Graham County Electric Cooperative (GCEC)

Graham County Electric Cooperative (GCEC), a class A member of Arizona’s G&T Cooperatives, is one of the original “founding four” cooperatives that helped form Arizona Electric Power Cooperative 50 years ago, to meet the generation and transmission needs of rural Arizona residents in Safford and the surrounding area.

GCEC serves more than 9,000 member/customers and provides power to the towns of Thatcher and Safford utilities, which have a combined customer base of about 5,500.

GCEC has more than 1,200 miles of electric line and employs 45 people. In 2009, GCEC partnered with Southwest Transmission Cooperative (SWTC) on construction of a 14-mile, 69 kV power line from the Hackberry substation northeast of the city of Safford, to the GCEC substation in Thatcher. The line was built in less than five months.

The Hackberry-Thatcher line doubles capacity and reliability for a combined customer/member base of more than 14,500 people, and saved GCEC ratepayers almost $2 million over another proposal for improving service to the area, which would have involved increasing transformer capacity.

GCEC incorporated and energized its first lines as a rural electric cooperative in 1945.

GCEC is headquartered in Pima, Arizona. Its general manager is Steve Lines. For additional information on GCEC’s renewable energy programs, call us at (928) 485-2451 or visit us at 9 W Center Street Pima, AZ 85543.
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Up-Front Incentive Program Information

GCEC offers a variety of Up-Front Incentives (UFI) to members for the purchase and installation of several renewable energy solutions.

GCEC’s offers UFIs program includes incentives for technologies such as Solar Panels (Photovoltaic Systems), Solar Water Heating, residential wind, and solar daylighting.

Upfront incentives are paid to members after the project has been completed and all payment requirements have been met.

Reservation applications are logged in the order in which they are received. All incentive programs are subject to funding availability. If program funding is not available the member is placed on a waiting list and rebated in the order received once additional funding is available.

 

Solar Panels/Photovoltaic Systems

There's plenty of sunlight in Arizona and with GCEC rebates and available federal and state tax credits, powering your home with the sun is very affordable. Once installed, solar panels turn sunlight into free, non-polluting energy. Your home will remain connected to the GCEC grid, so you'll always have energy anytime you need it. When your system produces more power than you need, the electricity is fed back into the GCEC grid and you can be credited for that power.

Terms & Conditions:

Up to $3.00 per watt (Watt DC-STC) up to a maximum incentive of 40% of the system cost. The maximum system size eligible to receive a solar UFI is 10 kW.

To qualify for GCEC incentives, the equipment must be purchased and installed within 180 days of GCEC's approval of the enrollment application.

To apply for a GCEC Renewable Energy Incentive, call us at (928) 485-2451 or visit us at 9 W Center Street, Pima, AZ 85543.

 

Solar Water Heaters (SWH)

Installing a solar water heater makes financial sense. Heating water for your household can account for up to 15% your energy bill. With GCEC incentives and federal and state tax credits, you can save up to 80% on the cost of the water heater, leading to a quick payback on your investment.

Terms & Conditions:

Up to $0.75/kWh for first year kWh savings as measured over conventional water heating. All solar water heating systems must be OG-300 rated by the National Solar Rating and Certification Corporation. For a complete list of OG-300 rated solar water heaters visit www.solar-ratings.org.

To qualify for GCEC incentives, the equipment must be purchased and installed within 180 days of GCEC's approval of the reservation application.

The customer contribution to the cost of the solar water heating system must be at least 15 percent of the project cost before GCEC incentives and all available Federal and State tax credits have been applied.

GCEC Renewable Energy Rebates are subject to change and funding availability.

To apply for a GCEC Renewable Energy Incentive, call us at (928) 485-2451 or visit us at 9 W Center Street, Pima, AZ 85543.

 

Solar Daylighting (SD) - Commercial Program Only

Solar daylighting is an inexpensive way to utilize the light from the sun to illuminate areas of your facility during the day instead of using artificial lighting that uses electricity. It has the added benefit of reflecting most of the sun's heat.

Most solar daylighting installs fairly quickly and with no structural change. A solar collector gathers the sun’s light and directs it through a reflective tube on the roof of your facility. A diffuser then spreads the light throughout your interior space.

Terms & Conditions:

Maximum Up-Front Incentives for solar daylighting are $0.20/kWh. Rate applies to first year energy savings only, based on Energy Savings and Designed Output (ES&D) report.

To apply for a GCEC Renewable Energy Incentive, call us at (928) 485-2451 or visit us at 9 W Center Street, Pima, AZ 85543.

 

Other Non-Solar Residential Incentives: Residential Wind Systems

Wind power has been utilized for centuries to pump water and grind grain in agricultural settings. Today more than 75,000 Megawatts of wind generation exist worldwide. The wind rotates blades that turns a turbine and makes electric current. Now homeowners can use this centuries old technology to produce electricity for their homes. Efficient cost effective wind generators are now available that can produce electricity all while protecting Arizona’s precious natural resources. Wind generators are well suited for members that have a large lot and live in an area where wind is prevalent.

Terms & Conditions:

Up to $3.00 per watt (Watt DC) up to a maximum incentive of 40% of the system cost. The maximum system size eligible to receive a wind UFI is 10 kW.

To qualify for GCEC incentives, the equipment must be purchased and installed within 180 days of GCEC's approval of the enrollment application.

To apply for a GCEC Renewable Energy Incentive, call us at (928) 485-2451 or visit us at 9 W Center Street, Pima, AZ 85543.

Performanced-Based Incentive Program Information

GCEC offers Preformance-Based Incentives (PBI) for solar and wind systems larger than 10 kW and other qualifying technologies.

Performance based incentives are incentives that are paid based on the actual metered production of the system being installed. Production is tracked and incentives are paid out on a quarterly or semiannual basis for a period up to 20 years. Incentive payments cannot exceed 50% of system costs and projects are selected based on a competitive selection process. Projects are awarded until the budgeted funding for that selection period is exhausted. Projects not selected during a selection period are eligible to revise project parameters to be more competitive and resubmit for consideration during the next selection period.

To apply for a GCEC Renewable Energy Incentive, call us at (928) 485-2451 or visit us at 9 W Center Street Pima, AZ 85543.

 

Solar Panels/Photovoltaic Systems - larger than 10 kW

Three hundred days of sunshine a year make today's reliable solar technology ideally suited to Arizona's climate. GCEC rebates, along with the federal and state tax incentives, make using clean solar energy to power your business easy and affordable. Plus, powering your business with clean, reliable solar energy demonstrates your organization's commitment to environmental responsibility and can give it a competitive advantage.

Photovoltaic (PV) panels are typically installed on a business’ rooftop and positioned to maximize exposure to the sun. The panels contain sunlight-absorbing semiconductors that convert sunlight into electrons, which flow as direct current (DC) electricity to an inverter. The inverter then transforms the DC electricity into AC electricity, which can be used to power your business. If your system produces more than you use, the excess flows to the GCEC grid and your account is credited. Because your facility remains connected to the power grid, you’ll have electricity at night and on dark, rainy days.

Terms & Conditions:

Requested Production Based Incentives may not exceed $0.14 per watt.

Members may request funding up to the maximum levels; however, incentives are limited and are awarded based on a competitive process.

To apply for a GCEC Renewable Energy Incentive, call us at (928) 485-2451 or visit us at 9 W Center Street Pima, AZ 85543.

 

Wind Systems - larger than 10 kW

Wind power has been utilized for centuries to pump water and grind grain in agricultural settings. Today more than 75,000 Megawatts of wind generation exist worldwide. The wind rotates blades that turns a turbine and makes electric current. Now homeowners can use this centuries old technology to produce electricity for their homes. Efficient cost effective wind generators are now available that can produce electricity all while protecting Arizona’s precious natural resources. Wind generators are well suited for members that have a large lot and live in an area where wind is prevalent.

Terms & Conditions:

Requested Production Based Incentives may not exceed $0.097 per watt.

Members may request funding up to the maximum levels; however, incentives are limited and are awarded based on a competitive process.

To apply for a GCEC Renewable Energy Incentive, call us at (928) 485-2451 or visit us at 9 W Center Street Pima, AZ 85543.

 

Other Non-Solar, Performanced-Based Incentives

Additional technologies supported with PBIs are included in the chart below. These technologies are competitively selected and awarded until funding for a selection period is exhausted.

 

Technology
Performanced-Based Incentives
Geothermal  
    Electric $.020 per kWh up to 20 years
    Thermal $.040 per kWh up to 20 years
Biogas/Biomass  
    Electric $.050 per kWh up to 20 years
    Thermal $.013 per kWh up to 20 years
    Cooling $.027 per kWh up to 20 years
Combined Heat & Power  
    Electric $.029 per kWh up to 20 years
    Thermal $.015 per kWh up to 20 years
Solar Space Cooling $.108 per kWh up to 20 years

 

Residential and Non-Residential GCEC Installations

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Details Status Technology Incentive
Program
System Size
(kW)
Power Generation
(kWh)
System
Cost
Incentive
Offered
Zip Code
[+] 2 - Reserved PV - Solar Panels Sun Watts PV 1.02 2,234 TBD $2,330 85643
[+] 2 - Reserved PV - Solar Panels Sun Watts PV 10.20 22,338 TBD $61,789 85643
[+] 1 - Applied PV - Solar Panels Sun Watts PV 440.00 964 TBD $1,320 85643
[+] 4 - Cancelled/Withdrawn PV - Solar Panels Sun Watts PV 5.18 11,353 $40,000 $15,552 85552
[+] 4 - Cancelled/Withdrawn PV - Solar Panels Sun Watts PV 10.00 21,900 $103,165 $30,000 85552
[+] 3 - Installed PV - Solar Panels Sun Watts PV 7.78 17,029 $54,968 $21,987 85643
[+] 3 - Installed PV - Solar Panels Sun Watts PV 8.40 18,396 $20,720 $8,288 85543
[+] 2 - Reserved PV - Solar Panels Sun Watts PV 10.60 23,214 TBD $30,000 85543
[+] 4 - Cancelled/Withdrawn PV - Solar Panels Sun Watts PV 4.20 9,198 $31,097 $12,439 85546
[+] 3 - Installed PV - Solar Panels Sun Watts PV 10.00 21,900 $63,556 $25,422 85552
[+] 4 - Cancelled/Withdrawn PV - Solar Panels Sun Watts PV 10.00 21,900 $113,788 $30,000 85552
[+] 3 - Installed PV - Solar Panels Sun Watts PV 5.18 11,353 $26,757 $10,703 85546
[+] 3 - Installed PV - Solar Panels Sun Watts PV 6.30 13,797 $36,158 $14,463 85546
[+] 3 - Installed PV - Solar Panels Sun Watts PV 8.64 18,922 $62,798 $25,200 85546
[+] 3 - Installed PV - Solar Panels Sun Watts PV 6.30 13,797 $38,021 $15,208 85546
[+] 3 - Installed PV - Solar Panels Sun Watts PV 5.25 11,498 $31,933 $12,773 85546
[+] 3 - Installed PV - Solar Panels Sun Watts PV 4.20 9,198 $32,657 $16,328 85546
[+] 3 - Installed PV - Solar Panels Sun Watts PV 8.06 17,660 $64,877 $32,256 85552
[+] 3 - Installed PV - Solar Panels Sun Watts PV 9.90 21,681 $87,284 $29,700 85643
[+] 3 - Installed PV - Solar Panels Sun Watts PV 12.96 28,382 $104,216 $50,400 85543
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Please Note:
  • Incentives identified under "Applied" status are estimates based on current levels of incentives at the time a customer submits their application and are subject to change at the time an application is reserved.