Solar Energy in The Golden State

California has the largest solar market in the nation. The Golden State has installed over 32,393.6 megawatts of solar capacity, which is enough to power over 8.4 million homes and also has the highest percentage of electricity generated from solar (24.25%). 

According to the SEIA (Solar Energy Industry Association), California ranks 1st in the national for the number of solar system installed to date. There are numerous solar incentives, pro-solar policies and favorable weather all year round which makes going solar for homeowners in California a no-brainer. 


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What solar incentives are available in California?

In addition to drastically reducing or eliminating your electric bills and contributing to a cleaner environment.. you can also benefit from several local and federal incentives.

These incentives and programs are designed by the government to encourage homeowners to go solar.

The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is a federal tax credit for qualified
customers who purchase solar energy systems for residential properties.

The credit is worth 26% of the total cost of the system and is applied to the homeowners income tax. In 2023 the ITC will be reduced to 22% and it will no longer be available after 2024.  

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Net-metering is a utility billing system that offers a credit to residential and business customers who are making excess electricity with their solar systems and sending it back to the grid. California homeowners with solar are able to sell back the excess energy produced by their system. 

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Provided by the California Public Utilities Commission Commercial (CPUC), the Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) is designed to encourage homeowners and local businesses to install technologies that reduce their reliance on the grid.

The SGIP rebate is one of the best solar incentives in the nation and it is only available in California. Rebate amounts are about $350 per kilowatt hour, or a battery storage incentive that covers 35% of the cost of the energy storage system.

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Unlike other home improvements like new kitchens, additions or pools, California homeowners never have to worry about the government adding property taxes to their home when they install a solar energy and backup battery system.

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The CSI Single-Family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) Program provides an up-front incentive to help low-income single family households with the initial costs of going solar. 

California also provides a similar incentive known as Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) program. 

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