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Approximately 5,900 rebate applications for the Emerging Renewables Program have been received since March 3, 2003. Of this number over 2,200 have been approved, representing nearly 10 more megawatts of renewable energy electric generation once installed. Since March 3, 2003, nearly 1,700 systems have been installed, representing $27 million in paid rebates and 6.8 megawatts of generation. Of the $118,125,000 allocated through 2006 (not including the $30 million from the Customer Credit Account) to the Emerging Renewables Program, over $98 million has been rebated for completed renewable energy installations.
Remember that rebate amounts vary according to system size, technology and type of installation. Currently the Emerging Renewables Program (ERP) rebate level is $3.80 /watt for qualifying licensed contractor-installed solar photovoltaic, solar thermal electric and fuel cell (using a renewable fuel) systems (15% less for owner-installed systems).
Wind energy systems sized 7.5 kW or less receive a rebate of $2.30/watt. For wind energy systems over 7.5 kW the rebate is $2.30 for the first 7.5 kW and $1.30/watt for increments above 7.5 kW up to 30 kW.
Since the ERP rebate amount for licensed contractor-installed solar systems will be reduced to $3.60 (other renewable energy technologies such as wind will decline from the current rebate amounts) effective January 1, 2004, please check the California Energy Commission's web site for current rebate levels, ERP updates and rebate application info: www.consumerenergycenter.org/renewable.
This story came from Solar e-Clips 10/14/03. Subscribe to Solar