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Business Solar Energy Program
Please note: Rebate levels are dropping! See EPBI and PBI charts at bottom of page for details.
All PV installations in the City of Roseville must comply with the Business Solar Energy Program requirements, and receive a Business Solar Energy Program FORM F - Approval to Interconnect from Roseville Electric prior to operating the PV system.
All PV systems must be owned and operated by the Roseville Electric (RE) customer of record. Per our municipal code solar leasing and retail power purchased agreements (PPAs) are not permitted within the City of Roseville at this time.
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.
Business customers may install a 1kW to 1mW CEC-AC watt photovoltaic (PV) solar system designed to offset up to 100% of the customer’s historical metered energy load. Under no circumstances may the PV system electric production exceed 100% of the customer’s historical metered load.
All customers desiring to install PV at their Roseville location must apply for permission to interconnect and meet all RE standards whether or not they are applying for a rebate.
ALL PV SYSTEM APPLICANTS
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 the meter upgrade charge for the applicable required net and PBI meter. The business customer meter upgrade charge ranges from $1,056.17 to $4,226.03, and is subject to change.
All business customer PV projects must apply under this program and receive a FORM F - Approval to Interconnect prior to operating the PV system.
BUILDING PERMIT REQUIRED
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.
CHOOSE - REBATES OR NO REBATES
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 customers requesting rebates to learn about energy efficiency, conduct energy audits, and benchmarking with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager prior to receiving rebates.
Roseville Electric allows business customers to apply for:
- Interconnection only, no rebate requested
Customer’s with a PV project that does not request rebates follow a simplified process for interconnection. The system size may not exceed 100% of the customers’ metered load.
- Interconnection with a PV rebate
Business customers requesting rebates may apply for and install up to a 100kW CEC-AC watt PV system. The total system size may not exceed 100% of the customer’s metered load.
On systems over 10kW CEC-AC watts, the customer is responsible for providing required metering infrastructure, including applicable dedicated phone lines, monitoring services, for rebates.
For systems greater than 100kW, customers submit an application for the 100kW system with required metering equipment and a dedicated 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’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 or larger based on actual system energy production for 5 to 10 years depending on system size.
Funding for the Business Solar Energy Program is limited and customers must reserve funds for their project prior to construction of the PV system.
PROGRAM REFERENCE DOCUMENTS
- Program Handbook (updated July 2013)
- Rule 21 Interconnection
- Roseville Electric Commercial Construction Standards
Section 7.4 pertains to Business Customer Solar Electric Metering Requirements
Section 7.1 pertains to Low Voltage Metering and Service Requirements
- Business Solar Forms
- Customer Check List
- Project Flow Process Diagram
General PV System Related Information
- General Terms and Conditions
- Building Permit - Customers installing a PV system are required to obtain a City of Roseville Building Permit
- Business License - Contractors are required to have a current City of Roseville Business License
- Go Solar California – The CEC and CPUC oversee this website to provide California consumers a "one-stop shop" for information on solar systems, approved equipment, eligible contractors, and more
- CEC Certified Equipment - PV systems installed in Roseville must utilize new modules and inverters certified for use by use by the California Energy Commission.
- California Solar Laws
- Solar Tax Credits – resource links for customers interested in learning about potential tax credits
Go Solar California - Tax Credits for Solar System Purchase
Energy Star - Tax Deductions for Commercial Buildings
- Fire Safety Guidelines - Roseville Electric and the City of Roseville recommend all projects meet these guidelines when installing PV systems
State of California State Fire Marshall Guidelines for the Installation of Solar Electric (PV) Generation
Cal Fire Solar Photovoltaic Installation Guidelines
PV SYSTEM INSTALLATION STEPS (printable version)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 3!
- Receive approvals prior to beginning construction
Customer 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 receives both approvals they may proceed with installation of the PV system.
- 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.
- 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
- Project Inspections
Upon approval of the Project Closure Submittals and verification the permit charges and meter upgrade charges have been paid, an electric site inspection will be requested. If project meets Roseville Electric requirements the green card will be signed for electric department approvals. Once this is obtained, please contact the building department (916-774-5333) to schedule final permit inspection and approval. E-mail signed green card to Solar Energy Program Manager.
- 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 this form has been received.
PV SYSTEM REBATE PAYMENT STRUCTURE AND LEVELS EFFECTIVE 7/1/13
|Expected Performance Based Incentive |
|For systems with an estimated 1kW to less than 10kW CSI Rating |
from the CSI Standard PV Calculator
|Approx Step Schedule ||Incentive Steps ||$ Per CSI Rated AC Watts |
|CLOSED STEPS ||Step 1 ||$4.00 |
|Step 2 ||$3.00 |
|Step 3 ||$2.80 |
|Step 4 ||$2.40 |
|Step 5 ||$2.00 |
|Step 6 ||$1.36 |
|Step 7 ||$0.80 |
|CURRENT STEP ||Step 8 ||$0.48 ||Step 8 is closing 12/20/2013 |
|Anticipated Future Steps ||Step 9 ||$0.32 ||Step 9 is effective 1/2/2014 |
|Step 10 ||$0.24 |
EPBI Step 8 is closing on December 20, 2013. Reservation packages must be submitted and approved by the December 20th deadline. PV system installation and submittal of final EBPI rebate paperwork must be submitted by March 28, 2014 to receive the Step 8 incentive payment.
|Performance Based Incentive (PBI) |
|For systems rated from Systems Rated from 10kW up to 100kW CEC-AC-Rated watts |
from the CSI Standard PV Calculator
|Term of the PBI Incentive Payment ||Incentive |
|Dollars Per kWh Generated and Recorded |
at the Customer Meter
|5 Yrs ||7 Yrs ||7 Yrs ||10 Yrs |
|System Size: CSI Rating AC Watts || ||10kW |
|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 |
|CURRENT STEP ||Step 5 ||$0.096 ||$0.069 ||$0.064 ||$0.048 ||Step 5 is closing 12/20/2013 |
|Anticipated Future Rebate Steps ||Step 6 ||$0.058 ||$0.041 ||$0.038 ||$0.029 ||Step 6 is effective 1/2/2014 |
|Step 7 ||$0.039 ||$0.028 ||$0.026 ||$0.019 |
|Step 8 ||$0.029 ||$0.021 ||$0.019 ||$0.015 |
PBI Step 5 is closing on December 20, 2013. Reservation packages must be submitted and approved by the December 20th deadline. PV system installation and submittal of final BPI rebate paperwork must be submitted by June 20, 2014 to receive the PBI Step 5 incentive payment.
Please contact your account representative to assist with your rebate application and answer questions about your energy efficiency needs:
Large energy using customers – Contact Kris Blair via email or call her at (916) 774-5581
Small and medium energy using customers – Contact Mark Riffey via email or call him at (916) 746-1667