New Jersey's Clean Energy Program™ launches the Solar Domestic Hot Water Pilot Program with incentives to residents.

Photo: New Jersey Clean Energy Program

A $1,200 incentive is now available to New Jersey residents with electric hot water heating that installqualifying solar hot water systemsto replace or to supplement their existing system.

Upon completion of the solar thermal system installation, contractors will help homeowners complete anapplicationto submit, along with copies of the installation invoice and equipment specifications, so that the New Jersey Clean Energy Program can process the incentive.

Upon receipt of the application, back-up documentation and confirmation that the project meets the eligibility requirements, a $1,200 rebate will be processed. Rebates can either be issued to the customer or assigned to the contractor.

Selected Eligibility Requirements:
  • Solar hot water systems must be installed in homes serviced by Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G), Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), Atlantic City Electric (ACE), or Rockland Electric Co. (RECO).

  • Systems must be purchased on or after Sept. 9, 2009, and on or before Dec. 31, 2009. Based on the participation levels of this pilot, the effective dates of the program may be extended.
In addition:
  • System and components (tanks and collectors) must be new components, OG-300 certified by SRCC, the Solar Rating and Certification Corp., a rating program developed to improve the performance and reliability of solar products and backed by a manufacturers warranty of 10 years for the solar collector and six years for the storage tank.

  • Completed systems must carry at least a one-year comprehensive labor warranty from the date of installation.

  • Solar hot water systems must either replace or retrofit an existing electric hot water system in single-family homes.

  • The contractor must provide customers with frost protection assurances and fail-safe freeze and overheat protection, which will help with extreme weather conditions.

  • Installed systems must meet all state and local plumbing, electric and building codes, as well as local ordinances.

  • Rebates for purchase and installations meeting program requirements will be processed within 120 days after all application paperwork has been received.
N.J. homeowners are encouraged to view the list ofparticipating contractorsor call 866-NJSMART for further details.

Source: New Jersey Clean Energy Program