The city of San Marcos issued its first solar rebate to San Marcos electric customers Todd Derkacz and Betsy Robertson under a rebate system approved in October 2011.
The San Marcos City Council established the distributed generation rebate program to encourage residents to install alternative energy systems such as solar photovoltaic and wind generators.
The program also sets in place a system through which residents can sell back any excess power they produce.
Derkacz and Robertson installed a four kilowatt rooftop solar system on their home located on Progress Street.
“These residents already have a very efficient home, so it is the perfect location for alternative energy,” said the city’s conservation coordinator Jan Klein. “They are already producing excess energy and returning it to the City’s distribution system.”
“We’re proud to be the first family to benefit from the City of San Marcos’ solar rebate program and really grateful to the city for offering it,” Robertson said. “We get a kick watching our meter run backwards when the sun is shining.”
The rebate for solar photovoltaic systems is $2.50 per watt up to $5,000, and the rebate for wind generators is $1 per watt up to $5,000. The rebate cannot exceed 50 percent of the installed cost of the system.
The program is open to all City of San Marcos electric utility customers, and the system must be interconnected to the City electric distribution system. For more information, visit the website at http://www.sanmarcostx.gov/departments/electric or call 512-393-8310.
Robertson is a former city council member and Derkacz retired as fire chief in 2004 after more than 27 years with the San Marcos Fire Department.Email | Print