House Bill 589, the 2017 Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina law, has been approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC). That means Duke Energy will be awarding a total of $62 million to customers to help offset upfront costs associated with installing solar systems. The rebates for qualified projects are 60 cents per watt, capped at 10 kW, for residences. They are 50 cents per watt for commercial properties, and 75 cents per watt for nonprofit establishments, and both those amounts are capped at 100kW. Federal tax credits will not be affected. The law also allows people to install leased solar panels. Interested parties may sign up for the rebates this summer. Two other parts of HB 589 awaiting approval by the NCUC would launch Shared Solar, which will allow customers to use the output of a nearby solar apparatus, and Green Source Advantage, which will allow large customers to purchase or generate their own solar power. Duke now has over 6,000 customers with private solar systems contributing to a combined capacity of 50MW. The utility expects to triple that amount in the next five years.