State News: California
California solar financing: Ygrene vs. HERO Program
February 13, 2020
Comparing Ygrene Energy Fund and Renovate America’s HERO Program PACE financing options for California homeowners.
A breakdown of California’s SGIP battery rebate
September 26, 2019
SGIP, California’s battery storage rebate program, is now available to residential and commercial properties looking to install batteries to reduce their reliance on the grid.
Is renting Tesla solar panels better than buying them?
August 21, 2019
Tesla’s rent solar program promises easy installation & minimal upfront costs. You’ll just have to forfeit your tax credits and rebates. We discuss whether or not it's worth it.
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.
How much will a solar water heater save me? Advantages of solar water heaters explained
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.
Everything you need to know about California Net Metering 2.0 in 2020
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.
The key things you need to know about solar panels for home in 2020
October 14, 2018
Are solar panels for home now so cheap that even zero down offers will save you a lot of money?
What is the best option to finance your solar installation?
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...
How much does a 5kW solar system cost in your city?
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...
Are Solar Panels Worth it in Oakland?
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...
Are solar panels worth it in Los Angeles?
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...
Assessing the Value of Residential Solar in Orange County, California
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...