State News: California
Solar guide: How to find energy efficiency rebates available in your city and finance your solar panel installation
May 14, 2019
Don't let the upfront cost of solar scare you: there are lots of incentives, rebates & financing options available if you know where to look.
May 13, 2019
Everything you need to know about solar hot water heaters… How do they work and, more importantly, how much they can save you on utility bills.
November 27, 2018
While NEM 2.0 slightly reduces the benefits of going solar, it retains the crucial incentive of net metering. Getting a solar system installed now will lock you into NEM 2.0 for 20 years.
October 14, 2018
The cost of solar panels for homes is currently offset by a 30% federal tax credit and in some instances also supported by other state and utility-based solar incentives or tax credits. Right now many homeowners installing solar panels can get a payb...
August 13, 2018
Installing a solar energy system saves money and helps the environment. By avoiding future utility bills, the system will pay for itself in a few years, but the up-front costs may be more than you have in available cash. Fortunately, there are many f...
June 14, 2018
The cost of a 5kW solar system has fallen almost 50% in the last three years to average $11,200 (after the 30% tax credit). This article explores the best offers currently available on 5kW systems, how much power they produce and how much they save...
April 05, 2018
In the end, there are many options to use solar energy at your home. There is the federal tax credit of up to 30 percent for a system you own. There are also solar loans to help you own a system with no money down and solar leases and PPAs, which giv...
April 02, 2018
Los Angeles is a sun-drenched city of nearly 4 million. Because of its abundant sunshine, incentives, and other variables, the City of Angels has routinely been one of the best communities in the United States to install residential solar energy syst...
March 13, 2018
Californians have taken to installing residential solar energy systems in the greatest numbers of any state in the U.S. All told, solar energy powered 5.207 million homes across the state as of year-end 2016, according to the U.S. Solar Energy Indust...
March 12, 2018
When all is said and done Powerwall 2 is hands down the best solar battery and energy storage solution available in the US market in 2018. But does this make it a good investment?
March 07, 2018
Yes, they are. This is unequivocal. You might as well frame the question differently and ask, “Do you enjoy saving money while saving the planet?” It’s practically a rhetorical question.
March 06, 2018
Solar panels are becoming more affordable than ever. San Francisco has a generous incentive for solar. The GoSolarSF program offers money back per kilowatt of energy. For 2018, this rebate starts at $300 per kilowatt.