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The state of solar power in California
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), California takes first place in terms of solar energy output. Both the weather and the economic environment in California combine to create a very favorable market for high-quality solar power. Businesses, consumers, government agencies and developers can all benefit from exploring the next step in optimizing this resource.
How much solar power does California produce?
As of 2019, SEIA indicates there are 2,786 solar companies in California and sufficient solar system installations to power 6,512,367 homes. Solar power forms 19.02% of the state's total electricity.
Is solar feasible in California?
According to the Los Angeles Times, California set two solar records in 2019. In June, the most unused solar energy was taken offline and the most solar power went through the main electric grid. These records can mean good news for rate payers, as it can drive down the cost of electricity. A large amount of surplus power can also be stored and used during times when solar energy is not being generated, such as during cloudy weather. Solar can help California achieve its target of running on 60% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% renewable energy by 2045.
In California, installing solar panels can produce a realistic chance of having surplus energy to store or sell back to the utility, resulting in substantial savings and a quick return on the investment of purchase and installation.
How much does solar cost in California?
As in the rest of the nation, the average cost of home solar panels in California has decreased by 34% over the past five years. Specific costs, however, can vary. Solar energy projects can range from vast installations to power farms and other large-scale ventures to consumer installations for individual homes.
In general, solar costs tend to depend on a few essential factors. These include:
Unshaded roof space available for panel placement
Local weather and geography
Availability of rebates and other incentives
California offers various incentive programs for qualifying residential and business property owners. Local municipalities and utility companies may offer additional benefits.
As a whole, California receives a large share of sunshine throughout the year. However, this may not be true for all areas, especially some coastal locations to the north. In some regions of California, you may want to choose panels designed to withstand various types of weather events. Solar companies in California should also be aware of earthquake safety standards for materials and installation.
What legal considerations affect solar power in California?
Ongoing legal initiatives aim to make solar power even more accessible to California's residents. Some of these initiatives include developing more solid consumer protection laws for solar panel purchasers, protecting net metering as a means to lower consumer costs and updating building and zoning codes to make them friendlier to solar energy installations. SEIA is also driving the incorporation of solar energy topics into the projected electric grid modernization.
How can I start using solar In California?
There are various kinds of solar panels. The type and number you need depends on factors such as your budget, your roof space and your energy needs. If you want to generate surplus power to store or sell back to your utility, you may want to optimize your output and cover all available space with high-efficiency panels. Choosing high-efficiency home solar panels can help you produce maximum energy with limited space.
At SunPower, we help California homeowners, homebuilders and businesses meet their energy needs with high-quality solar systems. We can assess your needs and recommend the installation that will best help you achieve your goals. To learn more, fill out our online contact form or call us at (800) 786-7693.
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