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Commercial Benefits - Tax Credits and Rebates

The following incentives are currently applied to those states which offer the large incentives. Please note that all rebates and incentive are subject to change based on the available budget at the time of rebate application sumottal.

California State Incentive for Commercials:
The following two choices of incentive apply to California commercial property owners by the three state municipalities of SCE (Southern California Edison), SDG&E (San Diego Gas & Electric) and PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric):

  • Expected Performance Based Buy-down (EPBB) Incentives:
    At the start of the program on 1/1/2007, the EPBB pays a one-time up-front incentive of $1.90 per AC watt of the system purchase price. 
  • Performance Based Incentives (PBI):
    The PBI payment will be made on a monthly basis over the 5-years period. These payments started at $0.26 per-kWh of the actual energy (kWh) produced by the system.

Please note that the above rebates are subject to drop. But as soon as the incentives are filed, the commercial property owners are locked-in with the current rate. All system must be interconnected through participating utilities.

New Jersey State Incentive for Commercials:
The New Jersey Clean Energy Program started upfront rebate that covered up to 50% of the system cost. Due to the over subscription for many business owners, the state of New Jersey conducted hearings to develop a more stable program. Please contact our office for specific information and development on the commercial program.

New Jersey SRECs:
Beside the state incentives, the state of New Jersey also offers Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (S-RECs) which are the clean attributes that are made by the solar system that are sold to large electric companies to meet their renewable standards. Every Mega watt hour, equals to one S-REC. Once a S-REC is created it is sold or traded to large utility companies. The S-RECs program started selling at $240 each. Mehr Solar will help you in better understanding the market as well as offer long term contracts to ensure that you get paid.

New York State Incentive for Commercials:
The NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) are offering incentives to all business owners who pay into the SBC (Social Benefit Charge) collected by the major utility companies. Following are the summery of the state incentives at the start of the NYSERDA program;

  • $4.00 per DC watt for commercial systems less than 25 kW
  • All commercial incentives will be reduced by $1.00 per watt for additional capacity above 25 kW and commercial incentives will be capped at 50 kW per site/meter and 100 kW per customer.
  • All incentives are capped at 60% of the total installed cost for all systems.

Federal Incentive for Commercials:
Beside the state incentive, the following federal incentive also applies to commercial solar system owners:

  • One time Federal Tax credit of 30% with no cap,
  • 5 years Accelerated Capital Depreciation,
  • Exemption from property tax increase.

Please ask the Mehr Solar representative for available financing and leasing option.


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