PA aiming for some solar-powered jobs

    A new state program hopes to create green jobs in Pennsylvania by providing incentives for people to install and use solar energy. The Pennsylvania Sunshine Program is designed to provide rebates of up to 35 percent when people buy solar-powered systems.

    A new state program hopes to create green jobs in Pennsylvania by providing incentives for people to install and use solar energy. The Pennsylvania Sunshine Program is designed to provide rebates of up to 35 percent when people buy solar-powered systems.

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    The state Department of Environmental Protection says the rebate forms should soon be available online. They will pay customers back who install both photovoltaic and photothermal projects.

    Photovoltaic projects use the sun to create electricity, while photothermal collects sunshine for heating homes and water.

    Kira Costanza is a Collegeville solar contractor who says she expects the rebates to give her family business a shot in the arm.

    Costanza: It immediately means we can instead of laying off we can continue to hire and create those green jobs everyone is talking about.

    The rebates will come out of Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Investment Fund, which is designed to create 10,000 new green jobs and bring more than $3.5 billion in private investment to the state.

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