Solar Builder

MAY-JUN 2018

Solar Builder focuses on the installation/construction of solar PV systems. We cover the latest PV technology (modules, mounting, inverters, storage, BOS) and equip installers/contractors with tips and tools to make informed purchasing decisions.

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SOLARBUILDERMAG.COM | 15 Duke Energy solar rebate approved Duke Energy's $62 million solar rebate program — an effort to offset solar installa- tion costs for North Carolina homeowners — was approved in April by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC). The program is part of 2017's Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina law, also known as House Bill 589. Customers can start signing up this summer. "The Competitive Energy Solutions law for North Carolina will encourage solar own- ership for customers while we pursue a bal- anced and affordable energy mix for all cus- tomers," said David Fountain, Duke Energy's North Carolina president. "It also allows Duke Energy to secure solar energy from independent facilities at a market rate." Rebate details Under the program, residential customers will be eligible for a rebate of 60 cents per watt for solar energy systems 10 kW or less. For example, a typical rooftop array of 8 kW would be eligible for a $4,800 rebate. Installed systems 10 kW or greater would be eligible for a maximum rebate of $6,000. Nonresidential customers would be eligible for 50 cents per watt. Nonprofit customers (such as churches and schools) would be eligible for an enhanced rebate of 75 cents per watt for systems 100 kW or less. Installed systems 100 kW or greater would be eligible for a maximum rebate of $50,000 for nonresidential customers, or $75,000 for nonprofit customers. Customers will also have a solar leasing option. North Carolina is second in the nation for overall solar capacity. Currently, in North Carolina, Duke Energy has more than 6,000 customers who have private solar systems with a total capacity of just over 50 MW. The pro- gram expects to increase North Carolina's pri- vate solar market by 200 percent over the next five years, providing an economic boost for the state's solar installation business as well. NEWS IN THE

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