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2017 Policy Grade

C

Avg. Yearly Savings

$140

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2017 Policy Grade

C

Avg. Savings/year

$140

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Oh Nevada, land of just a little bit of everything; skiing, deserts, mountains, lakes, the annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and oh yeah, Reno and Vegas. With all those lights keeping Vegas turned on, Nevada needs lots of electricity. That kind of demand calls for piles of nice, clean, renewable, solar power.

Uh, to bad Nevada has screwed up home solar pretty bad, huh? Unless you've beein living under a rock, you know that December 2015 was the time the Public Utilities Commission changed Nevada solar for the worse, by reducing the amount homeowners can get paid for the solar energy they send to the grid, and increasing monthly fees by a ton in the name of making solar owners pay their fair share of costs.

Yeah, we all know that's some shady B.S., and even Governor Sandoval has agreed to try to fix the problem. One PUC commissioner has already stepped down, NV Energy has already agreed to "grandfather" existing solar owners in to the old net metering ways, and Nevada voters just approved a ballot measure to open up the state's electricity market to outisde companies.

Here's the most important takeaway: The change to NV Energy's net metering rates has not destroyed the possibility of saving money with solar in Nevada; it's just added a whole lot of "ifs" and caveats to the process and created a bunch of uncertainty about the future of solar here. This battle is going to be fought for years to come, so definitely keep checking here for news. For right now, though, you might be surprised to learn that going solar on your Nevada home is actually still pretty decent, as long as you size your system correctly (not too large, now).

Read on to find out how to make solar work for you in Nevada!

Questions? Our network of solar experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page. You can get discounted on-grid pricing as low as $4,000/kW! This is paired with the Nevada solar incentives you see below.

Your guide to going solar in Nevada

We've designed this page to be a complete guide to the complicated and sometimes confusing process of installing solar panels on a home in Nevada. Since there's a lot of important information to consider, we've separated the page into sections to help you find what you are looking for. If you find this page useful, please share it with someone who might also find it interesting!

The Solar Strategy section is all about the various financial options you have in Nevada. We've created a tool that asks you a few questions about what you hope to get out of a solar purchase and recommends whether you should pursue a solar lease, loan, or outright purchase. Then, we give you a detailed picture of how each could work for you.

The Policy Information section contains all of our latest research on the rules set by the state legislature and public utilities commission that determines how easy it is to go solar in Nevada. These policies and rules govern everything from renewable energy mandates to whether you get paid retail or wholesale rates for the extra energy your system produces, and can have a huge effect on the viability of solar.

Finally, the Solar Incentives section lists all of the available financial benefits available to homeowners who go solar. This section includes information about money-back rebates and grants, tax credits, and tax exemptions. If you're looking for what Nevada is doing to make solar more affordable for its citizens, you'll find it here.

Click any of the boxes below to go to that section of the page, or scroll down to read the page in order.

Your Solar Strategy in Nevada

Figuring out the best way to go solar in Nevada can be a little daunting. From loans and leases to power-purchase agreements, there are a lot of options out there. To help you pick the one that might be best, we've created the handy decision tool below.

We'll ask you a few simple questions about you and your home. Once you're done, we'll recommend a good option. Further down this page, we provide cost estimates and example return-on-investment calculations for all the various options:

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Compare the Return of Different Solar Investments in Nevada

The chart above shows the 25-year returns for an investment in solar whether you choose to purchase a system with cash or pay over time with a loan. Net metering is dead in Nevada, and after 2028, you'll get compensated at only $.0271 for any excess energy your system produces. On top of that, solar panel owners will be charged a larger monthly flat fee than homeowners without solar. All that means solar is a little less great here, and there are a lot of "what-ifs". So let's survey the damage:

In the chart above, we've examined three scenarios for going solar here, including paying with cash up front, gettinga loan for a 5-kW syatem, and getting a loan for a 2-kW system. Solar leasing or Power-Purchase Agreements are no longer offered in Nevada.

The returns on solar here aren't too bad, if you know what you're doing. Read more below about each of the three options for solar in Nevada.

Net Present Value of Solar in Nevada

“Net Present What?!” Don’t panic, this isn’t an economics test. NPV is just a tool used to compare investments. Basically, it asks, “if you had X dollars to invest, which investment would get you the best return?” It relies on the idea that getting a return on your investment sooner is better than later, because you can reinvest your early profits and keep the gain train going.

We compare an investment in solar to a “what-if” investment in a Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 stock index fund, which has seen growth of about 7% per year over the past 25 years. We use the cost of solar in Nevada and ask “how much better or worse (in 2017 dollars) is an investment in solar than stocks?” Here's what we found for the most popular ways of going solar in Nevada:

green square  Buying Solar in Nevada

An outright purchase used to be the only way to get solar, but with new low-interest solar loans, it;s better to finance than to pay up front. Check out the return on a solar loan to get a good idea of why that's a better option.

If you have the cash and you really want to spend it now, buying solar here will result in a modest return on your investment. Panels generally come with a 25-year warranty and performance guarantees, and in Nevada, they'll save you enough in electricity costs over that period to result in nearly $13,000 in profit. Still, that's not quite as well as you might do by investing in stocks, because of NPV:

Here’s how the numbers work for a 5-kW rooftop solar system in Nevada:

  • Installing a typical 5-kW solar system should start at about $19,263 after NV Energy's rebate.
  • The Federal government offers a great income tax credit of 30% of system costs (after rebate). That's $5,779 you won't be paying to Uncle Sam this year, and it brings your first-year investment down to $13,484.
  • After that tax credit, we subtract your first year’s energy savings, which we estimate to be $790. That reduces your cost after the first year to only $13,484—a savings of about 33% off the cost of your system. That's a huge cost reduction!
  • Your electricity savings will slowly add up, and your system will pay for itself in year 15. But your panels carry 25-year warranties, and they'll likely keep on kicking out kilowatts for a few decades or more. You'll see a total net profit of $12,673 by the end of that warranty. The internal rate of return for this investment is just 5.4%, almost as good as putting your money in an index fund, but not quite.
  • In addition to that cash, you’ve created some green for the earth as well by not using electricity from fossil fuels. It's like planting 130 trees a year, every year your solar power system is humming.
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Nevada. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar panel system, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

orange square  Solar Loans in Nevada

Well that's a nice chart, mostly becasue it starts with a big profit. You start out that windfall because you'll be paying over time for the panels but you get the 30% federal tax credit at the end of year 1.

A solar purchase like this makes better sense in Nevada than paying up front, but check out what happens if you get a smaller system that avoids selling money back at NV Energy's paltry energy credit rate. At least for now, getting a loan to pay for solar in Nevada is about as good as investing inthe stock market:

Here’s how the numbers pencil out for a 5-kW solar purchase with a loan in Nevada:

  • Installing a typical 5-kW solar system should start at about $19,263 after NV Energy's rebate. That's how big your loan will need to be to cover it.
  • Between using some solar electricity and selling some back to NV Energy, you'll save $670 on your utility bill this year. But the loan payments on your system will be $1,775, meaning your net cost is $1,105, but then...
  • You'll get the federal tax credit of 30% of system costs, for the whole price of the system. That's $5,779 back, meaning you'll come out $4,674 ahead after year 1.
  • Each year after the first, your energy bill savings will offset some of you loan payments. Once the loan is paid off after year 15, you'll be saving over $1,100 for the rest of your system's 25-year warranty.
  • According to our 25-year estimate, you'll end up with $5,307 in profit, which isn't so bad for an investment that requires no money down. Remember, though: all of this is dependent on Nevada's Public Utilities Commission and NV Energy not changing their minds about net metering before 2041. If that happened, these numbers could get better, quick.
  • The good news is your system will mean green for the environment—130 trees-worth, every year! That might be enough to make you happy, but there are far more cost-effective ways to save the planet.
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Nevada. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar loan, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

blue square  Small Rooftop Systems in Nevada

Let's say you don't use a ton of electricity, and you're hoping to avoid selling electricity to NV energy for just a couple pennies per kilowatt-hour (kWh). A 2-kW system that will produce enough electricity for your own use might be for you. Here's how it works:

A 2-kW solar system will produce an average of 8.5 kWh per day. That should be small enough that it'll go right to use in your home, keeping your appliances, A/C and lights running during the daylight hours. That'll offset some of your usage of electricity from NV Energy, and reduce your bill by as many kWh as your system puts out.

Buying a solar system with a loan makes sense because you end up paying over time for something that starts saving you money right away—plus you get the Federal 30% tax credit of the full system cost at tax time after year 1! Many solar companies offer loans these days; look for a 10-year loan or take a HELOC if you can get an interest rate of about 4%.

Here’s how the numbers pencil out for a Nevada purchase of a small rooftop solar system:

  • A system this size will cost around $8,105 after NV Energy's $295 rebate. That's how big your loan will need to be.
  • You'll save $235 on your energy bill this year, but your loan payments will be $1,021, which means your solar system would cost you $786 this year, BUT...
  • You'll get a huge tax credit from the Feds! $2,520 to be exact, which results in a year 1 profit of $1,941.
  • Your energy bill savings will keep offsetting a portion of the loan payments for the next 10 years, and once you've paid off the loan, you be saving over $600 for the rest of the 25-year panel warranty!
  • For our 25-year estimate, you'll end up with a nice profit! We're talking $9,144 after 25 years, all without putting any money down. That should help your old, wiser self appreciate your young, forward-thinking self.
  • Your system will remove as much carbon from the air as planting 52 trees per year, which is a pretty great thing, we'd say.
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Nevada. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar loan, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

Nevada Solar Policy Information

Ever wonder why solar seems to be everywhere in some states, but not in others? We did too.

State legislatures and public utilities commissions can enact rules to make solar power accessible for everyone. Favorable rules explain why some of the cloudiest states—New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, are doing so well with solar, and yet some of those with the most natural solar resources—like Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida—are doing so poorly.

Below is important information about the public policy, rules, and economic reasons that affect your ability to go solar here in Nevada:

RPS

25% by 2025

Grade: B

Nevada's Renewable Portfolio Standard grade

Nevada has one of the most aggressive renewable portfolio standards (RPS) in the country -- and with a solar carve out to boot! That means the state is required to source at least 25% of its power from renewables by 2025.

What's an RPS? Your state legislature paves the way for strong solar energy incentives to flourish by setting standards for renewable energy generation within their territories. Those standards are called the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS). If utility companies do not meet these standards, they must pay alternative compliance fees directly to the state. Many utilities then determine the best ways to source their energy from renewable sources that are less expensive than this fee.

An RPS is a mandate that says "Hey utilities! Y'all now have to make a certain percentage of your electricity from renewable sources. If not, you'll have to pay us huge fines." The consequences are good, because utilities usually try to meet these RPS standards by creating solar power incentives for you, the homeowner. Read more about Renewable Portfolio Standards.

RPS solar carve out

1.5% by 2025

Grade: B

Nevada's Solar Carve-out grade

Additionally, 6% of that 25% (or 1.5% of total sales) needs to come from solar by 2025. If not, utilities get slapped with sizable fees. That’s a huge reason why there’s so much solar installed in the state.

However, much of the compliance has come from huge solar businesses who have secured land lease deals in the desert to build solar power plants so the utilities can hit their numbers.

Luckily, the RPS now contains a distributed generation requirement stipulating that half of the 25% renewable target must come from residential customer service locations. This means Nevada utility companies should be much more willing to offer solar power rebates to middle-class homeowners instead of millionaire land development moguls.

What's a solar set aside? A solar set aside guarantees a specific portion of the overall renewable energy mix generated comes from the sun. For those states with progressive standards, high alternative compliance payments, and clear solar carve outs, the faster those areas become ripe for solar.

Some states have higher alternative compliance fees than others, and some states have more progressive alternative energy standards and deadlines than others do.

For instance, New Jersey has an overall RPS of 22.5% by the year 2021. That requires local utilities to source 22.5% of their energy mix from renewable sources by the year 2021. Pretty good. However, New Jersey also has a specific solar set aside of 4.1% by 2028. That’s the type of firm commitment which really gets the industry rolling forward. No wonder why New Jersey is one of the hottest solar markets right now!

Nevada Electricity Prices

$0.12/kwh

Grade: C

Nevada's Electricity cost grade

Electricity is relatively cheap in Nevada at $0.12/kWh. That’s a little too cheap for our liking, as there could be more done to roll in the actual costs to the environment to polluting energy sources such as coal and natural gas. Once those costs get accounted for, the average Nevada electric rate may increase to the point where solar panels on homes in the state pencil out at more parity with the electric grid.

Why are electricity prices so important? Because that is what solar power is directly competing against. The cost to produce power with solar is relatively constant (of course how much sun hits your area has an effect), so if you are paying $0.40 per watt for power, then you make FOUR TIMES AS MUCH as the guy or girl paying $0.10 per watt electricity.

The caveat here is that if the $0.10 per watt person has a HUGE rebate, they may be better off than the $0.40 per watt person. Because of that, states without any renewable standards tend to be heavily reliant on cheap coal for electricity, and also have very low electricity prices. When electricity prices are artificially low, that hinders the ability of solar energy to achieve meaningful payback in the state.

Nevada Net Metering

D

Grade: D

Nevada's Net Metering grade

Nevada used to have excellent net metering rules, but in late 2015, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) voted to amend net metering, allowing NV Energy to increase monthly service charges by 300% on solar homeonwers while at the same time paying 82% less for the energy their panels generate.

This action has had a detrimental impact on the Nevada solar industry, taking away hundreds of jobs and making solar more expensive for ordinary citizens to afford. But it's not all doom and gloom here. One thing NV Energy did when it changed Net Metering was to lock in the volumetric (i.e. per-kWh) charges its net-metered customers would see, through 2028.

That means you knw exactly how much you'll be paying the company for electrcity for the next decade, and the best part is, those rates will decrease by a little over time. We use an annual rate increase of 3.5% for all our estimates, and we expect NV energy to continue with normal rate hikes for non-solar folks, so having low electricity rates through 2028 is a nice little bone that NV Energy is throwing to solar owners.

And hey, we gotta be happy when we get a bone, right?

What is net metering? Net metering is the billing arrangement where you can sell excess electricity back to your utility for equal the amount you are charged to consume it. The more customer friendly net metering policies, the higher the grade.

The grade here specifically reflects individual solar system capacity, caps on program capacity limits, restrictions on “rollover” of kWh from one month to the next (yep just like cell phone minutes), metering issues (like charges for new meters), Renewable Energy Credit (REC) ownership, eligible customers and technology (the more renewables the better), being able to aggregate meters across the property for net metering, and safe harbor provisions to protect customers from solar tariff changes.

Nevada Interconnection Rules

B

Nevada's Interconnection Standards grade

While there's bad news on the net metering front, the interconnection rules picture here is a little more rosy. The bureaucratic headaches haven't been completely eradicated, but things are getting... more normalized for Nevada’s solar future.

In the meantime, we urge you to still get a personalized solar quote so you can see how the numbers pencil out for you.

Interconnection rules are a little technical, but they basically allow you to “plug in” to the electric grid with solar panels on your roof. The more complex, out of date, or nonsensical the state rules are for plugging into the grid, the lower the grade.

Specifically, the grade reflects what technologies are eligible, individual system capacity, removing interconnection process complexity for smaller systems, interconnection timelines and charges, engineering charges, prohibiting the requirement of unnecessary external disconnects, certification, spot interconnection vs. wide area interconnection, technical screens, friendliness of legalese, insurance requirements, dispute resolution, and rule coverage.

Solar Incentives in Nevada

Nevada Solar Power Rebates

$147.50/kW

Grade: B

Nevada's Solar Rebates grade

Even though NV energy is charging customers more every month after they switch to solar, the utility is still offering its "RenewableGenerations" rebate program. The current incentive level is $.1475/watt of solar installed, which for a 5-kW solar installation works out to $737.50. If you sign up under the RenewableGenerations progra, you're not eligible for the states Portfolio Energy Credit payments, but this rebate is cold hard cash back as soon as your panels are installed, so consider going with that.

How do solar rebates work? Similar to getting a rebate card from your local big box store for a dishwasher purchase, state legislatures also provide rebates for solar panel purchases to spur on investment and create new jobs. If you purchase the solar panel system yourself, you qualify for this free cash, which many times is a lump payment back to you. Some solar installers like to take this amount directly off the total installed price, and they'll handle the paperwork for you to make things a lot less complex.

The availability of state and utility rebates were sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Energy Efficiency. The better the rebates, the higher the grade.

Nevada Solar Power Tax Credits

No State Income Tax

Grade: C

Nevada's Solar Tax Credits grade

Since Nevada doesn’t have any income tax, there aren’t any solar tax credits to redeem! However, you Nevadans still benefit from the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit. There's no cap on the federal tax credit and the policy was recently granted an eight year extension. Sample calculations follow below -- keep scrolling!

About state solar tax credits: State tax credits are not technically free money. However, they are 'credits' and not 'deductions' which means that if you have the tax appetite to take advantage of them, then they can be a 1-to-1 dollar amount off your taxes instead of a fraction of the cost of the system. So that means they can be an important factor to consider. In certain circumstances, state tax credits can provide a very powerful incentive for people to go solar.

(Keep in mind, we are not tax professionals and give no tax advice so please consult a professional before acting on anything we say related to taxes)

The availability of personal tax credits for solar energy were sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Energy Efficiency. The higher the tax credit amount, the higher the grade.

Solar Power Performance Payments

1 PEC/kWh

Grade: C

Nevada's Solar Performance Payments grade

Every solar installation in the state earns a special kind of financial benefit for its owner called Portfolio Energy Credits (PECs). Systems that were installed before December 31st, 2015, earned 2.4 PECs each time the system has generated 1 kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity. The PECs can be sold to utility company for cash. Sadly, systems installed in 2016 and beyond earn only 1 PEC per kWh.

PECs might seem complicated, but they are worth learning about, because it can mean hundreds of dollars in income every year for you. PECs have value because utility companies need to meet their renewable energy goals under Nevada's RPS law, and if they don't, they have to pay a big fine. In order to meet those goals, they purchase PECs as proof of renewable generation.

Each PEC sells for a couple pennies, which might not sound like a lot, but it adds up. A typical 5-kW system will earn you a little less than 7,800 PECs in a year, which translates to about $187 for you. And since the RPS goals are in place until 2025 (unless they're extended and increased!), you can count on some income until then.

That means your PECs could be worth over $1,600 to you over the next 10 years. Unfortunately, if you choose to keep and sell your PECs, you won't be eligible for NV Energy's RenewableGenerations rebate program. And although the PECs might be worth more over time, the rebate is cold hard cash right now.

Explanation of performance payments: Performance payments represent a big chunk of the financial rationale for going solar, and in many instances they make your decision a wise one. For certain states, if you’ve got solar panels on your roof, not only will you be cutting your electric bill down to size, but you'll be getting paid additional cash from your utility company. Pretty awesome, huh? Not only are you generating electricity for yourself, freezing your own popsicles with sun, and feeling like you’re doing something smart for your children or any of the other 4 reasons people go solar, but you are getting PAID!

Utility companies are paying people with solar panels on their roofs because their states say they have to, otherwise they will pay a fee. Therefore, the payment amount to homeowners is typically a little bit less than the amount they would be billed for by the state. For states with these alternative compliance fees, Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) exchanges have popped up. In the above chart, we outlined an estimate of yearly payments a homeowner might expect from the utility company for the SREC credits from their solar energy system.

Expected SREC payments were calculated by using the latest trade values in the SRECtrade database. The availability of feed-in tariffs were sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Energy Efficiency. The higher the expected monthly payments, the higher the grade.

If you don’t know what an SREC is, or how they work, check out this great SREC video

Property Tax Exemption

100% for solar farms only

Grade: F

Nevada's Solar Property Tax Exemptions grade

While Nevada is kind enough to grant property tax exemptions to commercial and industrial solar installations, homeowners are still expected to pony up the dough for the increased value of the home after solar installation.

About solar property tax exemptions: Property tax exemption status is a pretty big factor when putting together your investment considerations. Many argue that solar power adds approximately 20 times your annual electricity bill savings (if you are owning the system and not leasing. Leasing still has a positive impact on the ability to sell your home though, in our opinion).

For many average-sized solar power systems on a house, that can mean $20,000 to your home value. (Edit April, 2014: Some companies, like Solar Mosaic, are starting to offer traditional style equity-based home loans for such a thing). An additional $20,000 in property tax basis in many states amounts to a big chunk of change owed back to the state. However, many states have complete exemptions from added taxes when you install solar on your home!

The availability of a property tax exemption for solar energy was also sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Energy Efficiency. The stronger the tax exemption, the higher the grade.

Sales Tax Exemption

None

Grade: F

Nevada's Solar Sales Tax Exemption grade

Same story here. Nevada grants sales tax incentives to large-scale (we’re talking 10MW big) solar installations, but none for you. We would like to see a sales tax exemption on residential systems in Nevada like many other states have enacted. We’ll wait and see on that.

What's the deal with solar power sales tax exemptions? When states give you a sales tax break on solar, we notice. You should too. State sales tax exemption status for the purchase of solar energy systems were sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Energy Efficiency. Sales tax exemptions, if present, were all 100%. A handful of states are completely exempt from sales tax regardless, and therefore received ‘A’ grades by default (OR, DE, MT, AK, and NH).

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The consensus on Nevada solar power rebates and incentives

Nevada is well on its way to building a solar power market. While the previous focus had entirely been on utility scale solar installations, there are now compelling reasons for all homeowners in the state to explore solar power as a worthy home investment.

Governor Brian Sandoval can urge the legislature to consider a state residential solar tax credit, implement a smaller scale solar distributed generation program as part of the state’s RPS, and add a solar sales tax exemption for homeowners.

Doing these things would create many more jobs in the state and go a long way toward turning the local economy around.

With all that sunshine in Nevada, it can be done. We’re waiting patiently to improve your grade even further.

In the meantime, we urge you to still get a personalized solar quote so you can see how the numbers pencil out for you.

74 thoughts on “Nevada Solar Power for your house – rebates, tax credits, savings

  1. Steve Carver says:

    Please update your NV page. Everything changed 12/22/15 when NVE changed (destroyed) the net-metering rates.

  2. Bill says:

    It would appear to me the way the utility company controls the viability of individual solar it through high rates on power that is needed by individuals during non-producing hours at night. Instead of selling back excess power, why not store that power in batteries for night time use in batteries? Would this not remove the leverage the PUC holds?

  3. Anita says:

    PUCN has awarded ownership of the sun to the electric company owned by Warren Buffet. Within a few years it will be more cost effective for me to turn off my solar and polute the air with regular electric purchases. Since I installed my solar about 8 years ago my bill has gone from $8.40 to $84 dollars last month and is expecred to go to more than $300 in the summer. I’m now a senior on limited income and cannot afford it. If you want solar follow me to another state. I am looking now to abandon NV for a friendlier solar state. The summary information on this site is outdated.

  4. Greg Ferrante says:

    In a surprise ruling, The PUC of Nevada has ruled against solar rooftop owners basically gutting the entire incentive program. Rooftop solar owners are urged to join together to form a loud voice to be heard with our legislators – join the Nevada Solar Owners Association today!!! http://nvsoa.org

  5. Brian Dodd says:

    We put in 6 kW of solar this year and chose the PECs. However, NV Energy have announced that they are not buying anymore. So you need to update this section of your report.

  6. Lisa S. says:

    Why can’t I get an inspection and interconnection on my power panel

  7. Anonymous says:

    Make sure to get a complete inspection of the framing system. If it is a flat roof that is 20 years old and you plan to install concrete blocks keep in mind that there is a 90% chance that the roof has leaked somewhere that could have caused damage including corrosion of the connections of the trusses, delamination of the sheathing, or other issues.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Wow, this is the exact information I was looking for. One complete write up on Nevada and the special incentives offered.

  9. Anonymous says:

    The article mentions that PECs are credited at 2.45 per kWh produced for distributed solar, but also notes that unless your system is >150kW that they won’t track your system in exchange. What if you own multiple smaller sites that in aggregate are more than 150kW? Would a producer that owns multiple sites that together produce more than 150kW be able to sell their PECs? Ed G.

    1. Dan Hahn says:

      Hi Ed, the system size at one location needs to be at least 150kw to qualify, it doesn’t qualify if you have say, 10 locations with 15kw apiece.

  10. Anonymous says:

    This is probably the best overview of solar rebates and incentives in Nevada that I’ve read online. I’ll start forwarding my clients here.

    1. Dan Hahn says:

      Thanks for the kudos! We’re proud of the work we do.

  11. Anonymous says:

    This just in, if you are looking to purchase a system, in addition to the 30% federal credit, NV Energy will start taking applications on August 13, 2014. For more information, please go to http://www.solarenergynevada.com

    1. Thanks for the update!

  12. Anonymous says:

    The reason Las Vegas has some of the highest power bills in the nation is obvious…It is hot as hell in sin city!

    1. Yup, that certainly drives costs higher. The greater the swing between high and low temperatures the more difficult it is to maintain a stable electrical supply. Just one more reason why installing solar in Nevada makes so much sense! Get the sun working on your side for a change!

  13. Anonymous says:

    For the gentleman whom was asking about solar installation costs, you can go to http://www.solarenergynevada.com and they can help you get quotes for buying or leasing.

    1. And since getting more than one quote is always a good idea, you can also go to https://solarpowerrocks.com/see-your-solar-savings/ and get an quote there as well.

  14. Jeremy says:

    I’m a solar panel contractor in Vegas and we’ve seen a steady growth in the amount of homeowners wishing to add panels to their home. Not surprisingly, few have heard of any of these kind of rebates. So, while it should have a major impact on people going solar, I’m afraid it hasn’t as much as it should. Nevada really needs to do a better job advertising that such rebates and tax credits exist. Of course, this page is a good start and I’ll definitely start linking some prospective customers here.

    1. Fab says:

      I don’t live in your state but I was thinking about moving thier. If the people og NV will convince power companies to buy your excess power from homes at wholesale you might get them on board and make it more cost efective. You say well what about my power that I need at nite if your excess is more than you have made then you pay standard rate that you pay now. What you need to due is make more power thatn you need. The norm is for you to break even so you don’t loose any excess power made and still have a electric bill for the power company. WHY if we made more than we use and sell wholesale power company would be on board. Lets face we are never going to make more than eveyone uses. With electric cars getting better and better we all should be look at this.

  15. Anonymous says:

    well I like that way you think but that problem is that the utility companis are welty and they control evrithing untill
    a big disaster hapen then they my think about going green but I think still will be the pubic unther there shue

  16. Victoria E. says:

    Is it legal in Las Vegas to make and or install your own panels as long as you have an electrian do the hooking up? thanks Victoria E.

  17. Colleen says:

    It should be mandatory for all builders to install some level of solar power on all new buildings/residences. Can you imagine what Clark County would be now if those who approved new construction plans had made some level of solar power mandatory 20 years ago?

    1. Dave Llorens says:

      I’m torn because I’m pretty conservative leaning on those types of regulations but damn, yes, it would be awesome.

  18. mike says:

    To the author, there are no state tax credit incentives in Nevada because there is no state tax here. There is, however, a pretty stiff sales tax, so legislation in that direction would be great.

  19. JOHN says:

    I strongly see greenpower as our future survival system. I promote this effort and our mother earth thanks you.

  20. Roberta says:

    Rancho haven 35 miles north of Reno is in a power co-op Sierra plumas electric on top of the 7000 federal credit for solar, our power company also kicks in another 6000 for residential and 12000 for commercial that was a no brainier. Yeah for coops!

  21. Stan says:

    I am considering moving to the Henderson area and if I do, installing a Solar System is high on the list of things to do. I currently have a system here in CA that generates 8500 watts peak and would want something close to this in NV. What rebates are available from the utility, State and Feds for this type of system. My current system consists of 40 Kyocera panels.

    Thanks

  22. tom says:

    Hello everyone .I live here 15 years and start to get sick of NV energy and our PUC in this town.I have a Solar universe contractor here in town gave me an estimate for the solar that they will install 43 panels suntech 240kw the cost of $5.10/w $53,000.is it worth it to do it?my electric bill average about 230/m

  23. Ian says:

    Thank you for enlightening me regarding the state of solar power development in Nevada.

    I have just returned from a trip to Las Vegas and during my exploits around the area, I was taken aback by the absence of visible solar systems – clearly indicating a less than attractive residential incentive program.

    I live in Ontario, which does not have nearly the solar capacity of Nevada, yet residential solar is much more evident (power generation, pool heating), do to the attractive (may too attractive) Provincial incentive program ($0.65/kwh).

    Thanks again.

  24. forest says:

    I have decided to convert my 14 foot travel trailer over to solar and wind power,
    as far as getting a tax break for solar buildings i believe you have to let your county tax accer know that you use solar power in order to get the building tax exempion,
    i have to use solar power with or without the tax credit

  25. wade says:

    Maybe i missed it but will the energy companies buy the extra electricity your system makes? Thanks to whoever answers my question.

  26. lilly says:

    I think that Solar energy is a great option in Las Vegas. I have lived here for the past 8 years and my energy bill has been as high as $800 a month. That’s a ridiculous price for a 4 bedroom 2400sqft home. I have purchased solar panels for my pool and it has been helping a lot. I purchased my polycrystalline panels for a fair price and I hope one day to be powered by only solar energy. Besides saving money I think it’s important to be concerned about global warming. People don’t want to realize it or accept it but change needs to be done.

  27. Krystal says:

    @Sandy Blanchette

    There is a “gotcha” in accepting the rebate from NV Energy Solar generations program (which is what the news was talking about). Aside from being closed again (it eneded 9/28/2011), you give up something very valuable to take the rebate.

    #1 for this last application period, there were only 353 KW available for residential rebates. If you divide that by an averge system size of 5kw, it’s only 70 homes for the WHOLE state. So getting the rebate was a long shot.

    #2 The rebate was only $1.70/watt this time. So a 5kw system would get $8,500. If you take the rebate, you sign over your PECS to NV Energy. The PECS on that system would make about $18,000 (at current market price of $30 each)over the 25 year life of the system. So you’d lose about $9,600.

    Check DSIRE under Nevada to verify.
    dsireusa.org

    It makes a lot of sense to put solar in, even without the rebate. In fact, you will come out ahead if the contractor explains PECS to you and doesn’t try to get you to sign them over.

  28. Sandy Blanchette says:

    I heard something on the Channel 8 news today (6am) about a program to be eligable for an experimental solar program and to contact Nevada Power by Sept. 28, I looked at their site and can’t locate any instructions for applying. I live in a 1435 sq. foot home, just myself and my Husband and my bill has been averaging $350 per month. Our church was awarded a program and got solar and it’s great. (and no bill)

    1. Jen L. says:

      This is a joke right or a typo? Two people $350 a month, are you kidding me. I live in a house several hundred square feet larger than yours and my bill is $70 for SEPTEMBER! Sounds like solar panels would not be a solution for you. First and foremost you should probably check insulation, windows, and people wasting electricity first. People like you are the reason why power companies make so much money. If the demand wasn’t so high (personal thank you) than the prices would fall substantially.
      Turn your lights off, turn your heater/ AC down. Shut your blinds, put up curtains. Simple things like this can attribute to insulating your home. There are things that you can personally do as opposed to relying on someone or something else to ‘help’ you. DO IT YOURSELF, TAKE RESPONSIBLE ACTIONS FOR YOURSELF.

  29. Concerned says:

    We have so much sun, but these scum sucking leeches dont want us to utilize it, they want their money !!!! So they jack up their prices 20% every year, and so do gas companies, and we cannot get free electricity and help the environment….. Get these idiots out of office, and lets help the people and environment.

  30. michael says:

    To be honset with 2 people working today how many people really use 1,300 kWh per month my average kwh per month is like 450 so for me solar energy would never be a cost saver

  31. Deborah says:

    Hi, Do you have to sign some formal type of liablity contract with Nv Energy in order to connect residential solar?

  32. Jerry May says:

    I’m a new Electrical Contractor in Nv. & I intend to build my business, do joint-venture projects with PV Installers involved in this green movement, & I’m not concerned with big power company’s trying to stop us preserving our planet, our land, our home… They serve the mighty dollar, we serve our creator, We shall prevail, & contribute to preserving our planet…

    1. Dan Hahn says:

      Onward Jerry,

      Keep leading.

      – Dan

      1. Victoria E. says:

        Can you give me your phone number if you are in Las Vegas. my husband and I want to build own panels and a small pvc windmill and then have a licensed electrician plug it in for us . We do not know if we are allowed to do it ourself? Do we have to have permits if we do it ourself? etc thanks Victoria

  33. George says:

    How does Nevada reimburse commercial systems for the $2.40 per kW.? Are they sold on a exchange like out East? If so where can you view the transactions

  34. PVAddict says:

    Quite a few misconceptions here.

    Check http://www.dsireusa.org for info on rebates, grants and supplemental funding for off-grid and rural solar array installs.

    NV Energy does not pay for any excess power you put back onto the grid. If you’re grid-tied, you will be credited, kilowatt-hour per kilowatt-hour. This means if you produce an excess of 10 kWh one month, you’ll get 10kWh credit to your bill. If your system is sized properly you won’t have a huge excess, and you’ll use those credits up in the summer.

    Also, if you intend to be grid-tied, you must choose a C-2 (electrical) licensed contractor of off NV Energy’s contractor list. (Many of the contractors listed do not mention their contractor’s license designation, so you’ll need to look them up at the Southern Nevada Contractors Board.) You are allowed to choose a C-2g (solar) contractor if you wish, but a C-2 contractor is required to connect to the utility grid per program rules. As a C-2g contractor cannot subcontract a C-2 contractor, then you must hire a C-2 contractor yourself for that purpose. If a C-2g contractor does make a utility connection, your solar rebate is void, and your power will be disconnected until the issue is corrected. THIS IS A MATTER OF SAFETY FOR ELECTRICIANS, LINEMEN, AND FIREFIGHTERS.

    Also be aware that, in Nevada, every worker on your roof doing anything other than securing racking and rails to the joists and trusses is required by state law to have an OSHA Photovoltaic Installer license. A contractor found to be in violation of this can be removed from the job, which will mean the consumer will be responsible for suing that contractor to get money back…which isn’t any fun.

    References:

    Firstly, I’m a licensed PV installer and teach PV theory year-round. I’m also a Clark County licensed journeyman electrician, and have been involved with residential and commercial solar installs. I speak from experience.

    Regarding a C-2 contractor being required to connect to utility grid (see page 4): http://www.nvenergy.com/renewablesenvironment/renewablegenerations/documents/SolarGenerationsHandbook.pdf

    Regarding the necessity of OSHA state installer’s license for all PV installers in Nevada: NRS 618.910 – 936

  35. Looking for info says:

    Hello everyone

    I am looking at buying 30-40 Acres of land in Nevada where I am going to build my retirement house. I would appreciate any information into solar power.

    Feel free to email me at generic_name_2010@yahoo.com

    Thank you.

  36. Thomas says:

    Nevada isn’t the only state who has exceeded their expectations on the Rebate programs. Maybe it’s time they figure out a better way to offer incentives to customers so more people can move forward.
    http://www.sunriseenergynow.com

  37. Allen says:

    Is it true NV POWER disconnects you from the grid to prevent from having to pay you for the energy you may put back onto the grid?

  38. Michael Wood says:

    The NV Energy i.e. State Rebate program in Nevada is closed. In 2-1/2 hours the system outsold 3 times the rebate capacity for the rebates for the next 3-4 years!

    Under current legislation and available funds, it is unlikely to see any more State Rebates in Nevada for 3-4 years.

    Hopefully when the legislation and money comes around again, we will NOT allow NV Energy to distribute the rebates with the fiasco that has taken place. Many people with rebates have only now become aware of what their rebate is and how much is it worth. And the rebate program ended in May. Clearly NV Energy was getting at least one more year of utility rental payments from the local Nevada population.

  39. Rick Fry says:

    Do not let Nevada power push you around. If you want to go off the grid, DO IT. I am a California Based Solar contractor. I went off the grid in a congested area. SCE could not anything about it. They disconnected me a year ago and I couldn’t be happier.

  40. Dave O says:

    I contacted NVenergy about a solar installation I had ready to start. I was told that they weren’t offering rebates now or in the near future. I was then warned against building an off grid system. I was told that NVenergy would disconnect my home if I built the system. Basically, I was threatened by NVenergy so I dropped the idea.

  41. Carl says:

    As an ex employee of Reno Sunrooms (aka) Life With Solar, I can attest to the owners shady practices. Prices are always over those of competitors, and don’t get me started on the “one call close” policy. They’ll tout their Home Depot connections as proof of their merit – don’t be fooled. They don’t even have a contractors license! They sub contract (legal?) to Advanced Green Builders who are actually well licensed and capable solar installers. To find a list of capable NV installers, visit NV Energy’s Solar Generations website and look up their contractors list – plenty to choose from. Again, NEVER sign a contract without taking 48 hours to review and don’t be pressured by “incentives that are only good today!”

  42. Gabiel says:

    Is there a more simple way of explaining what exactly is what a normal person gains, the law should state exactly how much a person gets from the utilty co. as far as any income earnings otherwise people are not going to follow through and that is exactly what NV and others want. Their not any different than oil we recieve from other countries, credits don’t earn interest as the money that utilty co. earn fron the money they get from the public. Not a fair to the American public.

    1. Dave Llorens says:

      Well, basically, yah. It’s not simple and it should be, and thats why people don’t do it (not because the economics are poor, they aren’t, they’re good).

  43. Anthony says:

    While Nevada technically offers rebates for sytems from Nevada Energy, the applications are only available periodically. Applications were accepted starting April 21, 2010 and all applications for the next 3 years were alloted by April 26. Nevada energy has not indicated if this program will continue in 2013, so if you’re not already on the list, you’re probably out of luck for a while.

  44. Roger says:

    Well it is now “Early” 2010 and I can’t find an application form anywhere for “getting on the list” for NV Energy’s solar rebate. Is there some “secret” location and do you have to know a politician to get on the list?

  45. curtis says:

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  46. John says:

    I’m not sure this info is up-to-date. I just got a (very high) estimate for a 4000W grid-tie in Reno from Reno Sunrooms. They quoted me $56k! They told me the feds are offering a 30% rebate but that Nevada’s rebate was so low and so hard to get it was not worth trying for.

    Aside from the fact the quote is way too high, what is the current rebate for the feds and for Nevada? Can they be used together?

    It is difficult to get straight answers to these basic questions which could make the difference between doing it or not.

    1. John, yeah, I would say they’re pretty high. First of all, get more than one quote. If you haven’t gone through us already, please fill out our form and one of Nevada people should get in touch with you if there’s one in your area. Second, I don’t know your roof conditions or other issues that might make the quote higher. Perhaps there’s travel time for this installer, so that may be an issue too, but that 56kw ($14/watt) seems really out of line these days, again unless you’ve got some very special circumstances.

      We’ve said many times on this site that these days, you should be paying an average price of around $7 or $7.50 a watt these days, average across the nation. Some states with more competition can be lower, down to 5.50/watt. Not sure of the Nevada market and your area for competition.

      As for the Nevada rebate, the program is oversubscribed right now for solar for 2009/2010. See this note from the this State rebate site. (Good info for all states)

      Note: In January 2008, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) issued ruling R175-07, which established rebate levels for the RenewableGenerations program through 2013, and added incentives for small wind and hydroelectric systems. The 2009-2010 application period for solar rebates ended on October 31, 2008. The 2010-2011 application period will commence in early 2010. NV Energy is still accepting applications for the 2009-2010 application period for wind and small hydro systems. Funds are limited and applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. To be eligible, wind systems need to be operational as of September 4, 2008 or later.

      So you can wait until early next year and see if you can’t get the 10 grand rebate. The Federal incentive is a 30% tax credit, by the way, not a rebate. That means you can use the credit towards paying your taxes. Think of it as an IRS gift card on April 15th. You can use state and federal rebates together, but there may be some tax issues you should discuss with your local tax guru about it. In general, the 30% tax credit is calculated AFTER you subtract any state rebate. Again, check with your tax guru, but that’s my understanding. Hope that helps.

  47. Adem says:

    I think it is terrible that NV Power only accepts a few applicants each year. That should be against the law. Las Vegas has some of the most sunny days out of any place in the country. They should accept anyone that wants to put solar on their home.

  48. Jim Evans says:

    Intend to live in an RV and put solar on the roof. Will that qualify as a home instalation and be given the same solar tax incentives and discounts?

    1. Jim,

      In general, and I believe this is the case for Nevada and the Feds, you must be tied to the electric grid in order for you to qualify for rebates. In addition, you will need to have batteries with your system to collect energy for when you’re parked at night. Now, if your talking about a mobile/prefabricated home with solar that is stationary, then you’ve got a shot at the tax incentives and rebates. Hope that helps.

  49. Gary Mackelprang says:

    Is there a site to go to to determine what size system would need to be installed on a residential home in Las Vegas. Also, I’ve heard that there are newer solar panels that can capture more of the suns rays than the older panels are able, I would like info on them also. You can email me at gr8diver@hotmail.com

  50. forest anderson says:

    i am forest anderson and i wrote you guys about a year ago about how i am living off grid i live just outside of a small town of crescent valley nevada i am still working on getting my living quarts togather, and still using solar power, for for most of my needs anyone out there that is already living off grid and is getting ready to build can contact me at forestanderson@gmail.com would love to swap ideas.

  51. William Bolz says:

    I have a 1400 SF home in Las Vegas, what size solar system would I need to heat it and is there any govt or NV power rebates to assist in funding it?

  52. William Bolz says:

    5212 Shasta Daisy St.
    N. Las Vegas, NV 89031

  53. William Bolz says:

    Where is there information on any Federal Government tax incentives or rebates on installing Solor power panels on home residences? Can you provide any further info on helping a home owner on a limited retirement to help with the cost of installation of solar panels on our home? Please adivse. Thank you so much for your help!

  54. Ryan McMonigle says:

    What if you have unlimited raw land and wanted to start a solar power company 60miles north of las vegas nevada. Big enough to power say 10,ooo homes,And public services

  55. Bill says:

    Something doesn’t add up in the 3KW example above. I think your assuming unlimited daylight. A power bill of $1600/Year = $4.38/day. For a 3KW system that’s $1.46/KW per day. At $0.1056/kWh that’s 13.8 hours of sunshine a day. You’re high by about a factor of three (neglecting the power loss in the inverters etc).

  56. janet says:

    i have 30-40 acres near Fallon Nevada I might be willing to lease to a solar plant company in exchange for of course some $ and to eliminate my very high Sierra Pacific annual bill by receiving the power from your plant thanks

  57. Mauro says:

    I am distributor from Los Angeles and realized the importance of solar power in your state.

    If anyone is interested in purchasing solar panels and/or solar water heaters that are very efficient and low cost please contact me @ sustainability.rocks@gmail.com

    Let me know if you are interested in working together and/or networking

  58. Mike says:

    I am building a home completely solar(grid connection $101,000) is there any rebates etc for off grid folk?

  59. Rick Gee says:

    I am interested in your progress and would also like to know where you are located…I am an electrician in the Fallon area and would like to start feeding the grid in the summer so I can draw it back in the winter…The plan is to use electric baseboard heaters to heat the home (currently burning wood) and save some bucks on heating costs…What size system do you currently have and how did you build it so cheaply? Rick

  60. Forest Anderson says:

    I live in an area of nevada that is not serviced by any power service so i have no choise but to use solar power and do to low income i have had to come up with low cost ways of building my own solar systom and i now run my lights and heating fans off of solar power i also charge my flashlight by solar power i basically built the whole thing for 300.oo dollors including power inverter for 110 volts for my online phone witch can run 24/7 if need be but usally i shut it off at night noyhing like not getting those phone solisitors due to the high cost of gas i have had cut down on the use of my generator but do charge up my battiers and use my computer when it is running i use it maybe two hours a day i am planning on building my house starting this spring and planning on going total solar including heating and hot water i will be doing this on a very limited budget of about 200.00 dollors a mounth if you would like i will keep you posted on how i am doing so maybe you can pass this information along to others

    1. Rick Gee says:

      I was wondering where you are located and how you are doing on your project…I am an electrician in the Fallon area and would like to start feeding the grid…also on a somewhat limited budget…but I do have an advantage over your average homeowner as I could install and terminate myself…I would like to hear from you…Thanks for your time Rick

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