California Solar Initiative

April 15, 2019

Get Paid to Go Solar

California Solar Initiative | Get Paid for Solar Installation

It makes sense to make the most of the incredible sunshine through the Central Valley of Southern California where most towns get over 250days of sunshine a year and Sacramento is one of the sunniest cities on Earth.

The California Solar Initiative (CSI) is a rebate program for California residents.  The goal is to give the homeowner cash back for installing solar power in your home or business.

It’s just one of a number of incentives offered as part of the State’s “Go Solar California” campaign that aim to make solar power not only affordable but lucrative- it could actually even make you money in the long term!

Solar for Residential and Commercial Business in Central Valley

It doesn’t matter if you are in the city or on a farm, what property type or where you are in the San Joaquin valley- from Sacramento to down south in Fresno and Visalia.

Solar Installation for Residential and Commercial Establishments

The CSI is available to anyone who purchases their power service from one of the state’s main investor-owned suppliers: Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E); Southern California Edison (SCE); or San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).  Smaller utilities like SMUD and Merced Irrigation District also have rebate schemes.

Key features of the CSI include:

  • A solar rebate program for customers in PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E territories (including Santa Clara and the Central Coast). This program funds solar on existing homes, existing or new commercial, agricultural, government and non-profit buildings. This program funds both solar photovoltaics (PV), as well as other solar thermal generating technologies. This program is sometimes referred to as the CSI general market program.
  • If you are interested in getting a solar powered water heater, check out the CSI Thermal Program. This is a solar hot water rebate program for customers in PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E territories.
  • There is also the Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) program, a rebate system for low-income residents that own their own single-family home and meet a variety of income and housing eligibility criteria.
  • A solar rebate program for multifamily affordable housing – Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) program.
  • The overall rebate is based on how well-performing a solar energy system is. The better the system, the greater the incentive. It considers factors such as installation angle, tilt, and location.

California leads the country in solar installations like Valley Solar Pros, a solar installer in Central Valley: 923,719 solar projects so far and 7,736 megawatts installed!

How to Get in the California Solar Initiative?

It’s a simple process to get on board:

  • Step 1: Do an Energy Efficiency Audit
  • Step 2: Find a Solar Installer
  • Step 3: Apply for Rebates or work with your installer to apply
  • Step 4: Install Your System
  • Step 5: Claim Your Incentive!

Solar Valley Pros can also help you take full advantage of the rebate programs available and make the transition to solar that much easier. Contact us to find out how we can help you walk through the process and so you can start saving money!