Burbank Water and Power is once again accepting applications for rebates to partly cover the cost of solar energy installations, but there’s a twist — there will be a lottery.
The utility has allocated $60,000 for its latest round of residential rebates, said utility spokeswoman Jeanette Meyer.
All lottery applications, which will be accepted during July and August, will be given a number when received. In September, numbers will be drawn randomly from a bin and applications will be tallied in the order their numbers were picked.
The utility was forced to stop accepting applications last April because of high demand for residential rebates and five large commercial installations used up the majority of the $1 million earmarked for the program, Meyer said.
The state requires that installations over 30 kilowatts receive rebates paid over time based on production, Meyer said.
In mid-2013, the first large installation is expected to roll off the rebate program, according to utility officials.