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First Energy (MetEdison, Penelec, Penn Power, West Penn Power) - Residential Solar Water Heating Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 03/26/2014
Program Overview:
State: Pennsylvania
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat
Applicable Sectors: Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Mobile Homes
Equipment Requirements:Collectors must be SRCC OG-100 certified and have a 10-year warranty
Installation Requirements:Must be installed by a participating contractor; must displace or backup an electric water heater, and cannot be used directly for pool heating.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:Not addressed. Systems are not eligible to produce Pennsylvania Solar Alternative Energy Credits (SAECs)
Start Date:10/28/2009
Expiration Date:05/31/2016
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First Energy Utilities (MetEd, Penelec, Penn Power, West Penn Power) in Pennsylvania provide rebates to residential customers for purchasing and installing qualifying solar water heating systems. Eligible systems may receive a rebate of up to $500.  Applications must include a dated sales receipt from the contractor and a copy of the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) certificate indicating SRCC OG-100 certification. Application forms, terms and conditions, and a list of eligible systems are available on the program website.

  FirstEnergy Residential
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Phone: (866) 498-1409
Web Site:
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