New Hampshire Enacts Renewable Energy Legislation

As of 1 July 2009, rebates for renewable energy sources will be available in New Hampshire. These rebates will cover such items as solar power, both photovoltaic an solar water heating systems. Wind energy systems will be eligible as well.

The New Hampshire legislation (H.B. 1628) requires the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to establish and administer a rebate program for certain renewable-energy systems.

By statute, the rebate is equal to $3 per watt of nominal generation capacity for residential owners. Up to $6,000 or 50% of system costs, whichever is less will be covered by state rebate program.

In order to be eligible, systems must have a peak generation capacity of less than five kilowatts (kW) and must be located at the owner’s residence. Photovoltaic (PV) systems, small wind-energy systems and solar water-heating systems are eligible. There is a possibility that small, electricity-generating biomass systems could also qualify. However the equipment will require applicable safety standards, and facilities must meet local zoning regulations.

The program will be funded through alternative compliance payments from the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS). Rebates will be awarded as long as funds are available.

For more information you can contact:

Public Information – NH PUC
New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission
8 Old Suncook Road
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-2431
Fax: (603) 271-3868

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One Response to “New Hampshire Enacts Renewable Energy Legislation”

  1. Yeast Advisor
    June 6, 2009 at 12:32 pm #

    Good news, solar power for the better.

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