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whichyouwouldliketoparticipate:
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Incentives
Completetheapplicationincluding
allapplicablereceiptsandmailto:
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Programs&Services
3750UniversityAvenue,3rdFloor
Riverside,CA92501

ResidentialPhotovoltaicRebateProgram
RiversidePublicUtilities(RPU)makesowningsolarpowereasyandrewardingwithourResidentialPhotovoltaic(PV)Rebate
Program.ThisleadingedgerebateprogramprovidesfinancialincentivestoRPUelectriccustomerswhopurchaseandinstallPV
systemsontheirhomes.

Thisguidemayhelpyoudetermineifsolarisrightforyou.

NOTICETOALLRESIDENTIALCUSTOMERS:
ThePVRebateprogramiscurrentlyopen.Pleasefollowthestepshighlightedin
yellowbelowtoprepareforyourreservationappointment.
Pleasecall9518265311andchoosethesolaroptionfromthemenutoschedule
yourPVrebatereservationappointment.
BuildingpermitsmustbeobtainedafteryoureceiveapprovalofthePVrebate
application.YoumustinstallthePVsystemafterJuly1,2015.Failuretocomply
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withtheserestrictionswillresultinPVrebatebeingrelinquished.Retroactive
rebatesarenotavailable.
WethankyouforyourcontinuedinterestinRPUsresidentialsolarrebateprogram.Withyoursupport,RPUhasexceeded
16megawattsoflocallygeneratedcleansolarenergy.
Inaccordancewithourpublishedsolarrebateguidelines,theprogramislimitedtofundsavailableonafirstcomefirst
servedbasis.

WhatistheResidentialPVincentiveamount?
StartingJuly1,2015,theincentiveamountwillbe$0.50perwattACandtherewillbenocaponresidentialsystemrebate
amounts.Systemsizemuststillabidebynetmeteringrules.
LeasedsystemsandPPAsarenoteligibleforthePVrebateprogram.
PleaseNote:Afinalinvoiceshowingeithera$0.00balancedueorstamped"PaidinFull"andtheCityof
RiversideBuilding&Safetysignoffmustbesubmittedinorderforrebatetobepaid.

Inordertohaveareservationrequestacceptedandguaranteed,customersmust
followthesesteps:
1.FIRSTSTEP:Pleasecall9518265311andaskfor"SolarReservations"torequestareservationappointment.
ReservationappointmentswillbescheduledstartinginJuneandcontinueuntilfundsaredepleted.Noapplicationswillbe
acceptedwithoutareservationappointmentandincompleteapplicationswillnotbeaccepted.Emails,voicemessages,or
walkinswillnotbeacceptedtorequestareservationappointment.
Pleaseprintandbringthefollowingtoyourappointment:
Completedrebateapplication.Ifcontractorissubmittingapplication,boththecustomerandthecontractormustsign
theapplication.
SubmitacopyofthesignedcontractorgatherandsubmitcopiesofthedatedsalesreceiptforyourPVsystem.Please
includethesizeofyoursysteminACwatts.
OnecompletedandsignedNetEnergyMeteringInterconnectionAgreement
OnecompletedSurplusEnergyCompensationElectionForm
OnecompletedHomeEnergyProfilePleasePrintandbringacopytoyourappointment.
Itisimportanttonotethatincompleteapplicationswillnotbeacceptedforareservation.Suchapplicationswillberejected
andyourplaceinthereservationprocesswillbeforfeited.
Onceyourapplicationpacketandreservationrequesthavebeenapproved,RPUwillsendaconfirmationletterofyourPV
systemreservation.Confirmedreservationsarevalidfor120days,inwhichtimecustomersmustobtainabuildingpermit
fromtheBuilding&SafetyDepartment.Oncethebuildingpermitisissued,customershave12monthstoconstructtheir
PVsystems.Failuretocomplywiththesetimelineswillresultintherebatebeingrelinquished.Reservationscannotbe
transferredbetweenprojects.
AfteryourPVsystemhasbeenverifiedandapprovedthroughafinalinspection,yourrebatewillbeissuedwithin1218
weeks,afterallrequireddocumentationisreceived.Dependingonthenumberofreservationswereceive,itcouldtakea
littlelongerwesincerelyappreciateyourpatiencethroughoutthisprocess.
ThefollowingstepsareoftentakencareofbycustomersPVcontractors.Werecommendthatyouconsultyourcontractor
todeterminetheirresponsibilities.
2.FollowRPU'sInterconnectionStandardsindesigningyoursystem.
3.ApplyforaPVconstructionpermit.
4.FollowRiversidesPhotovoltaicPermittingGuidelineswhenbuildingyourPVsystem.
5.ScheduleandcompletethefinalinspectionbycallingBuilding&SafetyDepartment:9518265697
Ifyouhaveanyquestionsaboutthisrebateprogram,pleasecalloursolarprogramadministratorat9518265475oremail
us.

DesignRequirements:
BeforeinstallingyourPVsystem,thereareafewthingstoconsider.Thingslikesystemsize,location,shading,tiltand
evenpanelorientationmayaffectyourRPUrebate,soweencourageyoutocarefullyreviewRiversidescompliance
standardsandsafetyrequirements.
Underthisprogram,PVsystemsareprimarilyintendedtooffsetpartorallofthecustomerspersonalelectricitydemand.

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Systemsshouldbesizedtoproducenomorethan120%ofthecustomersaverageannualenergyconsumptionasshown
ontheRPUbillingrecordforthetwoyearsleadinguptotheissuanceofthebuildingpermit.Ifthecustomersaccount
historyisshorterthantwoyears,theformulaof2wattspersquarefootoflivingareaincludinggaragescanbeused.
Yourphotovoltaicsystemmustcomplywith:
RiversidePublicUtilitiesInterconnectionStandards
RiversidePublicUtilitiesElectricRule22
PVSingleLineDiagram
TypicalMeterClearances
Building&SafetyDepartmentPlanCheck
FireDepartmentspecificationsandrequirements
RebateamountsarecalculatedbasedonsystemperformanceinCaliforniaEnergyCommission(CEC)ACwatts(not
capacity),whichisinfluencedbythefactorsmentionedabove.RiversidePublicUtilitiescalculatessystemsizebasedon
componentinformationfromtheCaliforniaSolarInitiativeandproductionbasedon6hoursofdaylightperday.
AllsolarenergyinstallationsrequireaproductionmetersocketinstalledaftertheinverterRPUdoesnotacceptringless
socketsorpanels(pleaseseethecitysInterconnectionStandards).Themeterforthissocketwillbeinstalled,owned,
andoperatedbyRiversidePublicUtilities.

Inspections:
AfteryourPVsystemhasbeeninstalled,youllneedtoscheduleaninspectionwiththeCityofRiversideBuildingand
SafetyDepartment.Thisinspectionisgenerallyfastandeasy,andhelpsensurethatyourPVsystemhasbeenproperly
installedandfunctionsasefficientlyaspossible.
OnceyourPVsystemhasbeeninspectedandapproved,yourrebateapplicationwillbeprocessedandyournewPV
productionmeterandelectricrevenuemeterwillbeinstalled.RPUmaychargeafeeforinstallationofaNETenergy
meter.Toscheduleyourinspections,callBuilding&Safetyat9518265697.

NetEnergyMetering:
Attimes,yourPVsystemmaygeneratemoreenergythanyouneed.Duringtheseperiods,theextraelectricityissent
throughyourutilitymeterandontotheelectricgridforotherstouse.Attheendoftheassociatedbillingperiod,youpay
onlyforyourhouseholdsnetelectricityuse.Thisiscallednetenergymetering(NEM),anditsanotherbenefitofbecoming
asolarenergygenerator.Pleasekeepinmindthatyouwillstillberesponsibleforpayingyourcustomercharge,reliability
charge,publicbenefitschargeandallassociatedtaxes.
Inordertobenefitfromnetenergymetering,RPUwillissueaNetEnergyMeteringInterconnectionAgreementforyour
PVsystem,whichmustbecompleted,signedandsubmittedtoRPU.

HerearetheNEMAgreementrequirements:
ACustomerGeneratorisdefinedas:aresidential,smallcommercial,commercial,industrial,oragriculturalcustomerwho
usesasolar(photovoltaic)orwindturbineelectricalgeneratingfacility,orhybridsystemofboth,withacapacityofnotmore
than1,000kilowatts,thatislocatedonthecustomer'spremises,isinterconnectedandoperatesinparallelwiththeutility's
transmissionanddistributionfacilities,andisintendedprimarilytooffsetpartorallofthecustomer'sownelectrical
requirementsonthepremises.
Rule22describestheinterconnection,operating,andmeteringrequirementsindetailforalltypesofgeneratingfacilities,
besidesNEM,generatorswhicharelimitedtophotovoltaicsystemsandwindturbines.
IfyouinstallaphotovoltaicsystemwithintheCityofRiversidesservicearea,youwillneedtogetbuildingpermitsfrom
thecitysBuildingDivision:9518265697.
RiversidePublicUtilitiesEnergyDeliveryEngineeringDivision(9518265489)mustapprovetheinterconnection
schematicandreviewthetechnicalspecificationsontheinvertertoverifythatitmeetssafetyrequirementsand
InterconnectionStandards.
Applicantsarerequiredtosignandsubmitone(1)originalsignedcopiesofthecompleteNetEnergyMetering
InterconnectionAgreementtoRPU.
ApplicableratesaredetailedintheNEMRateSchedule.
OthercostsmaybeassociatedwiththeinstallationofyourPVsystem,includingthecostofaNETenergymeter.

FormoreinformationontheNEMagreement,Rule22ortheInterconnectionStandards,pleasecontactEnergyDelivery
Engineeringat9518265489.

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SurplusEnergyCompensationForm:
ToreceivecompensationfortheextraelectricityyourPVsystemproduces,aSurplusEnergyCompensationElectionForm
mustalsobecompleted,signedandsubmittedwiththeRPUResidentialPhotovoltaicRebateProgramapplicationpackage.

PleaseNote:
Allrenewableenergycredits(REC),alongwithallenvironmentalattributesassociatedwithresidentialsolarinstallationsthat
havereceivedrebatesfromRiversidePublicUtilitieswillbethepropertyofRPU.Additionally,customersreceivingrebates
forresidentialsolarinstallationsagreetotransferallrights,titlesandinteresttheyhavetoRECsandenvironmental
attributestoRPU.

FrequentlyAskedQuestions:
Ifyourquestionisntansweredhere,pleasecalloursolarprogramadministratorat9518265475oremailus.
Whatisasolarelectric,orphotovoltaic,system?
Solarelectricorphotovoltaic(PV)systemsusesunsenergytomakeelectricity.
DoIhaveagoodsiteforaPVsystem?
Yoursitemusthaveclear,unobstructedaccesstothesun.Buildings,treesorothervegetationshouldnotshadeyoursite.
Southfacingroofexposureisbest,butroofsfacingeastandwestmaybeokay.Ifarooftopisnotavailable,yourPV
systemcanalsobemountedontheground.
WhatisNetEnergyMetering?
Attimes,yourPVsystemmaygeneratemoreenergythanyouneed.Duringtheseperiods,theextraelectricityissent
throughyourutilitymeterandontotheelectricgridforotherstouse.Attheendoftheassociatedbillingperiod,youpay
onlyforyourhouseholdsnetelectricityuse.Thisiscallednetenergymetering(NEM),anditsanotherbenefitofbecoming
asolarenergygenerator.Pleasekeepinmindthatyouwillstillberesponsibleforpayingyourcustomercharge,reliability
charge,publicbenefitschargeandallassociatedtaxes.
Inordertobenefitfromnetenergymetering,RPUwillissueaNetEnergyMeteringInterconnectionAgreementforyour
PVsystem,whichmustbecompleted,signedandsubmittedtoRPU.
Willmyelectricbillchange?
Yes,onceyoubecomeasolarcustomerofRPU,yournewsolarelectricbillwillshowkWhdelivered(KWHD),kWh
generated(KWHG)andkWhnet(KWHN)andtrackyourPVproductionandcreditsalongwithyourothercityservices
includingwater,trash,sewer,etc.
HowmuchdoesaPVsystemcost?
AnaveragePVsystemcancostbetween$3to$6perwatt,installed,fora4kWsystembeforerebatesortaxcredits.This
programisavailabletoRPUresidentialelectriccustomers.Ifapplicantisatenantorrenter,thepropertyownermustsign
theapplication.Theapplicationmustbesubmittedwithin90daysofthepurchasedate.
Arefinancingprogramsavailable?
ThebestwaytofinanceaPVsystemforyourhomeisthroughamortgageloanthatincludesaprimarymortgage,
secondarymortgageorhomeequityloan,orpropertytaxsecuredbyyourproperty.Ifmortgagefinancingisnotavailable,
considerothersourcessuchasconventionalbankloans.
Leanmoreabouthomeenergyefficiencyloans.
HowcanIfindaPVvendor?
Vendorsarelistedintheyellowpagesofthephonebook.YoucanalsosearchtheCaliforniaEnergyCommissionswebsite
atwww.gosolarcalifornia.ca.govorwww.findsolar.com.

HelpfulLinksandContactInformation:
RiversideSolarMap
CaliforniaEnergyCommissionInstallersDatabase
BetterBusinessBureau
CECRenewableEnergyEquipmentRegisteredRetailers
GoSolarCalifornia
GeoSmartResidentialFinancing
WRCOGEnergyEfficiencyFinancing
GuidelinesforCaliforniasSolarElectricIncentivePrograms(SenateBill1)
ForinformationaboutsolaratRiversidePublicUtilities,pleasecontact:
AndrewMarkis,SolarProgramCoordinator
Phone:9518265532
Email:AMarkis@riversideca.gov
GriseldaRivera,RebateProcessing
Phone:9518265760
Email:GRivera@riversideca.gov

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GeraldBuydos,SolarProgramAdministrator
Phone:9518265475
Email:GBuydos@riversideca.gov
Address:3750UniversityAvenue,3rdFloor,Riverside,CA92501

HelpfulTips
Areyouconsideringinstallingsolarpanelsatyourhome?Herearesometipstohelpyouthroughthedecisionmaking
process:
AllRPUresidentialelectriccustomersareeligiblefortheResidentialPhotovoltaicRebateProgram.
TheaveragecostofacompletelyinstalledsolarenergysystemforhomesinRiversideisbetween$6and$10perAC
watt.
TheaveragesizeofsolarenergysystemsforhomesinRiversideisabout4kilowatts(AC).
Solarenergysystemsproducemoreenergyiftheyareorientedinasouthfacingdirection.Ifasouthfacingpositionis
notpossibleonyoursite,thenextbestorientationsaresouthwest,southeast,westandfinallyeast.Donotinstallsolar
electricpanelsfacingnorth.
Solarpanelsthatareplacedinshadedareaswillproducelessenergythanpanelsthatareplacedinareaswithlotsof
exposuretothesun.

PhotovoltaicProgramRequirements&Guidelines:
BeforeinstallingaPVsystematyourhome,weencourageyoutocarefullyreviewthesesystemrequirementsand
guidelines.Understandingtheserequirementsandguidelineswillhelpyouavoidrunningintoproblemswhensettingupyour
PVsystemandapplyingforarebatefromRPU.
Ifyouhaveanyquestionsabouttheserequirementsandguidelines,orwouldlikemoreinformationaboutanyaspectof
RPUsResidentialPhotovoltaic(PV)RebateProgram,pleasecalloursolarprogramadministratorat9518265475oremail
us.

RequirementsandProgramGuidelines:
Customermustfulfillallprogramguidelinestobeeligibleforincentives.SystemswillneedtobeinspectedbytheCityof
RiversidesBuilding&SafetyDepartmentandRPUsCustomerEngineeringDivisionbeforearebatecanbeissued.
Ifitisdeterminedthroughinspectionthatthecustomerisnotincompliancewiththerequirementsoftheprogram,RPU
mayrecoverthetotalrebateamountpaidtocustomer.
Rebatestotalingupto$500willautomaticallybecreditedtothecustomersaccount.
RPUreservestherighttodetermineprogrameligibility.
RPUdoesnotendorseorrecommendspecificproductsordealersnordoesitguaranteematerialorworkmanship
acceptanceofsuchisthecustomersresponsibility.
Acopyofthedatedsalesreceipt,invoiceorcontractmustbeprovided,andissubjecttoverification.Thesedocuments
mustshowprojectaddress,thenamesofboththecontractorandPVequipmentmanufacturer,PVandinvertermodel
numbers,systemsize,andacompletelistofalllaborandequipmentcosts,alongwithanyothercostsassociatedwith
thecustomersPVsystem.
Projectcostsincludethephotovoltaiccells,modules,mountingortrackingstructures,wiring,inverters,andutility
requiredinterconnectionandmeteringequipment.
OnlyCECcertifiedPVmodulesandinvertersqualifyforthisprogramandaresubjecttoapprovalbyRPU.Theapproved
listcanbefoundontheCECswebsite,andcanbemadeavailablebyRPUstaff.
Qualifyingsystemsmustreduceelectricalloadatthemetersite.
Systemscannotbesizedover120%ofthemaximumhistoricalcustomerusagefromthepast24months.
Confirmedreservationsarevalidfor120days,inwhichtimecustomersmustobtainabuildingpermitfromtheBuilding&
SafetyDepartment.Oncethebuildingpermitisissued,customershave12monthstoconstructtheirPVsystems.
Failuretocomplywiththesetimelineswillresultintherebatebeingrelinquished.Reservationscannotbetransferred
betweenprojects.
ThisrebateprogramdoesnotcoverPVsystemenlargementsthataremadeafterthereservationhasbeenissued.
Applicantmustsubmitone(1)completedandsignedNetEnergyMeteringInterconnectionAgreementsanda
completedandsignedSurplusEnergyCompensationElectionFormtoRPUpriortofinalconnectiontothegridand
beforeanyincentivecanbepaid.
AllexistingresidentialcustomersarerequiredtohaveaHomeEnergyProfileoftheirexistinghomeconductedbefore
PVincentivesarepaid.Toshowproofoftheaudit,completetheonlineaudit,printthefreedownloadablereportand
submitittoRPU.
Productionmetersarerequiredforallsolarinstallations.
ApplicantmustcomplywithallPlanning,Building&Safety,andElectricPlanCheckprocedures.
PerRiversidePublicUtilityRule13,eachsolarcustomermustprovideandmaintainunobstructedaccesstotheelectric
meters,alongwithpetfreeaccessforRPUemployeestoobtainmonthlymeterreadings.
Contractorsmusthaveoneofthefollowinglicenses:
ElectricalC10
EngineeringA

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Financedsystemsmusthaveasignedcontractandproofofpayments.LeasedsystemsandPPA'sarenoteligible.
Incentivewillbepaidtotheelectriccustomerofrecordonly.Anexceptionwillbemadeifthetenantorrenterprovides
proofofpurchase.
Customersparticipatinginthisprogrammaybeaskedtocompleteatelephoneormailinsurveytobeusedasa
benchmarkforenergysavingsattributedtotheprogram.
ThisprogramisavailabletoRPUresidentialelectriccustomers.Ifapplicantisatenantorrenter,thepropertyownermust
signtheapplication.
Applicationmustbesubmittedwithin90daysofthepurchasedate.
Reservationnumberswillnotbegivenforincompleteapplications.
Incentivefundsareissuedonafirstcome,firstservedbasis.
OurResidentialPhotovoltaicRebateProgramisdesignedtobeincompliancewithCaliforniaSenateBill1(Million
SolarRoofsInitiative).
RPUreservestherighttomodifyordiscontinuethisprogramwithoutpriornotice.

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