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A contentious Farm Bill heads to U.S. House for debate. Also on our rundown: gaps cited in protections for small-business employees and nonprofit volunteers; plus power out for much of Puerto Rico; and some warning signs, that increased youth activism may not correspond to voter turnout.

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AZ Solar Outlook Brightest Ever

December 16, 2009

PHOENIX - A combination of tax credits, utility rebates and falling equipment prices makes solar power a realistic alternative for more Arizona homeowners. Matthew Bonnstetter, store manager at Arizona Solar Power in Cottonwood, says financial incentives are as high as they've ever been.

"The history of rebates is that they do go down, in time. So, with solar having dropped quite a bit in the last couple of months; the rebates being high; the federal tax credit of 30 percent and the state tax credit for $1,000, this is the best time to buy solar in Arizona."

Bonnstetter says tax credits and rebates can cover up to three-quarters of the cost of a medium-sized home solar system. He says the homeowners typically save enough on their electric bills to pay for the system in seven to ten years, and utility companies – including the state's largest, Arizona Public Service (APS) – are more receptive to solar power systems than they were a few years ago.

"At first, if you wanted to go solar, APS would charge you money, because they were losing you as a customer. Then, they had a program, but if you overproduced, you lost the overproduction. Now, we have a new net-metering program that, if you produce more than you use, you actually get paid."

Since 2002, APS has paid solar power rebates to about 3,000 Arizona homeowners, about half of them for water heaters. The utility has budgeted $65 million for solar rebates this year.

Doug Ramsey, Public News Service - AZ