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Understanding California solar incentives and rebates

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California is the country’s biggest solar energy powerhouse. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the Golden State has installed 18,296 megawatts (MW) of solar – enough to power 4,732,000 homes! It’s no mistake that California has so much solar. Rebates and other financial incentives make solar a smart financial move for residents and businesses across the state.

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HERO Loan Program: Interest Rates, Terms, and Benefits

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The HERO Loan Program by Renovate America is one of the most popular energy loan options in California. HERO loans offer reasonable interest rates that make it possible to fund energy upgrades like new windows and updated HVAC systems. Homeowners and businesses in hundreds of communities across the state have used HERO loans to make clean energy upgrades to their properties. One of the most popular uses for HERO loans is to reduce energy bills by installing solar panels.

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Top Community Solar States: Minnesota vs California vs Colorado Community Solar

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Community solar – the concept of leasing or owning a share of a large solar array rather than having a personal solar installation on your rooftop – continues to gain popularity across the continental United States. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), there will be a 1.8 gigawatt (GW) increase in installed photovoltaics from community solar arrays over the next five years.  Minnesota, Colorado and California – the undisputed best states for community solar – will drive the majority of that growth. You might wonder, why are these states so ideal for roofless solar compared to the 47 others in the U.S.? Here’s how these community solar leaders rose to the top.

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How much do solar panels cost in Los Angeles?

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In 2016, solar panel installations grew by a whopping 95 percent in the United States, and more of the same is expected for 2017. Though there was growth across the U.S., solar installations are increasing at an expedited rate in a few concentrated areas of the country. California has been and continues to be responsible for the large majority of business in solar, and Los Angeles is one of the leaders for solar in the Golden State. A recent report by Environment America named Los Angeles the top city for solar in the country due to its cumulative solar capacity.

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California home battery rebate: Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) explained

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California’s SGIP rebate is one of the best incentives in the country for homeowners who want to install a home battery with their solar panels. The Golden State already leads the country in solar energy – it has more solar capacity than any other state in the U.S., and nearly six times more solar than number-two state Arizona. Now, California is becoming a leader in energy storage. Thanks to the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) you can get a rebate for most or all of your solar battery installation in California, and it’s about to become a lot easier for homeowners to access. Here’s everything you need to know about SGIP rebate in 2017.
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Solar News: California sets 100% renewable target, solar growth double the rate of coal industry

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It was a big week for the solar industry that saw a number of milestones around growth and political support. The bipartisan lobbying for solar and wind, solar’s overthrow of the coal industry and a new 100% renewable goal for California has solar stakeholders buzzing in this week’s Solar News Report.

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How much does a 20,000 Watt (20 kW) solar system cost in 2017?

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If you’re shopping for a solar energy system, one of your first questions is probably, “how much will it cost?” Prices depend on the size of your system, the type of equipment you choose, and the state that you live in, but reviewing prices for a 20 kilowatt (kW) system is a great place to start for many smaller homes. Learn more about how much a 20 kW solar system costs, how much electricity a 20 kW system will produce, and the smartest way to shop for solar.

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Solar canopy installations: bring shade and clean energy to your parking lot

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The financial and environmental benefits of solar are greater than ever, and companies looking to benefit can now install a solar canopy over their parking lots to share in the savings. Businesses across the country are building solar parking lots that provide shade for cars while simultaneously generating renewable energy – and they’re saving thousands of dollars on electricity bills in the process.

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New Report Says Solar Panels Increase Home Value

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Installing solar panels can significantly increase your property’s value, according to a new study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBL). The report, titled “Selling into the sun: Price premium analysis of a multi-state dataset of solar homes“, builds on previous research which concluded that homes with solar panels in California sold for more than those without.

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In addition to California, the new study investigates home pricing trends Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New York and Pennsylvania by analyzing the sales of over 20,000 homes in these states. LBL’s analysis of the housing markets in these other states shows that the premium paid for homes with solar is not a phenomenon isolated to the Golden State. The clear takeaway: solar panels really do add value to a home.

If you are thinking about purchasing a solar system for your home, the study’s conclusions should give you a boost of confidence that you are making a smart investment. LBL finds that homes with solar panels will benefit from a ‘solar premium’ when they are sold because buyers are willing to pay more for a home with solar panels. Continue reading

The top solar companies for 2016 in residential PV

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In an industry that now employs well over 200,000 people, it can be difficult to sort through the thousands of solar installation companies that are active in the U.S. in 2017. EnergySage has compiled rankings of top solar contractors across the country on both the national and local level to help homeowners find solar companies near you.

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