As if FPL’s solar rebate program didn’t run out of funds fast enough the last time around, Tampa Electric’s Solar Photovoltaic allotment of rebates evaporated in one minute – less time than FPL applicants found themselves having to secure a lucrative rebate. TECO’s solar rebate program, which released funds this morning at 10 am, was expected to run out of funds on the first day like the FPL program, but this is a record time for rebates to be snatched up.
This is NOT a “first-come, first served” application process like the utility companies would have you believe. It is basically a lottery, but a lottery that can legally be rigged by companies who have figured out the technology required to get a leg up when the rebate application system goes live.
The process is senseless. The utilities are hoodwinking the public. The real goal is not to “help utility customers get into solar energy.” If it were, the rebate amounts would be sensible, and the programs would benefit a broader customer base than the lucky few who get a windfall rebate approval.
The next round of funding is coming for FPL customers in Southwest Florida. If you live in Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, or any of FPL’s SWFL service area, I highly advise that you contact your solar dealer urgently and try your hand at getting a solar rebate. The rebate could pay for half of your system, and the Federal Tax Credit can cover a big chunk of what’s left. You need to act NOW!
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