October 8, 2015

Government Renewable Energy Incentive Requirements

Just the headline is enough to peak the interest of many who have wanted to go green and if possible get off the grid or at the very least greatly reduce their energy dependence on grid provided electrical power. Many people who have always wanted to achieve this do not know that these great incentives exist or that they have been made available not only to businesses but to homeowners as well. The questions they ask are numerous when it comes to these incentives but the most common question asked is always, “How much can I get?” While the answer to this question is generally simple enough to answer at a federal level which is 30% of the system costs nationwide it is the state or state utility incentives which apply a fine toothed comb to exactly how it is you plan on going green.

The reasoning behind this seemingly forensic analysis that your states Department of Energy applies to every renewable energy incentive and even more so on the systems you plan to use these funds to purchase is very straight forward. Across the country there have been thousands of cases where the buyer has been taken advantage of with regards to both the system costs paid and the quality of the systems they purchased. Even today there are untold hundreds of wind turbine systems which are still standing and have never turned a single kilowatt hours worth of power. This has resulted in the formation of a strict set of guidelines and standards which are all designed to prevent the fraudulent use of government funds in these types of projects for the buyers protection.

In order to ensure that you, the system installer and the companies who sell these systems are all abiding by these standards your Department of Energy requires that a thorough site assessment performed by a certified site assessor has been completed and its subsequently generated report submitted to their department for approval. This report gives every detail of your current energy usage and property attributes as well as three system type recommendations that could be used to reduce your dependence on conventional energy sources. The system recommendations to put it plainly MUST be of an approved manufacturer, model, type and output range in order to be approved for purchase and installation on your property. Anything that falls outside of these required standards will be considered as grounds for an immediate denial of incentive funding and you will receive notice of this denial by the department.

Site assessors are fully versed on exactly what systems are on the approved equipment lists as well as the manufacturers, models, types and output values of the equipment being considered or recommended in their reports to the Department of Energy. So if your property has all of the required attributes then you should receive approval at which point you can begin speaking with an installation company that is certified in these system installations. The system installer is the actual designer of your particular energy system and through your conversations with them you will arrive at a system designed specifically for your project and one that should provide you with many years of service. This design is then submitted to the Department of Energy for further approval at which point if approved they will apply all available grants, rebates, and tax incentives to your overall costs and supply you with a record of their findings before you have spent a dime on any equipment.

The days of the fly-by-night contractor or those offering substandard equipment sales or installations are over because of the efforts of all those who work for your states Department of Energy. They work for you and as long as you use their many great services and the services of the certified site assessors and installers you can feel at ease in knowing the system you finally use is one that will make the greatest impact on your energy requirements. Not only this but you will be able to fully realize all of the government incentives that are available which are after all there to make these systems far more affordable for your use.

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