California Solar Rebates


Going solar will cost the average Californian between $15,000 and $30,000(after rebates)depending on the size of the system. Californians have many solar financing choices, and rebates help ease the pain a bit.  Don’t forget to check the latest tax incentives as well..   You may choose to pay for it yourself, by purchasing your system outright with money you have saved up or get a loan from your favorite bank . There are various other financing options which make paying for solar easier to get into without a big upfront cost.

Most solar companies offer  a purchase, a PPA or lease option.  Some of this depends on  the utilities incentives.  If you get electricity from one of the other utility companies listed below, we may offer a purchase option only. Please contact us to discuss.

Utility Company Phone Number Online
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) 800-342-5397 LADWP rebates
Marin Clean Energy 888 632-3674 MCE online
Merced Irrigation District 209 722-3041 MID rebates
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) 800-743-5000 PG&E rebates
Pasadena Water & Power (PWP) 626-744-4005 PWP rebates
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) 888-742-7683 SMUD rebates
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) 800-411-7343 SDG&E rebates
Silicon Valley Power (City of Santa Clara) 408-615-6650 SVP rebates
Southern California Edison (SCE) 800-655-4555 SCE rebates


PG&E, SCE and SDG&E- The California Solar Initiative

In 2007 the California Solar Initiative was launched in part to help homeowners who are customers of PG&E, SCE and SDG&E go solar by providing a rebate. The program was designed to lower the rebate levels over time as the industry grew in scale. The program did its job and the cost of solar has significantly declined with increased scale and innovation. Today solar is more affordable than ever in these service territories and saving customers thousands on their utility bills.

All residents of California are eligible for the federal solar tax credit, which reduces the cost of going solar whether you decide to purchase your system or go via a solar lease or ppa.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power offers solar rebates that are based on the estimated performance of the home solar system. The utility company calculates the estimated production of the system and gives the homeowner a one-time payment for 20 years of production. For more information on the rebate program, see the LADWP solar incentives page.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District also offers homeowners solar rebates based on expected system performance. See the SMUD website for more information on their solar rebate program.

Power rate have gone up in recent years, so now is a great time to go green and get some green back!

Electricity rate tier increases in San Diego Gas & Electric

On average, San Diegans pay the highest rates for power in California, although not by much. Like most California utilities, SDG&E has 4 rate tiers, which means that as you use more electricity, you also get charged a higher rate for that electricity.  Recent rate increases have been heavily applied to the higher rate tiers.


Since 2001, SDG&E rates have risen over 100%*
2001 2012 2014 Increase since 2001
Tier 1 $0.13 $0.14 $0.15 15%
Tier 2 $0.15 $0.17 $0.18 20%
Tier 3 $0.16 $0.24 $0.36 125%
Tier 4 $0.17 $0.26 $0.38 123%

Electricity tier rate increases in Pacific Gas & Electric

Pacific Gas & Electric customers have 4 different rate tiers. Rate increases have been focused on higher tiers most recently.


Since 2004, PG&E rates have risen over 80%*
2004 2007 2011 2014 Increase since 2004
Tier 1 $0.11 $0.11 $0.12 $0.14 27%
Tier 2 $0.13 $0.13 $0.14 $0.15 15%
Tier 3 $0.17 $0.23 $0.29 $0.32 88%
Tier 4 $0.20 $0.32 $0.33 $0.36 80%

Electricity rate tier increases in Southern California Edison

Southern California Edison has 4 rate tiers.  All tiers have had substantial rate increases in the past decade.


Since 2005, SCE rates have risen over 85%†
2005 2009 2014 2014 Increase since 2005
Tier 1 $0.10 $0.11 $0.13 $0.15 50%
Tier 2 $0.14 $0.14 $0.16 $0.19 36%
Tier 3 $0.15 $0.24 $0.27 $0.28 87%
Tier 4 $0.17 $0.27 $0.31 $0.32 88%


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