Solar Thermal Systems Demonstration Program

The Nevada Legislature created the Solar Thermal Systems Demonstration Program ("Solar Thermal Program") during the 2009 legislative session to promote the installation of at least 3,000 solar thermal (hot water) systems in homes, businesses, schools and other governmental buildings in Nevada by 2019.  The Solar Thermal Program requires public utilities supplying natural gas in Nevada to develop and administer programs that offer rebates to customers who install eligible solar thermal energy systems on their property.

  • The Solar Thermal Program is defined by the Legislature in NRS 701B.300 - 701B.345.
  • The PUCN regulates the Solar Thermal Program through regulations adopted in NAC 701B.200 - 701B.290 and through examining the utilities' annual plan filings.
  • The Solar Thermal Program is subject to changes made by the Nevada Legislature and the PUCN. 
  • The Solar Thermal Program has four categories of participation:  1) school property, 2) public and other property, 3) private residential property, and 4) small business property.
  • NAC 701B.255 details incentive payment levels available to Solar Thermal Program participants, based on the categories listed above.
  • The Solar Thermal Program is funded by ratepayers through the Renewable Energy Program Rate charge on their monthly bills.
  • Customers who receive an incentive payment for a qualifying solar system may be obligated to assign ownership of the portfolio energy credits ("PECs") generated by the system to the natural gas utility administering the incentive program.
  • For information about participating in a solar thermal rebate program: