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Boston Launches Residential Solar Energy Rebate Program

In recent years, Massachusetts has become a pretty good place to install a solar home energy system. The reason? A number of factors -- a statewide solar rebate program, a market for solar renewable energy credits, and relatively high conventional electricity prices -- combine to make a good financial proposition out of installing solar panels.

To help things along further, Boston last week launched a program to encourage residents to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

“Solar panels provide up to 90 percent of the annual electric usage and in days like today, with the longest period of daylight, the meter is running backwards, selling power back to the grid and to me that’s incredible,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

The Boston Herald has more:

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New Report Says Recovery Act Leading to Big Gains in Solar, Other Renewables

In February 2009, the U.S. government passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) -- a bill intended to create new jobs and spark economic activity. Roughly $94 billion of the $787 billion act was set aside for invesments in renewable energy.

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Lower Hudson Valley Towns Teaming Up to Install Solar

Briarcliff Manor and Pleasantville in Weschester County, New York will share a federal solar grant that will allow both municipalities to install new solar photovoltaic (PV) systems atop their public works department garages.

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Stimulus Funds to Cover Portion of Florida Solar Rebate Backlog

Many Florida homeowners who applied for rebates when installing energy-efficient air conditioning and solar energy systems as part of the Florida Solar Rebate Program have waited quite a while for that check in the mail. According to the Sun-Sentinel, the program expired at the end of June, its funds having run out months before. Over 10,000 applications were received since the cash dried up, leaving thousands of Florida residents without their solar rebate or energy-efficiency rebate money.

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Report on the Recovery Act Promises Lower Cost of Solar

Posted by Annie Lindseth In Wednesday, August 25 2010 under: Recovery Act, ARRA, cost of solar, Biden, Energy Policy

Vice President Joe Biden yesterday helped release a report (PDF) describing how the Recovery Act has bolstered the economy -- and specifically highlighting its effect on innovation in key sectors like transportation, healthcare, and, yes, renewable energy. The report boasts 50 pages of data and analysis, but it lacks the kind of compelling headlines that might really restore public confidence in the Recovery Act's impact.

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City of Aurora Sweetens Colorado Energy Efficiency Rebates

The City of Aurora, Colorado, is using $1 million in federal stimulus funds to provide energy efficiency rebates to it residents. The funds -- worth up to $1,000 for homeowners and $1,500 for businesses -- may be combined with those available via Xcel Energy's energy efficiency rebate program.

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Pennsylvania's Largest Solar Energy System Now Complete

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Wednesday, June 30 2010 under: Solar Industry News, Sharp Solar, ARRA, Pennsylvania Solar, Veterans Affairs

With the flip of a switch, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) building in Philadelphia today became host to Pennsylvania's largest solar energy system. Able to generate over half-a-million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of solar electricity annually, the system will power nearly five percent of all of the building's electricity needs.

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Yosemite National Park to Install Solar, Cut Emissions

Posted by Adam Sewall In Tuesday, May 18 2010 under: ARRA, Solar PV Panels, Federal Funding, California Solar

Yosemite National Park in California will soon be home to the largest solar energy installation in the U.S. National Park System. Officials yesterday announced that the park will install a 539-kilowatt (kW), grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) system at a maintenance complex located just outside park boundaries.

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ARRA Funds California Solar, Energy Efficiency Projects

Posted by Margaret Collins In Thursday, February 11 2010 under: Solar Industry News, ARRA, California Solar

The California Recovery Task Force announced today that $110 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds will go towards energy efficiency and solar within the state. The money travels quite a path from the federal DOE to the State Energy Program to the SEP's Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit and Municipal Financing Programs. These funds will support 1,100 new jobs in addition to reducing business and consumer energy costs. Don't let the cold dollar amount fool you:

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Maryland Targets Mid-Size Solar with ARRA Funding

Posted by Adam Sewall In Monday, December 14 2009 under: ARRA, Solar Energy Grants, Maryland Solar

On November 6, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) began offering grants worth up to $25,000 to companies and non-profits that install mid-sized solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar hot water systems. Made possible by $1.45 million in federal funding from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the new grants are available through October 31, 2010, or when the cash runs out -- whichever comes first. If past experience is a reliable guide, chances are the $1.45 million funds will be gone long before Halloween of next year.

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