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Virginia sets aside $39 million for renewables

We often remark that the right mix of state and federal incentives -- like tax credits, rebates and renewable energy credit (REC) schemes -- can make a HUGE difference in determining if solar PV is a cost-effective solution for individuals and businesses. These types of incentives help either, (1) by lowering upfront costs, (as is the case with rebates and credits), or (2) by guaranteeing that the PV system can generate respectable future cash flows (as is the case with REC purchase contracts, feed in tariffs, or FITs, and production-based incentives). Details aside, such incentives are key. In those states that offer scant support for solar energy, you're likely looking at a low (perhaps even negative) ROI and a looong payback period. We're talking, like, two decades here folks...

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