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Black Hills Energy - Solar Power Program

Fed. Government
General Public/Consumer
Local Government
State Government
Savings Category 
Program Info
Start Date 


Program Type 
Performance-Based Incentive
Rebate Amount 

Systems up to 10 kW: $0.1267/kWh (only for first 5 kW)
Systems larger than 10 kW up to 100 kW: $0.16/kWh

Black Hills Energy

Black Hills Energy has a performance-based incentive (PBI) for photovoltaic (PV) systems up to 100 kilowatts (kW) in capacity. In exchange for these incentives, Black Hills Energy earns the right to the renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with the PV-generated electricity for a period of time.

PV systems 10 kilowatts (kW) or less will receive a PBI of $0.1267 per kilowatt-hour (kWh). While systems between 5 kW and 10 kW are allowed to participate in the program and net meter, they will only receive the PBI based on 5 kW. Systems larger than 10 kW and up to 100 kW will receive a PBI of $0.16 per kWh. PBI payments are made annually for a period of 10 years.

All incentive payments are subject to the availability of funds and a pre-installation site inspection. Black Hills Energy has established participation caps for each tier. The status of funding availability for each tier is available on the website above. PV installations are subject to on-site supervision by a NABCEP certified professional to maintain a 3:1 ratio for the installation crew (one certified installer for every three solar installers).

See program web site for complete details.

Other Information 

PV modules must be warranted for a minimum period of 20 years. All other components (with the exception of batteries), labor and installation must be warranted for a minimum period of 5 years. All equipment must be new, UL-listed, and meet IEEE standards.