IID prepares rebate for installing solar systems

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EL CENTRO – The Imperial Irrigation District is getting ready for its 2013 solar rebate program, with $5 million in rebates available to residents, businesses, local governments and nonprofit groups installing solar systems in the agency’s service territory, which includes the Coachella Valley cities of La Quinta, Indio and Coachella.

Thirty-five percent of the money, or $1.75 million, is reserved for residential projects, while 50 percent will go to commercial projects and 15 percent for government and nonprofit agencies.

Rebates for small projects, under 30 kilowatts, will be $1.95 per watt, based on the size of the system. For projects over 30 kilowatts, the rebates are 18 cents per kilowatt hour, based the amount of power produced,

District officials have also announced key changes to the rebate program for 2013.

Applications for rebates must be made online at the IID website, between Jan. 2 and Jan. 31.

Projects will be chosen by a lottery system, not on a first-come, first-serve basis as in past years.

To qualify for a rebate, individuals or businesses must complete an on-site energy audit. IID will perform an audit for free, but prospective applicants must register with the district by Friday.

To schedule an audit, call (760) 482-3505.

For other information on the rebate program, call (760) 482-3673 or visit www.iid.com/solar.