Posted by Todd Filbrun on Tue, Dec 25, 2012 @ 09:00 AM
Investing in residential solar systems is an excellent way to reduce monthly electricity expenses and save money in the long run. The government has also made it easier for you to save money in the short term with Federal and state tax credits for investments in renewable energy.
California has some of the most valuable tax incentives for going solar, at both the state and local level, depending on where you live. Work with your solar provider to ensure that you are eligible for certain programs, and review the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) before you buy. Some of the current California tax incentives for residential solar systems include:
- California Solar Initiative PV incentives - This program offers cash back for installing a grid-connected solar system on your home. In order to qualify you must be a customer of Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison or San Diego Gas & Electric. However, most utility companies have a solar rebate so check with your own electricity provider for details. Your equipment must also be installed by a licensed professional and have a minimum 10-year warranty. There are some other requirements for the equipment, so be sure to work closely with your solar provider if you intend to claim this rebate.
- County rebates - San Francisco and Marin counties have their own local rebate programs for PV installations. In San Francisco, residential solar systems qualify for a rebate of $2,000, with an additional $750 if you use a local installer. The Marin County rebate is for $500.
- City rebates - Many cities in California have their own solar utility rebate programs. The details and requirements vary depending on the city. The DSIRE website outlines all the available local utility rebate programs, so be sure to check whether you are eligible in your area.
- Property tax exclusion for solar energy systems - You may be able to reduce your property tax by up to 100% of the cost of your solar installation. Work with your County Assessor to ensure that you meet the requirements.
If you are considering installing a solar power system for your home or business, work with the professionals at Kurios Energy. We'll provide a free evaluation to help you determine what type of system is right for you.