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California Solar & Battery Incentives

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If you’re a California homeowner and you’re looking to invest in solar energy, you’re in luck. Not only does California’s year-round sunshine provide the ideal climate, but home and business owners have a wide selection of incentives to choose from that makes going solar even more affordable. We’ve compiled some of the most beneficial solar incentives available to California homeowners below.

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New! Share the Savings: Spring Referral Bonus!

Each receive $750 off your project when you and a friend both sign a contract between April 1, 2024 — June 30, 2024. 

Each contract must be $15,000 or more. Once the second contract is signed, a $750 deduction will be made from your total project cost. The referred project will receive their $750 discount at time of signing. Not valid on service-related work. 

Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

One of the largest incentives available to California homeowners is the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC).

From now until 2032, the federal government is offering a 30% investment tax credit against the total cost of a home solar system. In 2033, the value of the tax credit will lower to 26% and again to 22% in 2034. After 2034, the tax credit for residential solar systems will end. To reap the benefits of this major incentive, you’ll need to act fast.

How does it work?

If you purchase your solar system outright, you can apply 30% of the total cost of your system installation to your tax liability for the year.

For example, if your solar panel system costs $17,000, a 30% tax credit would be $5,100. So, if you owe $4,000 in taxes for 2023, your tax bill will be reduced to zero and you’ll receive $1,100 in tax credits for your return.

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California Solar & Battery Rebates

In California, utility companies and other local organizations offer rebates to homeowners who install solar systems on their property.

Some of the local rebates available:

  • Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP): Customers of PG&E, SCE, SoCalGas and SDG&E utilities are eligible to receive this rebate. The SGIP program offers rebates to California households for a solar battery and can be as high as $1,000 per kilowatt-hour depending on qualifications. Learn more about SGIP here.
  • 3CE Electrify Your Ride: Members of Central Coast Community Energy (3CE) utility (which is a co-op on the Central Coast through PG&E and SCE; most homeowners were automatically enrolled) are eligible to receive a rebate of up to $2,400 for a Level 2 EV Charger and wiring upgrade. We are hopeful additional 3CE rebates for home batteries will become available by 2025. Learn more here.
    • Level 2 Charger: $400
    • EV Readiness (wiring upgrade): $2,000
  • PG&E Permanent Battery Storage Rebate: Customers of PG&E may be eligible for a $5,000 rebate for home batteries if they have experienced eight or more Enhanced Powerline Safety Settings outages, in addition to other qualifications. Homeowners can check the PG&E map for eligibility. 
  • Disadvantaged Communities – Single-family Solar Homes (DAC-SASH) Program: Running through 2030, the program will provide $8.5 million annually to customers who live in the top-25% most disadvantaged communities in the state and meet certain income qualifications.
  • Local Utility Rebates: Some local utility companies offer solar rebates centered on the estimated performance of the home solar panel system. Go Solar California lists electric companies that provide solar panels and/​or solar battery storage incentive programs.

Speak with one of our solar professionals at (805) 351‑3371 to learn more about available solar rebates in your area.

Net Metering

Net metering is a statewide solar incentive that allows homeowners to benefit from every ounce of energy their solar panel system produces. Basically, if your solar panels generate more power than you use, you’ll be credited by your utility company toward future energy bills.

How it works:

During your solar panel installation process, you can choose to have your existing meter swapped out for a net meter. Net meters run backward when your system produces more energy than your home is using — storing credits for when your home is using more energy than your solar panels are producing.

In return, your electric company will give you credit for any excess electricity your panels produce. These credits can go towards paying for your next monthly utility bill.

Property Tax Exemption

If you’re wondering if your property taxes will increase if you install a solar panel system, the answer is no. Ordinarily, when you add something of value to your property, the addition is assessed at the current market value and added to the existing value of your property.

California offers a tax exemption for residential solar systems until the end of 2024. That means you won’t have to pay extra taxes if you install a solar power system.

Federal charging and EV incentives

Homeowners can save up to $1,000 on charging their EV at home and business owners may qualify for up to $100,000 back for EV charging and their business locations.

How it works:

The U.S. federal tax credit gives individuals 30% off an electric vehicle charging station plus installation costs (up to $1,000). Credits must be claimed on your federal tax return.

If you purchase and install an electric vehicle charging station between Jan. 1, 2023, and Dec. 31, 2032, your business may be eligible to receive a 30% tax credit up to $100,000 under the 30C Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit. Commonly referred to as the federal tax credit,” the credit now requires applicants to be located in designated census tracts (guidance and maps forthcoming from the IRS) and follow prevailing wage standards.

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How Much Will You Save When You Install with Photon Brothers?

State and federal governments offer solar incentives and tax rebates to homeowners in the Central Coast area. But homeowners have to know about them to take advantage of them. At Photon Brothers, we’re aware of every possible opportunity out there for our customers and can lower your installation cost like nobody else. If you’re ready to see how much you can save by going solar, contact us today.