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California solar incentives and net metering, 2019
Is net metering available in California? It depends on your utility. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requires the three private (investor-owned) utilities in Calfornia to offer net metering: San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), and Southern California Edison (SCE). This rule by CPUC does not apply to municipal utilities in the state. However, the largest municipal utility in the state, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP), does offer net metering to its customers.
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Solar Investment Tax Credit: everything you need to know (2021 update)
Big news! The federal tax credit for homeowners and businesses that install solar, which was previously set to expire, has been extended for two years. Disclaimer: I'm a solar nerd, not a tax nerd. Please consult a tax professional for authoritative advice on this issue. This tax credit, often called the Solar Investment Tax Credit, gives homeowners and businesses a break on their federal taxes worth 26% of the gross price of a solar photovoltaic system.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Solar
General considerationsTechnicalEnvironment General considerations Should I go solar? Maybe. We’re big fans of solar (obviously) but that doesn’t mean it’s right for everybody. While there are options such as community solar that allow potentially anyone to benefit, you’re more likely to see a financial return on investment if some or all of the following criteria apply to you: You own your home, and plan to live in it for at least as long as your calculated payback period.