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Solar Power Rebates Debated

| March 20, 2014

Solar Power

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine residents would have access to rebates for solar power systems on their homes under a bill moving forward in the Legislature, but the idea continues to receive significant resistance from Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

The Democratic-controlled Senate endorsed the bill with a 22-12 vote on Thursday. It would re-establish the solar rebate program that ended last year by adding roughly 60 cents a year to homeowners’ utility bills.

LePage continued his criticism of lawmakers’ consideration of the bill Thursday at the Energy and Technology Council of Maine’s forum. He told environmentalists and business leaders that the ratepayers can’t afford to subsidize research and development projects.

But supporters say the measure will create jobs and support a growing solar industry in Maine.

It faces further votes in both chambers.

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