The city of Murrieta has added 38 more rebates to its popular Murrieta Solar Rebate Program.  The city committed to 72, $1,000 rebates for approved residential solar installations (purchased systems, not PPAs or leases) in April 2010.   It originally settled on 72 rebates by taking the average annual solar installation in Murrieta over a 3-year period, which came out to 24 per year.

According to city representative, Brian Ambrose, “We assumed, especially in light of a horrible economy where residents had little/no chance of home equity loans, that we would have funding for the full 3 years.  We were surprisingly mistaken.”

“We have now processed our 70th rebate.  Had we not had the commitment of our City Council to continue this funding, the program would be wrapping up now.  But I’m happy to announce we still have 40 rebates in total to pay out (there are up to 10 being installed right now, but rebates are paid out on a first come/first paid process after final inspection).  Fortunately, I am able to speak to many of the residents that come in to drop off their paperwork for the rebate, and I can say that an overwhelming amount are highly satisfied with their systems and the company that installed them,” said Ambrose.

Mr. Ambrose will update residents on the program at the headquarters of Helio Energy Solutions on August 3.  Helio Energy Solutions is located on Jefferson Avenue in Murrieta.  The company is doing a series of educational sessions on “Smart Meters & Solar” to help homeowners understand the new digital meters being installed by utilities and the applicability of solar in the “smart grid” world.

For more information about the Murrieta Solar Rebate program, call the city at (951) 304-CITY (2489) or Helio Energy Solutions at 1.87.SOLAR.888.