Sunday, August 17, 2008
Residential solar/wind rebates available to Ohioans in October
Above: Solar panels outside J S Knight Center used to provide patrons with cups of hot coffee while waiting to enter the Green Energy Expo.
I have many stories to share from yesterday's Northeast Ohio Green Energy Expo held at the John S Knight Center --enough blogging for at least a week or more! But the biggest news I heard at the Expo was undoubtedly about the new solar and wind energy rebates that will be available to Ohio residents starting in October of this year. While business incentives have been in place for awhile now, this will be the first time that individual homeowners will also be given an initial financial boost toward purchasing and installing a solar energy system.
With Governor Strickland's signing of Ohio's Renewable Energy bill into law, Ohio leaped into third place (behind only California and Illinois) in its commitment to making alternative forms of energy a way of life. Rate payers are now being charged 9 cents monthly by the four major energy companies in Ohio (First Energy, AEP, Duke, and Dayton Power and Light). That money is collected the state government to issue state grants for renewable forms of energy.
The rules for application are:
1. Residents must live in Ohio
2. Residents must be on the grid and customers of one of the four previously mentioned power companies.
3. Residents must seek an installer who is on the state's list of official installers.
4. The installer will fill out the paperwork to apply for the rebate.
5. The money goes to the installer, not the resident, who will then adjust the cost to the consumer.
The solar program will offer a rebate rate of $3.00 per per watt, up to a cost of $25,ooo.
The wind program will offer a rebate of $2.50 a kwh or 50 percent of the total ,to a maximum of $25,000.
A solar thermal program will be available only to owners of multi-family buildings.
No geothermal program was discussed and unfortunately, there will be no incentives for energy efficiency.
Full details will be found at ohioenergyoffice.ohio.gov shortly. You can also keep abreast of details by visiting Green Energy Ohio's web page.