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UPDATE (11/17/17)

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has concluded our 2016 rate case and Net Metering is no longer an option for members who install self-generation equipment such as solar panels on their home.  Non-Residential accounts may still use the Net Metering model.

In the decision #76465 by the ACC, SSVEC now pays for all energy that is “pushed back” on to the grid at an export rate of $0.071 per kWh as of November 18, 2017.  All energy delivered to the member is at the rate listed in the Residential DG tariff.

This export rate is “locked” based on your date of connection for a period of 10 years.  At the end of the 10 year rate lock, your export rate will be based on the current export rate as determined and approved by the ACC.  The following table shows the export rates approved for the next 6 years as of the dates shown.

Dec 1, 2017        $0.071165           Dec 1, 2020     $0.051879

Dec 1, 2018       $0.064049           Dec 1, 2021     $0.046691

Dec 1, 2019        $0.057644           Dec 1, 2022     $0.041310

The export rate for December of 2023 will be determined by the average wholesale cost for renewable energy in the prior 5 years and will be reviewed and approved by the ACC.

If you currently have an active SSVEC interconnection/reservation for a PV project on file with SSVEC prior to 11/18/17, you will still be eligible to use the NET Metering rate model.  The interconnection/reservation does expire 6 months from the date SSVEC received your request and member or contractor must request a final inspection prior to the expiration date.


Incentives are as follows:

SSVEC collects a Renewable Energy Surcharge from each of its customers based on their kWh usage and with a maximum amount collected based on your rate class. These funds are collected on a monthly basis and are used to fund the SunWatts program. Operation expenses include program incentives, debt service for the PV for schools program, and other program costs. The SunWatts program is reviewed and approved by the ACC annually.

Interconnection to the SSVEC distribution system is subject to the following in addition to the physical interconnection requirements.

➢ SSVEC’s electricity rates, basic charges and service fees are subject to change. Future adjustments to these items may positively or negatively impact any potential savings or the value of your photovoltaic system.

➢ You will be responsible for paying any future increases to electricity rates, basic charges or service fees from SSVEC.

➢ Your photovoltaic system is subject to the current rates, rules and regulations established by the Arizona Corporation Commission (“Commission”). The Commission may alter its rules and regulation and/or change rates in the future, and if this occurs, your system is subject to those changes.

➢ Any future electricity rate projections presented to you by sales agents are not approved by SSVEC or the Commission. They are based on projections formulated by external third parties not affiliated with SSVEC or the Commission.

Recommended course of Installation

1) Fill out and submit a SunWatts interconnection reservation form.

2) Get multiple bids for the installation of the PV or Solar Water Heating System.

a) SSVEC will be happy to review these bids and answer any questions you might have.

b) If you are looking at a system lease please review our special handout on leasing.

3) Choose your contractor.

4) Contractor installs the system and submits required documents to SSVEC.

5) SSVEC inspects the system and installs the proper metering.

SunWatts Self-Install Requirements
If you choose to self-install your PV system you still have to provide all the documentation (1-line and 3-line drawings, forms, etc…) as any other PV installation. For self-installed systems the PV system must also be certified as meeting our requirements by an AZ licensed electrical contractor who must fill out all section 2 forms pages 1, 2, and 3.

Additional information and documentation is required for any self-installed system. You must provide receipts for all components you purchased for the system. You may include mileage to pick up parts as an allowable cost component (mileage to match with receipts). The cost for the electrician to certify the system is also an allowable cost. The most important thing to remember is per IRS regulations; your labor is not an allowable cost to be used to determine the total system cost. SSVEC reserves the right to reject receipts that do not clearly belong in the project.

SSVEC monitors the installation cost as a requirement of the ACC.

Please contact David Bane at or (520) 515-3472 with any additional questions about SSVEC’s Renewable Energy Program.