Solar Money Bags
Hello, and welcome to California Solar Rebates 101. We’re going to keep it so simple, because, heck, we know you’re busy and you just want the bottom line. But before you skip down there, understand this:
- Installation prices are falling, but so are the California subsidies.
- The rebate cash you’ll receive depends on your utility and how many of people have already gone solar.
- The more people go solar within a particular utility, the rebate goes to a lower “step.”
- In Los Angeles, for example, the rebate for an average 4kW solar system is still high because few people have gone solar. In San Francisco, the rebate cash is low because lots of people have gone solar.
- The good news is that the net cost of solar is about the same price, but it’s just not as subsidized in San Francisco.
- Why? Because competition is making solar cheaper in San Francisco and installers are bringing down prices.
- End of lesson
And now for the Bottom Line:
Below is the cash rebate that you can expect right now if you buy an average 4kW solar system. Keep in mind that you may need a smaller–or larger–system for your electricity needs. We’re talking average. If you want a more exact estimate, you can get a free online solar estimate. They’ve got a nifty group purchasing program that makes solar even cheaper, especially in California.
|Sample California Cash Rebates for an Average 4kW Solar Installation|
|San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Northern California, Sonoma||PG&E||$4,400|
|Orange County, Riverside, Parts of Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Santa Barbara||SCE||$7,600|
- Remember that your city may also have extra rebates, such as San Francisco.
- Also, everyone in America gets a 30% Federal Tax Credit on top of every local rebate.
- You may also benefit from other incentives such as net metering, time of use (TOU), tiered rates, and a new feed-in tariff.
- Go solar sooner rather than later.
Last modified: May 16, 2019