Solar photovoltaic panels convert energy from the sun into electricity. Arizona is an ideal location to install solar systems because we receive a relatively high amount of annual sunshine.
UES does not offer financial incentives to customers who install solar electric PV systems at their home or business. Thanks to falling PV prices, such incentives are no longer necessary to encourage widespread adoption of solar power systems. This helps keep UES’ electric rates down, since previous incentives were funded through customer-funded surcharges.
Homeowners who purchase a PV system may qualify for federal and state tax credits to 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.
The decision to install a photovoltaic system on your property 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 such as wind, should all enter into your decision to install solar generation. In most populated areas of Arizona a solar generator is more cost effective than other forms of renewable generation, such as wind. This is especially true if your house has a south facing roof slope that is free of shade for the majority of the day.
The forms below must be completed, signed and submitted to UES before your system can be connected to our local distribution system. Submit completed forms via email to email@example.com or by mail to Tucson Electric Power, Renewable Energy Department (Mail Stop HQE502), 88 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ 85701.
Review the “FAQs” and “Technical Requirements” tabs for more information. The “Installer Resources” section has information on how you can find a licensed solar installer and how your installer can submit the appropriate solar application to connect to UES'yys grid.
The contractor installing your system must have a license from the Arizona Registrar of Contractors (AZROC) that authorizes them to install the kind of system that you purchase. UES does not endorse any contractor/installer. A customer may hire any qualified, licensed contractor of their choice. UES does require the installer to also possess an Arizona business license that is active and in good standing. Contractors are required to pass a solar trade exam with the AZROC in order to obtain the proper license classification. Some license classifications can be confusing and a contractor's license status may change at any given time. Please refer to the Arizona Registrar of Contractors website for the most up to date information and for appropriate licensing guidelines at AZROC.
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Expected system output: For every 1 kW (1000 watts of DC power generated) an estimated 130 to 150 kWh will be produced monthly (approximately $15.00 monthly). This figure is a rough estimate and is dependent on a variety of factors such as weather conditions and time of the year.
We realize that in today's solar market, what is ordered is sometimes not available. We will work with you or your contractor and accept like substitutes providing they meet all of the requirements of our system specifications.
Yes. All photovoltaic modules must be certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory as meeting the requirements of UL-1703. All other electrical components must be UL listed. This includes the inverter, which must be certified as meeting the requirements of IEEE-1547 and must be UL-1741 certified.
Yes. Installation must follow applicable codes and standards. UES reserves the right to discontinue this option if UES finds self-installed systems do not adhere to applicable codes and standards or exhibit poor quality workmanship.
Consult 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.
Absolutely! As customers use the energy from their solar PV systems, they use less power from the utility. This allows us to reduce the amount of fuel used at our power plants, thus reducing emissions. Together, we are working today for a bright tomorrow.
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