Local Incentives

You know about the federal tax credit for solar, but did you know that states have some awesome incentives of their own? From state tax credits, to rebates, to performance credits, you can really maximize your savings in some states and utilities. Explore your state and local utilities to see what incentives are available to you.

California

Going Solar in California
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Going Solar in California

Despite the lack of state wide solar incentives, going solar in California is still a great move for homeowners in the state. The primary reason for this is due to high electricity prices. Since homeowners are already paying a lot for their energy, solar will offer great savings without...

Designing Your Solar System
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Designing Your Solar System

Since California solar adheres to the international fire code, there are some restrictions on where panels can go on your roof, which can affect your system design. Panels must be at least 3 feet away from any ridge or rake. A ridge is where two slanted roofs meet. A ridge is also...

Going Solar with SDG&E
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Going Solar with SDG&E

When it comes to going solar, SDG&E currently does not offer any solar specific rebates or incentive programs outside of the state and federal incentives. When it comes to sizing your system, SDG&E allows you to size your solar system to offset your previous 12 months of...

Going Solar with SCE
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Going Solar with SCE

When it comes to going solar, SCE (Southern California Edison) currently does not offer any solar specific rebates or incentive programs outside of the state and federal incentives. When it comes to sizing your system, SCE allows you to size your solar system to offset your previous 12...

Going Solar with PG&E
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Going Solar with PG&E

When it comes to going solar, PG&E currently does not offer any solar specific rebates or incentive programs outside of the state and federal incentives. When it comes to sizing your system, PGE allows you to size your solar system to offset your previous 12 months of electricity...

Net Energy Metering 2.0
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Net Energy Metering 2.0

At the beginning of 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a new net metering policy referred to as NEM 2.0. This legislation is generally considered a win for the solar industry. First thing first, if you’ve already gone solar under NEM 1.0, you are grandfathered into...

Understanding PG&E Rebates

Understanding PG&E Rates

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is an energy utility that offers several rate plans, including the Tiered Base Plan (E1), Time-of-Use Plan, and Electric Vehicle Base Plan. First, PG&E’s standard Tiered Base Plan is based on usage tiers, so as you use up the allotted electricity...

Going Solar with LADWP
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Going Solar with LADWP

When it comes to going solar, LADWP currently offers a rebate of 30 cents per watt. It’s important to note that this rebate is based on the AC watts and not the DC watts. The DC watts will be the labeled size of your system, while the AC watts takes into account the amount of energy your...

Understanding LADWP Energy Rates
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Understanding LADWP Energy Rates

Here’s what you need to know when you go solar as a LADWP customer. You will more than likely be on one of two rate plans, the Standard Residential Rate or the Time of Use Residential Rate. Both of these plans are billed every other month. On the R1-A rate plan, LADWP will bill you in...


New York

Going Solar in New York
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Going Solar in New York

New York is among the best states in the country when it comes to going solar. The state tax credit is a huge incentive in New York. When you couple it with the federal tax credit, you can have 55% of your system cost taken away by the two tax credits. There is also a state rebate...

New York Solar Tax Credit
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New York’s Solar Tax Credit

New York’s Solar Tax Credit is a fantastic solar incentive for New York homeowners. The New York State Tax Credit is 25% of your total system cost, capped at $5,000. Unlike the federal Investment Tax Credit, you’ll be able to claim this tax credit regardless of how you choose to...

Designing Your Home Solar System
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Designing Your Home Solar System

New York solar adheres to the international fire code, so there are some restrictions on where panels can go on your roof, which can affect your system design.  Panels must be at least 3 feet away from any ridge or rake. A ridge is where two slanted roofs meet. A ridge is also parallel to...

Going Solar with Con Edison
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Going Solar with Con Edison

When it comes to going solar, Con Edison currently does not offer any solar specific rebates or incentive programs outside of the state and federal incentives. When it comes to sizing your system, Con Edison allows you to size your solar system to offset your previous 12 months of...

Going Solar with National Grid in New York
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Going Solar with National Grid in New York

When it comes to going solar, National Grid in New York currently does not offer any solar specific rebates or incentive programs outside of the state and federal incentives. When it comes to sizing your system, National Grid allows you to size your solar system to offset your previous 12...

Going Solar with PSEG
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Going Solar with PSEG

When it comes to going solar, PSEG and PSEGLI in NY currently do not offer any solar specific rebates or incentive programs outside of the state and federal incentives. When it comes to sizing your system, PSEG allows you to size your solar system to offset your previous 12 months of...


Massachusetts

Going Solar in Massachusetts
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Going Solar in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is one of the best solar states in the country. The first great thing about solar in Massachusetts is the state tax credit. It caps out at $1,000, but it’s still a great bonus to the federal tax credit. You also have an SREC market, which can make you a decent amount of...

Solar Tax Credits in Massachusetts
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Solar Tax Credits in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Solar Tax Credit is a nice solar incentive for Massachusetts homeowners. The Massachusetts State Tax Credit is 15% of your total system cost, capped at $1,000. Like the Federal Tax Credit, you must purchase your system, either through a cash purchase or a loan, in order...

Your Solar Energy System Design
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Your Solar Energy System Design

Massachusetts does not have a statewide standard for solar system design. The restrictions and regulations are on a per county basis, though the international fire code is a safe area to start. This code says that panels must be at least 3 feet away from any ridge or rake. A ridge is...

Going Solar with Eversource
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Going Solar with Eversource

When it comes to going solar with Eversource, they do not offer any solar specific rebates or incentive programs outside of the state and federal incentives. When it comes to sizing your system, Eversource allows you to size your solar system to offset your previous 12 months of...

Going Solar with National Grid in Massachusetts
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Going Solar with National Grid in Massachusetts

When it comes to going solar with National Grid Massachusetts, they currently do not offer any solar specific rebates or incentive programs outside of the state and federal incentives. When it comes to sizing your system, National Grid allows you to size your solar system to offset your...