If you’re a Glendale resident interested in generating your power from the sun or already have a PV array shining on your roof, then start getting prepared, because as of today, July 25, the city has released applications for one of the most generous solar lottery rebate programs seen this side of the continent for 2016.
“We’re already seeing a lot of systems being installed, but would like to encourage more” said Aneta Badalian a Business Accounts Representative for Glendale Water and Power.
The Glendale Residential and Small Business Solar Solutions Program offers a $1.39 per a Watt rebate for 30KW systems or less. The incentive is based on a resident’s historical usage from the previous year, so if someone has a larger system and didn’t use all its generated power, they will only receive money back for the power they used. If a resident is drawn for the rebate, the payments will be capped at 50% of the total solar install cost, or up to $100,000.
The application process which was made available today, will be a two week window of submission starting August 1st. When that window closes, the city will hold a lottery, prioritizing project numbers in the order they are drawn.
The city will then work its way down the list, giving out incentives for installed systems that meet the program guidelines until its $1.5 million in funding for residents is depleted. The city as earmarked an additional $500,000 in funding for commercial projects.
Glendale expects the number of applicants for the lottery will probably be lower than the average annual rebate for solar applications, which totals around 1,000.
To be considered for the incentive, a homeowner needs to have a Home Energy Save Audit completed by the Glendale Water and Power for where the system is or will be installed. Following this either the homeowner or contractor will then have to submit documents on the system such as its interconnection to the grid, purchase or lease cost, site and line diagrams and other data.
Once Glendale approves an applicant for the incentive, the city will begin cutting checks, which should take between 6-8 weeks to arrive.
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