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California has the largest solar market in the U.S. and a longtime champion of solar because of the many economic and environmental benefits it provides, including billions in local investment. It ranks 1st in the country based on the total amount of solar electric capacity installed and in operation (SEIA 2021).

Solar Incentives

If you’re installing solar on a home in Rancho Mirage, the RMEA will provide a rebate of $500 to cover your permit fee, after the utility company has granted permission to operate. If you’re a Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) customer, you can receive a $300 rebate for installing a residential solar panel system.The Disadvantaged Communities – Single-family Solar Homes (DAC-SASH) program provides upfront rebates to income-eligible, single-family homeowners who are customers of Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, or San Diego Gas and Electric. California has a net metering policy that credits you for the extra electricity your system produces, and allows you to use those credits when your system doesn’t generate enough power. Plus, you qualify for the federal solar tax credit.

Frequently asked questions


Growth Projection and Ranking: 19,501 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 2nd)

Generally, homes with solar energy systems sell for more than homes without. In most parts of the country, going solar can increase your property’s value by 4.1 to 9.9%, depending on where you live. Please note: The value of your property will only increase if you own, rather than lease, your solar system. However, a leased solar system may increase your home’s marketability.

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