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APS & TEP 2013 REST Distributed Generation Incentives

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The essentials

  • On January 23, 2013, the newly-elected Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) unanimously voted to end all photovoltaic (PV) rooftop incentives for commercial/non-residential entities for both APS and TEP.
  • They also voted unanimously to reduce APS’s combined residential photovoltaic (PV) rooftop and solar water heater (SWH) incentives to $4.48 million. TEP’s combined residential PV rooftop and SWH incentives budget was set at $744,486. Commissioner Pierce stated 2013 will likely be the last year that regulated utilities will offer residential incentives.
  • The ACC stated incentives are no longer necessary to continue the commercial solar distributed generation markets. The Solar Energy Industries Association predicts a serious market contraction in the wake of the Commission’s decision.