PG&E Customers MUST go solar by April 1st! New Net Metering policies in California are set to hurt your solar savings potential if you don’t go solar before they take effect.

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Utility and Tax Incentives

Federal, state, and local governments understand the importance of sustainable energy and the high costs associated with traditional power sources. Utility companies can’t afford to maintain their infrastructure costs as homes use more and more power. That’s why, in most cases, utility and tax incentives can save customers well over 50% on the cost of energy.*
*Ask your representative about which incentive you’re eligible to receive. Please consult a tax advisor on your ability to claim these nonrefundable tax credits.

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California Incentives

California offers many state and local incentives for going solar. One of the most popular and now most controversial is Net Metering (NEM). NEM offers homeowners the ability to earn credits for any excess solar electricity sent to the grid when the solar panel system generates more than needed.

However, be aware, that after years of back and forth, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted unanimously on December 15, 2022, to approve California’s third iteration of net metering, or NEM 3.0. This will significantly reduce net metering compensation rates for new California solar customers (by about 75 percent). However, you still have through April 13, 2023, to submit a completed interconnection application and lock in NEM 2.0 rates for 20 years. Read more in our blog. 

Federal Investment Tax Credit – 30%

The solar investment tax credit (ITC) is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the income taxes that a person or company claiming the credit would otherwise pay the federal government. The federal ITC is based on 30% of the homeowner’s cost to install solar. On leased systems, SunPower® collects this incentive and passes the savings on to the homeowner. Don’t wait, prices for solar equipment are on the rise!

Learn how you can save with a Federal Tax Investment Credit
With solar you can save on bills - and add value to your property
Property Tax Exemption – 100% through 2024

Installing solar panels on your home increases its value up to 20 times your annual energy bill savings. We don’t think you should be penalized for your sustainable decision and many state legislators agree! Until the end of 2024, new solar installations will be subject to no additional property taxes based on their assessed value.

Increase Home Value

Having a residential solar energy system on your property is known as a capital improvement which adds to your property’s value. This means that you can potentially sell your home faster and for more than homes without solar. Your investment in efficient, clean solar power also adds to the tax basis of your home. If you sell the home, this tax basis investment can be deducted from the sale’s price, reducing the amount of the price that is counted as profit. This reduces the taxes taken from the sale and may be able to help you avoid capital gains taxes on appreciation.

Your investment in efficient, clean solar power also adds to the tax basis of your home.

California Solar Initiative Program

CSI Trigger Tracker (Current Rebate Levels)
CSI Official Handbook
World-Record Solar Technology Panels – Rated #1 For Durability & Cost-Effectiveness
SCE CSI Application Forms
PG&E Home Energy Audit
SCE Home Energy Audit
SDG&E Home Energy Audit
Home Energy Efficiency Disclosure Form
Field Verification Certification Form

Go Solar California CSI Home Page
CSI EPBB Calculator: Determining Design Factor for Rebate
PG&E CSI Application Forms
CCSE CSI Application Forms
PG&E Business Energy Audit
SCE Business Energy Audit
SDG&E Business Energy Audit
Business Energy Efficiency Disclosure Form
Assembly Bill 920 And Changes To Net Energy Metering (NEM)