Pennsylvania Discounts Solar Costs for Homes, Businesses

Thousands of Pennsylvania homeowners and small business owners eager to slash or even eliminate their electricity bills will be able to install new solar technologies at a discount of up to 45 percent, through a new program Gov. Edward G. Rendell opened on May 18.

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.

In combination with federal tax credits, consumers could reduce system costs by 45 percent.

"This highly anticipated program will help families and small businesses lower their energy use, which will cut their bills substantially," Governor Rendell said. "At the same time, they'll be able to generate their own power in a cleaner and increasingly more cost-effective manner. And by using less power off the grid, especially during times of peak demand when the sun is shining and it's hot out, they'll help lower costs for all consumers."

PA Sunshine is part of the $650-million Alternative Energy Investment Fund.

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 funds are depleted. Rebates will be dispersed to the home or small business owner upon project completion.

For information, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: Pa Sunshine.

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