Less than a third of the way into 2009, Long Island residents have already snapped up more than 50 percent of Long Island Power Authority's generous $12.5 million in rebates for customers installing solar energy systems. A similar program in Pennsylvania, launched today, will start taking applications in two weeks.
Those who got in early saw rebates that cut their installation costs from 30 to 60 percent.
The state's largest utility, PSEG also has chipped in with a solar loan program available to its customers.
Enacted in July, as part of Gov. Rendell's $650 million Alternative Energy Funding Act, the program will provide rebates to homeowners and small businesses to partially cover the cost of installing a solar-power system. Pennsylvania' DEP, which will be running this program, said applications should be available within two weeks
Remember George W. Bush's lesson on global warming and alternative energy: He who hesitates lost.
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