Sunshine is essential for solar energy, which is why it’s no surprise California is the number one state for solar, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. The Golden State is home to five of the top 10 solar cities in the country, including Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Jose. It is a state-wide initiative to run on 33 percent renewable energy by 2020, which means there are countless California solar power rebates and incentives for homeowners like you.
The Financial Benefits of Going Solar
With most cities averaging 250+ days of sunshine, California is the ideal location for supplying your home with year-round savings on your utility bill. California also offers multiple rebates and incentives for homeowners.
Here are four reasons why solar panels are an excellent investment:
Reduce Your Electricity Bills
According to EnergySage.com, the typical American family spends more than $1,430 a year on electricity alone. Solar energy can help dramatically offset that bill.
In California, the average 20-year savings after a solar panel installation is $29,424. With a payback time of fewer than ten years, California is ranked third in the country for return on a solar panel investment.
Increase the Value of Your Home
Research has shown that homes with solar panel installations can sell for $15,000 more than the original sale price. Southern California homes increased their average value by 3.8 percent— the equivalent of $20,194 in added value.
Pay Zero Property Taxes on Your Solar System
Through 2024, qualifying California homes with new installations are exempt from paying state property taxes on their solar installations. This incentive can save homeowners up to 70 percent on installation costs.
Avoid Rising Energy Costs
The average per-kilowatt cost of residential electricity increases 2.2 percent each year. By switching to solar, you can significantly decrease —or even eliminate— your energy bill and avoid this increase in annual utility costs.
Find Solar Power Rebates and Offers Near You
Solar energy is a long-term investment. California offers multiple rebates and incentives to help homeowners manage the cost of a solar investment.
Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit
This national rebate program allows homeowners to deduct 30 percent of a solar installation cost from federal taxes. In 2017, this credit saved the average Californian $5,000 on their solar panel system.
Depending on your region, you may qualify for some very generous rebates. San Francisco offers local rebates between $500- $2,800. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power offers residents rebates up to $1,500. Learn about California solar rebates in your area.
Get Rewarded for Unused Electricity
California utility companies use net metering to buy unused solar power and credit homeowners for the energy that is supplied back to the grid.
Single-Family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) Program
If you meet certain income criteria and are a customer of Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, or San Diego Gas and Electric, you may qualify for rebates as high as $10,000 through fixed, up-front incentives that help offset the cost of your system.
Power Purchase Agreement: Under a PPA, a homeowner can buy the energy that solar panels produce—rather than the system itself—for a reduced cost.
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