Solar rebates: More than 1,500 apply for Duke Energy program

Homeowners can install a solar system and Duke Energy will send a check within four to five weeks. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Duke Energy is seeing some early results from its solar rebate program.

According to Duke, since the program opened on July 9, more than 1500 customers have applied, tapping out the residential and commercial set-asides of the 20 megawatts of new capacity that will be available each year of the five-year program.

For 2018's roll out, only the non-profit sector still has capacity remaining, leaving hundreds of residential and commercial customers vying to position for next year's capacity.

The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) stated in response that "the fact that capacity limits were met so quickly signifies a demonstrated interest on the part of North Carolina businesses and consumers in utilizing solar energy. There is also a need to increase capacity limits on future iterations of the Solar Rebate Program."

The Comprehensive Energy Solutions for NC law or House Bill 589, passed in July of 2017, mandated the rebate program, which was announced at the first of the year after a round of negotiations and approval by the Utilities Commission.

Homeowners can install a solar system and Duke Energy will send a check within four to five weeks.

Duke previously has announced that 2019's capacity will be available for systems that are installed after the start of October of this year. Sundance advises that persons interested in taking advantage of the program should take steps now to be in timely position to do so.

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