Pennsylvania Governor Kicks Off Solar Rebate Program

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Gov. Edward G. Rendell, D-Pa., has officially opened the PA Sunshine Solar Program, a new initiative designed to allow homeowners and small-business owners in the commonwealth to install solar technologies at a discount of up to 45%.

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% of the purchase and installation costs of solar energy technology. In combination with federal tax credits, consumers could reduce system costs by 45%, the governor's office says.

PA Sunshine is part of the $650 million Alternative Energy Investment Fund that Rendell signed into law last July. Homeowners and small businesses wishing to apply for rebates must 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, the governor's office notes. Rebates will be dispersed to the homeowner or small-business owner upon completion of the project.

SOURCE: Office of Gov. Edward G. Rendell

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