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Sunshine State stiffs homeowners on solar rebates



The state owes Floridians $52.7 million in unpaid solar energy rebates and has no immediate plan to honor its financial promise.

More than 15,800 people await the rebates, which were dangled before homeowners and businesses to encourage greater investment in solar energy technologies such as solar-power water heaters and electric systems.

The state's new fiscal year, which started in July, marks the second consecutive year that the Florida Legislature has refused to fund the popular program. Some people have been on the waiting list for years, said Travis Yelverton, deputy director of the Governor's Energy Office.

Independent gubernatorial candidate Bud Chiles has made the state's stalled renewable energy plan a campaign bulwark and flagged the unfunded rebates Monday as he toured Solar Source, a solar installation company in Largo (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:16am]


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