Pennsylvania reopens its solar rebate program

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will temporarily restart its solar rebate program.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will temporarily restart its solar rebate program.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection got $7.25 million to temporarily reopen its popular Sunshine Solar Rebate program which was put into wait-list mode August 2011.

The current pot of money, supplied by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, is “enough to provide rebates for all projects currently on the waiting list and an estimated 400 additional installations this year,” said DEP Secretary Michael Krancer in a statement.

Before the program was suspended, solar contractors would reserve rebates on behalf of their clients — homeowners and small businesses — then notify the DEP when the project was done to receive the rebate. The current iteration will be a first-come first-serve system where owners of completed projects will be able to claim rebates.

A webinar explaining the change will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 2 to 3 p.m.

From the Pittsburgh Business Times.

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