Long Island Power Authority expands Solar Pioneer program to US$14.4million

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The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has reaffirmed its commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy through the adoption of its 2009 operating budget. The budget provides incentives of up to US$14.4 million through the residential Solar Pioneer program for business and municipal solar installations with capacities up to 100kw.

Since 2000, LIPA has rebated over $36 million on the installation of photovoltaic or “PV” systems. “Despite the terrible economy I believe it is critical for LIPA to continue to invest in renewable power,” said Kevin S. Law, President and CEO of LIPA.

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LIPA was recently named among the top ten utilities in the United States with the most solar electricity integrated into its energy mix by the Washington, D.C.-based Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). The first annual rankings were based on information provided to SEPA through a survey of utilities and independent research.

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