Business Solar Energy Program

Important Solar Program Update
Thank you for your interest in Roseville Electric Utility’s PV/Solar Energy Rebate Program. The 
rebate incentives for installing solar systems through this program ended on December 23, 2016. The program will continue to require PV/Solar interconnection applications which will be processed in the order they are received. New interconnection application forms are currently being created and will be posted on the website shortly. Please continue to visit our website for program updates.

Roseville Electric Utility, your community-owned electric power provider, understands its customers value renewable energy options, like solar. We’ve helped thousands of our customers to go solar already and we can help you too. There are many things to consider when going solar, it’s a big investment and each project is unique so there is no one right answer.

We’re here for you with information and answers to your solar questions, all designed to help you make the decision that is best for you. We encourage you to investigate on-line anytime day or night and during regular working hours.

YOUR TRUSTED SOLAR ADVISOR, David Dominguez, is available to assist you with your questions. David can be reached at 916-774-5676 or


When going solar there is a lot to consider. Your Trusted Solar Advisor has information to help you evaluate which solar decisions are best for you.

All customers desiring to install PV at their Roseville location must apply for interconnection and comply to the Business Solar Energy Program requirements prior to operating the PV system. Once you receive a Business Solar Energy Program FORM F - Approval To Interconnect form from Roseville Electric, the system may be turned on to produce energy. 

Business customer-generators may install a 1kW to 1mW AC watt photovoltaic (PV) solar system designed to offset up to 100% of the customer-generators last 12 months of metered energy load, each meter is evaluated individually and may not be aggregated.  Under no circumstances may the PV system electric production exceed 100% of the customer-generators historical metered load.

Businesses interested in building a PV system to sell energy to Roseville Electric, and not wanting to offset the electric load, should contact the Roseville Electric Power Generation Group at 916-79-POWER.


The Program Handbook, Customer Check list, Project Flow Process Diagram, Construction Standards and informational links provided are designed to guide you through this process and identifies what needs to be complete prior to and after the construction process.

The applicant is required to pay meter upgrade charge for the required net meter. The meter upgrade charge is subject to change.

All business customer-generator PV projects must apply under this program and receive a FORM F - Approval to Interconnect prior to operating the PV system.


In addition to meeting the Solar Energy Program Requirements, business applicants must apply for a building permit and receive final permit approval prior to being awarded a Solar Energy Program FORM F - Approval to Interconnect form. Contact the Permit Department for more information. Building Department fees and applicable meter upgrade charges will be collected by the building department as part of the permit process.


Roseville Electric's Business Solar Energy Program aligns with California’s Million Solar Roof Initiative (Senate Bill 1), where rebate levels are reduced over time. SB1 also requires business customer-generators requesting rebates to learn about energy efficiency, conducting energy audits, and benchmarking with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager prior to receiving rebates.

Roseville Electric allows business customer-generators to apply for:

  1. Interconnection only, no rebate requested
    Customer-generators with a PV project that does not request rebates follow a simplified process for interconnection, the system size may not exceed 100% of the customer-generators metered load. 
  2. Interconnection with a PV rebate
    Business customer-generators who own, lease or enter into PPA agreements to obtain their solar system may request rebates for a system up to 100kW CEC-AC watt in size.    

    On systems over 10kW CEC-AC watts, the customer-generator is responsible for providing required production metering infrastructure for PBI incentives, including applicable phone lines, for rebates. It is highly recommended the Roseville Electric construction standards and Handbook be thoroughly reviewed to learn Roseville Electric's requirements and to understand the cost implications with PBI systems.   

    For systems greater than 100kW, customer-generator must submit an application for the 100kW system with required metering equipment and phone line; then submit a 2nd application for the additional equipment beyond the 100kW system that is desired to be installed. The balance of system above the 100kW must be isolated electrically and physically from the 100kW rebated system. The total system size may not exceed 100% of the customer-generator's metered load.

    A one-time estimated performance based incentive (EPBI) is paid for systems less than 10kW CEC-AC watts. Quarterly performance based incentives (PBI) are paid on systems 10kW CEC-AC watts and larger, payments are based on actual system energy production for 5 to 10 years depending on system size. Customer-generators must obtain a performance monitoring contract for the length of the PBI payment.
    Funding for the Business Solar Energy Program is limited and customer-generators must reserve funds for their project prior to construction of the PV system.


Important Documents
General PV System Related Information


  1. Download the Customer Check List
    The check list outlines required documentation for the type of system being installed. This is a guide only; please refer to the Program Handbook, Rule 21, and details in the application forms. Customer is responsible for knowing program requirements and submitting all required program documentation.
  2. Download the PR Project Flow Process
    Project Flow Process assists customers and contractors with understanding the coordination and flow between the building permit application and the solar energy program application. 
  3. Complete and submit the Application  
    FORM A - "PV Installation Application" – All PV Applicants 
    FORM A1 – "Energy Efficiency Disclosure Statement” – PV Rebate Applicants
    FORM A2 – “Energy Efficiency Commitment Statement”  – PV Rebate Applicants

    Building Permit – apply for this at same time as submitting Solar Energy Program forms – both are needed prior to moving to Step 4! 
  4. Receive approvals prior to beginning construction
    Customer-generators must receive both the (1) Solar Energy Program FORM B – “PV System Reservation” and the (2) Building Permit comments and approval to proceed. Once customer-generator receives both approvals they may proceed with installation of the PV system.
  5. Install Your PV system
    Advise Solar Energy Program manager of any changes from what was submitted on the FORM A, updated documentation may be required depending on the change.  Once installed, the PV system safety disconnect must remain in the open (off) position until the FORM F – “Approval to Interconnect” form is received. 
  6. Project Closure Submittals
    FORM C – “PV Installation Certificate” – All PV Applicants
    FORM D – “Independent Certification of PV System” – PV Rebate Applicants
    FORM E - "PV System Installation Completion Notice" – All PV Applicants
  7. Project Inspections
    Upon approval of the Project Closure Submittals (Forms C, D and E) and verification the permit charges have been paid:
    1. An electric site inspection will be ordered by the Business Solar Energy Program Project manager.
    2. If project meets Roseville Electric requirements, the meter technician will sign the green permit card showing for the electric department approval.
    3. After RE signs the green card, customer-generator or contractor will contact the building department (916-774-5333) to schedule final permit inspection and approval.
    4. After building department signs the green permit card, E-mail signed green card to the Business Solar Energy Program Manager.
  8. Turning On The PV System
    After the signed green card is submitted to Roseville Electric, the customer will receive FORM F - "Approval to Interconnect". Once received, the customer may turn the system on to operate. The customer may not operate the PV system until Form F has been received.


Solar rebates are ending December 23, 2016. At the end of 2016, rebate incentives for installing solar systems will no longer be available. According to California State law, complete solar rebate applications will only be accepted until December 23, 2016 and participants have 120 days beyond that to install their systems. However, Federal Tax Credits for solar have been extended and still apply. If you are considering solar, now is the time to find out more. Your Trusted Solar Advisor, David Dominguez, can provide you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision. David can be reached at 916-774-5676 or

Expected Performance Based Incentive (EPBI)

For systems rated from 1kW to less than 10kW CSI Rating

from the CSI Standard PV Calculator

Approx. Step Schedule

Incentive Steps

$ Per CSI Rated AC Watts


Step 1


Step 2


Step 3


Step 4


Step 5


Step 6


Step 7


Step 8



Step 9



Step 10*


* EPBI Step 10 effective January 15, 2015 until further notice

Performance Based Incentive (PBI)

For systems rated from 10kW up to 100kW CEC-AC-Rated watts

from the CSI Standard PV Calculator

Term of the PBI Incentive Payment


Dollars Per kWh Generated and Recorded


at the Customer Meter


5 Yrs.

7 Yrs.

7 Yrs.

10 Yrs.

System Size: CSI Rating AC Watts













< =100kW

CLOSED STEPS Step 1 $0.337 $0.241 $0.223 $0.156
Step 2 $0.290 $0.207 $0.192 $0.145
Step 3 $0.241 $0.172 $0.160 $0.120
Step 4 $0.164 $0.117 $0.108 $0.082
Step 5 $0.096 $0.069 $0.064 $0.048
  Step 6 $0.058 $0.041 $0.038 $0.029
Step 7 $0.039 $0.028 $0.026 $0.019
CURRENT STEP Step 8** $0.029 $0.021 $0.019 $0.015

* PBI Step 7 closed on December 21, 2015.

** PBI Step 8 took effect on January 4, 2016.

Please contact your account representative to assist with your rebate application and answer questions about your energy efficiency needs:

Business customers – Contact Bill Chaplin or call him at (916) 774-5605.