The city of Boston has launched a brand new pilot program to encourage home owners to invest in their own solar power installations.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino launched Renew Boston’s Residential Solar Pilot plan this week, offering rebates to bring down the costs of tiny solar projects.

The program is feasible on account of a $140,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) for tiny residential solar photovoltaic (PV) installations by providing matching rebates to Massachusetts Clean Power Center’s Commonwealth Solar II system.

Typical residential rebates are anticipated to range from $1,000 to $3,000 furthermore to state and federal incentives and will bring regular payback of a residential PV installation to under 4 years.Participating Boston residents are essential to invest in power efficiency enhancements and must also full an energy assessment from Renew Boston or MassSave.

“Our ambitious climate action method demands residents and organizations to try and do their component in embracing clean energy options,” Mayor Menino said. “Our new solar incentive program will aid residents take the next step in greening their residence by way of solar power, saving funds on utility expenses and producing green jobs.”

Mayor Menino created the announcement in the residence of Jamaica Plain residents Katharine Kilbourn and Scott Shear who installed a solar panels program on their roof this spring. Utilizing Boston-area based SunBug Solar, Katharine and Scott installed a 4.6 kW technique which powers 90% of their annual property electrical energy desires and on a sunny day supplies extra power back to the electricity grid.