Why Need of Solar Panels In California 2020
- Advantages of Solar Energy
- Renewable Energy Source
- Reduces Electricity Bills
- Diverse Applications
- Low Maintenance Costs
- Technology Development
- Using less water
- Reducing air pollution
- Help to slow climate change
- Reducing your household’s carbon footprint
- Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels
• As heat for making hot water, heating buildings and cooking
• To generate electricity with solar cells or heat engines
• To take the salt away from sea water.
• To use sun rays for drying clothes and towels.
• It is used by plants for the process of photosynthesis.
• To use in cooking (solar cookers).
• Solar energy is the energy force that sustains life on Earth for all plants, animals and people. It provides a compelling solution for all societies to meet their needs for clean, abundant sources of energy in the future
PUTTING SOLAR ON YOUR HOME IS AN IMPORTANT FINANCIAL DECISION
- Most solar providers are honest and fair. However, there are still some false claims you need to
watch out for
False claim – You can get free solar energy at no cost to you
The Truth – Solar energy is rarely free. An honest company will be upfront about all the costs you will pay over time.
• There is one exception: a few government-funded solar programs offer free or low-cost solar to low income households. Go directly to page 6 to see what government-approved organizations run these programs.
False claim – You will never pay an electricity bill ever again after a solar system is installed
The Truth – After going solar, you will typically pay a small electricity bill every month and a larger electricity bill at the end of the 12-month cycle. See page 17 for an example.
• Customers who take out a solar loan or sign a lease or power purchase agreement will also receive a monthly bill from a loan company or solar provider.
• If you use PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing, you will also make a payment once or twice a year with your property taxes or monthly with your mortgage payment.
What is the total cost of the solar energy system?
If you are considering a solar loan, lease, or power purchase agreement, also ask:
• Is there a down payment?
• How much will I pay per month?
When will these payments increase and by how much? If you are considering PACE financing, also ask: • How much will I pay once or twice a year with my property taxes or monthly with my mortgage?
• How many years will I pay this amount?
ROADMAP FOR SOLAR AT YOUR HOME
STEP 1: Is Solar a Good Fit for Me?
- Solar photovoltaic panels can capture sunlight on your roof or property and convert it into electricity.
- This electricity powers the needs of your home, such as lights, electric vehicles, and appliances.
STEP 2: Understand Roles and Solar Process
- Solar Providers
- PACE Administrators
- Electricity Providers
- City/County Inspectors
STEP 3: Find a Qualified Solar Provider
Find Solar Providers that Serve Your Neighborhood.
- Go to www.cslb.ca.gov
- Go to www.CaliforniaDGStats.ca.gov
Compare Your Financing Options
- Purchase with Cash or Loan
- PACE Financing
- Lease and PPA
- Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)
STEP 5: Learn About Electricity Bill Savings
HOW ELECTRICITY BILL SAVINGS WORK
There is a special arrangement with your electricity provider that is called Net Energy Metering (NEM). NEM allows you to get a financial credit on your electricity bill when your solar system sends electricity back to the grid after first powering the electricity needs at your house. Usually this credit is approximately equal to the retail rate of energy. This means that you are credited on your bill about the same amount that your electricity provider would have charged you for electricity during that time.
STEP 6: Carefully Read All Paperwork
This one-page document from the Contractors State License Board shows you the total costs for the proposed solar energy system. It also has information about your three-day right to cancel a contract. A Solar Provider is required to fill out this document. It may be placed as the cover page to the contract. See a blank version at www.cslb.ca.gov/contractors/SolarSheet.aspx.