Residential Solar Program Launched

A workshop about the program will be held Thursday night.

Benicia city officials recently launched its new residential solar incentive program offering residents a rebate of up to $3,000 for installing solar systems.

City rebates became available on April 15. The rebates are available until funds run out.

A workshop about the program and solar energy will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday (April 25), in the city's council chambers. 

The importance of promoting renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions while savings its residents money on their energy bills, a city press release states. 

The rebates are intended to help residents with installation costs. The rebates are for solar PV systems that are 1.5 kw or greater.

Residents can also take advantage of a matching discount of $0.60/watt up to $3,000 from three partnering solar installation companies: Diablo Solar Services (Martinez), Ally Electric & Solar (Richmond), and Verengo, Inc. (Concord). 
To see if you qualify and to complete a Rebate Reservation form visit the Community Development Department's website here.  

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Winter April 26, 2013 at 03:12 AM
Well, the Solar workshop had rather disappointing options and for those of us who have been conserving our power-use for years, solar is not for us. In fact, the three solar companies attending the workshop have usage quotas before they will even talk to us. Those homes that consume into the 3rd and 4th tiers might benefit depending upon whether the equipment is bought or leased or power leased. but in the end, you will be paying not only PG&E but also these solar companies each month, and at a rate that increases each year, be stuck with a 15-20 year contract, and no guarantee that equipment will be upgraded as new technology emerges. The solar companies get all the rebates and credits with lease and power lease options and are only interested in high-consuming residential customers. Lastly, those of us with mostly gas appliances or heaters cannot use solar credits to offset gas use so again solar doesn't make any sense for us. Once again, solar just doesn't appear ready for 'prime-time' ... equipment way too costly and Wall Street appears to be trying to corner the market with these 'no money down power plans' ...


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