Some Solar Rebates Ending in San Diego

Solar rebates are coming to an end in San Diego for home rooftop energy systems and some solar water heating systems for single-family residences, the administrator of the programs confirmed Tuesday. An array of other solar rebates remain available.

Since their introduction in 2006, rebates for single-family households that generate their own solar energy under the California Solar Initiative have been gradually reduced as costs decline and the solar marketplace gains momentum. The initiative is paid for by the majority of California utility customers served by the state’s large investor-owned utilities, including San Diego Gas & Electric.

About $54 million in household rooftop solar rebates have been paid out in the San Diego region on more than 17,900 solar arrays, according to the California Center for Sustainable Energy, administrator of the initiative for San Diego and southern Orange counties.

Those rebates ran out once before in January 2013, and were extended by a $5 million transfer. Remaining funds of roughly $200,000 are accounted for by reservations and a waiting list, said Ben Airth, residential program manager for initiative at the energy center.

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