Philadelphia starts solar rebate program

The City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is ramping up the efforts to fight climate change and convert to renewable energy. Mayor Jim Kenney signed a bill to create Philadelphia’s first solar rebate program. The rebate provides an incentive payment of $0.20 per watt for residential solar projects and $0.10 per watt for commercial projects, with an initial allocation of $500,000. The City will start accepting rebate applications in January 2020, and any project installed after July 1, 2019 will be eligible to apply.
The rebates will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis, though the legislation allows for prioritization of low income households to make sure that all City of Philadelphia residents are able to receive the benefits of going solar. The solar rebate program will provide a direct financial incentive to residents and businesses to help them install solar panels on their homes and buildings.
In order to meet the City’s climate goals, about 80 percent of Philadelphia’s suitable rooftop space will need to be producing clean electricity for residents and businesses.

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