A Lease On Solar Panels? Some States Pitch In For decades, high installation costs put solar energy out of most homeowners' reach. Now a California company is offering a way to make solar panels affordable by leasing them. But the offer is only available in states that provide incentives for clean energy.
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A Lease On Solar Panels? Some States Pitch In

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A Lease On Solar Panels? Some States Pitch In

A Lease On Solar Panels? Some States Pitch In

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STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

But as NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports, you cannot get them unless your state offers incentives for clean energy.

ELIZABETH SHOGREN: SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive says all these states offer rebates and tax incentives for installing solar panels.

LYNDON RIVE: A key thing for us when we move into a market is: Can we save a business or homeowner money? and if there's no local incentive you can't do it.

SHOGREN: Rick Sullivan is Massachusetts secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. He says SolarCity's announcement is more proof that the incentives are paying off.

RICK SULLIVAN: The companies are coming into Massachusetts. The existing companies are growing in Massachusetts, and they're creating jobs. They're becoming a very important part of the economy.

SHOGREN: Elizabeth Shogren, NPR News, Washington.

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