California Solar Energy Rebates and Incentives for 2013
Most California solar energy rebates and incentives are funded by fixed amounts of state-allocated money. It can be difficult to predict when a given California solar incentive’s funds will run out and the incentive will become unavailable, so it’s always better to get started with solar sooner rather than later to ensure you take advantage of as much rebate money as possible. Our CA solar installation service includes identifying and applying for all available incentives on your behalf so you can get every possible dollar back.
California Government Solar Energy Rebates and Incentives
Many new residential solar PV systems qualify California homeowners for a property tax exemption up to the full amount of the system’s cost.
California Utility Solar Energy Rebates and Incentives
Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric are three of California’s largest electricity providers, and their customers’ solar rebates and incentives are handled through a program called the California Solar Initiative. Customers of most other California utilities can qualify for rebates as well, though not through the CSI program.
The California Solar Initiative’s funds are almost depleted. Only San Diego Gas & Electric has rebate money still available. If you are a customer of theirs and your property receives continuous sunlight from 11am – 6pm, get started today
for your best chance to capitalize on this rebate!
Low-income (SASH and MASH) and new construction (NSHP) rebates are also handled by the CSI.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) offers an up-front, lump sum incentive payment based on your solar electric system’s expected production. The payment calculation is based on a number of factors, but it is in effect both an up-front and performance-based rebate rolled into one (and delivered up-front), which makes going solar that much easier for LADWP customers.
The LADWP also offers a feed-it tariff rebate structure for systems between 30kW and 3MW. Incentive payment rates begin at $0.17/kWh produced and decline as more systems utilizing the tariff come online. LADWP customers may choose the Solar Incentive Program or the Feed-in Tariff, but not both.
Customers of Moreno Valley Electric Utility who purchase solar PV systems are eligible for a rebate of up to $14,000 or 50% of the installed system’s cost, whichever is smaller. Systems must be between 1 kW and 30 kW in size.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is providing loans up to $30,000 for the purchase of a solar PV system. The loan is at 8.57% and must be repaid in 10 years.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) offers grid-tied system owners a $0.20/AC Watt incentive. Since AC Watts are used to calculate the incentive, its amount is based on expected system performance.
Residential customers of Turlock Irrigation District can receive an incentive for new grid-tied solar PV installations of $1.13/AC Watt. This incentive is capped at 50% of the installed system cost.
Other 2013 California Solar Energy Rebates and Incentives
Residents of unincorporated Marin County and Marin County employees can get a $500 rebate for solar PV systems.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is offering homeowners who install solar PV systems 1 kW or larger a cash incentive. The incentive is $2,000 – $2,750 in most cases, but lower-income homes can qualify for up to $10,000.