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City Council Fears DWP's Solar Rebates Will Bankrupt Program

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For City of Los Angeles residents who opt to go solar for their power, the DWP has a rebate incentive. However, today the City Council is urging the DWP to put their rebates on hold, and to consider reducing the dollar amount of the rebates, according to the Daily News.Though the Council "unanimously rejected a proposal to slash" DWP rebates today, they are asking that the DWP make a new plan that will safeguard against the program going bankrupt. Right now the program is slated to give out about $34 million in solar incentive rebates per year through 2016, for a total of $313 million between 2007-2016.

The problem? The DWP has already burned through $100 million of those funds, and they've already committed to $89 million more for the next three years. At that rate, they're going to run out. Consequently, the Council "asserted jurisdiction over the matter and recommended instead that the DWP impose a 90-day moratorium on rebate applications, reduce its rebate backlog and submit a plan for less drastic rebate cuts."