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Surging demand for Nevada’s RenewableGenerations rebate program

The citizen’s of Nevada have spoken in support of NV Energy’s RenewableGenerations rebate programwhich gives homeowners, businesses, public buildings and schools a generous rebate for installing solar panels, wind power systems. Agriculture customers can also qualify for a hydroelectric rebate. Below is a quick overview of the rebates available for each technology. SolarGenerations Rebate Program: Residential: $2.30 per watt $11,500 maximum rebate Small Business: $2.30 per watt $69,000 maximum rebate Schools: $4.60 per Watt Public Buildings: $4.60 per watt WindGenerations Rebate Program: Residential, small business, agriculture: $2.50 per watt up to 10 kW $1.50 watt above 10 kW Schools and Public Buildings: $3.00/watt up to 10 kW $2.00/watt above 10 kW HydroGenerations Rebate Program: All agricultural, grid-connected customers: $2.50 per watt 962 citizens of Nevada filed an application for the rebate program, majority of the applicants are installing residential grid tie solar power systems. Cumulatively, Nevada is developing 9.3MW of solar, wind and hydroelectric projects, thanks to the rebate program. Regions of the USA in which states force the utilities to give rebates to their customers to install renewable energy power generation systems is where solar and wind power systems thrive. Currently, NV Energy’s SolarGenerations and HydroGenenrations program has closed, although they will start to take additional applications soon. The WindGenerations program is still open for applications. To date, NV Energy has paid its customers 7 million dollars Not located in Nevada? Don’t worry, there might be a rebate program in your neck of the woods, be sure to check out the DSIRE website to learn more about state and federal rebates to install solar panels and wind...

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Educate Yourself: Don’t Get Fooled by Renewable Energy Scammers

If you’re thinking about purchasing a solar or small-wind system, make sure you do your homework! There’s a good amount of work that goes into making such an important investment, such as doing research on your installer, knowing about the product they’re installing and, most importantly, understanding the rebates available to you as a proud producer of renewable electricity. There are an increasing number people overselling the benefits to solar and residential wind systems, so it’s extremely important that you know what you’re buying! Even worse – there are scammers out there trying to take advantage of this growing market. They’re looking to prey on uneducated, green-minded consumers, so don’t let yourself be one of them! You can help drive these people out of the industry by doing your due diligence. Earlier this summer, the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) received numerous phone calls from buyers who had very large deposits for solar systems taken from them. In two of the cases, $40,000 was taken and in the most egregious case, over $105,000 was taken! Now instead of enjoying the benefits of solar, these people are mired down in legal battles to get their money back. Don’t let yourself get into a similar situation. There are a number of things to keep in mind when buying a renewable energy system for your home or business. Here are a few: – Make sure your installer is a licensed contractor. All installers need to be licensed by their respective state. You can simply call your State Contractor’s License Board or visit their website and search for the company doing the job. They will be able to give you everything you need to know about a company. – Know how much the contractor can legally take as a deposit. The cases mentioned above could have been avoided if the buyers knew that in California it is illegal for a contractor to take more than $1,000 for a deposit on a residential job. – Ask if your installer is certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). You can go to their website and search for the installer’s name. NABCEP certification is not legally required, but it will show that the installer has had good training. – Compare at least two other quotes for an installation. – Request at least two references from the installer. – Know the various incentives that are available to you and how long it will realistically take to payback your investment. In some cases, sham solar companies are telling customers they will get a return on investment within 11 months! Unfortunately, that’s not going...

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California Solar Power State Rebates

California compared to the rest of the United States is ahead of the game in solar power and renewable energy in general. Why is California leading the charge in the USA to become more energy independent and why is the state giving so much money back to businesses and homeowners to acquire solar power? California, even though it’s just one State within the United States is one of the biggest energy hogs in the entire world. California has been through an energy crisis in the past, it’s a no brainier for the state to invest in renewable energy since the California has a powerhouse economy that has a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) more significant than most nations. When I speak to consumers who are interested in solar power outside of California they feel that Solar Power is so “peachy keen” out here, but in reality its far from the best it can be. Obvisouly the Califoria state solar power rebates is the reason the solar power market out here is booming but the process is difficult for consumers to obtain the rebates. The rebate paperwork for solar power in california can be more difficult then installing solar power itself! The paperwork is as thick as a book, so it can be very overwhelming for a first timer. There are two types of rebates californians can qualify for Solar Power: Expected Performance Based Buydown (EPBB) – is an upfront rebate program funded as part of the California Solar Initative, systems under 100kW are eligible for the EPBB rebate. The EPBB Rebate is based on location, system size, orientation and the rebate level at time of finished installation. Performance Based Incentive (PBI) – a program in which rebates are paid based on energy production, designed to benefit owners of larger solar power systems The current PBI program in California pays solar system owners monthly for energy produced for 5 years. Rebate levels decline as more people in california install solar...

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