California – Residential Solar Rebates Extended

San Diego households adding rooftop solar panels will be eligible for an additional $5 million in rebates.

State utility regulators approved the rebate extension on Wednesday, at the request of the California Center for Sustainable Energy, which administers the incentive program for customers of San Diego Gas & Electric. The decision shifts some money away from incentives for nonresidential solar projects.

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Initiated in 2007, the solar rebate program for customers of California’s investor-owned utilities is running far ahead of its 10 year schedule for adding nearly 2 gigawatts of generation capacity. Allocations for residential solar rebates in San Diego were exhausted in January due to the success of the program.

The revised allocations will open some $5 million to residential solar projects that provide about 25 megawatts of new generation capacity, the energy center said in a statement. Nonresidential projects will have about $13 million to fund approximately 25 megawatts of capacity.

The California Center for Sustainable Energy said it expects to begin taking new applications for residential solar rebates next week.

Rebates under the California Solar Initiative are funded by customers of the state’s four investor-owned utilities. Separate rebates for thermal-solar hot water heaters are still available.

read more at: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/oct/24/home-solar-rebates-extended/

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