Solar Power Gets a Boost in Massachusetts
Massachusetts has a goal of installing 250 MW of solar energy by 2017, and Gov. Deval Patrick has announced two new rebate programs to help reach that goal.
The programs represent the next phases of the $68 million Commonwealth Solar rebate program, which was so successful it ran out of money last October, more than two years ahead of schedule. More than 1,200 businesses and residents participated.
Now residents can make use of Commonwealth Solar II and Commonwealth Solar Stimulus, both set to begin in late January.
Commonwealth Solar II will offer rebates for smaller systems, either commercial or residential. Up to $4 million a year will be available for those projects through the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, funded by a surcharge on electric bills.
Larger projects can apply for a piece of $8 million in state energy funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
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