Oakland Solar Panels

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How to Use the Solar Calculator

The best way to learn about local rebates, your home’s energy potential, and your eventual return on investment is to use our ModSun Solar Cost Calculator (see above). Enter your home address in the box, then click Check My Roof. You’ll get an instant picture of your roof’s productivity, your average energy expenses, and installation costs in your area—whether you decide to buy or loan. We’ll also provide system size recommendations and information about rebates and incentives you may be eligible for. Just select More Info under each purchasing strategy to learn more, and then connect with a solar pro.


How to Use the Solar Calculator (Heading 2)

The best way to learn about local rebates, your home’s energy potential, and your eventual return on investment is to use our ModSun Solar Cost Calculator (see above). Enter your home address in the box, then click Check My Roof. You’ll get an instant picture of your roof’s productivity, your average energy expenses, and installation costs in your area—whether you decide to buy or loan. We’ll also provide system size recommendations and information about rebates and incentives you may be eligible for. Just select More Info under each purchasing strategy to learn more, and then connect with a solar pro.

Oakland California

California is one of the world leaders when it comes to solar and other types of renewable energy. Oakland is one of California’s top ten cities for solar production and is recognized as one of the United States leading cities for sustainability, having won several “green city” awards. Oakland’s mild climate and sunny days are ideal for solar power production.

As you may already know, solar power requires plenty of sunshine to produce electricity, and with approximately 300 sunny days each year, the Oakland area has a distinct advantage. Another (less obvious) advantage Oakland carries is its mild and cool temperatures, which allow the electronics inside a solar panel system to work at maximum efficiency. This allows Oakland residents to reap even more of the solar benefits versus areas with more sunshine but hotter temperatures.

Solar Incentives for Oakland, California

Although it is never too late to enjoy the many benefits of solar power, the longer you wait, the less likely you are to profit from the incentives and rebates designed to promote solar power.

Residential Energy Tax Credit

The Federal Residential Energy Tax Credit program provides a tax credit equal to 30-percent of the cost of your solar panel system, and is set to expire at the end of 2016. Therefore, if you were on the fence regarding solar power, it would be to your benefit to install the system before the program expires to help cover your out-of-pocket expense.

Net Metering

Net metering allows solar panel owners to receive credit on any electric they use from the grid based on excess electric produced by their panels and contributed to the grid. The buyback rates are favorable at this time, but according to Solar Power World Online, plans are in the works to tip the scales in favor of the big utility companies in the future. California’s current net metering program is set to expire in 2017 or once the program reaches 5-percent of peak demand, whichever comes first. It is to your benefit to take advantage of this program now, before it expires, as existing customers will be grandfathered in for an additional twenty years. Once it expires, new customers will be subjected to the new rates.

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California Property Tax Exclusion

Another great solar incentive all California residents can benefit from is the California Property Tax Exclusion for solar energy systems. To help defray the costs associated with installation of a solar power, California has initiated a tax exemption for the value it adds to your home. This means the property value increase resulting from solar power installation will not be subjected to property taxes. This could provide you with substantial savings as most solar systems average around $20.000 dollars with the 100-percent of the systems costs adding straight to your property value.

Paying for a Solar Panel System

There are several options to obtain a solar power system. You can purchase the system outright, lease the equipment, or enter a purchase power agreement “PPA” with a third party owner.

Buying the System Outright

The initial cost of installing a solar power system might be out of reach for many home and business owners. However, you can borrow the money from a bank or lending institution and still enjoy a great return on investment (ROI). Buying your system outright allows you to take ownership of any rebates and incentives, receive credits for any power contributed to the grid and provides the electricity they produce to you free of charge.

Leasing and Power Purchase Agreements

Leasing a solar panel system means you pay a monthly fee for the equipment but are still entitled to the energy it generates. The main drawback to a solar panel lease is you forfeit your rights to any rebates including both federal and state tax credits. A power purchase agreement, although similar to a lease, works a bit differently by selling you the electric the solar panels generate at a set price. Your savings are realized by paying less per KW hour than you would from a big utility company. With both a lease and a PPA, the solar company with whom you enter the agreement owns and maintains the solar panel system.

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