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Renewable Energy


December 2005, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) passed the Environmental Portfolio Surcharge (EPS).  Then in 2006, the ACC made significant changes in the statewide EPS program, which ultimately became the Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff (REST). This plan requires the levy of a surcharge on all electric bills in order to fund a renewable energy program that ensures renewable energy is generated within the Navopache Electric Cooperative (NEC) service territory.  NEC submits a REST program annually that is reviewed and approved by the ACC.

In compliance with the ACC mandated REST, NEC collects a Renewable Energy Surcharge from each of its Arizona members.  These funds are collected through monthly billing statements and are used to fund renewable energy projects within NEC’s Arizona Service territory.  Monies collected cover program operational expenses, NEC owned renewable energy generating sites and the member based Renewable Energy Incentive Program (REIP).

Current Incentive Level

On March 21, 2013, Decision Number 73770, the ACC approved the following incentive levels:



Up-front Incentive with 20 Year REC Agreement

Additional Information



$.50 a watt

Up to 50% of the net installed cost less any grant funds applied to the cost of the installation with a maximum amount $5,000.00.  Incentive limited to 10kW.

Non-Residential Grid -tied

$.50 a watt

Up to 50% of the net installed cost less any grant funds applied to the cost of the installation with a maximum amount $12,500.00.  Incentive limited to 50kW.

Solar Hot Water

$0.75 per saved kWh

NEC will pay a rebate equal to $ 0.75/kWh of estimated energy saved during the system’s first year of operation to conform to OG-300 ratings of the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation.


Applying for the Member Based Renewable Energy Incentive Program (REIP)

REIP had a great increase in participation levels as well as the size of the projects beginning in the third quarter of 2012.  This led NEC to implement the following process to ensure fairness.  We feel that this new process will give our members a more secure position when working with the renewable energy contractors when they are selecting a renewable energy generating system.  As always, NEC recommends getting multiple bids is the best way to ensure you are getting the most value for your investment.

Step One:  Complete the AZ REIP Rebate Request Application. If funds are not available at the time that NEC receives your request form, your installation will be placed on a waiting list until there are sufficient funds. The waiting list will be processed on a first come first serve basis. When the funds become available, you will be notified to complete the enrollment packet. Being placed on the waiting list does not guarantee a certain rebate/incentive level or funding by a certain date, but only that applications will be processed in the order received.

Step Two:  After receiving the application and enrollment packet, NEC will notify you that the application is complete and eligible for an incentive or that the application has deficiencies or that the application does not qualify.  If your application has deficiencies, you will have 30 calendar days to correct and submit updates to NEC.  Applications that are not amended within 30 days will be taken off the waiting list.

Step Three:  Once your application is accepted, NEC will provide written notification.  You will then have 120 calendar days from the date of the NEC notice of approval to complete the installation process and pass NEC inspection.


Member Quality Assurance Representative

928-368-5118 ext 191


AZ REIP Rebate Request Application

Consumer Guidelines for Generator Installation


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