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The state of solar power in Sacramento, CA
California ranks first in the nation for solar power use. It’s no surprise then that solar is used widely in the city of Sacramento.
Nearly 7 million homes are powered by the sun statewide, making up 19.51 percent of the state’s electricity. There are no signs of solar slowing down either, with over 63.5 million dollars being invested in solar power in the state, and output expected to grow 15,867 MW over the next five years.
Over the past five years, prices have fallen 36 percent, making solar a more affordable option by the year. As time goes on, many residents are choosing to take advantage of the notoriously sunny weather in California - there are 269 sunny days every year on average.
How much solar power does Sacramento, CA produce?
According to the US Department of Energy, Sacramento is a major contributor to California’s solar output. When recognized by the government for its efforts in 2008, the city had 350 PV systems installed within the city limits. These systems did their part by carrying a capacity of 3,026 KW. Further, they had 1,190 PV systems with 10,559 kW of capacity in their general area.
Since that time, the Sacramento and the state’s capacity has grown exponentially, with the state of California ranking first in the nation in growth projection.
California passed a new law in 2018 that requires all new houses to be fitted with solar panels, which will continue to increase Sacramento’s potential output. The law is set to go into effect in 2020.
Is solar power generation feasible in Sacramento, CA?
In short, absolutely. Sacramento was designated as a Solar America City back in 2008 for its forward-thinking attitude toward solar power and clean energy in general. The city has taken major strides to improve its energy practices since then, with installation numbers steadily rising each year. The designation indicates that the city has an extensive history with solar power that continues to this day.
In addition to houses using solar power, the city municipality, zoo, traffic signs, and parking meters have largely been powered by solar for well over a decade. The feasibility of solar power is increased due to the city’s sunny climate, which allows solar power to flourish. Solar power can ultimately save money compared to regular power sources, in addition to tax breaks residents and businesses receive.
What legal considerations affect solar power in Sacramento, CA?
The federal government currently offers a 26 percent tax credit, for qualified homeowners, based on your installation costs.* Further, a recent California law requires that at least 50 percent of the state’s electricity become non-carbon producing by 2030.
The state is also net metering friendly. With a grid-tied system, you avoid the need for a battery bank, and any excess energy you produce during the day goes back to the grid, providing you a credit which can offset electricity charges on cloudy days and at night.
- *. 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 in Sacramento, CA?
Sacramento continues to play a pivotal role in California’s new solar power initiatives, which are just the latest in a long line of forward-thinking energy practices. If you are looking to get solar power in Sacramento, our experts can help.
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