California Solar Rebates And Incentives

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California Rebates and Incentives Summary

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If you own property in California and are interested in going solar you’re in luck. Home and business owners in California have a bevy of incentives to choose from to install solar power. California’s robust renewable portfolio standard (RPS), which requires all utilities in the state to source 50 percent of their electric generation from renewable resources by 2030, is a leading driver for the incentives offered throughout the state. Incentives in California are offered by utilities, the state, counties and even some municipalities. A very popular option in California are residential power-purchase agreements or leases, which allow third-parties to own the system and give the home or building owner a fixed price for the system or the electricity it produces over the lifetime of the contract, which can range from 10 to 25 years. Basically, there’s something out there for almost everybody in the Golden State.

In most cases, the state wants homeowners to maximize the efficiency of existing systems on the property—like insulation, windows, and appliances—before installing solar. Bearing that in mind, those seeking to participate in one of California’s solar-power incentives should get an energy audit of their home to make sure it meets or exceeds California’s current HERS building efficiency standards.

In addition, those with solar systems can exempt the equipment from their property taxes, they can also net-meter with their local utility selling excess electricity their system puts on the grid to the power company, and they even get reimbursed for a chunk of the cost of purchase and installation through the California Solar Initiative. However, the popularity of solar in California has led to significant drops in the amount of money available for reimbursement. While such subsidies are subsiding, however, the drop in the cost of photovoltaics and rising energy costs mean that solar remains an incredibly attractive option in the state.

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Alameda Municipal Power - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) offers a variety of rebates to its residential customers for energy efficiency measures, including refrigerator/freezer recycling, LED light bulbs and light fixtures, clothes washers and dryers, and heat pump water heaters.

Visit the program website for specific program information and requirements.
 

Anaheim Public Utilities - Green Building Rebate Program

Anaheim Public Utilities (APU) offers commercial, industrial, residential, and institutional customers the Green Building Incentives Program to offset construction, installation and upgrade costs of energy efficient equipment.  Customers interested in participating in this program can choose from a variety of third-party rating and certification programs including but no limited to:  LEED, Build it Green, California Green Build, and Green Globes.  For more information on applying for this program and choosing and green building rating program, contact Anaheim Public Utilities and visit the program's web site.

 

Anaheim Public Utilities - Residential Home Efficiency Rebate Program

Upon request, Anaheim Public Utilities will perform a free home efficiency inspection, in which they will recommend energy saving improvements, rebates and provide some free energy saving devices. See website for lists of requirements and restrictions. Energy efficient programs and incentives offered by APU include:

  • Home utility Check Up 
  • Refrigerator recycling 
  • Appliance Rebates 
  • Air Conditioning Rebates 
  • Water and Energy education programs

Customers may view the brochure to see rebate amounts and equipment requirements. In addition to the appliance and improvement rebates, APU also offers free dusk to dawn lights to all its residential customers. Low-income residents may qualify for a

Azusa Light & Water - Solar Partnership Program

This program is fully subscribed through fiscal year 2014/2015. New applicants will be placed on a wait list in the order they were received.    Azusa Light & Water provides rebates to customers who install photovoltaic (PV) systems through the utility's Solar Partnership Program. The rebate amount for 2013 is $0.51 per rated watt. As a condition of receiving the rebate, customers must transfer ownership of all renewable energy credits (REC) associated with the system. If the customer elects to retain ownership of the RECs, the customer will receive not receive a rebate. Customers may lease the system from a

Bear Valley Electric Service - Solar Initiative Program

Bear Valley Electric Service is providing an incentive for their residential customers to install photovoltaic (PV) systems. Systems must be sized to provide no more than 90% of the calculated or estimated annual energy consumption of the property. Incentives will step down overtime as participation milestones are met. Individual incentives will be adjusted from the base incentive rate based on expected performance. See website above for more information.  

Building Energy Code

Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP websites.

The California Building Standards Commission (BSC) is responsible for administering California's building standards adoption, publication, and implementation. Since 1989, the BSC has published triennial editions of the code, commonly referred to as Title 24, in its entirety every three years. On July 17, 2008 the BSC unanimously approved the nation's first statewide voluntary green building code

Burbank Water & Power - Green Building Incentive Program

The U.S. Green Building Council is a non-profit organization that promotes the design and construction of buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. The Green Building Council developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System in order to more accurately provide incentives those using these practices. The LEED Green Building Rating System issues points across five categories to those striving to attain LEED status for new commercial construction or major renovation of commercial buildings, as well as multifamily and mixed-use developments that are five units or greater, or four

Burbank Water & Power - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Burbank Water and Power (BWP) offers incentives to its residential customers for installing energy efficient equipment in eligible homes. Rebates vary according to equipment technology and location of purchase. 

Additional information, including application forms and equipment requirements, can be found on the web site listed above.

Burbank Water and Power - Residential and Commercial Solar Support Program

Burbank Water and Power (BWP) is accepting applications for its Fiscal Year 2015-2016 photovoltaic (PV) rebates from July 1, 2015 to August 14, 2015. Winners will be determined through a lottery on August 19, 2015. See website above for more information.  

Burbank Water and Power (BWP) offers customers an up-front capacity-based rebate for photovoltaic (PV) systems up to 30 kW. These incentives decline over time as defined capacity goals are met, eventually declining to zero by the end of 2016. The program may change at any time to address market conditions. See website above for complete details.

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Burbank Water and Power - Solar Water Heater Rebate Program

Burbank Water and Power is providing incentives for the purchase of solar water heaters. Incentives are only available to residential customers with electric water heaters. There is a limit of one solar water heater per year per property. Applicants must provide access to their residence for a pre-inspection to verify the existing use of an electric water heater. Customers must comply with all code and permit requirements. More information available at the website above. 

California Enterprise Development Authority (Figtree PACE) - Statewide PACE Program

FIGTREE Energy Financing is administering a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program in a number of California cities and counties through a partnership with the Pacific Housing & Finance Agency (PHFA) and the California Enterprise Development Authority (CEDA). PACE programs allow property owners to borrow money for energy improvement projects which are repaid through their property taxes. A number of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies can be financed through FIGTREE's PACE program. Residential and commercial properties which meet the program's criteria, and are located in one of the participating cities or counties are eligible. Full details of the program

California Public Utilities Commission - Savings by Design

Administered by California utilities, Savings by Design encourages high-performance, non-residential building design and construction and a variety of solutions to building owners and design teams. Owner incentives help offset the costs of energy efficient buildings. Design team incentives reward designers who meet ambitious energy efficiency targets. Design assistance supports integration of innovative design technologies into new construction projects. Energy design resources offer analysis tools, training, and in-depth information on efficient technologies and strategies. Savings by Design participants can save money by reducing operating costs; increase comfort, health, and productivity for building occupants; and conserve natural resources.

California Solar Initiative - Low-Income Solar Water Heating Rebate Program

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted in October 2011 to create the California Solar Initiative (CSI) Thermal Low-Income program for single and multifamily residential properties. The program offers rebates that are substantially higher than ones provided under the CSI-Thermal General Market Program.

The program is only available to customers who currently heat their water with natural gas in the service territories of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) . For single-family residences, customers must be participating or have previously participated in an Energy Savings Assistance Program

California Solar Initiative - Single-Family Affordable Solar Housing (SASH) Program

Note: AB 217 of 2013 made several changes to this program. Among other changes, the expiration date was extended to December 31, 2021 or whenever funds are exhausted, and the budget was increased. Specifically, the bill added an additional $108 million to be divided between the SASH and MASH programs. A CPUC ruling in January 2015 changed the incentive structure by removing the incentive tiers and creating a single non-declining incentive rate of $3 per watt.    

The California Solar Initiative (CSI), enacted by SB 1 of 2006, provides financial incentives for installing solar technologies through a variety of

California Solar Initiative - Solar Thermal Program

Note: Funding is no longer available for residential systems that displace electricity or propane in any of the program service territories.  Additionally, funding has been exhausted for commercial/multifamily systems that displace electricity or propane in the service territories of SCE and PG&E.

AB 1470 of 2007 authorized the creation of a $350 million incentive program for solar water heating systems. Of the $350 million in total funding, $25 million is reserved for low-income incentives, $225 million is for systems that will displace natural gas water heaters, and $100 million is set aside for systems replacing electric water heaters. Before

CaliforniaFIRST

The CaliforniaFIRST Program is a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program for non-residential properties. PACE programs allow property owners to finance the installation of energy and water improvements on their buildings and to pay the amount back through their property taxes. CaliforniaFIRST is available to commercial, industrial, agricultural, and multi-family (over 5 units) buildings in one of the 120 participating cities or the unincorporated parts of the 14 participating counties. Click here to see all the local governments that are participating.

Eligibility is generally determined by the property records and value, and the property must meet general underwriting criteria established

CEC - New Solar Homes Partnership

The New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) is administered by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and provides incentives for solar on new home construction. To be eligible for the NSHP incentive, the home must receive electricity from one of the following investor-owned utilities: Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison Company, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, and Bear Valley Electric Service.

Launched on January 2, 2007, the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) is a 10-year, $400 million program to encourage solar in new homes by working with builders and developers to incorporate into the homes high levels of energy

City of Berkeley - Green Building Standards for City Owned and Operated Projects

The Berkeley City Council adopted Resolution 62284 on November 18, 2003 requiring that all city-sponsored building projects receive LEED certification. Its incorporation occurred in two phases, first requiring city-sponsored projects entering design and construction after January 1, 2004 to meet a minimum LEED Certified rating; and then requiring city-sponsored projects started after January 1, 2006 to meet a minimum LEED Silver rating. The resolution is restricted to new construction or renovation projects funded by the city or located on city-owned land of 5,000 square feet or more of occupied space, which have a construction estimate of $200,000 or more in

City of Fresno - Installation of Solar Energy Systems in Construction of New City-owned Buildings

City of Fresno requires that the design of any new city-owned building containing at least 7500 square feet shall include an alternative design for installation of a solar energy system.

The report to Council for each award of a contract for a new city-owned building shall include information related to compliance with this section every other year.

Each of the following is exempt from application of this section:

· A building for which the design is 30% or more complete on or before the effective date of this section.

· A building for which another renewable energy source(s) is available

City of Healdsburg - PV Incentive Program

Through the City of Healdsburg's PV Buy-down Program, residential and commercial customers are eligible for rebate on qualifying grid-connected PV systems. In keeping with SB1, (the California Solar Initiative mandating that utilities put into place programs to assure that 3000 megawatts (MW) of solar installations on homes is in place within 10 years) the incentive level will decrease annually over the 10 year life of the program. The program is currently on Step 8, with rebates of $0.62 per watt for residential and $0.59 per watt for commercial installations.  Larger systems may be installed, but the program will only reward

City of Lancaster - Mandatory Solar Requirement for New Homes

In 2013 The City of Lancaster became the first U.S. city to require photovoltaics (PV) to be installed on new homes. All residential buildings with a building permit issuance date of January 1, 2014 or later must have a certain amount of photovoltaics (PV) installed. The specific system size requirements vary according to zone and lot type:

Building Type Zone/Lot Type System SizeRequirement
Rural Residential  RR 2.5 1.5 kW
Rural Residential RR-1 1.5 kW
Rural Residential SRR 1.5 kW
Single-family Residential R-15,000 1.5 kW
Single-family Residential R-10,000 1.25 kW
Single-family Residential R-7,000 1.0 kW
Single-family Residential Infill R-7,000 (with RPD) 0.75

City of Lompoc Utilities - PV Rebate Program

City of Lompoc Utilities provides rebates to its electric customers who purchase and install photovoltaic (PV) systems. The rebate is $1.00 per watt-AC. The incentive amount may not exceed 50% the cost of the system, up to a maximum of $50,000.

To qualify for the rebate the system must meet all the criteria as defined by the Lompoc City Electric interconnection agreement for self-generating electric systems and the requirements set forth by the California Energy Commission.

City of Lompoc Utilities - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

City of Lompoc Utilities (CLU) offers incentives to its residential customers for various energy efficiency measures. CLU provides rebates paid monthly as credits on utility bills to customers who replace old clothes washers and dish washers with Energy Star labeled appliances. They will reward customers who purchase LED holiday lights with $4 for strands. Also, CLU customers qualify to receive a rebate up to $10 per light bulb when replacing old incandescent lightbulbs with equivalent wattage LED light bulbs. Limit: 10 light bulbs per electric customer per year.

Additionally, the City of Lompoc Utilities has a refrigerator buy back

City of Los Angeles - Green Building Retrofit Requirement

In April 2009, Los Angeles enacted Ordinance 180636, known as the Green Building Retrofit Ordinance. This ordinance was later amended by Ordinance 182259. The law requires all city-owned buildings that are either more than 7,500 square feet or built before 1978 to be retrofitted. The goal of the retrofits will be to achieve LEED for Existing Buildings Silver certification or higher. This requirement is subject to the availability of state or federal funds. The Ordinance requires that at least half of the buildings retrofitted are located in high-poverty and high-unemployment areas, and that, to the extent feasible, all construction

City of Los Angeles - Zoning Code

Chapter I of Los Angeles' Municipal Code, Height of Building or Structures, provides an exemption for solar energy devices, or similar structures. They may be erected above the height limit specified in the district in which the property is located. In all zones, solar devices may exceed the roof surface by 3 feet even if the roof surface is at or above the allowable building height limit. In all zones except R1 and more restrictive zones, solar devices built on a flat roof may exceed the roof surface by up to 15 feet. In the R1 and more restrictive zones,

City of Oakland - Green Building Policies and Requirements

The City of Oakland adopted mandatory green building standards for private development projects on October 19, 2010. This ordinance prescribes minimum green building (see link for definition) requirements for private development (non City of Oakland) projects in Oakland.

On April 21, 2010, the City Planning Commission approved the proposed ordinance for forwarding to the City Council. The regulations apply to new construction, additions or alterations of a certain size, mixed-use, affordable housing, and large landscape projects, as well as the demolition of historic resources. The ordinance will become fully effective starting January 1, 2011, after which the project applicant will

City of Palo Alto Utilities - Palo Alto CLEAN (Clean Local Energy Accessible Now)

City Palo Alto Utility's Clean Local Energy Accessible Now (CLEAN) program provides fixed payments for electricity produced by approved photovoltaic systems over a fixed period of time. This type of program is commonly referred to as a feed-in tariff. Originally, the program allowed participants to choose between 10-year, 15-year and 20-year contracts. As of June 2015, the only option is a 20-year contract for a price of $0.165 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).

There is no minimum or maximum system size to participate. The solar generating facility may be located anywhere in Palo Alto city limits as long as it complies with

City of Palo Alto Utilities - PV Partners

Note: Funds for residential and large commercial rebates have been fully reserved. Rebates are no longer available for residential systems or large commercial systems. 

The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) PV Partners Program offers incentives to customers that install qualifying PV systems. The program, which has a budget of approximately $13 million over 10 years, is divided into 10 steps (residential incentives have 12 steps), each funded at $1.3 million. 

Incentive levels as of 3/11/2016 are described below. For current levels, consult the program web site above.

  • Small/Medium Commercial (Rate E-2, E-4) <30 kW: $1.20/watt AC
  • Small/Medium Commercial (Rate

City of Palo Alto Utilities - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

City of Palo Alto Utilities offers incentives to residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of homes through the Smart Energy Rebate Program. Rebates are issued on requested rebate amount or actual cost of measure, whichever is the lesser amount. City of Palo Alto Utilities also offers water conservation programs and rebates. For more information, visit the program website or contact the city directly.

City of Palo Alto Utilities - Solar Water Heating Program

City of Palo Alto Utilities is offering incentives for their residential, commercial and industrial customers to install solar water heating systems on their homes and facilities. Incentives are based on the estimated energy savings.  Single-family residential incentives are capped at $2,719 for gas-displacing systems and $1,834 for electricity or propane-displacing systems. Commercial systems are capped at $100,000.

City of San Diego - Sustainable Building Expedited Permit Program

In 2002, the City of San Diego passed a Resolution R-298001, which amended the Sustainable Building Policy to allow for expedited permitting for sustainable buildings. Sustainable buildings are defined in Policy Number 900-14, and the expedited permitting program is described in Policy Number 600-27. The Sustainable Building Policy is scheduled to be revised every three years.
New residential, commercial, and industrial development projects are all eligible for expedited permitting. The expedited permitting process is estimated to take 75% as much time as the normal permitting process. The policy also prioritizes project types in the case that the expedited permitting program

City of San Diego - Sustainable Building Policy

The City of San Diego’s Sustainable Building Policy is directed by Council Policy 900-14. The policy contains regulations regarding building measures, private-sector incentives, health and resource conservation, outreach and education, and implementation.

Among the directives is a commitment that all new City facilities and major building renovation projects (over 5,000 sq. ft.) achieve LEED "Silver" Level Certification and be constructed to be 15% more energy efficient than California's building code. In addition to achieving LEED Certification, Council Policy 900-14 states that newly constructed City facilities shall incorporate a minimum of 15% self-generation using renewable technologies when site factors allow for

City of San Francisco - Green Building Code

San Francisco adopted a mandatory green building code for new construction projects in September 2008, establishing strict guidelines for residential and commercial buildings according to the following schedule:

Building Type Year Requirement
Small Residential (four dwellings or fewer) 2009 25 Green Points (does not need to be rated)
  2010 and 2011 Must be GreenPoint Rated and building applications must demonstrate that a minimum of 50 GreenPoints will be earned
  2012 Building applications for new homes must demonstrate that at least 75 GreenPoints will be achieved
Mid-size Residential 2009 25 Green Points (does not need to be rated)
 

City of San Francisco - GreenFinanceSF

GreenFinanceSF is a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program for commercial properties. GreenFinance SF uses an "open-market" PACE model in which individual property owners identify their own project lenders and negotiate all the financing terms with them. The City collects loan repayments from the participant through a special tax lien on the property and disburses payment to the project lender. The special tax lean should provide greater security to the lender, who should be able to provide more favorable financing terms to the property owner.

The property must be located in the City and County of San Francisco must

City of San Francisco - Solar Energy Incentive Program

The City and County of San Francisco, through the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), are providing incentives to residents, businesses and non-profits who install photovoltaic (PV) systems on their properties. Systems must be at least one kilowatt (kW) in capacity, and there is no maximum size limit to participate. Different incentive levels are available whether the property is residential, commercial, low-income residential, non-profit, or multi-unit residential.

See the website above for full details. 

City of San Jose - Private Sector Green Building Policy

In October 2008, the City of San Jose enacted the Private Sector Green Building Policy (Policy No. 6-32). The policy was adopted in Ordinance No. 28622 in June, 2009. All new buildings must meet certain green building requirements in order to receive a building permit. Requirements are dependent on the size and type of the project.

  • Tier 1 Commercial Projects include commercial industrial projects (non-residential) of less than 25,000 square feet, and less than a height of 75 feet. These projects are required to submit a completed GreenPoint Rated Checklist or LEED Checklist in order to receive a building permit.

City of Santa Cruz - Solar Access Ordinance

Before a development plan can be approved in the City of Santa Cruz, it must be found that the orientation and location of buildings, structures, open spaces and other features of the site plan preserve solar access of adjacent properties. In addition, buildings and structures should be designed and oriented to make use of natural elements such as solar radiation, wind and landscaping for heating, cooling and ventilation. Developers must also show that heating systems for hot tubs and swimming pools are solar when possible, and in all cases, energy efficient.

City of Sebastopol - Mandatory Solar Requirement for Residential and Commercial Buildings

In 2013 The City of Sebastopol became the second U.S. city to require photovoltaics (PV) to be installed on new buildings. The ordinance applies to all new commercial and residential buildings, and additions to existing commercial and residential buildings. The ordinance defines additions to commercial buildings as any addition that increases the square footage by 1,800 or greater and all remodels, alterations or repairs of more than 50% of the structure. The ordinance defines additions to residential buildings as any addition that increases the square footage by 75% or greater and all remodels, alterations or repairs of more than 75%

City of Shasta Lake Electric Utility - PV Rebate Program

Note: This program is currently not accepting applications. Check the program web site for information regarding future solicitations.

City of Shasta Lake Electric Utility is providing rebates to their customers for the purchase of photovoltaic (PV) systems. The rebate levels will decrease annually over the life of the program. Interested customers should contact Efficiency Services for more information.

Corona Department of Water & Power - Solar Partnership Rebate Program

Corona Department of Water & Power is providing rebates for residential and commercial photovoltaic (PV) systems. The rebate amount for 2015 is $0.78 per watt up to $2,340 for residential systems and $19,500 for commercial systems. Customers must submit an application and receive approval prior to beginning the installation. See website above for complete details and requirements.

County Wind Ordinance Standards

Assembly Bill 45 of 2009 authorized counties to adopt ordinances to provide for the installation of small wind systems (50 kW or smaller) outside urbanized areas but within the county's jurisdiction. The bill also addressed specific aspects of a typical wind ordinance and established the limiting factors by which a county's wind ordinance can be no more restrictive. Counties may freely make more lenient ordinances, but AB 45 was designed to establish maximum restrictions a county may impose if they choose to develop a small wind ordinance. These provisions apply only to county ordinances developed after January 1, 2011. Maximum

Energy Efficiency Financing for Public Sector Projects

Cities, counties, public care institutions, public hospitals, public schools and colleges, and special districts in California can apply for low-interest loans from the California Energy Commission for energy efficiency projects in their buildings and facilities. Residential and commercial projects and non-profit institutions are not eligible for these funds.

Entities eligible for 0% loans include:

  • School districts
  • Charter schools
  • County office of educations
  • State special schools
  • Community college districts

Entities eligible for 1% loans include:

  • Cities
  • Counties
  • Special Districts
  • Public College or University (except community colleges)
  • Public Care Institutions/ Public Hospitals
  • University of California
  • California State University

There is no minimum

Energy Upgrade California

The Energy Upgrade California program serves as a one-stop shop for California homeowners who want to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The program connects homeowners with qualified contractors, and helps homeowners find all the available incentives from their local utilities and local governments. The program is available statewide and is managed locally by utilities and regional energy networks. 

To participate in the program, interested California homeowners should go to the website listed above and select an eligible contractor. The contractor will work with the homeowner to determine which improvements are best for the home and help fill out

Glendale Water and Power - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Glendale Water and Power (GPW) offers the Smart Home Energy and Water Saving Rebate Program that includes several incentives for residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of participating homes. Rebates are offered for a variety of appliances that meet required minimum efficiency levels. Amounts vary according to efficiency, requirements, and location of purchase. More information regarding these residential programs, as well as low income targeted programs, can be found on the web site listed above.

 

 

Glendale Water and Power - Solar Solutions Program

The Solar Solutions program provides all customer groups with an incentive to install photovoltaic (PV) systems on their homes and buildings. Rebate levels will decrease over time on an annual basis. The rebate levels for future program years can be seen at the website listed above. Systems must be sized to produce no more than 100% of the customer’s past 12 months kWh consumption.

Green Building Action Plan for State Facilities

On December 14, 2005, California’s governor signed Executive Order S-20-04, creating a Green Building Action Plan to improve the energy performance of all state buildings. The order established energy savings targets for state facilities, declared the "Silver" level of LEED as the minimum performance standard for new buildings, and to required state government to purchase ENERGY STAR products when cost effective.

A later Executive Order (B-18-12), signed in April of 2012, updated some of these requirements while rescinding the earlier Executive Order. It adjusted the energy savings targets such that grid-based energy purchases must be reduced by 20% by 2018

Hercules Municipal Utility - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Hercules Municipal Utility provides financial incentives for its residential members to increase the energy efficiency of participating homes. Rebates are offered for a variety of home appliances and weatherization improvements, including refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, insulation and high performance windows. Additional equipment requirements can be found on the web site listed above. Please follow program guidelines described on web site listed above to receive full rebate amounts.

Homebuyer Solar Option and Solar Offset Program

Senate Bill 1 of 2006, which established the statewide California Solar Initiative, also required the California Energy Commission (CEC) to implement regulations that require sellers of production homes to offer a solar energy system option to all prospective homebuyers. Besides offering solar as an option to prospective homebuyers, sellers of homes constructed on land for which an application for a tentative subdivision map has been deemed complete on or after January 1, 2011, must disclose to the prospective homebuyer the total installed cost of the solar option, the estimated cost savings associated with the solar energy system option, information

IID Energy - PV Solutions Rebate Program

IID accepted applications for the 2015 PV Solutions Program from Jan. 3, 2015 – Jan. 31, 2015. Winners were determined via lottery. The program is now closed for the remainder of 2015, but another funding round is expected in 2016. 

Through the PV Solutions Rebate Program, Imperial Irrigation District (IID) provides rebates to its residential and commercial customers who install grid-tied photovoltaic systems. Systems less than 30 kilowatts (kW) can receive an upfront incentive based on the expected performance of the system. For 2015 the expected performance based incentive is $0.50 per watt, but may be reduced based on

IID Energy - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Imperial Irrigation District Energy offers incentives to residential customers to encourage energy efficiency. This incentive takes the form of rebates offered for qualifying energy efficient appliances and building improvements. Rebates are only available for existing homes. New construction homes do not qualify. Rebates are not guaranteed and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Rebates are available on attic insulation, attic fans, ENERGY STAR refrigerators, ENERGY STAR dual pane windows, room air conditioners, ENERGY STAR clothes washers, central air conditioners, heat pumps, shade screens, evaporative cooler, radiant barriers, ductless mini-split systems, and variable speed pool pumps. Most rebates are offered

Interconnection Standards

Note: The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a proposed settlement in September 2012, enacting the first fundamental redesign of Rule 21 since 2000. The complete revised Rule 21 Tariff, as described at a high level below, can be found beginning on page 136 of CPUC Decision 12-09-018. The individual tariffs adopted by the utilities can be found on the CPUC web site above.

California's "Rule 21" generally applies to systems connecting to an investor-owned utility’s distribution grid, non-export generating facilities connecting to an investor-owned utility’s transmission grid and all net metered facilities in an investor-owned utility’s service territory. Systems

LADWP - Feed-in Tariff (FiT) Program

Note: LADWP accepted applications for the fifth allocation of the 100 MW FiT Set Pricing Program in March 2015. This program is the first component of a 150 megawatt (MW) FiT Program, and is designed to support 100 MW. The full 100 MW of contracts will be offered in five allocations occurring every six months. A plan for the additional 50 MW program is still in development. See the website above for more information.

LADWP is providing a Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program to support the development of solar photovoltaic (PV) in its territory. Project must be registered as RPS-compliant with the

LADWP - Net Metering

LADWP allows its customers to net meter their photovoltaic (PV), wind, and hybrid systems with a capacity of not more than one megawatt. LADWP will provide the necessary metering equipment unless an installation requires atypical metering equipment. In these cases the customer must cover the additional metering expenses. The customer must also pay any related interconnection fees.  

Excess kilowatt-hours (kWh) generated by the customer's system will be credited toward their future bills.  Excess bill credits, however, may not be used to offset taxes, minimum charges, or other charges which are not based on energy.  If a bill credit still

LADWP - Non-Residential Energy Efficiency Incentive Program

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power offers prescriptive and custom incentives to non-residential customers for the installation of energy saving measures, equipment, or systems that exceed Title 24 or minimum industry standards. Custom incentives are based on estimation software that determines the energy savings for each project. Prior to beginning the project, customers should contact the utility for more information. 

 

 

LADWP - Solar Incentive Program

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's (LADWP) Solar Incentive Program began in 2000, with a funding level of $150 million. The California Solar Initiative, created in 2007 upon the enactment of SB 1, established new guidelines for municipal utilities to follow, and established new funding levels. The LADWP Board of Commissioners approved the Solar Incentive Program Guideline Revisions on September 4, 2007, to comply with SB1. The revised program was suspended in early 2011, but was revised and relaunched on September 1, 2011.

The Solar Incentive Program has 10 phases with declining incentive levels as certain installed

Lassen Municipal Utility District - PV Rebate Program

Lassen Municipal Utility District (LMUD) is providing incentives for its customers to purchase solar electric photovoltaic (PV) systems. Rebate levels will decrease annually over the life of the program. Through June 30, 2016, rebates of $2.60 per watt-AC up to $3,000 are available for residential systems. Commercial systems can receive a rebate of $1.81 per watt-AC up to $19,000. Rebates are only available for systems up to 50 kilowatts (kW).

Systems must be interconnected and must meet all other requirements detailed in the program guidelines. Homes wishing to receive a rebate must have an LMUD administered energy audit performed and

Lassen Municipal Utility District - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Lassen Municipal Utility District (LMUD) offers an incentive for residential customers who purchase and install energy efficient equipment. Contact LMUD for information regarding which local appliance vendors are eligible to help provide rebates on purchases. All equipment and efficiency requirements must be met in order to receive rebates. For more information regarding program specifications and contact information, customers should visit the web site listed above.

Local Option - Municipal Energy Districts

Note: In 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which has authority over mortgage underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, directed these enterprises against purchasing mortgages of homes with a PACE lien due to its senior status above a mortgage. Most residential PACE activity subsided following this directive; however, some residential PACE programs are now operating with loan loss reserve funds, appropriate disclosures, or other protections meant to address FHFA's concerns. Commercial PACE programs were not directly affected by FHFA’s actions, as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do not underwrite commercial mortgages. Visit PACENow for more information about PACE financing and

Lodi Electric Utility - PV Rebate Program

Note: Lodi Electric Utility accepted applications for program year 2015 from January 2 - 30, 2015. The program is fully subscribed for 2015.  

Lodi Electric Utility offers rebates to its residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers who install photovoltaic (PV) systems. The rebate program is funded with approximately $6 million to support systems installed between January 1, 2008 and January 1, 2018. The total amount available for qualified installations in 2015 was $525,000, with $285,000 reserved for residential installations and $240,000 for non-residential installations. The rebate for both residential and non-residential PV systems installed in 2015 was $1.68/watt.

 

Lodi Electric Utility - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Lodi Electric Utility (LEU) offers several residential energy efficiency programs, including the Appliance Rebate Program and the Home Improvement Rebate Program. 

Customers will be required to submit a signed application with a copy of a paid receipt. This rebate will post as a credit on the City of Lodi Electric Bill. 

More information regarding the rebate programs, including application materials, a list of approved appliance retailers, and equipment specifications can be found on the web site listed above.

Los Angeles County - Commercial PACE

Businesses in Los Angeles County may be eligible for the county's Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. PACE programs allow businesses to finance energy and water efficiency projects which are repaid through a special assessment on the business's property taxes. The property must be located within Los Angeles County, and within the boundaries of a city that has adopted a resolution to join the County-wide PACE district. As of January 2016, 85 of 88 cities in Los Angeles County have passed resolutions opting into the LA County PACE Program. 

The technologies listed above are examples of eligible improvements, but other technologies

Los Angeles County - Green Building Program

Note: The Regional Planning Commission is considering amendments to the requirements outlined here. See the website above for the most recent information related to this process.

In November 2008, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted a series of ordinances which created the Green Building Program. The ordinances included the Green Building Ordinance (2008-0065), the Drought Tolerant Ordinance (2008-0064), and the Low Impact Development Ordinance (2008-0063). These standards are updated periodically, and apply to new buildings constructed in Los Angeles County. If a reconstruction of a building exceeds 50% of its market value, it is subject to green building

Los Angeles County - LEED for County Buildings

In January 2007, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted rules to require that all new county buildings greater than 10,000 square feet be LEED Silver certified. All buildings authorized and fully funded on or after February 15, 2007 must achieve the certification. Certain buildings may be exempt from the requirement at the recommendation of the Chief Administrative Officer.

Los Angeles County - WECS-N and Temp Met Towers

This ordinance amends Title 22 – Planning and Zoning of the Los Angeles County Code to establish development standards for non-commercial wind energy conversion systems (WECS-N) and temporary meteorological towers. The ordinance requires a conditional use permit prior to the installation of a non-commercial wind energy conversion system in the unincorporated areas of the county, and it establishes a procedure for the director of planning to grant a minor conditional use permit for applications that are limited in scope and impacts.

Marin Clean Energy - Feed-In Tariff

Assembly Bill 117, passed in 2002, allows communities in California to aggregate their load and to procure electricity from their own preferred sources. Under the authority of this law, California’s first community choice aggregator, Marin Clean Energy (MCE), was launched in May of 2010. The Marin Energy Authority comprises each city and town in Marin as well as the communities of Belvedere, Fairfax, Mill Valley, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito, Tiburon, and the County of Marin. The original legislation mandated that the customers of each supporting community would automatically be enrolled in Marin Clean Energy unless they chose not to

Marin County - Solar Access Code

Marin County's Energy Conservation Code is designed to assure new subdivisions provide for future passive or natural heating or cooling opportunities in the subdivision to the extent feasible. Streets, lots, and building setbacks must be designed so that habitable buildings are oriented with their long axis running east to west (with a possible variation of thirty degrees to the southwest and thirty degrees to the southeast) for the purpose of solar access. The planning director or planning commission may require solar access easements or restrictive covenants to protect solar access.

Marin County Residential Rebate Program

The County of Marin is offering rebates to single family property owners for the replacement of natural gas appliances with efficient all-electric units, including water heaters, furnaces, ranges and cooktops. Replacing natural gas appliances with electric models will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve indoor air quality, and make your home a safer environment.

Merced Irrigation District - PV Buydown Program

Merced Irrigation District (MID) offers its residential, commercial and non-profit customers a rebate for installing solar electric photovoltaic (PV) systems on their homes and offices. For 2015, the rebate is $1.00 per watt (adjusted based on the expected performance of the system) with a maximum of $3,000 for residential systems and $25,000 for non-residential systems.

Modesto Irrigation District - Photovoltaic Rebate Program

Note: As of May 20, 2015, all funding for 2015 has been exhausted. See program website for updates. 

Modesto Irrigation District offers a photovoltaic rebate program for all of their electric customers. The peak output capacity of a system must be 1 kW or greater to participate. Systems up to 30 kilowatts (kW) in capacity can receive an up-front capacity-based incentive. Systems greater than 30 kW and up to 1,000 kW (1 MW) can receive a performance-based incentive. The rebate levels will decline over time.

 

Modesto Irrigation District - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Modesto Irrigation District’s Home Rebate Program offers residential customers cash rebates for the purchase and installation of qualifying energy efficient products installed in existing homes. Rebates are available for equipment meeting program efficiency standards which were purchased within the eligible time period. 

Customers who wish to participate in this program must send a completed application packet and any necessary photocopies of the original itemized and dated invoice or sales receipt to MID's Energy Management Department. A program catalog with specific equipment requirements and the program application can be found on the program web site.

 

 

Moreno Valley Electric Utility - Solar Electric Incentive Program

Moreno Valley Electric Utility provides rebates to its electric customers for the purchase of photovoltaic (PV) systems. System must be on the same premises as the customer to qualify. Systems 30 kilowatts (kW) or less can receive an upfront incentive of $1.00 per Watt up to $10,000 for a residential system and $50,000 for small commercial systems, or 50% of cost, whichever is less. Systems larger than 30 kW up to 500 kW can receive a performance-based incentive of $0.04 per kWh for 4 years. Incentives for systems over 500 kW and up to 1 MW will be determined on

Net Metering

Note: The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a decision in April 2016 establishing rules for net metering PV systems paired with storage devices 10 kW or smaller. See below for more details. Additionally, the CPUC issued a decision in January 2016, on its net metering successor tariff.  

California's net-metering law originally took effect in 1996 and applies to all utilities with one exception*. The law has been amended numerous times since its enactment, most recently by AB 327 of 2013, and by the CPUC in 2016.

Eligible Technologies
The original law applied to wind-energy systems, solar-electric systems and

Orange County - Development Standards for Small Wind Energy Systems

In December 2010, the County of Orange Board of Supervisors adopted small wind performance and development standards (Ord. No. 10-020) in order to promote distributed generation systems in non-urbanized areas (as defined in Government Code Section 65944(d)(2)) within the unincorporated territory. Permitting standards are for systems of 50 kW or less per customer site, for which the energy is primarily for on-site consumption.

Height: For systems 45 feet tall or less, a use permit must be approved by the Zoning Administrator, and for systems between 45 and 80 feet in height, the use permit must be approved by the Planning

Pacific Power - Blue Sky Community Project Funds

Note: This program has an annual window during which time it will accept applications. See website above for information about its most recent funding round.  

Pacific Power's Blue Sky program is a voluntary program for customers to support renewable energy. A portion of the voluntary payments through the program is used to fund new community-based renewable energy projects within Pacific Power's service territory.

Eligible renewable energy resources include wind, solar PV, geothermal, low-impact hydropower, pipeline or irrigation canal hydropower, wave or tidal energy, and low-emissions biomass. Projects must be grid connected, less than 10 MW, locally owned, and non-residential. 

Pacific Power - Home Energy Savings Program For Builders

Pacific Power provides an incentive for home builders in California to build energy efficient houses through the Energy Star New Homes Program. Rebates are available through this program for homes which are built to the specifications of NW BOP Energy Star. See Equipment information table for additional documentation requirements for each incentive. Contact Pacific Power or visit the program web site listed above for assistance.

Pacific Power - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

Pacific Power offers the Home Energy Savings Program for their residential California customers to improve the efficiency of their homes. Incentives are also available for contractors and newly built Energy Star homes that meet specific requirements listed on the program web site. Incentives are available for energy efficient clothes washers, refrigerators, dish washers, water heaters, lighting, evaporative coolers, central AC units, and heating/cooling tune-ups. All appliances must be Energy Star and all other equipment must meet certain energy efficient standards listed on the program web site. Interested customers should consult the program web site for eligibility, participating retailers, and program

Partial Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Agricultural Solar Power Facilities

California provides a partial exemption of the state's sales and use tax for farm equipment and machinery. The exemption only applies to taxes levied by the State, and not sales and use taxes levied by local governments. Further, the exemption does not apply to the taxes imposed or administered pursuant to sections 6051.2 and 6201.2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, the Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law, the Transactions and Use Tax Law, or section 35 of article XIII of the California Constitution.

The California State Board of Equalization issued a Special Notice in November 2012, clarifying that

Pasadena Water and Power - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) offers rebates to residential customers on a wide variety of energy efficient technologies. Customers who purchase equipment from retailers located in Pasadena receive a larger rebate amount. 

More information, including additional program information, eligibility, product requirements, and contact information may be found on the web site listed above.

Pasadena Water and Power - Solar Power Installation Rebate

Pasadena Water & Power (PWP) offers its electric customers a rebate for photovoltaic (PV) installations, with a goal of helping to fund the installation of 14 megawatts (MW) of solar power by 2017. The rebate amount varies depending on the customer class installing the system and the system's size. Systems up to 30 kilowatts (kW) are eligible for the Expected Performance Based Buydown (EPBB) or can opt for the performance based incentive (PBI). The EPBB provides a one-time lump sum payment after installation and inspection approval based on the system's estimated AC energy output. The energy output is estimated using

PG&E (Gas) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) offers rebates for residential gas customers who install energy efficient furnaces or water heaters in homes. More information and applications for rebates are available at the program web site and customers can apply for the rebates online through the e-Rebate system. Participating homeowners should review equipment and program requirements on all program application forms to ensure eligibility for rebates. More information on these incentives can be found at the above program web site.


PG&E - Pacific Energy Center

The Pacific Energy Center (PEC) offers educational programs, design tools, advice, and support to create energy-efficient buildings and comfortable indoor environments. Most of PEC's efforts are focused around commercial buildings; however, other departments offer advice and information for residential buildings. PEC services include assistance in daylighting and shading analysis of physical building models to optimize envelope design; advice on site orientation, glazing, shading, daylighting, and electric lighting systems; electric lighting system demonstrations and discussion of the pros and cons of different approaches to electric lighting, in particular buildings and building types; identifying applicable incentive programs for energy-related measures, including the

PG&E - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) offers a variety of rebates for residential customers who install energy efficient equipment in eligible homes. Prescriptive rebates are available for smart thermostats and water heaters.

More information and applications for rebates are available at the program web site. All equipment be ENERGY STAR certified at time of purchase and have a Uniform Energy Factor of 3.09 or greater and/or Energy Factor of 3.24 or greater. Contact PG&E for additional information on these incentive offerings.

Property Tax Exclusion for Solar Energy Systems

Section 73 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code allows a property tax exclusion for certain types of solar energy systems installed between January 1, 1999, and December 31, 2024. This section was amended by AB 1451 in September 2008 to include the construction of an active solar energy system incorporated by an owner-builder in the initial construction of a new building that the owner-builder does not intend to occupy or use. This only applies if the owner-builder did not already receive an exclusion for the same active solar energy system and only if the initial purchaser purchased the new

Public Benefits Funds for Renewables and Efficiency

California's 1996 electric industry restructuring legislation (AB 1890) directed the state’s three major investor-owned utilities (Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and San Diego Gas & Electric) to collect a "public goods charge" (PGC) on ratepayer electricity use from 1998 through 2001 to create public benefits funds for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and research, development & demonstration (RD&D).

Subsequent legislation in 2000 extended the programs for 10 years from 2002 to 2012. This fund is used by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to administer renewable energy and RD&D programs, and by the electric utilities to administer

Redding Electric - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Redding Electric Utility offers a variety of financial incentives for energy efficiency through its Residential Rebate Program. Rebates are available for HVAC, water heating, building shell, and appliances. Rebate applications and further program guidelines are available on REU's web site. 

Contact Redding Electric or view the program web site for additional information.

Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM)

Note: This program completed its sixth and final mandated auction in 2015. CPUC Decision 14-11-042  allows the utilities to continue using RAM as a mechanism for meeting a portion of their RPS requirements. Future RAM solicitations will be issued at the discretion of the utilities. Some of the parameters put in place by the CPUC will be lifted, but the essence of the RAM program will remain. Namely, utilities will select projects based on lowest price, and selected projects will be granted standard non-negotiable contracts. See the utility websites below for more information. 

The Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM) was approved

Renewable Market Adjusting Tariff (ReMAT)

Note: In a December 2017 letter to the IOUs the Executive Director of the CPUC declared that the U.S. District Court had declared that the Re-MAT program violated the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution by placing numerical limits on utility obligations to purchase power from QFs, and establishing a purchase price different than the utility's avoided cost. The letter instructed the IOUs to not accept or approve new Re-MAT contracts pending further CPUC action. 

All investor-owned utilities and publicly-owned utilities with 75,000 or more customers must make a standard Renewable Market Adjusting Tariff (ReMAT) available to their customers. As

Renewables Portfolio Standard

Note: SB 100, signed in September 2018, increased the overall requirement from 50% to 60% by 2030. The legislation also changed some of the rules related to the use of large hydro by Publicly Owned Municipal Utilities, and adopted an additional goal of 100% of all retail sales by 2045 come from renewable energy resources and zero-carbon resources. 

California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) was originally established by legislation enacted in 2002. Subsequent amendments to the law have resulted in a requirement for California’s electric utilities to have 50% of their retail sales derived from eligible renewable energy resources in

Riverside Public Utilities - Non-Residential PV Incentive Program

Note: Riverside Public Utilities began accepting reservation appointments for Program year 2015 - 2016 on May 18th. Systems must be installed after July 1, 2015 to qualify. The program will remain open until funding for the year has been exhausted. 

 

The non-residential photovoltaic (PV) rebate program provides financial incentives for Riverside Public Utilities' business customers to install qualifying PV systems on their facilities. For Fiscal Year 2015-2016, the rebate amount is $0.50 per watt AC and cannot exceed $50,000. 

 

Leased systems and PPAs are not eligible to participate. 

 

Riverside Public Utilities - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Riverside Public Utilities offers incentives for residential customers to upgrade the efficiency of a variety of equipment within eligible homes. In order to receive rebates, all equipment efficiency standards must be met. Visit the program website for more information on the program incentives currently offered.

Riverside Public Utilities - Residential PV Incentive Program

Note: Riverside Public Utilities began accepting reservation appointments for Program year 2015 - 2016 on May 18th. Systems must be installed after July 1, 2015 to qualify. The program will remain open until funding for the year has been exhausted. 

 

The Residential Photovoltaic (PV) System rebate program provides incentives to Riverside Public Utilities customers who purchase and install qualifying photovoltaic systems on their homes. For Fiscal Year 2015-2016, the rebate amount is $0.50 per watt AC and cannot exceed 50% of the total system cost

 

Roseville Electric - Residential New Construction Rebate Program

Roseville Electric provides financial incentives to encourage local builders to construct energy efficient homes which incorporate  photovoltaics (PV). Participating builders can choose from three program options: BEST Homes, Optional PV, or PV- Only - Standard Feature. The programs have different requirements, which are specified on the program website, but the PV rebates are the same. As of January 15, 2015, rebates are on the 10th and final step of $0.24 per CSI rated AC Watts. 

Roseville Electric - Solar Rebate Program

Note: Incentive amounts offered through this program will step down over time based on participation rates.  See website above for the most recent incentive details.

Roseville Electric has implemented solar rebate programs in order to meet the three statewide goals in Senate Bill 1: to install 3,000 megawatts (MW) of distributed solar PV by the end of 2016, to establish an industry in which solar energy systems are a viable mainstream option in 10 years, and to place solar energy systems on 50% of new homes within 13 years. Photovoltaic (PV) systems up to 10 kilowatts (kW) are eligible to

Sales and Use Tax Exclusion for Advanced Transportation and Alternative Energy Manufacturing Program

SB 71 of 2010 established a sales and use tax exclusion (STE) for eligible projects on property utilized for the design, manufacture, production or assembly of advanced transportation technologies or alternative source (including energy efficiency) products, components, or systems. The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) is administering the program.

To date, the Program has approved financial assistance for private entities in the following fields: electric vehicle manufacturing, solar photovoltaic manufacturing, landfill gas capture and production, biogas capture and production (dairies and waste water treatment plants), demonstration hydrogen fuel production, electric vehicle battery manufacturing, biomass processing and

San Bernardino County - Solar Energy Development Standards

San Bernardino County’s Solar Energy Development Standards include standards and permit procedures for the establishment, maintenance and decommissioning of solar energy generating facilities.

Setbacks: Solar energy generating equipment and their mounting structures and devices shall be set back from the property line either pursuant to the standards in the Land Use Zoning District, or 130 percent of the mounted structure height, whichever is greater.

Glare: Solar energy facilities shall be designed to preclude daytime glare on any abutting residential land use zoning district, residential parcel, or public right-of-way.

Night Lighting: Outdoor lighting within a commercial solar energy generation facility shall

San Bernardino County – Accessory Wind Energy System Permit

San Bernardino County’s Accessory Wind Energy System Permit provides a uniform and comprehensive set of standards, conditions, and procedures for the placement of accessory wind energy systems on parcels in unincorporated areas of the County. These regulations are intended to ensure that accessory wind energy systems are designed and located in a manner that minimizes visual and safety impacts on the surrounding community.


Permit is required for an accessory wind energy system as defined by § 810.01.250 (Definitions, “W”). A single accessory wind energy system that is 35 feet or less in height shall be exempt from the requirement. Multiple

San Diego County - Design Standards for County Facilities

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors established design standards for county facilities and property. Among other requirements,  the policy requires that all new county buildings or major building renovations obtain U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Building Certification. Renovations of over 5,000 square feet  are considered major renovations. New buildings and major renovations must also incorporate a computerized energy management that complies with the USGBC LEED Credit EA 5 - Measurement and Verification certification requirements.

New buildings of larger than 5,000 square feet must incorporate on-site renewable energy that will provide for at least 2.5% of its annual energy

San Diego County - Green Building Program

The County of San Diego has a Green Building Incentive Program designed to promote the use of resource efficient construction materials, water conservation and energy efficiency in new and remodeled residential and commercial buildings. As part of the program, for qualifying resource conservation measures, the County will reduce building permit and plan check fees by 7.5% and grant expedited plan checks. To qualify for these conservation incentives, the project must comply with the program requirements for either natural resources conservation, water conservation, or energy conservation

Other rebates and incentives may be available to those building greener and more efficient homes

San Diego County - Solar Zoning Regulations

The County of San Diego has established zoning guidelines for solar electric systems of varying sizes in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County. Photovoltaic (PV) systems which have their electricity consumed onsite are considered an accessory use in all zone types and are generally permitted as long as they meet the height and setback requirements. PV systems which generate power for offsite use and are located on parcels of land not larger than 10 acres may be allowed with an Administrative Permit in all zones. Applicable projects must follow the Administrative Permit Procedure and meet certain PV-specific requirements before

San Diego County - Wind Regulations

The County of San Diego has established zoning guidelines for wind turbine systems of varying sizes in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County. Wind turbine systems can be classified as small or large, and have different siting requirements. Turbines of all sizes must abide by Noise Abatement and Control laws, must have restricted public access using locked fences, non-climbable towers, or other restrictions, and must have appropriate warning signs posted.  A wind turbine is considered non-operational if it produces less than 10% of the expected power output for 12 consecutive months.

Small Wind Turbine System: An installation consisting

Santa Clara County - County Green Building Standards Code

The purpose of this chapter is to enhance public health and welfare and assure that green building principles and practices are incorporated into new development to limit impacts to the natural and human environment within unincorporated Santa Clara County, The green building provisions referenced in this chapter are designed to achieve the following goals: 

  • Increase energy efficiency in buildings
  • Reduce potable water demand
  • Encourage natural resource conservation
  • Reduce waste generated by construction projects
  • Provide durable buildings that are efficient, cost effective, and economical to own and operate
  • Promote the health and productivity of residents and workers who occupy and live

Santa Clara County - Green Building Policy for County Government Buildings

In February 2006, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a Green Building Policy for all county-owned or leased buildings. The standards were revised again in September 2009.

All new buildings over 5,000 square feet are required to meet LEED Silver certification levels, but only buildings over 25,000 square feet must actually register and be certified by the USGBC. For buildings between 5,000 and 25,000 square feet, the building design and the LEED checklist must be reviewed by a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) or LEED Green Associate. The AP or Green Associate must be a registered engineer or architect and must

Santa Clara County - Solar Access Easements

In proposed subdivisions where a building configuration has been developed solar access easements shall be designed to protect solar access to proposed south roof and south wall areas and any proposed site for a solar energy system. For those subdivisions that have not been developed, solar access to the southernmost boundary of the buildable portion of a lot shall be protected. In establishing the dimensions of a solar access easement, specific considerations must be made.

In cases where a building configuration is not able to reasonably protect solar access to a proposed south facing element, the advisory agency may require

Santa Clara County - Solar Access for Subdivision Development

The intent of Solar Access for Subdivision Development (Part 9) is to implement and enforce the requirements of the California Solar Rights Act, that the design of all subdivisions for which a tentative map is required shall utilize natural heating and cooling opportunities to the maximum extent feasible and that the dedication of solar easements may be required as a condition of tentative map approval for new parcels in order to protect solar access. It is intended that the provisions of this part shall prevail over any other provisions of this Ordinance Code which may conflict with any of these

Santa Clara County - Solar and Wind Energy Conversion Systems

Commercial Solar Energy Conversion Systems

Commercial solar energy conversion system uses shall comply with all of the requirements of this section. Such uses are not allowed on any land designated Agriculture—Large scale (over 10,000 sq ft). Such uses may be allowed on lands with a general plan designation of Agriculture—Medium scale (between 2,400 and 10,000 sq ft), provided that the subject lot is deemed by the decision-maker to be of marginal quality for agricultural purposes. 

The systems are not allowed on any land located within the -d 1 (Santa Clara Valley Viewshed) and -d 2 (Milpitas Hillsides) design review combining

Santa Clara County - Zoning Ordinance

Santa Clara County's Zoning Ordinance includes standards for wind and solar structures for residential, agricultural, and commercial uses.

Commercial Wind Structures

Commercial-scale wind systems must be setback from property lines by a distance equal to the height of the tower plus the radius of the blades. The structure must also be placed in such a manner to minimize its overall visual impact, may not obstruct the view for neighbors, and must be colored to help the structure blend into the surrounding environment. Lettering and graphics are not permitted on wind systems, and the system should not subject neighbors to excessive

Santa Clara Water & Sewer - Solar Water Heating Program

In 1975, the City of Santa Clara established the nation's first municipal solar utility. Under the Solar Water Heating Program, the Santa Clara Water & Sewer Utilities Department supplies, installs and maintains solar water heating systems for residents and businesses. In addition, the city has also installed solar energy equipment for a number of its own facilities.

Solar equipment is available from the city for heating swimming pools, process water and domestic hot water. The hardware (solar collectors, controls and storage tanks) is owned and maintained by the city under a rental agreement. The renter pays an initial installation fee

Santa Cruz County - Solar Access Protection

Although the California Solar Rights Act of 1978 requires local governments to plan for future passive or natural heating or cooling opportunities in new residential construction, and the California Shade Control Act protects solar systems from shading by vegetation, current state and local laws do not protect installed solar energy systems from shading caused by structures. The County of Santa Cruz has developed a process for registering solar energy systems to provide additional protection to solar energy system owners.

The County's Building Regulations Code requires that any obstructions of solar access to a registered solar energy system be mitigated to

Savings by Design (Offered by six Utilities)

In conjunction with the California Department of Public Utilities, Savings by Design offers services and incentives to help owners and designers of commercial buildings raise energy performance. Qualified non-residential new construction and renovation projects in the service area of one of the six participating utilities are eligible to participate. The five participating utilities are Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Pacific Gas and Electric, San Diego Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. 

Savings by Design has two basic approaches through which to participate: the Whole Building Approach and the

SCE - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Southern California Edison (SCE) offers a rebate program specifically encouraging energy savings for SCE customers who own a detached single-family home. The program aims to reduce energy consumption by upgrading existing systems and measures in participating homes. Contact SCE for information about this program or visit the program web site listed above.

Self-Generation Incentive Program

Initiated in 2001, the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) offers incentives to customers who produce electricity with wind turbines, fuel cells, various forms of combined heat and power (CHP) and advanced energy storage. Retail electric and gas customers of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) or Southern California Gas (SoCal Gas) are eligible for the SGIP. Beginning in May 2012, all technologies previously eligible for the expired Emerging Renewables Program are now eligible for the SGIP program. Originally set to expire at the end of 2011, SB 412 of 2009 extended the

Silicon Valley Power - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Silicon Valley Power offers rebates to residential customers for the purchase of a variety of energy efficient products. To qualify for these programs, residents must live in the City of Santa Clara, receive electricity from Silicon Valley Power, and make purchases from participating retailers. Program guidelines and applications can be found on the program web site listed above.

Silicon Valley Power - Solar Electric Buy Down Program

Silicon Valley Power (SVP) offers incentives for the installation of new grid-connected solar electric (photovoltaic, or PV) systems. Incentive levels will step down over the life of the program as certain installed capacity goals are met. As of October 2016, residential SVP customers are eligible for a rebate of $1.25 per watt AC up to $12,500 (10 kilowatts). Commercial SVP customers are eligible for a rebate of $0.65 per watt AC for systems up to 50 kilowatts (kW). Commercial systems greater than 50 kW but smaller than 1 megawatt (MW) are eligible for a performance based incentive of $0.09 per

SMUD - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) offers a wide array of incentives for its commercial customers to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities. SMUD offers four different rebate programs to accomplish this goal. Customers who know the energy upgrades they want to install, have a contractor, and are ready to start should consider the Express Energy Solutions. For customers who don't know where to start, the Complete Energy Solutions program may be a good place to begin. Complex, large, and industrial projects are often good candidates for the Custom Incentives Program. For new construction measures, customers should consider the Savings

SMUD - PV Residential Retrofit Buy-Down

SMUD offers an incentive of $300 to residential customers who install grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems. All systems must be permitted and installed by B, C-10, or C-46 contractors. The incentive will be adjusted based on expected system performance, which is affected by factors such as inverter efficiency, orientation, tilt and shading. An incentive calculator can be accessed at https://smud.powerclerk.com/.

The incentive can be paid directly to the customer or the installer. PV equipment listed on the CEC Approved Equipment list is eligible for incentives: http://www.gosolarcalifornia.org/equipment/pv_modules.php and http://www.gosolarcalifornia.org/equipment/inverters.php.

Visit the program web site for more details. 

SMUD - Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Program

Sacramento Municipal Utility District offers financing to help residential customers finance energy efficient home improvements. Applicant for a loan must be the vested owner of the property where the product(s) are to be installed.

SMUD offers two separate loan programs: an Equipment Efficiency Loan and a Home Performance Loan.

Equipment Efficiency Loan

Presently, SMUD offers financing at an interest rate of 6.99% for secured loans or 10.75% for unsecured loans. Secured loans cover improvements related to HVAC, cool roofing, insulated siding, windows and renewable energy projects. Unsecured loans include building insulation, duct testing, duct sealing and other envelope improvements. To

SMUD - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) offers incentives for its residential customers to purchase and install energy efficient equipment and measures for the homes. Rebate charts of eligible products and equipment are available on the SMUD program web site listed above. Equipment requirements may be found on the rebate chart and must be met by all participating customers. The Home Performance Program requires that a home energy evaluation be performed to determine the most effective efficiency measures to utilize. Contact SMUD for more information on individual equipment rebates or comprehensive measures.

 

SMUD - Solar Water Heater Rebate Program

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District's (SMUD) Solar Domestic Hot Water Program provides rebates and/or loan financing to customers who install solar water heating systems. The amount of the rebate depends on how much electricity the system will offset annually:

  • 800 - 1,399 kWh: $500
  • 1,400 - 2,199 kWh: $1,000
  • 2,200 kWh or greater: $1,500

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All solar water-heating units must meet standards set by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC), be installed by a SMUD-approved solar contractor, and pass inspection by SMUD representatives.

SoCalGas - California Advanced Homes Incentives

SoCalGas offers an incentive for home builders to build multi-family high rises which exceed 2016 Title 24 standards by 15% or multi-family low rises and single family hopes with a Delta EDR (Energy Design Rating of at Least 3). The program is open to all single-family and multi-family new construction projects. 

The incentive payments are based on the final 2016 T-24 reports created and signed by a Certified Energy Analyst (CEA) and verified by a third party HERS Rater. Incentives increase incrementally as the performance of the structure increases. Bonus incentives for weatherization and solar pv are also available for

SoCalGas - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

The Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) Home Energy Efficiency Rebate Program offers cash rebates on qualifying energy-efficiency upgrades or improvements made to single family homes, multi-family apartments, or attached residential units (maximum of four). Prescriptive rebates are available for qualifying Energy Star dishwashers, clothes washers and water heaters. These appliance rebates can be redeemed at the point of sale through participating retailers.

If the equipment is bought at a non-participating retailer, mail-in rebates are available. Mail-in rebates are also available for central natural gas furnaces, attic and wall insulation, and tankless water heaters. Eligible equipment must meet the specifications listed

Solar Contractor Licensing

The California Contractors State License Board administers contractor licenses. The C-46 Solar Contractor license covers active solar water and space heating systems, solar pool heating systems, and photovoltaic systems. C-46 requirements include four years of experience and passing the business and law exam and the trade exam. Independent license schools offer courses to prepare for license exams.

Other contractor licenses for solar include:

  • A. General Engineering
  • B. General Building
  • C-4. Boiler, Hot Water Heating and Steam Fitting (for solar thermal systems)
  • C-10. Electrical (for photovoltaics only)
  • C-20. Warm-Air, HVAC (HVAC systems that utilize solar energy)
  • C-36. Plumbing (solar thermal systems)

Solar Easement and the Solar Shade Control Act

California’s solar access laws appear in the state’s Civil, Government, Health and Safety, and Public Resources Codes. California’s Civil Code (801.5) ensures that neighbors may voluntarily sign solar easements to ensure that proper sunlight is available to those who operate solar energy systems. California’s Government Code (65850.5) provides that subdivisions may include solar easements applicable to all plots within the subdivision in their plans. California’s Public Resources Code (25980) contains the Solar Shade Control Act, which encourages the use of trees and other natural shading except in cases where the shading may interfere with the use of active and passive

Solar Rights Act

The Solar Rights Act (CA Civil Code 714), enacted in 1978, bars restrictions by homeowners associations (HOAs) on the installation of solar-energy systems, but originally did not specifically apply to cities, counties, municipalities or other public entities. Subsequent legislation extended these restrictions to all public entities and common interest developments.  These entities are allowed to impose reasonable restrictions on a solar energy system that do not significantly increase the cost of the system or significantly decrease its efficiency or specified performance. 

"Significantly" was not originally defined, but later legislation adopted a specific dollar amount and system efficiency impact that the

Sonoma County - Energy Independence Program

The Federal Housing Financing Agency issued a statement in July 2010 that was critical of PACE programs. Many PACE programs, including Sonoma County's, were temporarily suspended in response to the statement, waiting for further direction from the federal agency. At their July 13 Board meeting the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors elected to re-open this program.

Sonoma County's Energy Independence Program gives property owners the option of financing energy efficiency, water efficiency and renewable energy improvements through a voluntary assessment on their property tax bills. The program is similar to others in California authorized by AB 811 of 2008, but

Southern California Edison - Saving Solutions for Business

Southern California Edison (SCE) offers a variety of financial and technical assistance for commercial and industrial customers, including energy audits and assessments, rebates for efficiency upgrades, participatory demand-response programs, and assistance for distributed generation energy systems. All business customers are eligible (i.e., all non-residential customers).

Statewide Solar Permitting Standards

Two bills signed in 2012 (AB 1801 and SB 1222) place limits on the fees that cities, counties, cities and counties, and charter cities can charge for a solar permit. CA Government Code § 65850.55 specifies that a local government cannot base the fee for a solar permit on the value of the solar system or the value of the property on which the system will be installed. It also requires the local government to separately identify every fee charged on the invoice provided to the applicant. The definition of a solar system under AB 1801 includes photovoltaics

Truckee Donner Public Utility District - Energy Conservation Rebate Program

Truckee Donner Public Utility District (TDPUD) offers incentives for customers to improve the energy efficiency of homes and businesses. Participants must be a TDPUD electric customer (and water customer for incentives for clothes washers) to participate. Qualifying equipment for this rebate include light bulbs, refrigerator, windows, dishwashers and more. For more information on this program, visit the program website or contact the utility directly.

Truckee Donner PUD - Photovoltaic Buy Down Program

As required by Senate Bill 1 of 2006, Truckee Donner PUD incentive levels will step down annually during the 10 year program. For program year 2015 the incentive level is $2.55 per watt AC, adjusted based on expected-performance. 2015 incentives are capped $7,650 for residential systems and $12,750 for commercial. Systems up to 1 MW may be installed, but the rebate will be applied to just the first 3 kW for residential and 5 kW for commercial systems.

Turlock Irrigation District - PV Rebate

Note: The Non-Residential Solar Rebate Program is fully subscribed. Applications received will be placed on a waitlist and will only be eligible for a rebate if a pending project is cancelled.

Turlock Irrigation District (TID) offers an incentive program to their customers who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. In keeping with the terms of the California Solar Initiative, the incentive payment levels will decline over the life of the program in 10 steps as certain MW levels of PV systems are installed within the District. As of March 2016, the residential incentive is on the 9th step at $0.57

Turlock Irrigation District - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Turlock Irrigation District (TID) offers a residential rebate program for customers who install energy-efficient equipment in eligible homes. Rebates are available for

  • LED Bulbs
  • Appliances
  • Heating, Cooling, and Sun Screens
  • Smart Thermostats
  • Pool Pumps
  • Shade Trees
  • New Construction

To be eligible for rebates, applications (including proof of purchase) must be received within 6 months. For program guidelines and additional information, visit the website listed above.

Ukiah Utilities - PV Buydown Program

The City of Ukiah Electric Department is currently revising this program. Contact the department with any questions at (707)-467-5711.

Through Ukiah Utilities’ PV Buydown Program, residential and commercial customers are eligible for a $0.28-per-watt AC rebate on qualifying grid-connected PV systems up to a maximum system size of 1 MW. In keeping with SB1, the incentive level will decrease annually on July 1 over the 10 year life of the program. Rebates are available on a first come, first served basis and are limited to $7,000 per residential installation and $25,000 per commercial installation.

Western Riverside Council of Governments - Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Financing Program

Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) is offering homeowners in WRCOG participating jurisdictions an opportunity to finance energy and water efficiency projects in their homes. The Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Program is a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program. PACE programs allow homeowners to finance energy improvements, and to repay the financing through special assessments on their property taxes. In most cases the property tax assessment will stay with the property if it is sold, though the buyer's lender may impose restrictions on the transfer.

A wide variety of energy and water efficiency products permanently affixed to the

Western Riverside Council of Governments - Large Commercial PACE

Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) is offering business owners in WRCOG participating jurisdictions an opportunity to finance energy and water efficiency projects for their commercial properties. The HERO Commercial Program is a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program. PACE programs allow businesses to finance energy improvements, and to repay the financing through special assessments on their property taxes.