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Mass. Rolling Out Solar Hot Water Rebate Program

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(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts is unveiling a rebate program designed to help residents pay for solar hot water projects.

Starting in February, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center will begin accepting applications for a pilot version of the program which officials hope will encourage more homeowners to adopt solar thermal water heating technology.

Rebates for Massachusetts residents who qualify will be awarded through a non-competitive application process.

Read: Solar Hot Water Program

Solar hot water systems generate heat from sunlight to make hot water.

The roof-mounted solar collectors for hot water systems look similar to solar photovoltaic panels, which generate electricity rather than hot water.

A solar hot water system can provide up to 75 percent of total household hot water demand.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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