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California Solar Rebates and Incentives

With Solar Community, You Save the Most on Your Solar System!

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Now, more than ever before, going solar has been made both cost-effective and simple for homeowners. Cost-effectiveness is largely assisted by Government-initiated residential solar rebates and incentives, which are in place on a Federal, State and Local level. Simplicity is achieved with Solar Community, as we handle the entire paperwork process for you. By thoroughly researching and matching cost-cutting solar rebates and incentives on a case-by-case basis, we will work hard to ensure the lowest system cost possible for each individual customer. With Solar Community helming the whole procedure, it couldn’t be easier for you!

Federal: Save With a Tax Credit

The same U.S. Federal Credit applies to every new system installation at a flat 30% of the full system price after installation, with no upper limit. Solar Community will provide you with the document necessary to add to your tax forms. The discount comes for you as a tax credit. All applicable photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence and must meet applicable fire and electrical code requirements. For more information on the Federal Tax Credit, click here.

State: Residential State Income Tax Credit

The California Solar Initiative (CSI) provides financial incentives for installing solar technologies through a variety of smaller sub-programs. Of the $3.2 billion in total funding for the CSI, $216 million has been set aside for programs to help fund photovoltaic (PV) installations on low-income housing. Half of that $216 million is funding the Multi-Family Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) program, and the other half is funding the Single-Family Affordable Solar Housing (SASH) Program. The SASH program is being administered on behalf of the investor-owned utilities by GRID Alternatives. Income-eligible customers of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) may participate. In general, the household's total income must be 80% of the area median income (AMI) or less.

Twenty percent of the total funds for the SASH program ($21,668,000) will be dedicated to providing fully subsidized 1 - 1.2 kW systems to qualifying households. Qualifying households are owner-occupied and the total income for the household is up to 50% of AMI. Households making more than 50% of AMI, but less than 80% of AMI can be eligible for a partially subsidized system. More information is available on the SASH website.

Local: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Priority Service for Green Buildings

In March 2007, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commissioners adopted a policy of expedited permitting for buildings that are designed to meet USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards. The policy provides for expedited processes for water and electrical connections for new construction or for building retrofits. When applications are submitted to the LADWP, any projects that meet the LEED silver standard will be labeled "Green Building" and will receive priority treatment. The LADWP will also work with applicants to find other incentives to assist the project. More information is available on the LADWP New Installation web site.

Local: Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SREC)

Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) represent the renewable attributes of solar generation, bundled in minimum denominations of one megawatt-hour (MWh) of production.

The environmental attributes of solar-generated electricity, or Solar Renewable Energy Credits are not tradable as compliance commodities. This means there is no secondary market for Solar Renewable Energy Credits (“SRECs”) in California. However, this may change. However, a new bill in the State Assembly proposes a legal framework for a secondary SREC market in California, but the details of this new bill have not yet been finalized.


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If you have any questions or want more information, you can contact us by email or just call us at 877.652.7674.

 
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“It is my pleasure to recommend Solar Community as your trusted solar installers. I have been working with the company for almost a year now and am appreciative of their dedication in helping GVEC meet its solar goals.”

- Blake Beavers
Renewable Energy Consultant
Guadalupe Valley Electric CoOp

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