Southwest Gas Corporation (SWG) offers rebates to commercial customers in Arizona who purchase energy efficient natural gas equipment. Eligible equipment includes natural gas storage and tankless water heaters, boiler equipment, griddles, fryers, conveyor ovens, combination ovens, air curtains, dryers and custom rebates. All equipment must meet program requirements stated on the rebate application and on the program web site. Rebate forms may be found on the program web site listed above.
Southwest Gas Corporation (SWG) offers incentives to qualifying commercial and industrial facilities who install efficient Combined Heat and Power systems (CHP). CHP systems produce localized, on-site power and heat which can be used in a variety of ways. Incentives vary based upon the efficiency of the installed system. The minimum efficiency for all systems is 60%. Contractors are also encouraged to participate in the program. Visit web site to view application form or contact SWG for more program information.
Arizona provides a sales tax exemption* for the retail sale of solar energy devices and for the installation of solar energy devices by contractors. The statutory definition of "solar energy device" includes wind electric generators and wind-powered water pumps in addition to daylighting, passive solar heating, active solar space heating, solar water heating, and photovoltaics. The sales tax exemption does not apply to batteries, controls, etc., that are not part of the system.
Arizona law protects individual homeowners’ private property rights to solar access by dissolving any local covenant, restriction or condition attached to a property deed that restricts the use of solar energy.
Arizona law requires that new state building projects over six thousand square feet follow prescribed solar design standards. Solar improvements should be evaluated on the basis of life cycle costs. Affected buildings include buildings designed and constructed by the department of administration, school districts and universities. These projects must include an evaluation of: (a) proper site orientation; (b) active and passive solar energy systems for space heating; (c) solar water heating; and (d) use of solar daylighting devices.
The Arizona Registrar of Contractors does not offer a general solar electric contractor license, but the state's C-11/L-11 electrical license covers solar electric installations. C-11 licenses are required for electrical work on residential property and L-11 licenses apply to commercial installations. Contractors can also acquire a K-11 license to work on both residential and commercial installations.
Owners of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar water heating systems in Arizona are required to obtain a building permit before their systems may be installed. Permits are handled at the local level and awarded by counties and municipalities. Traditionally, counties and municipalities in Arizona have been free to adopt their own requirements and assign their own fees for a permit. With exceptions, these fees are generally derived from a formula that takes into account the cost and size of the project along with the cost of conducting inspections.
Collectors, heat exchangers and storage units of solar energy systems -- and the installation of these systems -- sold or installed in Arizona must have a warranty of at least two years. The remaining components of the system and their installation must have a warranty of at least one year. Solar energy systems are subject to random inspections by the state's registrar of contractors.
SRP's Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program is designed to encourage residential SRP customers to utilize energy efficient appliances and measures at home. Rebates and discounts are available for lighting, duct repairs, duct testing, energy audits, HVAC checkups, refrigerator recycling and shade screens for windows. Some rebate amounts vary by energy efficiency. See program web site for a detailed summarization of each program. Each program may have specific guidelines and deadlines for measures to be installed. Contact SRP for more information.
SRPBusiness Solutions is a program designed to help SRP business customers manage energy usage and increase the energy efficiency of participating facilities. Within this program there are several different programs that offer rebates for lighting, heating and cooling, ECM motors, compressed air systems, custom projects, large business energy assessments and equipment upgrades, new construction and retrocommissioning of existing major mechanical and electrical systems.