Duke Energy Kentucky Rebates

Earn money for making your home more energy efficient with Duke Energy Kentucky’s Smart $aver® program. The program offers rebates for qualifying energy efficiency improvements made to your home. All improvements must be installed by a contractor that is a member of the Duke Trade Ally network. Check with an Energy Advisor or your contractor to learn if your project qualifies.

Current Smart $aver offerings include:

HVAC Install

Homeowners can receive up to a $600 rebate for the installation of a new heat pump, central air conditioner, or geothermal heat pump that meets program requirements.

Insulate & Seal – Attic

Homeowners can receive a $250 rebate for qualifying projects that increase attic insulation levels and reduce air infiltration.

Heat Pump Water Heater Install

Homeowners can receive a $350 rebate for the installation of a qualifying ENERGY STAR certified heat pump water heater.

Insulate & Seal Ductwork

Homeowners can receive $100 rebate for duct sealing and $75 rebate for duct insulation for qualifying projects that result in a reduction in duct leakage.

Pool Energy Efficiency Program

Homeowners can receive a $300 rebate for the installation of a qualifying ENERGY STAR certified variable-speed pool pump.

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Tips to save money and energy

When it comes to reducing your energy consumption, you do not always have to spend a lot of money to save a lot of money. Follow these simple energy saving steps from the Department of Energy and you will be on your way to saving energy and putting some money back in your pocket.

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For more information, visit the Department of Energy’s original blog post for this infographic.

 

 

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Solarize Installers: Solar Energy Solutions

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From Solar Energy Solutions:

Solar Energy Solutions (SES) is Kentucky’s largest and most experienced solar PV and Solar Hot Water design, engineering and installation company and one that since its formation in 2006 has completed nearly 600 projects ranging in size from 1 kW to 545 KW through its offices in Lexington, Louisville, Cincinnati and Evansville. At SES helping people make the move to a renewable energy is a personal mission of the founder Matt Partymiller and his partner and General Manager Steve Ricketts.

SES differentiates itself by its devotion to certification and training in order to provide systems which will still be performing faultlessly in decades time. Our teams, specialized in either residential and commercial areas hold multiple electrical Journeymen and Master qualifications and we in addition have 4 NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals) approved staff, unique solar training which puts our installers at the top level of national performance. We also pride ourselves with having the ability and passion to bring you the latest technology rapidly in a very fast moving and evolving industry.

Installing residential solar is key to our company as we have strong personal beliefs about the right of each individual to own and operate their own costs effective distributed generation. Most of the installs completed by SES in city or rural locations have brought us lifelong relationships with our customers and you can bank on us being with you to start you down the solar road and to support you fully at each and every stage of the journey over the decades ahead.

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Saving Money with Solar

Purchasing solar panels for your home is a valuable investment. We are all familiar with the costs, but what about the benefits? Here are three financial benefits to consider as you determine if a solar investment is right for you.

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1. Generate your own energy, save money on your energy bill

The energy that you generate from solar panels means you will purchase less energy from your local utility. Each kilowatt hour generated is money that you save. A 6 kilowatt solar array will generate around 7,674 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. At a standard cost of electricity (around 11 cents), that’s around $844 per year in money saved. And with energy costs continuing to rise, the value of your savings will increase over time.

30% Federal Tax Credit

2. 30% Federal Tax Credit

The federal government provides tax incentives for the purchase of solar and other renewable energy assets. Upon installation of a solar array on your home, you will be eligible for the federal Residential Energy Tax Credit which is equal to 30% of the cost of systems installed by December 31, 2019. If you install a 6 kilowatt system through Solarize Cincy (estimated price $15,000), then you are eligible for a tax credit of $4,500.

Ohio SREC Incentive

3. SRECs, a state based credit system

Most states provide some additional credit for solar investments. In Ohio, public utilities must purchase a small percentage of solar for each kW of energy they sell to customers. Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) represent one mega-watt hour of electricity (1,000 kWh). For each mega-watt hour (MWh) that your system creates, you can sell the renewable attribute of the energy on the market. Due to changes adopted by Ohio earlier this year, the value of SRECs has declined. However, the current market will pay around $10 per SREC. As in the above example, a 6 kilowatt system could generate 7 SRECs or $70 per year.

How much do Solar Panels REALLY cost?

Here is the example above in more detail:

  • We purchase a 6 kilowatt solar PV system ($15,000)
  • Of that cost, we spend less on energy because we created our own ($844 in the first year or $27,765 over 25 years)
  • Plus, we received the federal Residential Energy Tax Credit ($4,500)
  • Finally, we sold our solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) ($70 per year or $1,630 over the projected life of the system)

So, in the above example, the system we purchased generates $27,765 in utility bill savings, $4,500 from federal tax credits, and $1,630 from SRECs. That’s $33,895 in benefits which puts $18,895 back into your pocket.

Here are some more examples of how much you might save by installing Solar:

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1. Pricing reflects a basic installation using a standard panel. Complex installations may require additional charges.
2. Based on an $0.11 per kWh base rate with a 2.99% annual escalation in the cost of electricity (US EIA projection).
3. Based on a SREC value of $10 per mWh over 25 years.

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