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Burbank Water and Power's Solar Support Rebate Program

Solar Support Program Incentive Amount


July 2016 - June 2017
Residential - $0.32
Commercial - $0.24
BWP has had a solar rebate program since 2001 to help Burbank's residents and businesses support photovoltaic energy. Any BWP residential or commercial
electric customer is eligible to apply for program participation. Through the program, BWP issues a rebate, designed to offset a portion of the purchase price or the
lease price of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. BWP does not recommend equipment or contractors, nor do we design, evaluate, sell, install or remove PV equipment.
Solar thermal systems, those that heat water, are not eligible for the program. Here are key elements of our program:
Solar panels must be oriented between azimuth 200 degrees (compass direction South-South-West) and azimuth 270 degrees (compass direction due West) to
qualify for BWP rebates. Solar Support rebates will be calculated based on the proportion of the system that meets these requirements.For additional details
on this requirement please click here.
Solar incentives are capped at 25% of the total installed costs of that percentage of the system that meets the above azimuth and tilt requirements.
BWP's Solar Support Program requires that participants assign the system's Green Attributes or Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to the City of Burbank.
There is a lifetime limit of one solar system rebate per customer. This single rebate will apply to a single solar system installation on a single building tied to a
single electrical service panel.
Attaching additional panels at a later date is not eligible for an additional rebate.
By law (Senate Bill 1), solar rebates will decline over time such that by January 1, 2017 no solar rebates must be provided.
All solar installations (regardless of receiving a rebate or not) must meet all City of Burbank, California Energy Commission, and BWP Guidelines and
Requirements (permitting, equipment, warranty, signage, etc.).
All customers applying for a BWP solar incentive are required to rst conduct an energy-ef ciency audit of the building where the solar system would be
installed. Residential customers can utilize BWP's free Home Improvement Program service for this purpose. Or, if you are a customer of the Southern
California Gas Company, you can complete an energy audit they may provide. A copy of the completed audit recommendations signed by the customer is
required proof of participation.
Eligible business customers with annual electric usage below 250,000 kWh can receive a free facility energy audit through BWP's Business Bucks Program.
Larger customers will be required to hire an independent third party to perform an energy audit and provide a copy of the audit recommendations to BWP prior
to payment of the rebate. New buildings meeting the current CA State Title 24 building ef ciency standards are exempt from this requirement.
Incentives for all solar systems will be calculated on a system performance basis. For solar systems up to and including 30 kilowatts in maximum CEC AC
capacity, an estimate of expected system performance is calculated and the rebate determined by the on-line PowerClerk rebate application software. The
rebate application software PowerClerk is not for customer use and can only be accessed by a BWP registered solar installer. Installers will be granted access
only when they provide a copy of a contract with a solar lottery winner.
Rebate payment will be made once the system has met all the guidelines and requirements and has received nal City of Burbank and BWP inspection and
approval.

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