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Demand for Solar Rebates Skyrockets, Fund Runs Dry

November 24th, 2008 by flanews

A state fund used to issue rebates to people who install solar panels on their homes is out of money. More than 1,300 Floridians who have already been approved for a rebate are now on a waiting list. As Whitney Ray tells us, people waiting on a rebate say the state broke its promise.

Hear it Here: Demand for Solar Rebates Skyrockets, Fund Runs Dry

Bill Minion spent more than 50,000 dollars installing solar panels on his home. The state promises Bill a 20,000 rebate. Hes still waiting on his check.

I figure well Im doing something for the community here and the states not doing their part, said Minion.

A five million dollar fund to reward people who install solar panels on their homes has been so popular, the fund is empty and 1,300 people are waiting on rebates.

Hopefully we will be able to give them their money as soon as we have money in the program, said Sarah Williams, a spokeswoman for the Governors Energy Office.

The program remains in limbo until lawmakers decide how much money the state can afford.

Bessie Schawarz leads a group pushing clean energy legislation. She says if lawmakers dont find funding for the program few people will be able to make the switch.

Its not feasible right now for people to be stepping in that direction. What we need is for government to support a society that moves in that direction. People cant make the leap financially, said Schawarz.

And whether or not lawmakers can make the funding leap will depend on how they choose to balance a budget thats already 2.2 billion dollars short. If lawmakers vote to fund the solar rebate program, the pending 2.8 million dollars the state owes in rebates wont likely be available until July 1st, the beginning of the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

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