Los Angeles, CA goes solar with SunPower®
Solar in the City of Angels
The state of solar power in Los Angeles, CA
California is the nation's leader in solar power production with over 700 operating solar plants, mainly located in the Mojave area. The state of California is interested in solar power due to its environmental and economic benefits, and the fact that its natural geography and climate is well-suited to solar.
It has invested $57 billion into solar energy for both commercial and residential solar developments. California has invested so much into solar power that it passed a bill requiring all new homes built in 2020 onwards to have solar power.
How much solar power does Los Angeles, CA produce?
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), California produces over 26,000 MW of solar power, which is enough to power over 6.8 million homes. That electricity production is expected to increase by an additional 15,000 MW over the next five years as the state continues to invest even more heavily into solar power.
Solar power supplies just under 20 percent of the entire state's power, though it is still far away from its aggressive goal of having utilities derive 60 percent of their power from renewable resources by 2030.
Is solar power generation feasible in Los Angeles, CA?
Yes. There's a reason why California has put so much money into solar, and that's because the climate and geography are perfect for solar electricity generation. Los Angeles has 284 sunny days annually and an average of 3,254 hours of sunshine per year. California also has some of the most expensive utility rates in the country, which makes installing solar power a wise financial decision.
The state offers several incentives to get people to switch to solar, including an attractive net metering policy and a solar tax credit. From 2020 onwards, any new houses built in California must have solar panels installed, by law. This move may reduce the cost of solar panel installation significantly as more competitors enter the market. Combined with the many incentives offered by the state, now is the best time to get solar power in Los Angeles.
From 2020 onwards, any new houses built in California must have solar panels installed, by law. This move may reduce the cost of solar panel installation significantly as more competitors enter the market. Combined with the many incentives offered by the state, now is the best time to get solar power in Los Angeles.
What legal considerations affect solar power in Los Angeles, CA?
California offers several state-wide and local incentive programs, including:
PACE solar financing: The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program allows homeowners to finance their solar panel installation and pay it back via property taxes. PACE may be an excellent option for people who are unable to afford the costs of a solar installation upfront and qualify for this program.*
Net metering: California's current net metering policy allows homeowners to receive credits from their utility based on the extra kilowatts they produce.* The current policy states that you get one bill credit per kilowatt. That rate will still be valid under the new NEM 2.0 program.
Federal Investment Tax Credit: This nationwide tax credit provides qualified customers who purchase solar a 26 percent income tax credit for the cost of solar panel installation.* The program will continue, but the credit will drop to 22% in 2021, and the program is set to expire after that, so be sure to get your installation completed before it expires.
- *. Programs and incentives vary by location and are subject to change. You may visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information for your location. Your SunPower dealer can also help you to determine the programs and incentives that are available to you.
- *. Utility credits and incentives vary by location and are subject to change. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.
- *. Tax credits subject to change. SunPower does not warrant, guarantee or otherwise advise its partners or customers about specific tax outcomes. Consult your tax advisor regarding the solar tax credit and how it applies to your specific circumstances. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.
How can I start using solar power in Los Angeles, CA?
Going solar is a smart option for Los Angeles residents. If you're considering adding a solar panel system, but don't know where to start, get in touch with us at SunPower. Our experts will provide you with all the relevant information you need to get your solar power installation started today. Whether you are a homeowner, business or homebuilder, SunPower has services and products to suit your needs. Request a free savings estimate to get started and find out how much you can save with SunPower® solar.
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