Texas Solar Rebates And Incentives

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Texas Rebates and Incentives Summary

TexasTexas is still a little frustrated that it’s not the biggest state anymore, nor home to the United States biggest oil reserves. Alaska can claim both those titles, but it can’t best the Lone Star state in one important way, renewable resources. Texas was a big player in the development of its wind resources in 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.

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.

When George W. Bush was still the Governor of Texas and before Enron became infamous for its accounting practices, Texas was investing heavily in renewable energy, particularly wind. The investments made it the nation’s leader in wind. However, with the Enron scandal, and Bush’s election to the presidency. the state’s investment in wind and other renewables experienced a drought.

More recently, the state has resumed its interest in promoting renewables. 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

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


Participating customers are eligible to receive a $75 coupon for use toward A/C and heat pump efficiency services performed as a result of the program’s tune-up analysis, contractors are eligible to receive $150.

Beginning in 2015, 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.

Tons     16     17     18
1.5     $120     $180     $240
2.0     $160    

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

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 are offered at a flat rate of $1.05 per watt (W)-DC for residential customers and $1.00 per W-DC for non-residential customers. The maximum rebate is:

  • $10,500 per residential customer (equivalent to a 10 kilowatt (kW) system),
  • Per non-residential customer amount equivalent to a 25 kW system
  • Service Provider/Project Owner: $81,450 -

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, solar technologies, 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

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

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

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

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

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$aver 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 $500 when they install a new air conditioning unit or heat pump and perform the following weatherization measures listed, if needed for low

Austin Energy - Residential Solar PV Rebate Program


Austin Energy's Solar Rebate Program offers a $1.10 per watt incentive to eligible residential customers who install photovoltaic (PV) systems on their property. Rebates are not to exceed 50% of the total invoice. Residential customers are billed for their whole house energy consumption at standard residential rates and then credited at the current Value of Solar Rate ($0.113 per kilowatt-hour), with monthly net excess generation rolled over to the next month. 

Rebates will only be paid for approved systems installed by approved solar contractors according to the established technical

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, energy recovery ventilators, 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.


  • Residential (new construction): $1,500
  • Residential (existing homes): $2,000 or low interest loan (see below)
  • Commercial: Custom,

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 leased system hosts

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.  

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

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

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.
Participating retailers include:
• Home Depot
• Lowe’s
• Costco
• Sam’s Club

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

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.

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 or two Green Globes under the Green Globes Design Rating System. Future major renovations and non-occupied City buildings will also be designed, contracted, and built to include as

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

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

City of Frisco - Residential and Commercial Green Building Requirements



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

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

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

City of Houston - Residential and Commercial Green Building Requirements



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

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

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

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

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

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 watt AC up to $15,000 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 the Austin

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

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

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, insulation, and equipment recycling.. 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

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 - 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

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

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

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

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

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 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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.

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 compliance report

Required Energy Efficiency Goals



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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.

TXU - Commercial Energy Efficiency Program


TXU offers a variety of rebates to business customers who sign up for or renew a 12 month contract with TXU. Rebates are available for HVAC equipment, lighting, programmable thermostats, vending equipment, tankless water heaters, and lighting. Some rebates have been assigned a pre-determined rebate value, while others will be rewarded on a case-by-case basis. Some rebates may also vary based upon the energy usage and contract signed by the facility. Contact TXU for additional details on this program.

Other Eligible Retrofits May Include:
    Chiller replacement
    Rooftop HVAC replacement

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