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With nearly 2600 hours of annual sunshine and a number of state-sponsored incentive programs, New York is a good place for residential and commercial users of solar energy. More importantly, both state and local governments have taken serious steps to provide the legislation and regulatory framework necessary for solar to find a home in the state. Solar installers recognize that New York is a favorable environment, and the upshot for you as a consumer, whether in the residential or corporate sector, is a competitive set of options to choose from in setting up your solar solution. We have a great archive of information on New York rebates, tax breaks and other incentives.
Some of the most important pieces of the New York solar picture:
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When it comes to promoting the adoption of solar power, New York is one of the country's leaders. The state provides a number of helpful solar incentive programs. A solar rebate, for instance, is available from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). As of February 3, 2009, NY homeowners who install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels may receive $3.00/watt for the first 4 kW of solar capacity, and $2.00/watt for the next 4 kW (for a maximum system size of 8 kW). Businesses that install solar panels may receive $3.00/watt up to 40 kW of capacity, and $2.00/watt for the next 40 kW (for a maximum system size of 80 kW per site meter). To be eligible for the rebate, the system must be installed with a NYSERDA-certified installer. NYSERDA is the appropriate program for Con Edison customers. The bottom line is that the NYSERDA rebate program can significantly reduce the upfront costs associated with installing a solar panel system. The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) also offers a rebate option, as well, called the Solar Pioneers program. Residential solar panels may receive $3.50/watt, while commercial systems can receive $1.00-$3.50 per watt, depending on the size of the system. Note that the rebate levels are liable to change, so for the most up-to-date info on these programs, visit the NYSERDA website or the LIPA website. Finally, the cost of installing a solar energy system in New York may be reduced further by the 30% federal renewable energy tax credit. (Important note: for commercial systems installed in 2009 and 2010, businesses can opt to receive a solar energy grant -- still worth 30 percent of system costs -- in place of the tax credit.)
Depending on your monthly electricity usage and the orientation of your roof, solar power may be a good option for you. To find out which kind makes the most sense for you -- solar photovoltaic (PV) panels or a solar thermal (solar hot water) system -- fill out our solar energy information form. It's free and takes just a few minutes to complete. After learning about your energy needs, we'll guide you towards the solar solution that makes the most sense for your situation. Then, we'll coordinate with our local solar installers serving New York to get you a free site visit and quote. In the end, we're here to help you get quality service and a great price for your solar power system. It's easy. It's free. So what are you waiting for? Get solar in New York!