New Solar Incentives for Imperial Valley Homeowners | KCET
New Solar Incentives for Imperial Valley Homeowners
Feed-In Tariffs, in which owners of small renewable facilities such as rooftop solar are paid a fair price for all the energy they feed in to the grid, have been credited for the astounding growth of solar power in Germany and a handful of other countries. And now the largest utility in Imperial County is starting one up.
The price paid for power generated under the IID's feed-in tariff program has yet to be set, but the District is already accepting applications for the program. That's bound to be of interest to a number of Imperial County residents. The program's 1 kilowatt minimum project size may keep smaller rooftop solar panels out of the running, but installations on moderate-to-large homes and on businesses will easily qualify. Imperial County's combination of a depressed economy and nearly relentless sunshine may make the program popular indeed, and could well spur even more investment in rooftop solar.
The Imperial Irrigation District is the sixth-largest utility in California, and the third-largest publicly owned utility after the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
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