Rooftop solar program already generating customer interest

By on February 11, 2015

CPS Energy is pleased with the positive interest our proposed new rooftop solar program has already generated.

We hope to receive many proposals from companies interesting in partnering with us to bring solar to more of our customers. Meanwhile, we have already received many inquiries, from customers and our own employees, about how they might sign up.

Because we don’t yet know the parameters of the final program, it would be premature to create a sign up list. This program is the first of its kind, and it is a pilot – a test to see if a larger program would be successful.

Customer eligibility for the program will ultimately be determined by our chosen partner, based on a contract we approve. Once we have negotiated a contract, we will work together to make sure those who are eligible have a chance to be considered.

Developers have until March 6 to submit a proposal. After that, we will analyze the proposals and interview finalists. Once we identify the company and proposal we feel will have the best chance of success, we will negotiate a final contract. This could take several weeks.

At the appropriate time, we will work with our partner to publicize the details of the program and identify eligible customers.

A positive side effect of this early interest is that it may help us determine whether to expand the program. High interest is an indication that we could successfully expand the program and put solar on the rooftops of more customers.

We thank you for your patience and interest as we work through this process.

This Post Has 26 Comments
  1. Tracy Idell Hamilton on said:

    hi Ernest,

    As I wrote above, the parameters of the program aren’t set yet, because we haven’t chosen a partner yet. Companies have until March 6 to submit proposals.

    After we choose one, we’ll publicize how the program will work and who might be eligible.

    Thanks for your interest.

  2. Ronald Parks on said:

    Why is CPS choosing only one company to do this when there are several solar companies out there? What will be the fate of those other companies after you choose your ONE partner and eliminate net metering? It sounds to me like another case of government choosing the winners and losers. The elimination of net metering will destroy the other companies because solar is unsustainable in a competitive marketplace – especially when you compete against a government entity.

    • Tracy Idell Hamilton on said:

      Hi Ronald,

      We are not eliminating net metering. This program is aimed at those who can’t afford to buy solar for their rooftops. And nothing bars CPS Energy from choosing more than one developer if the program is succesful and is expanded.

      Hope this info helps.

  3. Daniel Stewart March 1,2015 on said:

    I am interested in the solar rooftop program. What is needed? How will you decide who will get in?

  4. T Dillon on said:

    This was in the paper again on Sunday, 5 July 15; has CPS set up the parameters for the program? We would most definitely be interested in being part of the pilot program for the rooftop endeavor. Thanks

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