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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.
InaccordancewithCaliforniasnewExpeditedSolarPermittingAct,theCityofRiversidehassimplifieditssolarpermittingand
approvalprocess,makingiteasierandfasterthanever.
ViewthenewRiversidePublicUtilitiesphotovoltaicplanreviewprocess.

NOTICETOALLRESIDENTIALCUSTOMERS:

EffectiveJuly1,2016,thePVrebateamountwillbe$0.25per
ACwatt.AnyapplicationreceivedonJuly1orafterwillbe
subjecttothisrebateamount.
Pleasefollowthestepshighlightedinyellowbelowtoprepareforyourreservation
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Pleasefollowthestepshighlightedinyellowbelowtoprepareforyourreservation
appointment.
Building permits must be obtained after you receive approval of the PV rebate
application.FailuretocomplywiththeserestrictionswillresultinPVrebatebeing
relinquished.Retroactiverebatesarenotavailable.
WethankyouforyourcontinuedinterestinRPUsresidentialsolarrebateprogram.Withyoursupport,RPUhasexceeded16
megawattsoflocallygeneratedcleansolarenergy.
Inaccordancewithourpublishedsolarrebateguidelines,theprogramislimitedtofundsavailableonafirstcomefirstservedbasis.

WhatistheResidentialPVincentiveamount?
AsofJuly1,2015,theincentiveamountwillbe$0.50perwattACandtherewillbenocaponresidentialsystemrebateamounts.
Systemsizemuststillabidebynetmeteringrules.
LeasedsystemsandPPAsarenoteligibleforthePVrebateprogram.
PleaseNote:Afinalinvoiceshowingeithera$0.00balancedueorstamped"PaidinFull"andtheCityofRiversideBuilding&
Safetysignoffmustbesubmittedinorderforrebatetobepaid.

Inordertohaveareservationrequestacceptedandguaranteed,customersmust
followthesesteps:
1.FIRSTSTEP:Pleasecall9518265311andaskfor"SolarReservations"torequestareservationappointment.Reservation
appointmentswillbescheduledstartinginJuneandcontinueuntilfundsaredepleted.Noapplicationswillbeacceptedwithouta
reservationappointmentandincompleteapplicationswillnotbeaccepted.Emails,voicemessages,orwalkinswillnotbeaccepted
torequestareservationappointment.
Pleasebringthefollowingtoyourappointment:
Completedrebateapplication.Ifcontractorissubmittingapplication,boththecustomerandthecontractor/applicantmustsignthe
application.
SubmitacopyofthesignedPVInstallationcontractorgatherandsubmitcopiesofthedatedsalesreceiptforyourPVsystem.
PleaseincludethesizeofyoursysteminACwatts.
OnecompletedHomeEnergyEZProfilePleasePrintandbringacopytoyourappointment.
Pleasecompletethefollowingonline:
NetEnergyMeteringInterconnectionAgreement

Itisimportanttonotethatincompleteapplicationswillnotbeacceptedforareservation.Suchapplicationswillberejected
andyourplaceinthereservationprocesswillbeforfeited.
Onceyourapplicationpacketandreservationrequesthavebeenapproved,RPUwillsendaconfirmationletterofyourPVsystem
reservation.Confirmedreservationsarevalidfor120days,inwhichtimecustomersmustobtainabuildingpermitfromtheBuilding
&SafetyDepartment.Oncethebuildingpermitisissued,customershave12monthstoconstructtheirPVsystems.Failuretocomply
withthesetimelineswillresultintherebatebeingrelinquished.Reservationscannotbetransferredbetweenprojects.
AfteryourPVsystemhasbeenverifiedandapprovedthroughafinalinspection,yourrebatewillbeissuedwithin1218weeks,after
all required documentation is received. Depending on the number of reservations we receive, it could take a little longer we
sincerelyappreciateyourpatiencethroughoutthisprocess.
The following steps are often taken care of by customers PV contractors. We recommend that you consult your contractor to
determinetheirresponsibilities.
2.FollowRPU'sInterconnectionStandardsindesigningyoursystem.
3.ApplyforaPVconstructionpermit.
4.FollowRiversidesPhotovoltaicPermittingGuidelineswhenbuildingyourPVsystem.
5.ScheduleandcompletethefinalinspectionbycallingBuilding&SafetyDepartment:9518265697
Ifyouhaveanyquestionsaboutthisrebateprogram,pleasecalloursolarprogramadministratorat9518265475oremailus.

DesignRequirements:
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Before installing your PV system, there are a few things to consider. Things like system size, location, shading, tilt and
even panel orientation may affect your RPU rebate, so we encourage you to carefully review Riversides compliance
standardsandsafetyrequirements.
Underthisprogram,PVsystemsareprimarilyintendedtooffsetpartorallofthecustomerspersonalelectricitydemand.Systems
shouldbesizedtoproducenomorethan100%ofthecustomersaverageannualenergyconsumptionasshownontheRPUbilling
record for the past year leading up to the application and issuance of the building permit. RPU uses the CSI calculator for
verification.Ifthecustomersaccounthistoryisshorterthanoneyear,theformulaof2wattspersquarefootoflivingareaincluding
garagescanbeused.
Yourphotovoltaicsystemmustcomplywith:
RiversidePublicUtilitiesInterconnectionStandards
RiversidePublicUtilitiesElectricRule22
PVSingleLineDiagram
TypicalMeterClearances
Building&SafetyDepartmentPlanCheck
FireDepartmentspecificationsandrequirements
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
informationfromtheCaliforniaSolarInitiative.
AllsolarenergyinstallationsrequireaproductionmetersocketinstalledaftertheinverterRPUdoesnotacceptringlesssocketsor
panels(please see the citys Interconnection Standards). The meter for this socket will be installed, owned, and operated by
RiversidePublicUtilities.

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
functionsasefficientlyaspossible.
OnceyourPVsystemhasbeeninspectedandapproved,yourrebateapplicationwillbeprocessedandyournewPVproduction
meterandelectricrevenuemeterwillbeinstalled.RPUmaychargeafeeforinstallationofaNETenergymeter.Toscheduleyour
inspections,callBuilding&Safetyat9518265697.

NetEnergyMetering:
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
onlyforyourhouseholdsnetelectricityuse.Thisiscallednetenergymetering(NEM),anditsanotherbenefitofbecoming
asolarenergygenerator.Pleasekeepinmindthatyouwillstillberesponsibleforpayingyourcustomercharge,reliability
charge,publicbenefitschargeandallassociatedtaxes.
Inordertobenefitfromnetenergymetering,RPUwillissueaNetEnergyMeteringInterconnectionAgreementforyourPVsystem,
whichmustbecompleted,signedandsubmittedtoRPU.

HerearetheNEMAgreementrequirements:
ACustomerGeneratorisdefinedas:aresidential,smallcommercial,commercial,industrial,oragriculturalcustomerwhousesa
solar(photovoltaic)orwindturbineelectricalgeneratingfacility,orhybridsystemofboth,withacapacityofnotmorethan1,000
kilowatts,thatislocatedonthecustomer'spremises,isinterconnectedandoperatesinparallelwiththeutility'stransmissionand
distributionfacilities,andisintendedprimarilytooffsetpartorallofthecustomer'sownelectricalrequirementsonthepremises.
Rule22describestheinterconnection,operating,andmeteringrequirementsindetailforalltypesofgeneratingfacilities,besides
NEM,generatorswhicharelimitedtophotovoltaicsystemsandwindturbines.
IfyouinstallaphotovoltaicsystemwithintheCityofRiversidesservicearea,youwillneedtogetbuildingpermitsfromthecitys
BuildingDivision:9518265697.
RiversidePublicUtilitiesEnergyDeliveryEngineeringDivision(9518265489)mustapprovetheinterconnectionschematicand
reviewthetechnicalspecificationsontheinvertertoverifythatitmeetssafetyrequirementsandInterconnectionStandards.
Applicantsarerequiredtosignandsubmitone(1)originalsignedcopiesofthecompleteNetEnergyMeteringInterconnection
AgreementtoRPU.
ApplicableratesaredetailedintheNEMRateSchedule.
OthercostsmaybeassociatedwiththeinstallationofyourPVsystem,includingthecostofaNETenergymeter.

FormoreinformationontheNEMagreement,Rule22ortheInterconnectionStandards,pleasecontactEnergyDeliveryEngineering

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at9518265489.

FrequentlyAskedQuestions:
Ifyourquestionisntansweredhere,pleasecalloursolarprogramadministratorat9518265475oremailus.
Whatisasolarelectric,orphotovoltaic,system?
Solarelectricorphotovoltaic(PV)systemsusesunsenergytomakeelectricity.
DoIhaveagoodsiteforaPVsystem?
Yoursitemusthaveclear,unobstructedaccesstothesun.Buildings,treesorothervegetationshouldnotshadeyoursite.South
facingroofexposureisbest,butroofsfacingeastandwestmaybeokay.Ifarooftopisnotavailable,yourPVsystemcanalsobe
mountedontheground.
WhatisNetEnergyMetering?
Attimes,yourPVsystemmaygeneratemoreenergythanyouneed.Duringtheseperiods,theextraelectricityissentthroughyour
utilitymeterandontotheelectricgridforotherstouse.Attheendoftheassociatedbillingperiod,youpayonlyforyourhouseholds
netelectricityuse.Thisiscallednetenergymetering(NEM),anditsanotherbenefitofbecomingasolarenergygenerator.Please
keepinmindthatyouwillstillberesponsibleforpayingyourcustomercharge,reliabilitycharge,publicbenefitschargeandall
associatedtaxes.
Inordertobenefitfromnetenergymetering,RPUwillissueaNetEnergyMeteringInterconnectionAgreementforyourPVsystem,
whichmustbecompleted,signedandsubmittedtoRPU.
Willmyelectricbillchange?
Yes,onceyoubecomeasolarcustomerofRPU,yournewsolarelectricbillwillshowkWhdelivered(KWHD),kWhgenerated
(KWHG)andkWhnet(KWHN)andtrackyourPVproductionandcreditsalongwithyourothercityservicesincludingwater,trash,
sewer,etc.
HowmuchdoesaPVsystemcost?
AnaveragePVsystemcancostbetween$3to$6perwatt,installed,fora4kWsystembeforerebatesortaxcredits.Thisprogramis
availabletoRPUresidentialelectriccustomers.Ifapplicantisatenantorrenter,thepropertyownermustsigntheapplication.The
applicationmustbesubmittedwithin90daysofthepurchasedate.
Arefinancingprogramsavailable?

The best way to finance a PV system for your home is through a mortgage loan that includes a primary mortgage,
secondarymortgageorhomeequityloan,orpropertytaxsecuredbyyourproperty.Ifmortgagefinancingisnotavailable,
considerothersourcessuchasconventionalbankloans.
Leanmoreabouthomeenergyefficiencyloans.
HowcanIfindaPVvendor?
Vendorsarelistedintheyellowpagesofthephonebook.YoucanalsosearchtheCaliforniaEnergyCommissionswebsiteat
www.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
MelanieValles,RebateProcessing
Phone:9518262183
Email:MValles@riversideca.gov
GeraldBuydos,SolarProgramAdministrator
Phone:9518265475
Email:GBuydos@riversideca.gov
Address:3750UniversityAvenue,3rdFloor,Riverside,CA92501

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HelpfulTips
Areyouconsideringinstallingsolarpanelsatyourhome?Herearesometipstohelpyouthroughthedecisionmakingprocess:
AllRPUresidentialelectriccustomersareeligiblefortheResidentialPhotovoltaicRebateProgram.
TheaveragecostofacompletelyinstalledsolarenergysystemforhomesinRiversideisbetween$4and$6perACwatt.
TheaveragesizeofsolarenergysystemsforhomesinRiversideisabout4kilowatts(AC).
Solarenergysystemsproducemoreenergyiftheyareorientedinasouthfacingdirection.Ifasouthfacingpositionisnotpossible
onyoursite,thenextbestorientationsaresouthwest,southeast,westandfinallyeast.Donotinstallsolarelectricpanelsfacing
north.
Solarpanelsthatareplacedinshadedareaswillproducelessenergythanpanelsthatareplacedinareaswithlotsofexposure
tothesun.

PhotovoltaicProgramRequirements&Guidelines:
BeforeinstallingaPVsystematyourhome,weencourageyoutocarefullyreviewthesesystemrequirementsandguidelines.
UnderstandingtheserequirementsandguidelineswillhelpyouavoidrunningintoproblemswhensettingupyourPVsystemand
applyingforarebatefromRPU.
Ifyouhaveanyquestionsabouttheserequirementsandguidelines,orwouldlikemoreinformationaboutanyaspectofRPUs
ResidentialPhotovoltaic(PV)RebateProgram,pleasecalloursolarprogramadministratorat9518265475oremailus.

RequirementsandProgramGuidelines:
Customermustfulfillallprogramguidelinestobeeligibleforincentives.SystemswillneedtobeinspectedbytheCityof
RiversidesBuilding&SafetyDepartmentandRPUsCustomerEngineeringDivisionbeforearebatecanbeissued.
Ifitisdeterminedthroughinspectionthatthecustomerisnotincompliancewiththerequirementsoftheprogram,RPUmay
recoverthetotalrebateamountpaidtocustomer.
Rebatestotalingupto$500willautomaticallybecreditedtothecustomersaccount.
RPUreservestherighttodetermineprogrameligibility.
RPUdoesnotendorseorrecommendspecificproductsordealersnordoesitguaranteematerialorworkmanshipacceptanceof
suchisthecustomersresponsibility.
Acopyofthedatedsalesreceipt,invoiceorcontractmustbeprovided,andissubjecttoverification.Thesedocumentsmustshow
projectaddress,thenamesofboththecontractorandPVequipmentmanufacturer,PVandinvertermodelnumbers,systemsize,
andacompletelistofalllaborandequipmentcosts,alongwithanyothercostsassociatedwiththecustomersPVsystem.
Projectcostsincludethephotovoltaiccells,modules,mountingortrackingstructures,wiring,inverters,andutilityrequired
interconnectionandmeteringequipment.
OnlyCECcertifiedPVmodulesandinvertersqualifyforthisprogramandaresubjecttoapprovalbyRPU.Theapprovedlistcan
befoundontheCECswebsite,andcanbemadeavailablebyRPUstaff.
Qualifyingsystemsmustreduceelectricalloadatthemetersite.
Systemscannotbesizedover100%ofthemaximumhistoricalcustomerusagefromthepast12monthsattimeofbuildingpermit
application.
Confirmedreservationsarevalidfor120days,inwhichtimecustomersmustobtainabuildingpermitfromtheBuilding&Safety
Department.Oncethebuildingpermitisissued,customershave12monthstoconstructtheirPVsystems.Failuretocomplywith
thesetimelineswillresultintherebatebeingrelinquished.Reservationscannotbetransferredbetweenprojects.
ThisrebateprogramdoesnotcoverPVsystemenlargementsthataremadeafterthereservationhasbeenissued.
Applicantmustsubmitone(1)completedandsignedNetEnergyMeteringInterconnectionAgreementtoRPUpriortofinal
connectiontothegridandbeforeanyincentivecanbepaid.
AllexistingresidentialcustomersarerequiredtohaveaHomeEnergyProfileoftheirexistinghomeconductedbeforePV
incentivesarepaid.Toshowproofoftheaudit,completetheonlineaudit,printthefreedownloadablereportandsubmitittoRPU.
Productionmetersarerequiredforallsolarinstallations.
ApplicantmustcomplywithallPlanning,Building&Safety,andElectricPlanCheckprocedures.
PerRiversidePublicUtilityRule13,eachsolarcustomermustprovideandmaintainunobstructedaccesstotheelectricmeters,
alongwithpetfreeaccessforRPUemployeestoobtainmonthlymeterreadings.
Contractorsmusthaveoneofthefollowinglicenses:
ElectricalC10
EngineeringA
SolarSpecialtyC46
Financedsystemsmusthaveasignedcontractandproofofpayments.LeasedsystemsandPPA'sarenoteligible.
Incentivewillbepaidtotheelectriccustomerofrecordonly.Anexceptionwillbemadeifthetenantorrenterprovidesproofof
purchase.
Customersparticipatinginthisprogrammaybeaskedtocompleteatelephoneormailinsurveytobeusedasabenchmarkfor
energysavingsattributedtotheprogram.
ThisprogramisavailabletoRPUresidentialelectriccustomers.Ifapplicantisatenantorrenter,thepropertyownermustsignthe
application.
Applicationmustbesubmittedwithin90daysofthepurchasedate.
Reservationnumberswillnotbegivenforincompleteapplications.
Incentivefundsareissuedonafirstcome,firstservedbasis.
OurResidentialPhotovoltaicRebateProgramisdesignedtobeincompliancewithCaliforniaSenateBill1(MillionSolarRoofs
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