When you add solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to your home, you can generate clean, renewable electricity any time the sun is shining. And if you qualify for our SunSense Solar PV program Duke Energy will help reduce the cost of installation with a rebate of $2 per watt installed (for up to 10 kW). The SunSense Solar PV program:
Important Update: The SunSense Residential Solar PV program is fully subscribed for 2015. Please monitor this SunSense webpage for future updates.
How to qualify for a solar PV rebate
Duke Energy has allocated $1.9 million towards the 2015 residential PV program for customers wishing to install a PV system and qualify for a rebate. Please note:
How to get started
Start by contacting solar contractors in your area to evaluate your home's site potential for generating solar energy. It's always a good idea to secure quotes from several contractors.
If you decide to proceed and plan to apply for the Duke Energy rebate, review the information on the Requirements tab and follow the steps outlined in the Application Process tab.
It is important to note that to qualify for the incentive, installation of your PV system should not begin prior to receiving approval from Duke Energy.
To qualify for the residential PV program, you must be a Duke Energy customer and the homeowner. You must be the account holder, use the home as your primary residence and own the solar PV system ("System") installed on the home. There can only be one rebate approved per premise.
For additional program details, view our FAQs or email SolarPV@duke-energy.com.
A residential customer served by Duke Energy. The customer must be the Duke Energy account holder, own and occupy the home where the solar PV system is installed, and own the proposed solar PV system. There can only be one rebate approved per premise.
Basic requirements include a home with a suitable site for installation of a PV system – preferably south-facing, with no shading or obstructions. PV systems generally have a 20-year life, so note trees or buildings that may block the sun in the future. Even partial shading can significantly reduce the performance of a PV system.
After your initial assessment, contact one or more solar installer(s) to determine if PV is the right choice for your home. The installer(s) can provide a solar site assessment and estimate production potential and price for a system.
Duke Energy requires that you use a licensed contractor to install the PV system. Duke Energy does not endorse or recommend installers, but suggests the following sites to research qualified installers in your area:
You may verify a contractor license at www.myfloridalicense.com or call 850.487.1395. Or contact your local building department.
Customers with PV systems ranging in size from 2 kW DC to 10 kW DC are eligible to participate and may earn an incentive based on the kW value. You may install a PV system larger than 10kW, but the incentive is limited to a maximum of $20,000 per residence.
Once installed, the system must be capable of producing at least 1,000 kWh per kW DC each year.
Yes. You should select the optimal installation for your property.
To optimize energy production, the system must be installed at specific angles relative to the south and to the horizon, referenced as azimuth and tilt. This information, along with other technical information, will be documented in your application.
To determine how much energy (in kWh) your proposed solar array will produce, enter your PV system information into the PVWatts online analysis tool, located on our Resources tab. For items related specifically to your site (such as coordinates or shading, sun-tracking and soiling derate factors), enter information from the required site analysis conducted by your contractor using Solar Pathfinder, Sun Eye, or an equivalent tool. We will not approve applications that install systems generating less than 1,000 kWh/year per kW DC system size.
There is no limit on the number of projects or locations, but Duke Energy will only approve applications totaling up to $1.9 million in rebates each calendar year.
Follow the detailed instructions in the application process.
No, Duke Energy will independently review and approve applications to ensure that the system ownership, location and installation specifications meet the full program requirements.
Duke Energy will contact each applicant within 15 business days of receiving the application to provide notification of application status and to schedule an on-site Home Energy Check (HEC) if appropriate. The HEC must be completed within 20 business days of being scheduled for application approval.
After the HEC is completed, Duke Energy will notify you of approval to begin installation of the PV system. Duke Energy allows 90 days from the date of application approval to receive documentation indicating completion of the project. Once the system is installed, you must return the Certificate of Completion (which is sent to you upon application approval) and Duke Energy will validate the installation on-site. Refer to the application timetable. for detailed information on the process.
Following installation, you should also proceed with interconnecting your system with Duke Energy to receive a bi-directional meter. Upon successful validation of both the system installation and complete interconnection (including new meter install), you will be placed on the Net Metering Tariff located on our Resources tab. You should receive your one-time rebate check within 8-10 weeks.
The 90-day period begins on the date that the application is approved by Duke Energy. This date will be clearly specified on the Certificate of Completion form.
The date that the Certification of Completion is received by Duke Energy must be no more than 90 days from the date the application is approved.
Duke Energy will contact you within 15 business days upon receiving your completed application to schedule an on-site Home Energy Check.
The installed cost of a residential solar photovoltaic system varies by system type, size and manufacturer. Typically, systems cost approximately $5,000 to $7,000 per kilowatt (before tax credits and incentives). Customers should contact a solar installer to determine potential benefits and exact pricing.
You may be eligible for a federal- or state-sponsored tax incentive. Customers can learn more about tax incentives by referencing the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiencies. Duke Energy does not administer tax incentive programs or advice, but we suggest consulting your tax advisor and a reputable source to understand how to utilize solar tax incentives.
No, Duke Energy requires that the installer be an appropriately licensed contractor. This ensures that systems are installed safely and consistent with the general laws of Florida.
Yes. To be eligible, the system must be connected so that power generated by the solar panels flows directly to the home, enabling you to use solar generation to offset electric consumption. At times the panels create more power than is needed at the home. Duke Energy’s custom meter measures the excess energy feeding back into the grid. The excess energy may be used to offset the customer’s energy usage in future months. See the Net Metering Tariff located on our Resources tab for all terms and conditions.
No. To qualify for an incentive, installation must begin after Duke Energy accepts the application and has completed an on-site HEC. Approved systems must be new (inverter, panels, and balance of system) to qualify.
To qualify for an incentive, installation must begin after Duke Energy accepts the application and has completed an on-site HEC.
Please contact your contractor to work through any questions or issues related to system installation. Duke Energy does not provide call support or field services for the installation or maintenance of the PV systems.
If you can't find an answer to your question within this FAQ or elsewhere in the SunSense Residential PV web pages, you may e-mail us at SolarPV@duke-energy.com.
A Form 1099 Misc. will be sent to customers at the end of the calendar year.
Listed below are documents which support the application process and external links to additional information: