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[ Gov. Corbett Urges Homeowners and Small Businesses to Take Advantage of Remaining $1 Million Available in Solar Rebates ]

solar panelGovernor Tom Corbett and the Department of Environmental Protection urges residents and small businesses to act now to take advantage of the remaining $1 million in rebates available through the agency’s Sunshine Solar Program, ending Dec. 31 or when funds are exhausted.

“Last January, Gov. Corbett brought back the Sunshine Solar Program, and since then, the state has invested more than $6 million into local economies in the form of solar rebates,” DEP Acting Secretary Chris Abruzzo said. “We encourage Pennsylvania’s residents and small business owners to not delay in taking advantage of this funding before the program expires.”

The $1 million in remaining funds will be disbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Homeowners are eligible for rebates of up to $7,500 for solar electric projects; and small businesses of 100 or fewer employees are eligible to receive up to $52,500. Homeowners are eligible for rebates of up to $5,000 for solar hot water projects, while small businesses are eligible to receive up to $50,000.

As required under the Alternative Energy Investment Act, eligible applicants must select and work with a DEP-approved installer. The installer applies for the rebate on behalf of the homeowner or business once the project is completed. A list of approved installers is available on DEP’s website, www.dep.state.pa.us; keyword: Sunshine.

The balance of remaining funds will be updated weekly on the Sunshine Solar webpage.

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