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2017 Guide to California Solar Rebates: What Are They and Who Offers Them?

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As of early 2017, 10 utilities in California still offer solar rebates.

The golden age of California solar rebates – the time when homeowners could walk away with $2.50/watt from their utility just for installing solar on their roof – is long gone. Back in the late 2000s and early 2010s, pretty much any homeowner could get some fantastic rebates for going solar. It didn’t matter what utility you had – you could easily get thousands for your mid-sized solar installation.

Today, just 10 mostly small utilities offer rebates for solar installations. You might be wondering what happened? Did we go wrong somewhere? Do we no longer value solar?Continue reading

California Solar Rights Act: What Is It?

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What is the California Solar Rights Act and why is it important? Do states really need to protect solar rights?

These are all questions you might have swirling around your head. Maybe you heard horror stories about HOAs fining homeowners who go solar or blocking solar installations completely. Could that happen to you? What about the California Solar Rights Act specifically, how does that work?Continue reading

PG&E Tiers and California’s New Net Metering Rates

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Future solar homeowners take note: PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric) is introducing new regulations for net metering customers.

In the past, net metering customers could choose between PG&E tiers or time-of-use (TOU) rates. However, in January 2016 the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) – the organization responsible for regulation over the state’s investor-owned utilities: PG&E, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison – passed a decision, known as the Net Energy Metering Successor Tariff, that will tweak net metering (also known as net energy metering, or NEM) agreements going forward.Continue reading

San Diego Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in San Diego

Thinking about installing solar panels in San Diego, but don’t know where to start?

You’ve got questions floating around in your mind: How much can you save? What type of financing should you choose? What incentives are available? Is the process fast?

Going solar can initially seem confusing. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! We’ve outlined all of this and more to make installing solar panels in San Diego a super easy process.

For a broader state overview, see our California Overview page.

   

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What is the Average Electricity Bill in Los Angeles?

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What’s the average electricity bill in Los Angeles and how do you make it more affordable?

When it comes to your electricity bill, do you know how much you are spending per month on powering your home or business in Los Angeles? Did you know that there are several different factors that influence how much your monthly electric bill will rise or decline? That’s right – you can make your electricity bill more affordable in many different ways.

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California Solar Tax Credit: What you Need to Know about the California Solar Initiative

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The California Solar Tax Credit is the California Solar Initiative

California is the biggest market for residential solar in the country. In fact, among the 10 states with the most solar, California alone has more solar than all the others combined! I think we can safely say that in California the solar industry – unlike in other states where solar is only now just catching on – is a matured industry, with a lot of experience and growth under its belt.Continue reading

What are the Best Solar Companies in California?

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The Golden state is a fantastic place for going solar power – but how do you choose among best solar companies in California?

With such a high popularity, it should be no surprise that there are hundreds of solar installers in the state, all vying for your business. Whilst this means you’re spoilt for choice, it also means it can be hard to pick someone out of the crowd. We’ve taken a look at the available options, to try and help you find the best solar panel companies in California.

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What is the Best Place to Buy Solar Panels in the US?

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For most of us, moving to a new state because solar panels produce more electricity there or they have higher financial incentives for going solar just simply isn’t going to happen. Even if you’re not moving, it’s good to know what other states offer to compare to your own situation, so you can know how your situation compares to others.

The best place to buy solar panels..

Below, we’ve chosen the best states to install solar using a variety of criteria, with an overall winner (and overall loser…) based on numerous criteria at the bottom.Continue reading

Apple Energy to Be the First Solar Utility?

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Apple Energy: Some strange solar news from Apple has the rumor mill abuzz

On June 6, Apple’s new, fully owned subsidiary Apple Energy filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), for a permit to sell solar electricity and flexible grid services on the open electricity markets all over the USA – starting August 6.

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Top Four Dumbest Reasons to Put Off Going Solar

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Anyone who works in the solar biz will attest to the fact that we humans are pretty good at procrastinating. But some of the reasons that people give to put off going solar are based on an incorrect assumption.

Here are the top 4 common mistakes in understanding solar, and why these errors should not hinder you from enjoying clean solar energy.

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