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Solar Financial incentives in Ohio

Incentive Type: State Grant Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Residential
Amount:$3.00/Watt installed capacity
Maximum Amount:$25,000 per residence
Equipment Requirements:Equipment must be new and UL-listed; all equipment must come with a manufacturer's warranty and custom components must have a five-year warranty from installer
Installation Requirements:System must be grid-tied and metered; work must be performed by an eligible installer
Project Review/Certification:Final inspection required before grant funds will be disbursed
Funding Source:Ohio Advanced Energy Fund (AEF)
Authority 1: ORC 4928.61 et seq.
Date Enacted:1999

The incentive offered is $3.00/Watt of installed capacity, with a maximum incentive of $25,000.

All systems must be installed at an Ohio site that is the applicant's primary residence. The system must be grid-tied and have an output of at least two kilowatts (kW). Systems must be evaluated using a Solar Pathfinder or a substitute approved by the OEO. The grant application must include a Solar Site Analysis Report. Grant awards will be reduced by the percent the actual site varies from the ideal site found by the Solar Site Analysis Report. If selected to receive a grant, project work cannot proceed until a grant agreement has been executed. The project must be completed within 12 months of signing a grant agreement. The funds will be disbursed once the project is completed and has passed a final inspection review.

All system components must be UL-listed and come with a manufacturer's warranty. Installers must provide at least a five-year warranty for custom components. In addition, the system must use new equipment, be grid-tied, and use a meter to measure kilowatt-hour (kWh) output. Project equipment may not be ordered, purchased, or installed prior to the execution of a grant agreement with the ODOD. Incentives are only available for installations performed by an installer approved by the OEO. It should be noted that the approved system installer applies for and receives the grant, which is then passed directly to the end-use customer.

The program web site contains information on the criteria and application process for becoming an approved installer, a list of approved installers, and additional program rules and requirements.