Make a solid decision about solar
The cost of solar installations has continued to fall while the expertise and number of local and regional contractors has continued to climb.
For those who purchase a solar system, a federal tax credit offsets up to 30% of the installation cost through 2019. This percentage will fall by 4% every two years until the end of 2021. The state of California provides a property tax exclusion up to 100% though 2024.
Paying in cash makes a lot of sense. You own the system and with the cost of solar declining, you can expect to fully recoup your up front costs within 5 to 10 years with an internal rate of return of 15 to 25%. Even if you don’t pay cash, your PG&E bills will likely be much lower right away.
Coming Winter 2017: Our solar provider selection tool will help you find a contractor that meets your needs.
The City, local contractors, and local organizations have supported the installation of over 2,000 solar systems. Our community is now well practiced in this process and is ready for you!
Renewable energy in the form of a solar photovoltaic array on your rooftop has the potential to fully power your home as well as provide excess power.
Energy independence is a critical step in the journey towards a stable and secure future for our children.
Work with your contractor on your system plan to power an electric vehicle. You will live and drive solar!
Temperatures are rising but solar energy deployed across our community will contribute to a cooler planet and a better quality of life for all.
A purchased solar system could very easily pay for itself within 5 to 10 years. Some homeowners view solar as a solid financial investment as well as an effective way to downsize their monthly bills.
There are installation options for every budget. Solar systems can be purchased with cash, financed with a personal bank loan, financed via a PACE property tax assessed loan, or leased with no up front costs.
Don’t let a bit of shade deter you from checking out solar. New technologies or simple tree trimming might be the solution you need.
Don’t be shy to ask about the number and type of installations including rooftops. Check out their license with the state and look for online reviews.
If possible, try to get a general idea of the system you want before asking for a formal bid, then ask each of the three to bid on a similar system so it’s easier to compare. View our Solar: Hire the Right Contractor Cool Solutions page for details about warranties.
Solar systems usually last about as long as a roof, at the same time sections of roof can often be repaired to accommodate a solar system. Remove and replace clauses can protect you if the roof fails before the solar system.
Comparing your bid to the average and calculating total system cost per watt can give you an idea of whether your bid is in the ballpark.
If you have the funds, paying in cash is certainly an attractive option. But leases help you get in the door with no out of pocket costs and no responsibility for monitoring or maintenance. PPAs come with contract details that define what you pay for electricity and what happens if you move.
Local banks and credit unions offer a variety of secured and unsecured loan options, while a PACE loan attaches the payments to your property tax bill.
The federal tax credit has been extended through 2019 but at decreasing rates until the end of 2021.
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Solar Energy Basics, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
EnergyKIDS: Solar Basics, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
City Council Resolution Solar Goals (Staff Report May 24, 2016)
Contractors State Licensing Board, State of California
Homeowners Guide to the Federal Investment Tax Credit, NC Clean Energy Technology Center
Federal Tax Credits: Solar Energy Systems, EnergyStar
Solar Energy Property Tax Incentive, California Board of Equalization
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Programs, Center for Sustainable Energy
“City protects your right to let the sun shine,” Preston Morgan, Esq.
Shade Issues No Problem for This Solar System, Cool Davis Solar Story
When Going Solar Does Not Make Sense, RepowerYolo
Living the EV-PV Dream, Personal journey by Berkeley-based blogger
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