OCTOBER 12, 2018 – If you’ve been thinking of going solar and you’re a customer of Empire Electric, now is the best time to make your move. Why? Solar rebates have returned!
These rebates grant customers of Empire Electric that activate a solar system after January 1st, 2019 an opportunity to receive a rebate of up to $.50/watt. Those who activate after June 30th, 2019 can receive a rebate of up to $.25/watt.
Though Empire Electric has merged with Liberty Utilities, only residents who live in the district of Empire Electric’s services are able to claim the rebate. Basically, if your energy bill does not say Empire Electric, unfortunately you are not rebate eligible. However, Missouri customers of Ameren and KCP&L are able to take advantage of this opportunity.
Solar rebates have reemerged due to new legislation passed in May 2018 and will only be honored until 2020 or allotted funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.
Historically, these rebates haven’t lasted very long. So don’t wait until 2020 to decide to make the change.
Why should I switch to solar power now?
- Missouri citizens fought Empire so you could have this rebate
In 2015, Empire cited an old law in order to be granted exemption from honoring the solar rebates. Renew Missouri and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) challenged Empire. The case was ultimately decided in the Missouri Supreme Court where Renew Missouri and the MCE won their appeal.
Now, you can reap the benefits of these organizations’ hard work.
After your system is turned on in 2019, you will receive a check for your rebate amount at a rate of $.50/installed watt of solar power for systems turned on before June 30, 2019, and $.25/watt for activated systems thereafter. Make note that Empire only has $8 million available. After the threshold is reached, rebates will stop.
- The federal government will also pay you to switch.
If you’re a residential customer and chose to go solar, you can stack your rebates! The federal government is offering 30% off the cost of installation of your solar system, which will be reflected as a deduction from your federal taxes.
So, if your installations cost $30,0000, then you can claim a $9,000 tax credit when you file your Federal Income Taxes
Who doesn’t like saving on taxes?
>>>Find out if you would qualify for the Federal Rebate
- The long-term savings from solar is huge.
The average household can expect a savings of around $50,000 or more over 25 years. Be aware that this is simply an average and the output from each system will be different. In order to know for sure what you will save contact us today!
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How to Get in on Empire Electric’s Solar Rebates
- Make sure you’re rebate ready.
You must be a Missouri customer of Empire Electric (Ameren and KCP&L customers also have rebates available to them). Both residential and commercial customers are eligible.
- Check for solar compatibility.
Request a free, no-obligation proposal to evaluate your needs and roofing space. The proposal you receive will include all the information you need to determine if going solar is right for you.
- Schedule your installation.
Be proactive and get ahead of the curve! Rebates won’t begin until January 1st, 2019, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until then to get your system installed. We recommend you get your system ready now and simply schedule activation within the rebate time frame. That way you will save your place in line for solar rebates.