Environmental Protection

Sunshine Solar Rebate Program Reactivated

The Pennsylvania DEP has received $7.25 million in funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority to complete the agency’s Sunshine Solar Program, which had been in a waiting-list phase since August 2011 because the demand exceeded available funds.

DEP has gained the funding to reactivate the Sunshine Solar Program and has also announced a change in how contractors will apply for solar rebates on behalf of homeowners moving forward and advises that projects associated with previously reserved rebate money must be completed by June 1, 2013.

Contractors with projects on the waiting list have received direct notification from DEP outlining this change and are encouraged to participate in a related webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 2 to 3 p.m.

“This additional funding will go a long way to help fund solar projects for homeowners and small businesses across Pennsylvania,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “The funding is enough to provide rebates for all projects currently on the waiting list and an estimated 400 additional installations this year.”

“The remaining funds will be disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis,” he said. “Homeowners and small business owners looking to take advantage of this limited funding should not delay in contacting a DEP-approved solar installer.”

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