Pennsylvania Temporarily Reactivates Solar Rebate Program


Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has received $7.25 million in funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority to complete the agency's Sunshine Solar program.

The program had been in a waiting-list phase since August 2011 because the demand exceeded available funds.

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

The DEP has also changed the way that 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 the DEP outlining this change and are encouraged to participate in a related webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 12, the agency says.

‘The previous process had contractors applying for and reserving rebate money on behalf of homeowners, then having to submit additional information for reimbursement after the project was completed,’ explains Krancer. ‘We have streamlined the process, allowing contractors to simply apply for a rebate after a project has been completed.’

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