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Can NY salvage LIPA's solar-energy rebate program?

Gary Minnick, owner of Go Solar Incorporated in

Gary Minnick, owner of Go Solar Incorporated in Aquebogue, examines a solar panel. The state is seeking to restart the LIPA home solar energy rebates. (Oct. 25, 2010) Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

  New York State is advancing a plan to salvage the Long Island Power Authority's home solar-energy program by shifting $8 million in already-committed federal stimulus funds to restart LIPA's popular solar rebates.

The move was welcomed by solar-panel installers whose orders for new business dried up overnight when LIPA suspended the program Oct. 1 when rebate funds ran out.

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