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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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DWP Suspends Los Angeles Solar Rebate Due to 'Record Demand'

Last fall Los Angeles' main utility, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP), was weighing a 30-percent cut to its solar rebate. Now, due to "record demand" for the rebates, DWP last Friday suspended the application process for at least 90 days.

The numbers tell all: some 2,000 rebate applications remain unprocessed, representing more than $110 million in demand for a round of rebate funds that's capped at $30 million for 2011. It seems people in L.A. really love solar power and how much money solar panels can shave off monthly electric bills. This is good news.

The bad news is that no one knows how things will pan out. According to DWP's website,

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Los Angeles Cruise Terminal Installs Rooftop Solar Power

The World Cruise Ship Termal at the Port of Los Angeles has installed a rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system that's expected to produce 1.2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy each year. Roughly equivalent to the annual usage of 110 typical American homes, the system's output will be fed into the electric grid of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).

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Los Angeles Solar Rebate Debate Continues

On November 2, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) announced it would make cuts to solar rebates available through its solar incentive program. Now, it seems, homeowners, businesses and industry participants are pushing back, saying that the proposed cuts would hamper growth in solar power projects just at the time when L.A.'s residential solar market was started to take off.

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Proposed Cut to Los Angeles Solar Rebate Could Raise Cost of Going Solar

Los Angeles homeowners: your solar rebates may be on the chopping block.

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Muddy Setbacks Could Signal End to Owen Lake's Solar Plant

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Thursday, July 8 2010 under: Owen's Lake, Los Angeles Solar, LADWP, California Solar, Utility Solar

The beginning of 2010 saw a promising plan for Owens Lake, the dry expanse in the eastern Sierra Nevada in Inyo County, California, an area that has been plagued by dust storms since the early 20th century.

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