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Residential Photovoltaic Incentives General Program Guidelines
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Which type of Solar Rebate Program would you like to see?
Residential Photovoltaic Rebate Program
Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) makes owning solar power easy and rewarding with our Residential Photovoltaic (PV) Rebate
Program. This leading-edge rebate program provides financial incentives to RPU electric customers who purchase and install PV
systems on their homes.

NOTICE TO ALL RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS:
UPDATE: October 17, 2014
The Residential Photovoltaic (PV) Rebate Program Still has funds available. Please
observe the new guidelines for 2014 below:
1. No PV Rebate applications will be accepted without a reservation appointment.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Leased systems are not eligible for rebate
program.
2. Reservations must be scheduled by phone only. No walk-ins, email, or voicemails will
be accepted for reservation appointments.
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What Do I Need To Do?
Select the rebate programs of
which you would like to participate:
Residential Photovoltaic
Incentives
Complete the application including
all applicable receipts and mail to:
Riverside Public Utilities
Programs & Services
3750 University Avenue, 3rd Floor
Riverside, CA 92501
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3. Only ten (10) applications per reservation appointment will be accepted. If you have
more than ten (10) applications, you must schedule an additional reservation
appointment. Only one appointment may be scheduled per phone call to RPU.
4. You must receive a reservation from RPU before building your PV system. PV systems
constructed without a valid solar rebate reservation from RPU will not be eligible for the
solar rebate program.
We thank you for your continued interest in RPUs residential solar rebate program. With your support, RPU has exceeded 8
megawatts of locally generated clean solar energy.
In accordance with our published solar rebate guidelines, the program is limited to funds available on a first-come-first
served basis.
What is the Residential PV incentive amount?
The incentive amount will be $0.75 per watt AC and there will be no cap on residential system rebate amount. System size
must still abide by net metering rules.
Leased systems are not eligible for the PV rebate program.
Please Note: A final invoice showing either a $0.00 balance due or stamped "Paid in Full" and the City of Riverside
Building & Safety sign off must be submitted in order for rebate to be paid.

In order to have a reservation request accepted and guaranteed, customers must follow
these steps:
1. FIRST STEP: Please call 951-826-5760 or 951-826-5532 to request a reservation appointment. No applications will be
accepted without a reservation appointment and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Emails, voice messages, or
walk-ins will not be accepted to request a reservation appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment:
Completed rebate application. If contractor is submitting application, both the customer and the contractor must sign the
application.
Submit a copy of the signed contract or gather and submit copies of the dated sales receipt for your PV system. Please
include the size of your system in AC watts.
Two completed and signed Net Energy Metering Interconnection Agreements
Completed Surplus Energy Compensation Election Form
Completed Home Energy EZ Profile and Audit
It is important to note that incomplete applications will not be accepted for a reservation. Such applications will be rejected
and your place in the reservation process will be forfeited.
Once your application packet and reservation request have been approved, RPU will send a confirmation letter of your PV
system reservation. Confirmed reservations are valid for 120 days, in which time customers must obtain a building permit
from the Building & Safety Department. Once the building permit is issued, customers have 12 months to construct their
PV systems. Failure to comply with these timelines will result in the rebate being relinquished. Reservations cannot be
transferred between projects.
After your PV system has been verified and approved through a final inspection, your rebate will be issued within 6-8
weeks. Depending on the number of reservations we receive, it could take a little longer; we sincerely appreciate your
patience throughout this process.
The following steps are often taken care of by customers PV contractors. We recommend that you consult your contractor
to determine their responsibilities.
2. Follow RPUs Interconnection Standards in designing your system.
3. Apply for a PV construction permit.
4. Follow Riversides Photovoltaic Permitting Guidelines when building your PV system.
5. Schedule and complete the final inspection by calling Building & Safety Department: 951-826-5697
If you have any questions about this rebate program, please call our solar program administrator at 951-826-5475 or e-mail
us.

Design Requirements:
Before installing your PV system, there are a few things to consider. Things like system size, location, shading, tilt and
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even panel orientation may affect your RPU rebate, so we encourage you to carefully review Riversides compliance
standards and safety requirements.
Your photovoltaic system must comply with:
Riverside Public Utilities Interconnection Standards
Riverside Public Utilities Electric Rule 22
PV Single Line Diagram
Typical Meter Clearances
Building & Safety Department Plan Check
Fire Department specifications and requirements
Rebate amounts are calculated based on system performance in California Energy Commission (CEC) AC watts (not
capacity), which is influenced by the factors mentioned above. Riverside Public Utilities calculates system size based on
component information from the California Solar Initiative.
All solar energy installations require a production meter socket installed after the inverter; RPU does not accept ringless
sockets or panels (please see the citys Interconnection Standards). The meter for this socket will be installed, owned, and
operated by Riverside Public Utilities.
Under this program, PV systems are primarily intended to offset part or all of the customers personal electricity demand.
Systems should be sized to produce no more than 120% of the customers average annual energy consumption as shown
on the RPU billing record for the two years leading up to the issuance of the rebate reservation. If the customers account
history is shorter than two years, the formula of 2 watts per square foot of living area including garages can be used.

Inspections:
After your PV system has been installed, youll need to schedule an inspection with the City of Riverside Building and
Safety Department. This inspection is generally fast and easy, and helps ensure that your PV system has been properly
installed and functions as efficiently as possible.
Once your PV system has been inspected and approved, your rebate application will be processed and your new PV
production meter and electric revenue meter will be installed. To schedule your inspections, call Building & Safety at 951-
826-5697.

Net Energy Metering:
At times, your PV system may generate more energy than you need. During these periods, the extra electricity is sent
through your utility meter and onto the electric grid for others to use. At the end of the associated billing period, you pay
only for your households net electricity use. This is called net energy metering (NEM), and its another benefit of becoming
a solar energy generator. Please keep in mind that you will still be responsible for paying your customer charge, reliability
charge, public benefits charge and all associated taxes.
In order to benefit from net energy metering, RPU will issue a Net Energy Metering Interconnection Agreement for your PV
system, which must be completed, signed and submitted to RPU.

Here are the NEM Agreement requirements:
A Customer-Generator is defined as: a residential, small commercial, commercial, industrial, or agricultural customer who
uses a solar (photovoltaic) or wind turbine electrical generating facility, or hybrid system of both, with a capacity of not more
than 1,000 kilowatts, that is located on the customer's premises, is interconnected and operates in parallel with the utility's
transmission and distribution facilities, and is intended primarily to offset part or all of the customer's own electrical
requirements on the premises.
Rule 22 describes the interconnection, operating, and metering requirements in detail for all types of generating facilities,
besides NEM, generators which are limited to photovoltaic systems and wind turbines.
If you install a photovoltaic system within the City of Riversides service area, you will need to get building permits from
the citys Building Division: 951-826-5697.
Riverside Public Utilities Energy Delivery Engineering Division (951-826-5489) must approve the interconnection
schematic and review the technical specifications on the inverter to verify that it meets safety requirements and
Interconnection Standards.
Applicants are required to sign and submit two (2) original signed copies of the complete Net Energy Metering
Interconnection Agreement to RPU.
Applicable rates are detailed in the NEM Rate Schedule.
Other costs may be associated with the installation of your PV system.

For more information on the NEM agreement, Rule 22 or the Interconnection Standards, please contact Energy Delivery
Engineering at 951-826-5489.
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Energy Compensation Form:
To receive compensation for the extra electricity your PV system produces, a Surplus Energy Compensation Election Form
must also be completed, signed and submitted with the RPU Residential Photovoltaic Rebate Program application package.
Please Note:
All renewable energy credits (REC), along with all environmental attributes associated with residential solar installations that
have received rebates from Riverside Public Utilities will be the property of RPU. Additionally, customers receiving rebates
for residential solar installations agree to transfer all rights, titles and interest they have to RECs and environmental
attributes to RPU.

Frequently Asked Questions:
If your question isnt answered here, please call our solar program administrator at 951-826-5475 or e-mail us.
What is a solar electric, or photovoltaic, system?
Solar electric or photovoltaic (PV) systems use suns energy to make electricity.
Do I have a good site for a PV system?
Your site must have clear, unobstructed access to the sun. Buildings, trees or other vegetation should not shade your site.
South-facing roof exposure is best, but roofs facing east and west may be okay. If a rooftop is not available, your PV
system can also be mounted on the ground.
What is Net Energy Metering?
At times, your PV system may generate more energy than you need. During these periods, the extra electricity is sent
through your utility meter and onto the electric grid for others to use. At the end of the associated billing period, you pay
only for your households net electricity use. This is called net energy metering (NEM), and its another benefit of becoming
a solar energy generator. Please keep in mind that you will still be responsible for paying your customer charge, reliability
charge, public benefits charge and all associated taxes.
In order to benefit from net energy metering, RPU will issue a Net Energy Metering Interconnection Agreement for your PV
system, which must be completed, signed and submitted to RPU.
Will my electric bill change?
Yes, once you become a solar customer of RPU, you will receive two separate bills. One bill will be for your new solar
electric account and show kWh delivered (KWHD), kWh generated (KWHG) and kWh net (KWHN) and track your PV
production and credits. Your second bill will include other city services including water, trash, sewer, etc.
How much does a PV system cost?
An average PV system can cost between $6 to $10 per watt, installed, for a 4 kW system before rebates or tax credits.
This program is available to RPU residential electric customers. If applicant is a tenant or renter, the property owner must
sign the application. The application must be submitted within 90 days of the purchase date.
Are financing programs available?
The best way to finance a PV system for your home is through a mortgage loan that includes a primary mortgage,
secondary mortgage or home equity loan, or property tax secured by your property. If mortgage financing is not available,
consider other sources such as conventional bank loans.
Lean more about home energy efficiency loans.
How can I find a PV vendor?
Vendors are listed in the yellow pages of the phonebook. You can also search the California Energy Commissions website
at www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov or www.findsolar.com.


Helpful Links and Contact Information:
Riverside Solar Map
California Energy Commission Installers Database
Better Business Bureau
CEC Renewable Energy Equipment Registered Retailers
Go Solar California
Geo Smart Residential Financing
WRCOG Energy Efficiency Financing
Guidelines for Californias Solar Electric Incentive Programs (Senate Bill 1)
Riversides 2009 Senate Bill 1 Annual Report
For information about solar at Riverside Public Utilities, please contact:
Andrew Markis, Solar Program Coordinator
Phone: 951-826-5532
Email: AMarkis@riversideca.gov
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Griselda Rivera, Rebate Processing
Phone: 951-826-5760
Email: GRivera@riversideca.gov
Gerald Buydos, Solar Program Administrator
Phone: 951-826-5475
E-mail: GBuydos@riversideca.gov
Address: 3750 University Avenue, 3rd Floor, Riverside, CA 92501

Helpful Tips
Are you considering installing solar panels at your home? Here are some tips to help you through the decision-making
process:
All RPU residential electric customers are eligible for the Residential Photovoltaic Rebate Program.
The average cost of a completely installed solar energy system for homes in Riverside is between $6 and $10 per AC
watt.
The average size of solar energy systems for homes in Riverside is about 4 kilowatts (AC).
Solar energy systems produce more energy if they are oriented in a south-facing direction. If a south-facing position is
not possible on your site, the next best orientations are southwest, southeast, west and finally east. Do not install solar
electric panels facing north.
Solar panels that are placed in shaded areas will produce less energy than panels that are placed in areas with lots of
exposure to the sun.


Photovoltaic Program Requirements & Guidelines:
Before installing a PV system at your home, we encourage you to carefully review these system requirements and
guidelines. Understanding these requirements and guidelines will help you avoid running into problems when setting up your
PV system and applying for a rebate from RPU.
If you have any questions about these requirements and guidelines, or would like more information about any aspect of
RPUs Residential Photovoltaic (PV) Rebate Program, please call our solar program administrator at 951-826-5475 or e-mail
us.


Program Guidelines:
Customer must fulfill all program guidelines to be eligible for incentives. Systems will need to be inspected by the City of
Riversides Building & Safety Department and RPUs Customer Engineering Division before a rebate can be issued.
If it is determined through inspection that the customer is not in compliance with the requirements of the program, RPU
may recover the total rebate amount paid to customer.
Rebates totaling up to $500 will automatically be credited to the customers account.
RPU reserves the right to determine program eligibility.
RPU does not endorse or recommend specific products or dealers nor does it guarantee material or workmanship;
acceptance of such is the customers responsibility.
A copy of the dated sales receipt, invoice or contract must be provided, and is subject to verification. These documents
must show project address, the names of both the contractor and PV equipment manufacturer, PV and inverter model
numbers, system size, and a complete list of all labor and equipment costs, along with any other costs associated with
the customers PV system.
Project costs include the photovoltaic cells, modules, mounting or tracking structures, wiring, inverters, and utility-
required interconnection and metering equipment.
Only CEC-certified PV modules and inverters qualify for this program and are subject to approval by RPU. The approved
list can be found on the CECs website, and can be made available by RPU staff.
Qualifying systems must reduce electrical load at the meter site.
Systems cannot be sized over 120% of the maximum historical customer usage from the past 24 months.
Confirmed reservations are valid for 120 days, in which time customers must obtain a building permit from the Building &
Safety Department. Once the building permit is issued, customers have 12 months to construct their PV systems.
Failure to comply with these timelines will result in the rebate being relinquished. Reservations cannot be transferred
between projects.
This rebate program does not cover PV system enlargements that are made after the reservation has been issued.
Applicant must submit two (2) completed and signed Net Energy Metering Interconnection Agreements and a completed
and signed Surplus Energy Compensation Election Form to RPU prior to final connection to the grid and before any
incentive can be paid.
All existing residential customers are required to have a Home Energy EZ Profile and Auditof their existing home
conducted before PV incentives are paid. To show proof of the audit, complete the online audit, print the free
downloadable report and submit it to RPU.
Production meters are required for all solar installations.
Applicant must comply with all Planning, Building & Safety, and Electric Plan Check procedures.
Per Riverside Public Utility Rule 13, each solar customer must provide and maintain unobstructed access to the electric
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meters, along with pet-free access for RPU employees to obtain monthly meter readings.
Contractors must have one of the following licenses:
Electrical C10
Engineering A
Solar Specialty C46
Financed systems must have a signed contract and proof of payments. Leased systems are not eligible.
Incentive will be paid to the electric customer of record only. An exception will be made if the tenant or renter provides
proof of purchase.
Customers participating in this program may be asked to complete a telephone or mail-in survey to be used as a
benchmark for energy savings attributed to the program.
This program is available to RPU residential electric customers. If applicant is a tenant or renter, the property owner must
sign the application.
Application must be submitted within 90 days of the purchase date.
Reservation numbers will not be given for incomplete applications.
Incentive funds are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
Our Residential Photovoltaic Rebate Program is designed to be in compliance with California Senate Bill 1 (Million Solar
Roofs Initiative).
RPU reserves the right to modify or discontinue this program without prior notice.

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