NC Solar Rebates

Important Notice

The residential and commercial participation limit for the July 2021 Solar Rebates Program has been reached. The rebate application will reopen on July 28, 2021 for nonprofit customers only. Duke Energy received a commission order changing some of the terms of the program. This enrollment period has the following changes:

  • Rebate acceptance will move to a random selection process, instead of first come, first serve.
  • Residential customers, who are accepted into the program, will receive 40 cents per watt, or $4,000 maximum rebate.
  • Commercial customers, who are accepted into the program, will receive 30 cents per watt, or $30,000 maximum rebate.
  • For the July 2021 enrollment period only, customers who installed their system from October 6, 2020 to January 6, 2021, are also eligible to apply.
  • For the July 7 to July 14, 2021 enrollment period, customers who installed their systems on or after April 8, 2021 (90 days prior to July 7, 2021), would be eligible to apply at any time during that week.
Customer notifications and updates will be available on this page on July 27, 2021. If the participation limit for a specific customer class is not reached in the random allocation, the application process will be reopened for any group that has capacity available on July 28, 2021.

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Should you have any questions about the program, please contact us at NCSolarRebate@duke-energy.com.

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How it works

Once you have confirmed your eligibility, complete the following steps to apply for your rebate.

Solar Rebate Calculator

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waiting list?

Due to the volume of interest in the solar rebate program, a waiting list is in place. Because the program is fully subscribed based on the applications received, there is no guarantee any project will be accepted into the program from the waiting list. Projects are listed based on the date we received your application. If your project is able to be accepted into the program, you will be notified via email. Please contact the Duke Energy Solar Rebates team if you believe your project should be listed on the rebate waiting list.

The waiting list will be updated the first Friday of the month.

Should you have any questions about the program, please contact us at 866.233.2290 or email us at NCSolarRebate@duke-energy.com.
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Frequently Asked Questions

For additional program details or questions, contact Duke Energy by calling 866.233.2290, or send an email to NCSolarRebate@duke-energy.com.

  • You can apply for a rebate reservation before installing your system. If your decision to install is dependent upon receiving a rebate, it is recommended that you wait to install your system until after you have received your rebate reservation. If you're accepted into the program, you will receive an email confirmation with your rebate reservation. Once you've received the confirmation, you can move forward with your installation.
  • We will offer 20 MW of capacity for this program each year until 2022. Ten MW will be available in the Duke Energy Carolinas service area and 10 MW will be available in the Duke Energy Progress service area. In each service area, the 10 MW will be split among homes (minimum 5,000 kW AC), businesses and nonprofits (maximum 5,000 kW AC).
  • The incentive shall not exceed 10 kW AC for residential solar systems and 100 kW AC for nonresidential solar installations.
  • Customer shall receive a one-time Solar Rebate payment based on the AC nameplate rating of the customer’s solar PV electric generating system.
  • For reservations from 2018 to January 2021:

    Residential customers: $6,000 rebate maximum. Customers can get 60 cents per watt of solar energy installed. A larger system may be installed, but this incentive is limited to up to 10 kW.

    Nonresidential customers: $50,000 rebate maximum. Customers can get 50 cents per watt of solar energy installed. A larger system may be installed, but this incentive is limited to up to 100 kW.

    Nonprofit customers: $75,000 rebate maximum. Customers can get 75 cents per watt of solar energy installed. A larger system may be installed, but this incentive is limited to up to 100 kW.

    For reservations starting from July 2021:

    Residential customers who are accepted into the program will receive 40 cents per watt or $4,000 maximum rebate. A larger system may be installed, but this incentive is limited to up to 10 kW.

    Commercial customers who are accepted into the program will receive 30 cents per watt or $30,000 maximum rebate. A larger system may be installed, but this incentive is limited to up to 100 kW.

    Nonprofit customers will receive 75 cents per watt or $75,000. A larger system may be installed, but this incentive is limited to up to 100 kW.
  • An organization or association recognized by the Department of Revenue of tax exempt pursuant to G.S, 105-130.11(a) or any bona fide branch, chapter or affiliate of that organization.
  • Yes. Each year, we offer 2,500 kW per jurisdiction to nonprofit organizations. 50 kW of that 2,500 is set aside for use by the NC GreenPower Solar School Pilot or a similar program.
  • Based on current net metering law, any customer receiving service under a time-of-use demand rate schedule will retain their renewable energy credits (RECs).

    For any customer receiving service under a non-time-of-use demand rate schedule, any renewable energy credits (RECs) shall be retained by the company.
  • The contract period for service under this rider is 10 years. If the solar system is removed, rendered inoperable, the agreement for electric service is terminated or electric service is discontinued under the rate schedule as prescribed in availability section of this rider prior to 120 months, the customer shall be subject to an early termination charge.

    If within 90 days of electric service termination a new customer takes over the site and elects electric service and assumes the customer’s obligations under this rider, including but not limited to continued electric service under an eligible rate schedule and rider NM, the termination charges will be waived.

    An early termination charge shall equal to one minus the number of months since initial participation divided by 120 multiplied by the rebate payment amount.
  • The program resets each year on Jan. 1 through 2022. If in any year a portion of the incentives goes unsubscribed, the company may roll excess incentives over into a subsequent year’s allocation. Any unsubscribed capacity, regardless of any set aside requirement, available on Jan. 1, 2023, shall be available to any customer meeting the rider qualifications.
  • The application periods will open on Jan. 6, 2021, and July 7, 2021. For 2022, the application periods will open on Jan. 5, 2022, and July 6, 2022. For 2021 and 2022, application periods shall end on the last day of the sixth month: June 30 or Dec. 31. Available annual capacity will be allocated evenly (50%) between the biannual application periods. New installations and installations that were installed within the last 90 days are eligible to apply for the participation.
  • For years 2021 and 2022, a residential customer who obtains a rebate reservation in January-June must complete the installation by Dec. 31 of the same year; a residential customer who obtains a rebate reservation in July-December must complete the installation by June 30 of the following year.

    For a nonresidential customer who obtains a rebate reservation prior to installation, the installation must be completed no later than 365 days from the date of an executed interconnection agreement by the company.

    For a nonresidential customer with a project under 20kW that does not require an interconnection agreement, the installation must be completed no later than 365 days from the date the rebate reservation was obtained.
  • No, all rebates will be paid to the customer.
  • Your Project ID is your Unique ID. The Unique ID is provided in the email confirmation you receive after your interconnection request is received by Duke Energy.
  • If you originally installed an inverter that could handle additional panels, the increase would not be eligible for the rebate program.

    If you add a new/larger inverter along with additional panels, the sizing difference would be eligible for the rebate program.
  • kW AC Nameplate Capacity is defined as the manufacturer’s nameplate rated kW AC output capability of the inverter. For multi-unit facilities, the Nameplate Capacity of the facility shall be the sum of the manufacturer’s nameplate rated kW AC output capabilities of the inverters.
  • The application will be open for one week. At this time, the applications will be reviewed for eligibility. If the application is deemed ineligible, these customers will be notified within one week of the application window closing. Within two weeks of the application window closing, eligible customers will be notified if they have been selected into the program or placed on the wait list.
  • If the participation limit for a specific customer class, such as non-profit organizations, is not reached in the random allocation, the Companies will reopen the application process for any group that has capacity available.
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