Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 | 11:51 a.m.
NV Energy is now accepting applications for valley residents interested in joining its solar hot water heating program.
The company is offering a one-time installation incentive up to $1,500, it said in a news release. The program is limited to residential customers who own their own home and an electric water heater.
No technical skills are required, said Jennifer Hanson, a company spokeswoman. NV Energy has a list of eligible contractors to install the systems.
Customers who participate should see a substantial savings, Hanson said, after paying a few thousands dollars for installation, some of which will be covered by the company's rebate.
Savings could be as much $100 each month depending on how much water they are using. Solar systems can usually provide most of a home's hot water needs, at least until its temperatures fall during the night or inclement weather, Hanson said. At that point, the home's electrical water heating system will kick in.
Residents with gas-fueled water heaters are also eligible for solar water heating incentives, Hanson said, although their program will be run through Southwest Gas. Those residents should visit the gas company's website or call 855-743-1603 for more information.
For full details and information on how to apply, visit the NV Energy's Renewable Generations website.