This week brings good news for both homeowners and business owners in Massachusetts looking to install solar panels. Washington, D.C.-based Sol Systems announced a trio trio of finance options designed to make solar energy even more affordable throughout the state.
In New Jersey -- and a growing number of other states -- owners of solar energy systems are able to sell things called solar renewable energy credits (SRECs). In a nutshell, SRECs provide cash payments to homeowners and business owners who install solar panels.
With the introduction of a new solar lease program in Washington, D.C., there's now really no reason for the White House not to go solar...
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In April, we reported that New Jersey was putting its popular solar rebate program on hold for a month -- until the state could get its financing straight. Last Monday, the state started accepting applications again. While the new rebate level was revised downward, to $1.35 per watt, it was still something. Now, it seems the Board of Public Utilities (BPU), which administers the rebates, has suspended the program outright.
About a month ago, we reported that New Jersey solar rebates were being put on hold until the state could figure out its finances. What ensued was confusion, frustration and pandemonium... Well, maybe not pandemonium -- but we did speak with a number of New Jersey solar installers who were pretty miffed by the sudden suspension of solar funds.
Minnesotans looking to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system have reason to be hopeful for the New Year. As we reported on this blog in June, Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy has been developing plans to introduce in Minnesota their Solar Rewards program, its solar rebate initiative already on offer in Colorado and New Mexico. If the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) grants final approval, rebates may become available to homeowners and businesses in 2010.