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There are two types of rebate incentives, the Expected Performance Based Buydown ("EPBB") and the
Performance Based Incentive ("PBI"), which differ mainly in payment schedule and method of rebate calculation,
as described in the table below. Solar systems larger than 100 kW­AC are eligible for the PBI incentive. Solar
systems smaller than 100 kW­AC are eligible for the EPBB incentive option.

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EPBB VS. PBI COMPARISON
PSI Incentive
Type 

Rebate Rates1

Eligible
PV
System
Size 

Payment Schedule 

(by customer type) 

$0.45/watt ­ Commercial & all
PPAs (except residential
Expected
leases)
One lump sum payment after installation and
Performance
inspection approval; based on estimated PV system
Based Buydown $0.90/watt ­ Government and
AC capacity.2  
(EPBB)2   
Non­profits3   
$1.80/watt ­ Income­Qualified
/ Affordable Housing  

1 kW­
CEC­
AC
to
100 kW­
CEC­
AC

$0.144/kWh ­ Residential

Performance
Based Incentive $0.288/kWh ­ Government
("PBI") 
and Non­profits3  

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$0.45/watt ­ Residential

$0.144/kWh ­ Commercial
and all PPAs (except
residential leases)

Residential Services

Two annual payments for first two years after
installation and inspection approval; based on actual
metered kWh output. 

$0.576/kWh ­ Income­
Qualified / Affordable
Housing 

100 kW­
CEC­
AC 
to
1,000
kW­
CEC­
AC

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1.  Rebate rates are effective May 1, 2015 and are based on CEC­AC Watts. Rates may be reduced at any
time prior to application approval.  
2.  For the EPBB incentive, PV system wattage is based on system performance, i.e., CEC­AC Watts (not
capacity), which is influenced by factors such as shading, orientation, system size, location and angle.  
3.  Residential solar leases and PPA's qualify for residential PSI rebates under the applicable rebate category.
Third­party ownerships (e.g., leases or PPA's) must use the commercial rate.
 

PERFOMANCE-BASED INCENTIVE PAYMENTS ("PBI")
Applicants with PV systems from 100 to 1000 kW CEC­AC are eligible for the PBI incentive, which is a flat cents­
per­kWh payment based on actual metered energy output of solar power produced during each of the first two
years of operation. Once the reservation is confirmed, the incentive rate will remain fixed during that 2­year
payment period.

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PBI Payment Calculation:
PBI Payment Amount = Annual measured output (kWh) x PBI Payment Rate
Example: Commercial installation of a 200 kW CEC­AC system:   

 

Year 

Metered Output (kWh) 

Current PBI
Rate 

Payment 

1

317,400

$ 0.144

$45,705.60

2

333,270

$ 0.144

$47,990.88

Total PBI Payment: 

 

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EXPECTED PERFORMANCE BASED BUYDOWN ("EPBB")
Solar systems up to 100 kW CEC­AC must choose the EPBB payment option, which is a one­time payment at the
applicable EPBB payment rate (by customer type) after the installation has been completed and approved.

EPBB Payment Calculation:
EPBB Payment Amount = CEC­AC Rating x Design Factor x EPBB Payment Rate
Example:  
Residential customer installing a 5 kW CEC­AC system:
EPBB Payment Amount = 5,000 Watts CEC­AC x Design Factor 95% x $0.45/Watt
EPBB Payment Amount = $2,137.50
"CEC­AC Rating" is the California Energy Commission's standard for determining a solar module's AC wattage. It
is based on system performance, not capacity, which is influenced by factors such as shading, orientation,
system size, location and angle.
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