Smart Energy rebates are designed to support Ames Electric Services customers in lowering their emissions related to energy usage. We provide you the incentive to increase the efficiency of your air conditioner, purchase Energy Star rated appliances, or build more energy-efficient homes. It's important to note that as advances are made in energy-saving, our rebates change, also. We have built these programs around asking customers to strive for the next level of energy savings. Keep saving energy and doing your part to lower our community’s carbon footprint.

Photovoltaic Installation Rebate

Please include with your rebate application an executive summary that:

  • Outlines the system installed.
  • Provides array generation during the peak time given above and outlining the assumptions used to determine array output. All data is subject to verification.

Important Terms and Conditions.

  • Participants must be City of Ames Electric Services’ customers.
  • Rebates will not exceed 50% of equipment cost. 
  • Cases where the incentive is estimated to exceed $5,000 are evaluated on a case by case basis. 
  • Systems qualifying for rebate must produce electricity during the hour of 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the months of June, July, August and September. 
  • Rebate will be paid based on the maximum kW generated during the above described timeframe. An hourly estimate of system output from National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) PVWatts ( is required. 
  • Electric Services reserves the right to question assumptions leading to array output estimates. 
  • All claims are reviewed by City of Ames Electric Services. Electric Services reserves the right to deny any claim that does not meet the goal of reducing utility summer peak-time demand. 
  • City of Ames Electric Services reserves the right to claim Renewable Energy Credits (REC’s) available from this installation. 
  • Equipment must be installed and operating prior to submission of application.
  • Applications must be submitted within 60 days of equipment installation and no more than six months after purchase of equipment, unless otherwise authorized.
  • Rebate checks will be issued to account holder in existing buildings unless otherwise established on the application. Checks will be issued to builder/general contractor in new buildings unless otherwise established on the application.
  • Rebates may be subject to income tax. Consult your tax advisor for more information.
  • Rebate forms must include full name of recipient and full installation/mailing address with suffix (e.g. Ave, St, Dr, Rd).
  • Smart Energy programs are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

  • City of Ames Electric Services reserves the right to install a metering device on new equipment to verify savings or efficiency.
  • Rebates are subject to availability of funds.
  • Applications must be completed in full, incomplete applications will delay processing and may be returned.

Rebate Payment Address

Installation address

Photovoltaic Installation Rebate

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Information needs to be entered in the same order the fields appear. If you are unable to select a record from the drop down that indicates the criteria has not been met.

Date must be between 1/1/2020 and 12/31/2050.

Listed below are the available items.

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01/01/2020 12/31/2050 Solar PV Installation

All fields are required unless otherwise indicated.

Dealer/Contractor Name

Dealer/Contractor Phone Number

Building Type

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Please attach proof of ownership for the photovoltaic system.

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Provide a document describing the system installed, the array generation during peak time, and the assumptions that determined the array output.

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