California Solar Initiative rebates vary according to system size, customer class, and performance and installation factors. The subsidies automatically decline in “steps” based on the volume of solar megawatts confirmed within each utility service territory.
To qualify, you must buy electricity from one of California’s three investor-owned utilities (Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, or San Diego Gas & Electric), and have roof or ground space that gets unobstructed sunlight from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. year round. Customers of municipal utilities also qualify for incentives through their municipal service provider.
Federal tax credits make solar even more appealing. The US government currently offers residential solar system owners a one-time federal tax credit of 30%. Commercial solar system owners are also offered a 30% tax credit.
In all cases, rebates drop over time. If you want to buy solar power, now is the best time.
- Go Solar! Find a list of local solar systems providers at www.recycleworks.org.
- Stay updated on California rebates. Go to the SGIP Program Information Page
- Find a database for federal and state incentives for renewables and efficiency at www.dsireusa.org.
- For more information on the California Solar Initiative go to www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov.
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