Is time running out on solar panel rebates?

Holy Smokes!  Solar rebate programs for solar panels are collapsing!

In the past couple of months, we have seen some pretty crazy stuff happen in the solar industry.  For example in Arizona, both APS and SRP dramatically reduced their rebate programs without any sort of notice to the public.  Arizona Power Services (APS) was well known for its incredible rebate amount of $3.00 without any sort of a cap.  Since solar panels have become such a popular topic, APS was forced to reevaluate its rebate amount to prevent a complete failure of its solar funding.  In a few swift moves, the rebates went from $3.00 per watt to $1.95 per watt almost overnight.  On a typical system which ranges between 3,000 and 5,000 kilowatts, to roughly $5,000 a solar panel purchaser is now missing out on…roughly 20% of the total cost for a solar system.  Not as dramatic, Salt River Project’s Earthwise Solar Energy program also cut it’s rebate amounts premature to it’s scheduled decline as a result of funding issues, taking their amount from $2.70 per watt to $2.15 per watt.

Funds Are Depleting

Even more startling is New Jersey, which just announced they have suspended their entire state utility rebate program until September 1st, where it will undergo another review to see if they state can fund the massive migration to going solar.

Funds are depleting!

Unfortunately, no matter how awesome the solar movement is, we are still constrained by the fact that someone has to foot the bill.  In Arizona, we see enormous budget deficits and Heaven forbid you ever actually have to sit down and try to balance the Federal check book.  The bottom line is that all this time you have heard “Get Solar Panels at 50% off!”  Well, to quote Bob Dylan, “Oh the times, they are a-changin’!”

In the past month we have seen solar panel rebate programs drop like flies and it’s only a matter of time before we start to see things coming from our legislature as well.  If you’re interested in getting solar panels for your home, it’s time to start looking into what you should do to make that a reality.

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If you’ve already been looking, it’s time to take some action my friend.  It’s time to have a solar pro come out and show you how quick and simple it is to go solar so that you can live a little bit greener.

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4 Responses to Is time running out on solar panel rebates?
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  2. Solarpanelsforsale
    June 15, 2010 | 11:07 pm

    What is the absolute maximum amount of energy that solar panels can get?

  3. blake
    June 16, 2010 | 11:06 am

    Hi Jack. Truthfully, there are a lot of variables to that. Everything from shading of the panels and even your town’s elevation can reduce how much energy a solar panel can produce, not to mention the type of module you are using. Standard Test Condition (STC) numbers typically give a good “best case scenario” number in terms of production, but obviously, real world application will change those numbers.

    I guess to help me understand what exactly your asking, how much energy would you need from a solar panel or an array of solar panels?

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    August 8, 2010 | 4:13 pm

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