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the rural energy for america program

If your a farmer, rancher or rural small businesses, you’re in luck. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development will pay you to install solar panels, wind turbines or invest into energy efficiency upgrades. Recently Coble and Sons ranch took advantage of the USDA incentive program to install a SkyStream 3.7 wind power systems to power two ¾ horsepower submersible pumps for livestock water wells and a 15-hp electric turbine irrigation pump. Since installing the SkyStream 3.7 wind turbines Coble and Sons reduced their electric bill by a third. At average wind speeds of 23mph the SkyStream 3.7 is capable of producing 9kWh (depending on the tower height and other project site considerations) Through the generous Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency incentive program offered by the USDA, Coble and Sons ranch received $14,725 to offset the cost of installing the SkyStream 3.7 wind power systems. The great aspect of the Skystream 3.7 wind turbine, is it’s a complete wind power system that includes a built in grid tie inverter and starts generating electricity at wind speeds as low as 8MPH. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) admistered by the USDA will give away $55 million this year, so if your interested in taking advantage of the program take a look at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development...

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solar panel sales up, even with lower gas prices

I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately about people making assumptions the economy and low gas prices are crippling solar panel sales. That’s untrue, because there is an increased tax credit for homeowners who install solar electric systems, on top of that more states and even some progressive cities are offering people rebates. I think some optimistic customers who are on the fence of buying a solar electric system are expecting Obama to release even more money to encourage people to buy solar. Do you think Obama will stimulate solar sales? Not to add this year solar panel prices are expected to drop significantly, which will also increase the demand. Gas prices are not related to electric rates, for example even though oil prices have bottomed out the price for groceries are still higher then ever before. The point I am trying to make is that electric rates are not forecasted to drop anytime soon, in fact I have seen many utilities announcing rate hikes. What do you think, will more people go solar in 2009 then last...

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The information every solar power customer wants to know.

Rebates, tax credits and incentives, what do you qualify for? That is critical element every shopper for solar panels or wind power systems are looking for. As clean energy specialists we get asked that question everyday, and the answer is completely different depending on the area you live in. The federal tax credits are standardized across the USA, although the Rebates and other incentives you may receive differ from state to state and even on the localized level. For example, some cities within California offer incentives on top of what the federal tax credit and state rebates. So how do you figure out what you qualify for? Well you can obviously call us, but there is a better way to do the research for yourself. Since the total amount you will receive depends on the actual location of the clean energy system installation, there is a free website, called DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency) that makes it easier for consumers to quickly figure out what money they can get back for not only renewable energy but energy efficiency upgrades you do to your home or business. DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. The website database is simple to use, just click on your state to learn about all the incentives available in your local area and the state itself. If you click on the entire map of the USA, you will be able to research the federal rebates that you qualify may qualify for, simple as that. DSIRE is such a great resouce for consumers and the industry alike, since there is not a standardized program for the entire USA yet, without DSIRE it would be a nightmare figuring out how much money you can get back. So what do YOU qualify for? Go through the website and let us...

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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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