FPL made an important and appreciated change to their solar rebate program for this round of funding. They said they would take applications after the funds were exhausted to put applicants on a standby list, as many customers do not go through with installations. I was surprised to see that the standby list was limited, and applications were eventually rejected.
That really does not make sense, unless FPL does not really want to know how many people want rebates but cannot get one. Wouldn’t it make sense to take all applications in the order received? That way we could gauge demand and adjust the rebate amount accordingly to maximize the installed capacity with the limited rebate funds! Why cut off accepting applications at all?!
While it looks like we were able to secure several rebates for Fafco Solar’s customers this time around, the system is still frustratingly broken. I am certain that so many more people would go solar if the rebate program was fixed and the rebate amount was more in line with demand for rebate funds.
Business PV funding was still available, with $715,000 still out there as of 9:00 am. I find that interesting, indicating that commercial PV installations aren’t seeing the same feverish demand for rebate funds. That’s strange because business customers are typically making decisions on an ROI basis, and the ROI for a business can be sensational with the rebate funds.
As expected, plenty of rebate money is still available for residential and commercial solar water heating, and funding will likely be available for months.