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Incentives for solar-powered pool heating.
UES offers incentive payments for commercial solar-powered pool heating systems to encourage solar installation. Taking advantage of Arizona's relatively high rate of sunshine can be very cost effective.
Renewable Energy Credit Purchase Program
Depending on the availability of unshaded sunlight and the amount of water usage at your pool, solar pool heating can be a very efficient technology. The decision to install one of these systems should be made after you consider a variety of factors. Local building codes, availability of sunlight, maintenance requirements and the cost of other alternative energy options, should all enter into your decision to install a solar pool heating system. With Arizona's plentiful sunshine, current utility, state, and federal incentives make this a very economical choice.
UES offers 20-year up-front incentives (UFIs) for solar-powered pool heating systems (see table 1).
|UFI1 — 20-Year REC Agreement|
|$0.40 per kWh up to a maximum of $200,000|
Note: Projects receiving a UFI can receive no more than 50% of the system cost in the total incentive payout. Also, UES incentives in combination with all federal and state credits can be no more than 85% of total project costs. A customer must cover at least 15% of total project costs.
Customers may qualify for federal and state tax credits to further reduce the cost of the system. Talk with a tax professional about current tax credits available to you for a renewable energy system. You can also view federal and state tax credits at dsireusa.org.
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Applicants requesting incentives for solar pool heating will need to submit design and output documentation. Applicants installing these systems will, at a minimum, need to provide an energy savings and designed output report for the system.
The report must include either a testing certification for a substantially similar system prepared by a publicly funded laboratory or an engineering report stamped by a qualified registered professional engineer. The engineering report and/or testing certification shall provide a description of the system and major components, design criteria and performance expectations, applicable standards and/or codes, and a brief history of components in similar applications. Additional information may be required as part of the RECPP requirements.