Rebates & Incentives

SEEDS has compiled this list of information sites on energy efficiency rebates, renewable energy rebates and incentives and grant/loan opportunities.

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The U.S. Department of Energy

Dept of Energy

The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

www.energy.gov/energysaver/energy-saver

Their Energy Saver page offers rebates and incentives available in your state. Select your state under the Savings and Rebates ribbon at the bottom of the page. This site also has step-by-step guide for home energy efficiency projects; tips, and an information guide on all efficiency topics – roofing, skylights, insulation, appliances, lighting, landscaping. moisture control and much more….a great read for anyone embarking on an efficiency mission.


Federal Tax Credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency 

are detailed on the energy star website and updated regularly. 30% tax credits are available  on solar energy systems and small residential wind turbines. Go to: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index#c6  to see all current details.

Tax Credit:  30% of cost with no upper limit (Does include installation costs, if performed by a professional. Does NOT include installation costs, if you self install.
Expires:  December 31, 2021
                Tax credits for Solar Energy Systems are available at 30% through December 31, 2019.
The credit decreases to 26% for tax year 2020; drops to 22% for tax year 2021 then expires December 31, 2021)

Details:  Existing homes and new construction qualify.  Both principal residences and second homes qualify. Rentals do not qualify.


The USDA’s REAP (Rural Energy for America Program)

USDA

 

provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.  Applications are due Mar 31, and Oct 31. SEEDS highly recommends speaking with a specialist to assist you. Jason Cali is the specialist for Wayne County.  Click HERE for full details.

Wyoming Area Office
21 Hollowcrest Road
Tunkhannock, PA 18657-6632
(570) 836-5111, ext. 4 (Phone)
(570) 836-4432 (Fax)

Serving Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties.
Kim Loftus, Area Specialist (570) 836-5111, ext. 122
Charles Garnett, Area Specialist (570) 836-5111, ext. 121
Sharon Panunti, Area Specialist (570) 836-5111, ext. 117
Amy Wiggans, Area Technician (570) 836-5111, ext. 120
Jason Cali, Area Specialist, (570) 836-5111, ext. 123

Lehigh Area Office
2211 Mack Blvd.
Allentown, PA 18103-5623
(484) 795-7616 (Phone)
(855) 742-4168 (Fax)

Serving Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, and Schuylkill Counties.
Karen Solt, Area Specialist (484) 795-7616
Tonya Stutzenburg, Area Specialist (484) 795-7614
Megan Henderson, Area Technician (484) 795-7615


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PPL

PPL is currently offering a variety of incentive and rebate programs on a variety of energy efficiency upgrades and installations for residential and business customers.

Residential rebates are still available on energy star heat pump hot water heaters, insulation, energy star appliances, smart thermostats and more. For more information on residential rebates, click HERE.

Rebates are also available for commercial businesses, non-profits, multi family investment properties, hospitals, retail businesses, restaurants and more. For more information, click HERE


Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection

had offered a Small Business Advantage Grant program, which is now closed. Click HERE for future information.
The program provided 50 percent matching grants, up to a maximum of $9,500 to enable a Pennsylvania small business to adopt or acquire energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes.  


The Sustainable Energy Fund

SEF - new - color is offSustainable Energy Fund (SEF) is an independent, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) that assists energy users in overcoming educational, financial and regulatory barriers to a sustainable energy future: a future in which energy is harvested, converted, distributed and utilized in a manner that allows all to meet their energy needs now without compromising the ability of their children to and grandchildren to meet their needs.

In addition to providing green energy solutions for businesses and non-profits, the Sustainable Energy Fund is educating future leaders. Each year, SEF sponsors Energypath, the region’s largest sustainable energy event attracting industry professionals, policymakers and academia throughout the region and across the United States. For more information click HERE.

SEF needs energy service providers to locate and develop projects. They created a network for these professionals to further each other’s business. For more information on joining their network, click HERE.

“If you have a renewable energy project that you want to make happen, please reach out to the Sustainable Energy Fund for financing assistance. If they don’t have a specific program that meets your needs, they have the ability and flexibility to potentially help you make it happen” – Jocelyn Cramer, Executive Director of SEEDS.


Database of State Initiatives for Renewables and Efficiency

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DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project on the N.C. Solar Center and the Interstate REnewable Energy Council. LEARN MORE


Federal Tax Credits for All-Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

Federal Tax Credit Up To $7,500!

All-electric and plug-in hybrid cars purchased in or after 2010 may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. The credit amount will vary based on the capacity of the battery used to power the vehicle. State and/or local incentives may also apply.

Small neighborhood electric vehicles do not qualify for this credit, but they may qualify for another credit.

Check with your insurance company. Some of the larger companies, for example Farmer’s Insurace is offering a 5% discount on car insurance for electric cars.

Visit: http://fueleconomy.gov/feg/taxcenter.shtml for full details.