California, with its abundant natural resources, has a long history of support for renewable energy.
California Solar Initiative
California Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) was signed into law in 2006 and provides $2.1 billion to be used over 10 years for incentives to build commercial and residential solar systems in a program called the California Solar Initiative (CSI). Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Regional Energy Office (SDREO) will be the administering entities for these incentives, and beginning January 1st, 2007 the CSI will pay performance-based incentives and estimated performance-based incentives for new solar installations.
Residential/ Small Commercial Incentives
For systems less then 100kW AC in size, the state will pay an upfront, one time payment on the system’s expected performance known as Expected Performance Based Buydown (EPBB). This is based on various factors such as location, tilt, azimuth and shading. The efficiency percentage of your system is used to calculate your rebate, our systems have the highest efficiency percentage in the industry, which directly conveys to dollars in your pocket.
For systems over 100kW AC up to 1 Megawatt in size are eligible for the actual performance of the system over a 5 year period. The commercial system owner will receive monthly payments based on the number of kWh produced and what part of the rebate they were locked into. These rates are designed to decline over time, so please contact a California Solar Systems solar sales consultant as soon as possible to make sure you qualify for the highest rebate possible.
Added Incentives by Area (in addition to the rebates)
Here are some incentives that are in addition to your local utility rebates and the 30% Federal Tax Credit that you may not be aware of that could be available in your area.
Cities – (links below are to external websites)
Anaheim - Permit Fee Waiver for Energy Efficiency
Azusa - Over Production Payback
Fullerton - Green Building Fee Waiver
Long Beach - Residential Solar Water Heating Rebate Program
Palo Alto Utilities - Renewable Energy Credit Purchase Program
San Bernardino County - Green Building Incentive
San Diego - Green Building Program
Sonoma County - Energy Independence Program (SCEIP)
California - Feed-In Tariff
California - Property Tax Exclusion for Solar Energy Systems
California - Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program (addition to CSI Thermal – see below)
California Solar Initiative - Solar Water Heating Rebate Program
California Energy Commission - New Solar Homes Partnership
The CPUC’s California Solar Initiative (CPUC ruling – R.04-03-017) moved the consumer renewable energy rebate program for existing homes from the Energy Commission to the utility companies under the direction of the CPUC. This incentive program also provides cash back for solar energy systems of less than one megawatt to existing and new commercial, industrial, government, nonprofit, and agricultural properties. The CSI has a budget of $2 billion over 10 years, and the goal is to reach 1,940 MW of installed solar capacity by 2016.
The Energy Commission’s New Solar Homes Partnership, a $400 million program, offers incentives to encourage solar installations, with high levels of energy efficiency, in the residential new construction market for investor-owned electric utility service areas. The goal of the NSHP is to install 400 MW of capacity by 2016.