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Green Energy Ohio - GEO Solar Thermal Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 02/05/2014
Program Overview:
State: Ohio
Incentive Type: Non-Profit Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Schools
Amount:$30 per kBtu/day
Maximum Incentive:20% of the contracted solar thermal project cost
Equipment Requirements:Must be new and come with a manufacturer's warranty of one year or more;
Solar collectors must be OG-100 certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC). SRCC certified systems meeting the OG-300 standard must be used unless circumstances indicate that a non-OG-300 system would be superior for the customer.
Installation Requirements:All systems must be installed by solar contractors pre-approved by GEO, and who are a GEO Business member;
Must carry two-year installation warranty
Funding Source:Sierra Club of Ohio
Start Date:04/01/2009
Expiration Date:When funding is exhausted
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With funding from The Sierra Club, Green Energy Ohio (GEO) is offering rebates on residential properties in Ohio for solar water heating systems purchased after April 1, 2009. The rebates are based on the projected energy output from the solar collectors and are calculated at $30 per kBtu/day (based on SRCC rating for "Clear Day/C Interval"). The maximum amount is 20% of the contracted solar thermal project cost .

There are two parts to the application. PART I of the application collects information on the applicant, the installer (which must be from a list of GEO-approved installers), proposed equipment and system installation, and requires a solar site analysis report and site sketch. Upon successful review, the GEO will issue a rebate reservation number and the applicant has six months to complete the system installation.

After the solar water heating system is installed, the applicant submits PART II of the application and required documentation, including an inspection certification checklist, itemized paid invoices, copies of passed code enforcement inspections, as well as a digital photo of the solar thermal system. GEO may conduct a final inspection before issuing the rebate.

Visit the web site for additional requirements, technical information on eligible systems, and application materials.

  Barry Adler
Green Energy Ohio
7870 Olentangy River Rd.
Ste. 304
Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: (614) 985-6131
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