Frequently asked questions about going solar in California:
What solar incentives are available in California?
California has a long history of supporting renewable energy. The California Solar Initiative supported solar installations in California. The rebates from this program have all been used, however the cost of solar has come down so significantly that it still makes sense for most California homeowners. Additionally, California homeowners still benefit from the Federal Incentive Tax Credit. Learn more about California solar energy incentives and rebates.
How do most Californians go solar?
Homeowners have several choices when it comes to paying for a home solar power system. The first option is to purchase the system (from savings or a loan). The second option is to choose a solar lease or PPA. The majority of California homeowners choose a solar lease or PPA when going solar - just about 70% in 2013.** In most areas of California, Sunrun offers the ability to purchase and to get solar through a lease or PPA. You choose the solution that works best for you.
Will I get solar credits from my utility company?
When you go solar with Sunrun in California, you stay connected to the utility grid. This allows you to make the most of the electricity your panels produce by net metering your solar power. When your panels generate more power than your home needs, the excess is sent into the utility grid. You receive credit for this power, which then offsets future purchases of electricity from the grid, a system called net metering. This lowers your utility bills and maximizes the benefits of your solar system. You get the benefits of net metering in all cases - whether you decide to purchase your system or go with a lease or PPA.
Where is Sunrun available in California?
Sunrun is available to about 90% of California homeowners including the utilities of PG&E, SCE SDG&E, and LADWP. Learn more about the California utilities where we operate.
If I go solar with Sunrun, who will do my installation?
Depending on where you live in California, Sunrun or one of our certified installer partners will do the installation. We partner city-by-city with local California installers. They not only know the ins and outs of installing in your neighborhood, it also keeps thousands of jobs local. See a list of our California partners.