TALLAHASSEE, Fla - People who were promised rebates for installing solar panels on their homes may only get half of what the state owes them.
More than 13-thousand people who bought solar because of the promised rebate are still waiting for their checks. The state legislature says it will pay at least half, but many say that’s not good enough.
The state owes 52 million dollars, but it only has 32 million dollars in the rebate fund.
The original form typed up by the state seems to promise a full rebate, but this summer a paragraph was added giving the legislature authority to reduce the amount of the rebates.
The Governor’s Energy Office is still reviewing the rebate program to decide how much money people seeking a rebate should be paid.
Legislative leaders say once everyone is paid they’ll shut the program down and look for different ways to expand Florida’s solar marker during the 2011 session in March.