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Written by Steven Estrada   
Monday, 18 May 2009

I got a call from 941-484-7318. The lady claimed to represent Progress Energy and went on to explain a federally funded program to give homeowners like us a free solar water heater, free solar panel, and free rebates from the government and electric company.

What's deceptive about the call is the place has no relation with Progress Energy and there is no free water heater, or solar panel in any government or Progress Energy plan, although there are rebates from both.

The whole point was to get me to agree to a visit by their phony Progress Energy representative to explain face-to-face all this allegedly-free stuff.  Anyone taking the bait would likely get visited by a smooth talking saleman, and pressured into buying solar equipment costing thousands and thousands of dollars.   

Another scam that seems to be doing the the same thing is Power Energy 321-663-5669.

Read about them HERE and HERE.

Places that's aren't honest about who they are and why they're calling, probably aren't honest at all.

Here's what incentives are out there for us.

Florida Solar Rebate Program

The SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS INCENTIVES PROGRAM, or the solar rebate program, was created in 2006 by the Florida Renewable Energy Technologies and Energy Efficiency Act. The four-year program is designed to encourage residents and businesses to invest in solar energy technologies by providing rebates for purchase and installation of solar energy systems in homes and businesses. Any resident of Florida who purchases and installs a new solar energy system from July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2010, is eligible for a rebate on a portion of the purchase price of that solar energy system. The rebate application must be made within 120 days after the purchase of the solar energy equipment, and must meet one of the following requirements:
· Two kilowatts or larger for a solar photovoltaic system; or

· A solar energy system that provides at least 50 percent of a buildings hot water consumption for a solar thermal system; or

· A solar thermal pool heater.

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