Production Incentives for Solar Photovoltaic Projects
Participating power distributors in TVA’s Green Power Switch Generation Partners program offer production-based incentives for solar photovoltaics (PV) projects to large commercial customers. The energy generated from participating projects will be counted toward the green power resources for TVA’s green pricing program, Green Power Switch. Under the larger commercial contract, TVA will purchase the output at $0.20 per kWh. As of November 2008, there were over 100 distributors in seven states participating in this program; participation is entirely up to the discretion of the power distributor. For commercial consumers, qualifying sources are restricted to PV only. Although the maximum output for commercial generation systems remains at 50 kW, the power distributor may elect to permit larger systems with mutual agreement of TVA on a case-by-case basis. Qualifying systems must be used primarily to provide all or part of the energy needs at a particular site and must not have previously generated into the grid. Installations must also comply with local codes and adhere to specific interface guidelines established by the program. Until a total capacity of 150 kW has been reached, the owner of a qualifying residential system will receive a $500 payment when the site is connected to the grid. The goal for the entire program is 5 MW. Contact: Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 W. Summit Hill Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902-1499; 865-632-2101; http://www.gpsgenpartners.com/
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