With the largest solar incentive programs in the nation, California is a leader in solar power.
California offers rebates in a step-down program and the rebates are dropping fast. Now is the best time for homeowners to go solar, in order to take advantage of existing CA solar incentives.
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The California Solar Initiative (CSI) is the solar rebate program for homeowners who are customers of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).
Launched in 2007, CSI rebates were forecast to last 10 years, but they are going faster than expected. Homeowners should go solar now to take advantage of remaining rebates.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power offers solar rebates that are based on the estimated performance of the home solar system. The utility company calculates the estimated production of the system and gives the homeowner a one-time payment for 20 years of production. For more information on the rebate program, see the LADWP solar incentives page.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District also offers homeowners solar incentives based on expected system performance. See the SMUD website for more information on their solar rebate program.
Rebate levels are always changing. For up to date information on all California solar rebate programs, visit DSIRE, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, or the individual solar rebate programs websites.
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It took a lot of steps to get where we are today.
Beginning in 1998, rebates for small solar energy systems were managed under the Emerging Renewables Program (ERP) at the California Energy Commission. In 2001, a second program that covered rebates for larger systems--over 30 kW--was assigned to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) through the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP).
In August 2004, Governor Schwarzenegger affirmed his support for solar energy, and announced the Million Solar Roofs program. Dubbed the California Solar Initiative (CSI) by the CPUC, the goal is to support growth in home solar to one million solar roofs in California by 2018.
In January 2007, the State of California launched Go Solar California, which included two new solar incentive programs, with slightly modified program requirements compared to the older programs. The Energy Commission provides incentives to energy efficient new home construction under the New Solar Homes Partnership. All other existing homes in investor-owned utilities (Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric) receive rebates from the CPUC-administered program, the California Solar Initiative (CSI).
The new framework also included a major shift in the way solar rebates were calculated - how many dollars you receive for your rebate is now based on performance factors such as the orientation, tilt, and location of your solar electric system. The intention was to make sure all home solar electric systems installed were designed to generate the most solar electricity possible.