A New Hampshire manufacturing company is the proud new owner of the state's largest photovoltaic (PV) installation.
We know the holidays are around the corner. Hannukah is just next weekend, and Christmas? Mere weeks away. That means we'll be ringing in the new year in the blink of an eye. But while you're contemplating how much gelt to give or what presents Santa is likely to bring you, consider bringing your solar project up to the front burner. There are several states with great rebate programs whose incentives will change--or end--in the new year. You don't have to get a project 100 percent complete by December 31st, you just have to have the contract in hand and a rebate application submitted (in most cases). Here are the biggest programs up for the axe, or at least a New Year's belt-cinching--links will take you to previous posts or to DSIRE for more detail:
New Hampshire homeowners who installed solar panels over the past year have been waiting for the Public Utilities Commission to release solar rebate funds via the state's residential renewable energy rebate program. On Tuesday, July 14th, the NH PUC flipped the switch, making the solar rebate application form (PDF) available online.
A number of U.S. states require electricity providers to derive a minimum percentage of their power from renewable sources by a certain date. Such a requirement is often referred to a renewable portfolio standard, or RPS. Currently, 24 states, plus the District of Columbia have formalized RPSs in place, while five other states have legislated more informal goals aimed at promoting the adoption of renewable power. The Department of Energy provides a useful RPS summary map.