Pa. launches solar rebate program

May 19, 2009 8:29:54 AM PDT
The state is giving back money for people who get energy from the sun.

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The "Pa Sunshine" program is available to thousands of Pennsylvania homeowners and small business. It could help provide solar technologies at a discount.

The PA Sunshine Solar Program will provide $100 million in rebates to help fund solar electric and hot water projects, reimbursing eligible consumers up to 35 percent of the purchase and installation costs of solar energy technology. When combined with federal tax credits, customers could save 45 percent of the system costs.

"Today marks another exciting milestone in Pennsylvania's efforts to achieve energy independence while helping homeowners and small businesses reduce their energy costs," said Governor Rendell. "For years, many homeowners and small business owners wanted to join the alternative energy effort, but they often found solar technology to be cost-prohibitive. Now that the PA Sunshine Program is open, we're making it possible for more consumers to move forward with their solar plans.

PA Sunshine is part of the $650 million Alternative Energy Investment Fund Governor Rendell signed into in July.

Homeowners and small businesses wishing to apply for rebates must first select an installer that has been approved by the Department of Environmental Protection. The installer will submit all application materials on the consumer's behalf. Project approval will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis until the fund runs out of money.

Home owners and small business owners will get the money after their projects are completed.

For more information, rebate applications for photovoltaic systems, and to view DEP's approved solar contractors, visit http://www.depweb.state.pa.us , keyword: Pa Sunshine.

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