Power & Light - Solar Rebate Program

A utility bill credit is available to encourage Garland Power and Light (GP&L) customers to install solar photovoltaic panels that meet the minimum requirements of the program. Please check the GP&L website to make sure the program is still available before purchasing equipment. Application to GP&L must be submitted and accepted prior to installation of solar panels.

Credit will be applied to GP&L (must be GP&L customer) customer utility bill once system is installed and approved. The utility bill credit (1 bill credit limit per GP&L account; future solar panel additions not eligible) is based on the total watts installed

Green Mountain Energy Renewable Rewards Program

Texas does not have statewide net metering as the term is generally understood. However, retail electricity providers in Texas are permitted, but not required, to compensate customers for electricity produced by distributed renewable energy generation systems and exported to the electric grid. The program described below operates in a fashion similar to net metering and has similar customer benefits up to a certain point.

Eligibility and Availability

Green Mountain Energy Company, a retail electric provider of green electricity in Texas’s deregulated electricity market*, offers a special Renewable Rewards buy-back program to Texas customers who generate electricity from renewable sources using

Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative - Renewable Energy Rebates

The Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC) offers rebates to its member customers for the installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems, solar water heaters and solar water wells  within its service territory. Rebate amounts and limitations vary by technology.

In order to qualify for a rebate, systems must be new and meet a variety of equipment, warranty, and installation requirements that vary by technology. All units must be installed by a program approved contractor according to the manufacturer's specified procedures and codes.

Grid-connected renewable electricity systems must meet the standards of the National Electric Code (NEC) as well as the GVEC's own

Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

Effective April 1, 2019, the following rebates will no longer be offered: Duct Replacement, Energy Efficient Windows, Heat Pump Water Heater, 16 - 17 SEER Heat Pump Cooling and Heating, Insulation, Solar PV System, Solar Water Heater, Solar Water Well, Window Screens/Film, New Home. To qualify for a rebate prior to April 1, 2019, installation must be completed, commissioned (if applicable), rebate application submitted and all required documents turned in. No exceptions will be made.

Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVC) offers a variety of incentives to help residential customers save energy. Rebates are available for energy efficient new homes and

Interconnection Standards

The Texas Public Utility Regulatory Act (PURA) of 1999 included a provision that "a customer is entitled to have access… to on-site distributed generation," leading the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) to subsequently adopt interconnection standards. The PUCT's Distributed Generation Interconnection Manual includes a review of safety and technical requirements of distributed generation installations; a copy of applicable rules, application procedures and forms; Texas utility contacts; and equipment pre-certification requirements.

System Capacity Requirements

Interconnection rules apply to electrical generating facilities (consisting of one or more on-site distributed-generation units) located at a customer's point of delivery, with a maximum capacity

LoanSTAR Revolving Loan Program

The Texas LoanSTAR (Saving Taxes and Resources) low-interest revolving loan program finances energy-related cost reduction retrofits for state, public school, college, university, and non-profit hospital facilities. Borrowers repay loans through the stream of cost savings realized from their energy cost-reduction projects. The LoanSTAR Program Administrator should be contacted for information on current loan interest rates.

As of August 2014, LoanSTAR has funded over 240 loans totaling over $400 million. 

Eligible Projects

Energy cost reduction measures (ECRMs) financed through the program include, but are not limited to, energy-efficient lighting systems; high-efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; energy management systems; energy

Mandatory Renewable Energy Educational Materials

If an electric utility must construct a line extension for a customer, and the utility requires the customer to pay a Contribution in Aid to Construction (CIAC) or a pre-payment charge, or to sign a contract with a term of one year or longer, the utility must provide the customer with information about on-site renewable energy and distributed-generation (DG) technology alternatives. The information must be provided to the customer at the time of the CIAC estimate or pre-payment. This information must comply with guidelines established by the Public Utilities Commission of Texas (PUCT), and must be provided to the customer

New Braunfels Utilities - Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Rebate Programs

New Braunfels Utilities offer a variety of programs encouraging its customers to make their homes more energy efficiency. Rebates are available for washing machines, air conditioners, heat pumps, strategically placed drought tolerant shade trees, and LED exit signs. All equipment requirements must be met in order to receive rebates. Washing machines must be rated CEE Tier 3 or better to receive the $100 rebate. Applications are located on the program website. Contact New Braunfels Utilities for additional information on this program.

New Braunfels Utilities - Residential Solar Water Heater Rebate Program

New Braunfels Utilities offers a rebate for residential customers who purchase and install solar water heating systems on eligible homes. A rebate of the equivalent of $0.265 per kWh is available to these customers. The maximum rebate amount is $900 for participating customers. Applicants must have an active residential electric service account with NBU in order to be eligible. Solar water heaters must preheat water for an electric water heater that is permanently installed and is the main water heating source. A contractors invoice or receipt must include documentation for all requirements as stated in the program guidelines.

Funding

Oncor Electric Delivery - Commercial and Industrial Rebate Program

Oncor provides incentives to Service Providers who install approved energy efficiency measures in business, government, nonprofit, and worship facilities in Oncor's service area. Service providers can include energy service companies (ESCOs), energy consultants, contractors, individual customers, and retail electric providers. Generally, incentives are paid based on the kW and kWh saved and verified through a measurement and verification process. However, certain types of improvement projects have been assigned pre-determined "deemed savings" estimates by the Texas Public Utilities Commission (PUCT) and do not require verification. Currently, 17 types of cooling projects and nine types of lighting projects have deemed savings assigned

Oncor Electric Delivery - Solar Photovoltaic Standard Offer Program

Oncor Electric Delivery offers rebates to its customers that install photovoltaic (PV) systems on homes or other buildings.* Oncor customers of all rate classes (e.g., residential, commercial) are eligible to participate in the program. The term "customer" means "the entity with financial responsibility for paying the electric bill for the meter behind which the distributed solar energy equipment is to be installed." Rebates may be assigned to the customer, a service provider, or a third party.

Rebate Amount 

Individual systems must be 1 kW or larger, unless they are to be used by schools for educational purposes. In addition, systems

Pedernales Electric Cooperative - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Pedernales Electric Cooperative offers equipment rebates to its members who install energy efficient HVAC equipment. Eligible equipment includes:

  • A/C Systems 
  • Ground-Source Heat Pumps
  • Dual Fuel Heat Pumps

The amount of the rebate varies according to which type of system is installed. The rebate only applies to replacement equipment, and both indoor and outdoor units must be replaced on the same installation date to be eligible for rebates. The replacement of those systems must include the outside condensing unit, indoor evaporator coil, fan section, and heating system (except those with a gas furnace). No partial replacement systems will be eligible for

Renewable Energy Systems Property Tax Exemption

The Texas property tax code allows an exemption of the amount of 100% of the appraised property value increase arising from the installation or construction of a solar or wind-powered energy device that is primarily for the production and distribution of thermal, mechanical, or electrical energy for on-site use and devices used to store that energy.

Solar energy devices installed or constructed on or after January 1, 2014, used for a commercial purpose are subject to the cost method of appraisal, and the depreciated value must be calculated using a useful life of 10 years or less (H.B. 2500

Renewable Generation Requirement

In 1999, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) adopted a rule, Goal for Renewable Energy (P.U.C. Substantive Rule 25.173), that sets the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) based on a bill enacted by the Legislature as part of restructuring in Texas (see S.B. 7). Texas’s RPS mandates 5,000 megawatts (MW) of new renewables be installed in Texas by 2015 (for a cumulative net capacity of 5,880 MW of renewable energy, or 5.4% of the state's summer net capacity in 2012) and sets a target of 10,000 MW of renewable energy capacity by 2025. 

According to the annual

Required Energy Efficiency Goals

Origin

Texas is credited with being the first state to establish an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard in the United States.* Originally, the goal called for investor owned utilities (IOUs) to meet 10% of its annual growth in electricity demand through energy efficiency. The legislature updated those standards in 2008 (HB3693) and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) finalized the goals and provided additional guidance on how to achieve them. SB1125 (2011) amended the goals again.

Electric Demand Reduction Standard

As a result of Senate Bill 1125, Texas’ EERS has now been set to be “triggered” based on the achievement

San Antonio City Public Service (CPS Energy) - Net Metering

Eligibility and Availability

Net metering is available to customers of CPS Energy. There is no aggregate capacity limit or maximum system size. There are also no commissioning fees or facilities charges for customers.

CPS Energy offers a rebate incentive to residential and commercial customers who enroll in net metering.

Net Excess Generation

At the end of each billing period, CPS Energy pays the customer-generator for net excess generation at its avoided cost rate via a credit to the monthly bill.

San Antonio City Public Service (CPS Energy) - Renewable Portfolio Goal

In 2003 San Antonio's municipal electric utility CPS Energy established a renewable portfolio goal, which was increased in 2008 to meeting 20% of its electrical peak demand with renewable energy by 2020. (CPS Energy is not subject to the requirements of Texas's renewable portfolio standard.)

CPS Energy focuses on wind, solar, and landfill gas as renewable energy alternatives and is planning to reach a generation capacity of 1,500 Megawatts of renewable energy by 2020. Current capacity (as of September 2014) includes 1,059 MW of wind, making CPS Energy the largest publicly-owned purchaser of wind power in the nation,

Sharyland Utilities - Residential Standard Offer Program

Sharyland Utilities offers the Residential and "Hard-to-Reach" Standard Offer Programs, which encourage residential customers to pursue energy saving measures and equipment upgrades in their homes.  "Hard-to-Reach" incentives are higher than the standard residential incentives, and are available to customers with total household income levels less than or equal to 200% of the current federal poverty guidelines.  Incentives in both programs are paid directly to energy efficiency service providers, also referred to as project sponsors, based on the energy savings achieved by implemented measures.  Energy savings may be determined by either the measure and verification method or Sharyland's "deemed savings" values.

Solar and Wind Energy Business Franchise Tax Exemption

Companies in Texas engaged solely in the business of manufacturing, selling, or installing solar or wind energy devices are exempt from the franchise tax. The franchise tax is Texas’s equivalent to a corporate tax. There is no ceiling on this exemption, so it can be a substantial incentive for solar and wind businesses.

For the purposes of this exemption, a solar energy device means "a system or series of mechanisms designed primarily to provide heating or cooling or to produce electrical or mechanical power by collecting and transferring solar-generated energy. The term includes a mechanical or chemical device that has

Solar and Wind Energy Device Franchise Tax Deduction

Texas allows a corporation to deduct the cost of a solar energy device from the franchise tax in one of two ways:

  • The total cost of the system may be deducted from the company's taxable capital or,
  • 10% of the system's cost may be deducted from the company's income.  

Both taxable capital and a company's income are taxed under the franchise tax, which is Texas's equivalent to a corporate tax. 

For the purposes of this deduction, a solar energy device means "a system or series of mechanisms designed primarily to provide heating or cooling or to produce electrical or mechanical

Solar Rights

Property Owners' Associations (also known as Homeowner Owners' Associations or HOAs) are not allowed to include or enforce provisions within their regulations, covenants, or by-laws that prohibit or restrict homeowners from installing a solar energy device. While in theory this law protects homeowners' right to go solar, there are several caveats and exceptions that allow HOAs to maintain authority to include and enforce provisions that could prohibit or regulate the solar energy devices in certain situations.

In June of 2015, SB 1626 was signed into law. It provides that during the development period, the developer may only prohibit  a property

Texas Gas Service - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Texas Gas Service offers an incentive for its residential customers within the Austin and Sunset Valley city limits to install new central furnaces, hydronic water heaters, high efficiency gas water heaters (tank and tankless), duct repair/sealing and attic insulation. Residential customers must have the base gas service rate AUST I/S, SUNV I/S or ABIA I/S to be eligible.

Texas Gas Service also offers a program for fixed and moderate-income customers. Incentives include the installation and/or replacement of space heaters, wall furnaces or central furnaces; the provision of free weatherization services; and installation of carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Interested Customers

Texas State Energy Conservation Office - Industrial Energy Efficiency Program

SECO partners with Texas Industries of the Future (TIOF) to meet these objectives by offering specialized training, energy management forums and technology showcases. They also have developed targeted software tools to assist Texas manufacturers in evaluating energy-saving opportunities and their effects on air emissions.
Through its collaboration with TIOF and in partnership with the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), SECO provides technical assistance and training for Texas industrial energy consumers. TIOF conducts conferences, workshops and forums, providing outreach to engineers and consultants in process industries on a variety of industrial energy-efficiency topics.

Texas-New Mexico Power Company - Residential, Hard-to-Reach, and High-Performance New Homes Programs

Residential & Hard-to-Reach Programs

The primary objective of these programs is to achieve cost-effective reductions in peak demand. Additional objectives of the programs are to:

  • encourage private sector delivery of energy efficiency products and services,
  • achieve customer energy and cost savings,
  • significantly reduce barriers to participation by streamlining program procedures, and
  • encourage participation by a wide range of service providers.

Participating Project Sponsors market their services to customers and reach an agreement on which measures to be installed, the terms of the sale, price and any other issues. A customer then signs the Host Customer Agreement and Acknowledgement form. Upon

Texas-New Mexico Power Company - SCORE/CitySmart, Commercial Solutions, and Small Business Programs

SCORE/CitySmart

The TNMP SCORE/CitySmart program helps school facilities and local governments identify energy efficiency opportunities in existing and newly planned facilities and provides financial incentives to help implement the projects. The programs are funded by the TNMP and offered at no cost to participants. No products or services are sold through the CitySmart or SCORE Programs. Non-financial incentives include customized energy performance benchmarking, energy master planning workshops, technical energy efficiency assistance, and communications and public relations support. Cash incentives of $100-$200 per kilowatt (kW) reduction in peak demand are available.

Commercial Solutions

The TNMP Commercial Solutions program provides incentives for

Tri-County Electric Cooperative - Energy Efficient Water Heater Rebate Program

Tri-County Electric Cooperative offers a $75 rebate on the purchase of energy-efficient electric water heaters. The rebate is valid for new or replacement units which have an Energy Factor Rating of 0.90 or higher. The minimum tank size is 40 gallons, with a minimum 4,500 watt heating element. For validation purposes, a copy of the sales or installation receipt must accompany the application. More information, including contact information, may be found on the web site listed above.

United Cooperative Services - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

United Cooperative Services offers a one-time rebate program for new home construction and retrofit upgrades. The following equipment are eligible under United's Rebate Program:

  • Air-Source Heat Pumps
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Water Heaters
  • Attic Insulation
  • HVAC Systems
  • Solar Screens
  • Electric Vehicle Chargers

Water heater rebates can only be applied to electric water heaters installed in new homes. Efficient homes may be eligible for a $150 or $500 rebate if the home meets program standards. Maximum incentives are capped at $1,200 per home. To be eligible for the rebate program, rebate forms and accompanying documentation must be submitted within

Xcel Energy - Residential and Hard-to-Reach Standard Offer Program

The Residential and Hard-to-Reach Standard Offer Programs provide incentives to "Project Sponsors" to install energy efficiency measures in Xcel's service area. Residential customers should contact a participating sponsor (awarded at the first of each calendar year) through the web site provided. Hard-To-Reach Customers are defined as customers with an annual household income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, and who have properly completed a PUCT-approved income verification form. All payments to Project Sponsors are based on kW and kWh savings. Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Ceiling, wall, attic insulation
  • Installing energy efficient windows
  • HVAC retrofit
  • Duct efficiency