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Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) has announced that it will open the 2013 application period for its solar rebate program on Oct. 16.

The company has allotted approximately $9 million to the program for 2013. Applications will be accepted in the following areas:

Residential solar water heating: FPL's residential solar water heating program will provide $1,000 per installed solar water heater.

Business solar water heating: Business customers will be eligible for a variable rebate based on the size of the system installed that will equal $30/1,000 Btuh/day of the maximum rated output of the installed system. The maximum incentive during the life of the program is $50,000 per site. Businesses with multiple locations can receive a maximum combined rebate of up to $150,000 per funding year.

Residential solar PV: The residential solar PV program will provide an incentive of $2,000/kW of the rated direct-current (DC) output of a PV system up to a maximum of $20,000.

Business solar PV: The business PV program will provide a variable incentive depending on the output of the system. The rebate will be up to $50,000 per site during the life of the program and will be calculated as $2/DC watt nameplate rating of the solar panel up to the first 10 kW; $1.50/DC watt nameplate rating of the solar panel from 10 kW to 25 kW; and $1/DC watt nameplate rating of the solar panel greater than 25 kW. Businesses with multiple locations can receive a maximum combined rebate of up to $150,000 per funding year.

This is the third year that FPL has offered rebates for residential and business customers who install solar water heating or solar PV systems as part of a pilot program approved by the Florida Public Service Commission to help reduce energy consumption and peak demand.

Rebate reservations for all available 2013 funding will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested customers must apply online for a reservation and then complete the required process in order to receive a rebate.

"We expect all funding for next year to be reserved quickly, so interested customers should plan to apply as soon as the application period opens on Oct. 16," says Marlene Santos, FPL vice president of customer service.


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