Call (888) 338-0183 or click here for solar pricing


California Solar Power State Rebates

California compared to the rest of the United States is ahead of the game in solar power and renewable energy in general. Why is California leading the charge in the USA to become more energy independent and why is the state giving so much money back to businesses and homeowners to acquire solar power? California, even though it’s just one State within the United States is one of the biggest energy hogs in the entire world. California has been through an energy crisis in the past, it’s a no brainier for the state to invest in renewable energy since the California has a powerhouse economy that has a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) more significant than most nations. When I speak to consumers who are interested in solar power outside of California they feel that Solar Power is so “peachy keen” out here, but in reality its far from the best it can be. Obvisouly the Califoria state solar power rebates is the reason the solar power market out here is booming but the process is difficult for consumers to obtain the rebates. The rebate paperwork for solar power in california can be more difficult then installing solar power itself! The paperwork is as thick as a book, so it can be very overwhelming for a first timer. There are two types of rebates californians can qualify for Solar Power: Expected Performance Based Buydown (EPBB) – is an upfront rebate program funded as part of the California Solar Initative, systems under 100kW are eligible for the EPBB rebate. The EPBB Rebate is based on location, system size, orientation and the rebate level at time of finished installation. Performance Based Incentive (PBI) – a program in which rebates are paid based on energy production, designed to benefit owners of larger solar power systems The current PBI program in California pays solar system owners monthly for energy produced for 5 years. Rebate levels decline as more people in california install solar...

Read More

Solar panel buying stampede

Since the federal tax credits are disappearing the end of this year (December, 31 2008), and there is no extension in sight, there’s a stampede of people and organizations deciding to go solar by the end of this year which is also causing a supply issue with solar panels because of the high demand, manufactures capacity and supply of silicon is causing a bottleneck in the industry. Some members in congress have been trying to push through legislation that would extend the federal tax credit for installing wind or solar power beyond 2009 although the legislation is have a difficult time finding where the money would come from to support tax credits for renewable energy. So if your one the fence about going solar or buying wind power you have 8 more months to benefit from the federal tax credit unless legislation is passed by congress by the end of this...

Read More

Department of Energy provides funding for America’s top solar cities

Today, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman made a public announcement that the DOE will be funding 2.4 million dollars to 12 cities across the country. These Solar America cities have been chosen for their commitment to the deployment of solar technologies. Cities selected as Solar America Cities will receive 0,000 (doesn’t sound like much, but it’s better than nothing) to implement a variety of solar technologies throughout the cities. The funded cities include: Denver, CO Houston, TX Knoxville, TN Milwaukee, WI Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN Orlando, FL Philadelphia, PA Sacramento, CA San Antonio, TX San Jose, CA Santa Rosa, CA Seattle, WA In addition to the funding the DOE will provide technical assistance to the cities for them to implement solar technologies. The cities will be free to implement various renewable energy technologies from solar water heating, photovoltaics to concentrating solar...

Read More

Don’t Expect $1/watt solar power for your home anytime soon.

There has been so much buzz in the market about Nanosolar’s /Watt that I decided to touch up on this subject. I have actually spoken to residential consumers who have read the press about Nanosolar goal to deliver solar modules at /Watt (which is competitive to coal). When people ask me what I think about Nanosolar, I feel they are a great company, with a strong management team, and will be able to deliver on their promises, but everyone will not benefit from Nanosolar’s technology, especially homeowners. Nanosolar maybe able to offer very cheap thin film to the market but the only ones who will be able to benefit from the solar panels will be commercial enterprises who have A LOT of surface area to make up for the low efficiency put out by the Nanosolar panels. Residential home owners will not benefit from this because they just don’t have the roof space for Nanosolar’s solar panels to produce the energy they need. A residential home owner needs to shop for high efficiency solar panels that will produce the MOST energy per square feet versus the cheapest solution. Lower Cost per Watt = Lower Efficiency = More surface are you need. If you’re a homeowner, don’t dream about buying Nanosolar $1/Watt solar panels at Wal-Mart and hope to eliminate your entire bill, because it’s just not...

Read More

Going solar in California makes the most financial sense.

Let’s compare two states, both with lots of sun exposure. California and Nevada both have an abundance of sunshine, then why does going solar in California make much more sense than Nevada? The financial payback period for solar energy in California is much quicker than any other states. The purpose of this post is to compare two states that have equal sun exposure and demonstrate how much state incentives available for solar energy can do reduce upfront costs for a solar energy system. Residence: Los Angeles, CA – Solar Electric (Photovoltaic) System Size: 5kW Total Cost $40,000 Federal Tax Credits $(2,000) State Incentives $(20,086) ————————————- NET COST $17,914 Residence: Las Vegas, NV – Solar Electric (Photovoltaic) System Size: 5kW Total Cost $40,000 Federal Tax Credits $(2,000) State Incentives $(0) ————————————- NET COST $38000 In comparison, let’s look at commercial photovoltaic systems in both states……. Commercial: Los Angeles, CA – Solar Electric (Photovoltaic) System Size: 5kW Total Cost $40,000 Federal Tax Credit $(12,000) State Incentives $(15,782) —————————————— NET COST $17,584 Commercial: Las Vegas, NV – Solar Electric (Photovoltaic) System Size: 5kW Total Cost $40,000 Federal Tax Credits $(12,000) State Incentives $(0) —————————————— NET COST $28000 ** All calculations assume 30 degree pitch facing south, with no shading issues. As you can see commercial solar energy systems get the largest break from the federal government. The residential sector is capped at $2,000…this federal tax credit is set to expire on December 31st, 2008….unless congress renews it. The latest I have heard about the extension is the house just passed up a bill to extend the credit, hopefully it passes through the senate this time around, although President Bush has already threatened to veto it if the extension of the tax credit for renewable energy comes up to his...

Read More

Get your solar energy / wind power system this year!

Congress has decided not to extend the federal renewable energy production tax credit for 2009. So what does that mean to you as a consumer? Well it depends. If you are a residence you qualify for a $2,000 tax credit when purchasing a solar energy or small scale wind power system. A commercial entity can qualify for 30% of the total cost of the system is refunded through a tax credit from the federal government; this tax credit is a primary reason for many residential and commercial renewable energy systems being installed. So think of this year as renewable energy systems being on sale! Take advantage of it, if you are thinking about going solar or producing your own clean green energy, stop waiting around because now is the time. To qualify for the federal tax credit your system has to be installed and active by December 31st, 2008. To get started the first step is to get a quote from a service provider in your...

Read More