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What is CEC rated and why does it matter?

If you are shopping for solar power or small scale wind turbines in the USA, you have probably heard of a term called “CEC listed”. Why is that term CEC listed so important for renewable energy power generation buyers here in the US? Well the acronym CEC stands for California Energy Commission. When a new renewable energy product hits the market the manufacturer, if planning to sell in the US market applies with the CEC to get their produce listed on the approved products list which are the only products that qualify for local, state, and federal rebates. So if you are shopping for solar or wind power and want to qualifiy for the federal tax credit and rebates that are availble to you, make sure your products are CEC listed! Its easy to check. Use the links below for an updated list of products that are approved onto the CEC list: Eligible Solar PV PanelsEligible Inverters Eligible Small Wind Turbines Check the list, make sure the items you are shopping for are on the list if you are shopping for solar or wind power in the...

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Xcel Energy – $2/watt solar power rebate!

Xcel Energy, a utility based in colorado has paid 31 million dollars in rebates to 1,525 indivduals and companies that purchase grid-tied solar power systems to reduce or eliminate their electric bill. The company claims over 2,300 applications for solar power system rebates have been applied for since the inception of their rebate program. Xcel Energy pays $2 a watt, up to a 10,000 watts (10 kilowatts) of solar panels….this rebate combined with federal tax credits can add up to significant savings for a consumers who purchase a solar power system. Rebate programs sponsered by the utility companies typically come from a fund that was collected by the rate payers (you), on your electric bill there are taxes you pay to support renewable energy programs, the state force the utility comapanies to use the fund and one way the utility companies use the fund is by offering rebates to consumers who choose to install grid tied solar or wind power systems. These rebates are NOT unlimited, they are continosuly decreasing so if your considering a grid tied solar power or clean energy system, don’t...

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Georgia supports solar energy by offering rebates.

Today, California represents 85% of the US solar energy market, because the state gave generous rebates to residents who installed solar energy to produce electricity or heat water. As residents continue to install solar energy systems the level of the rebate diminishes, the tides are turning now, more states are creating their own incentives to urge their own residents to install solar energy systems. Georgia, is a state using California’s successful rebate program as an example and approved a state rebate program last month for corporations and individuals that decide to install a solar electric or solar water heating systems. The state rebates Georgia will off to its residents take effect July 1st 2008 and will continue until the year 2012. This is great news that states are leading the way to provide rebates to support the growth of solar energy….it is so important for states to continue to provide rebates and incentives for their residents to consider renewable energy. As we move forward I feel that more states will open up rebate programs and California will no longer be the “holly grail” of the solar energy market in the USA. According to DSIRE.com (a database of tax credits and incentives for renewable energy and energy efficency. They summarize the Georgia state rebate program quite well, In May 2008, Georgia enacted legislation establishing personal and corporate tax credits for renewable energy equipment and certain energy-efficient equipment installed and placed into service. For renewable energy property used for any purpose other than single-family residential purposes, the tax credit is equal to 35% of the cost of the system (including installation), $0.60/square foot for lighting retrofit projects, and $1.80/square foot for energy-efficient products installed during construction. The credit is subject to various ceilings depending on the type of renewable-energy system or project. The following credit limits for various technologies apply: A maximum of $100,000 per installation for domestic solar water heating A maximum of $500,000 per installation for photovoltaics (PV), solar thermal electric applications, active space heating, biomass equipment and wind energy systems A maximum of $100,000 per installation for Energy Star-certified geothermal heat pumps A maximum of $100,000 for lighting retrofit projects A maximum of $100,000 for energy-efficient products installed during construction. For more information on the rebate program in Georgia, please follow the link below: Information on NEW Georgia Renewable Energy Rebate...

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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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