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Los Angeles Relaunches Solar Rebate: 2 Dollars is Better than Zero Dollars

From the perspective of homeowners and businesses looking to go solar, the bigger the solar rebate the better. From the perspective of the utilities and government agencies that finance those rebates, often the opposite is true.

Usually, the decided upon rebate level ends up somewhere between these two parties' preferences.

That appears to be the case with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP), which on Tuesday announced it will in September relaunch its solar energy rebate program at a new, lower level. Back in April, the utility suspended the program, citing record demand and dwindling coffers.

Once reopened, DWP's solar incentive program will offer residential rebates

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Yosemite Dedicates Largest Solar Energy Project of Its Kind

Posted by Adam Sewall In Tuesday, August 2 2011 under: Solar Industry News, Solar Power Info, national park, SolarWorld, yosemite

What better place to host the biggest solar energy installation at a U.S. national park than Yosemite? Tucked in a region that gets more annual sunshine than just about anywhere in the country, the California park boasts nearly perfect conditions for solar power.

Officials several days ago inaugurated the 672-kilowatt (kW) solar array, which comprises a 500-kW parking canopy for employees and visitors; a 100-kW rooftop solar array atop a warehouse; and a 72-kW wall-mounted installation (pictured above).

As we reported over a year ago, it was originally speculated that the "solar panels are expected to generate electricity at a levelized cost of about 13 cents per kilowatt hour, reducing annual electricity costs by about $104,000." According to The Business Journal, however, those annual energy costs savings are actually projected to be closer to $50,000 -- equivalent to around 12 percent of the park's annual electricity needs.

All 2,800 solar panels were supplied by

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