By Ahmed Fawzi Herald Writer
Snohomish County PUD customers can now use the sun’s energy to help with their energy bills.
Through its Solar Express program, the public utility offers aid to people who use solar power for their water heater or for warming the water in their pool or hot tub.
“Residential customers can qualify for up to $2,500 for solar photovoltaic systems and commercial customers can qualify for up to $10,000,” said Neil Neroutsos, PUD spokesman.
All customers with electric hot water systems can qualify for a $500 incentive for solar systems.
Residential customers may opt for a loan at a 2.9 percent annual rate for up to $25,000 toward photovoltaic panels and up to $14,000 for solar hot water systems.
“Customers may also qualify for additional federal tax credits and state production incentives,” Neroutsos added.
Last year nearly 50 solar projects were installed through the Solar Express program, with an additional 60 projects expected to be completed in 2010.
The PUD offers the following information sessions: noon to 1 p.m. July 27 at the Stanwood PUD Office, 9124 271st St. NW., and 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 4 in the Commission Room at PUD Headquarters, 2320 California St. in Everett.
For more information, call the PUD Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700 or visit www.snopud.com/solarexpress.