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PG&E, SCE and SDG&E- The California Solar Initiative

In 2007 the California Solar Initiative was launched in part to help homeowners who are customers of PG&E, SCE and SDG&E go solar by providing a rebate. The program was designed to lower the rebate levels over time as the industry grew in scale. The program did its job and the cost of solar has significantly declined with increased scale and innovation. Today solar is more affordable than ever in these service territories and saving customers thousands on their utility bills. 

All residents of California are eligible for the federal solar tax credit, which reduces the cost of going solar whether you decide to purchase your system or go via a solar lease or ppa. 

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

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.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District also offers homeowners solar rebates based on expected system performance. See the SMUD website for more information on their solar rebate program.

Full Value of CA Solar Rebates

With Sunrun, you'll get the full value of CA solar incentives passed back to you, without having to file for the rebate yourself. Find out how much you can save for your home.

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History of California Solar Incentives

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.

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