December 11, 2006
$500,000 Available for Solar Hot Water Equipment
encouraged to apply for funding from the PUC’s
“Solar power offers a clean source
of energy for Mainers concerned about air pollution and global warming,”
remarked Kurt Adams, Chairman of the PUC. “Our investment in solar energy
provides an affordable option to those interested in pursuing clean energy
alternatives to oil or natural gas as most solar thermal systems pay for
themselves in two or three years. It’s a good investment for both
In the program’s first year of operation, forty-seven units were installed throughout the state, saving 4,020 gallons of fuel oil, 3,141 gallons of propane and 33.2 MWh, averting the release of 87.7 tons of CO2 – the equivalent of taking 17 cars off the road for a year. On average, 15% of the total cost for the system was paid by the rebate.
Solar hot water systems cost between
$6,000 and $8,000. Air systems tend to be cost significantly less. Generally,
two solar panels will provide enough energy to cover 70% of hot water costs for
a home. In addition to the rebate program, federal tax incentives are also
available for solar thermal units. The program sponsored training programs in
Applications and related materials including a list of certified installers are available at www.maine.gov/msep. For more information, please contact Richard Fortier at Richard.Fortier@maine.gov. The Maine Solar Energy Rebate Program, a part of the Maine State Energy Program administered by the Maine Public Utilities Commission, is a statewide effort to promote the use of solar energy.
The Public Utilities Commission is committed to ensuring that consumers have access to safe and reliable service for public utilities and that the rates for these utilities are just and reasonable. PUC programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service, Dig Safe, and Efficiency Maine.
To arrange an interview with Chairman Adams or Commissioner Reishus, please contact Nicole Clegg at 207.287.8519 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.