The Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) is pleased to present the second Maine Solar Energy Rebate Program Annual Report for the time period July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2007. The two primary goals of the Maine Solar Energy Rebate Program are to: Increase the use of solar photovoltaic, solar hot water, and solar air systems by Maine residents; and promote the development of trained and certified renewable energy installers throughout the State of Maine. The Program was established on June 29, 2005 as part of Governor Baldacci’s Solar Initiative and enacted into law as “An Act To Encourage the Use of Solar Energy.”
The Program provides rebates for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV), solar hot water, and solar air systems for Maine residents. Under the old law, solar hot water and solar air systems (both are considered solar thermal) qualify for a rebate of 25% of total installed cost or $1,250, whichever is less. Chapter 29 removed the incentive level requirements from §3211-C and authorized the Commission to set the rebate levels for the Program.
The new law provides that “[i]n setting rebate levels, the commission may consider market demand for qualified solar energy systems, program implementation experience and other factors relevant to the solar energy rebate program.”
Author: Toben Galvin
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