Incentives: Local

The federal, state and many local governments recognize the benefits, both financially and environmentally of solar hot water installations. To encourage the adoption and installation, all 3 are offering significant saving opportunities.  These incentives are extremely financially attractive, but do carry timelines for their availability in order to encourage property owners to make timely decisions.

Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs
Incentive Type: Municipal Financing
Eligible Solar Thermal Technologies: TBD
Eligible Sectors: Residential, Commercial, Multi-family Residential, Industrial, Agricultural
Eligible Customers: California Residents
Amount: TBD
Details: Property assessed clean energy programs, allowable through AB-811; municipality places an assessor’s lien on the property, loans paid through property taxes over time, eliminating upfront costs and keeping the loan with the property if sold to a new owner.  Loan amounts, terms, and fixed interest rates will vary.  The Palm Desert and Sonoma County Energy Independence Programs are underway, and the California First Program in addition to other programs, including the San Diego Clean Generation Program, and GreenFinanceSF are soon to follow.
Website: http://www.renewfund.com/pace/pace-overview

City of Palo Alto Utilities – Solar Water Heating Program
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Solar Thermal Technologies: Solar Water Heating
Eligible Sectors: Residential, Commercial, Industrial
Eligible Customers: City of Palo Alto Utilities
Amount: Maximum: Residential: $1,500; Commercial & Industrial: $75,000.
Details: Residential systems must be SRCC OG-300 rated, commercial and industrial systems must use collectors with SRCC OG-100 ratings. Incentive amount is based on SRCC rated system performance.  Systems must be installed by a contractor with an active A, B, C-36, or C-46 contractor license.  Self installers are allowed, and must attend a training workshop.
Website: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/SWH

Marin County – Green Building Incentive Program
Incentive Type: Green Building Incentive
Eligible Solar Thermal Technologies: Solar Water Heating, Solar Pool Heating
Eligible Sectors: Residential, Commercial
Eligible Customers: Marin County Residents
Amount: Title 24 waiver, fast-track permit processing, free green building assistance.
Details: New construction exceeding Title 24 requirements by 20% or more, or installing a renewable energy system producing at least 75% of the annual energy use of the building will qualify.
Website: http://www.marinsustainability.org

Palm Desert – Energy Independence Program
Incentive Type: Local Loan Program
Eligible Solar Thermal Technologies: Solar Water Heating, Solar Space Heating
Eligible Sectors: Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural
Eligible Customers: Palm Desert Residents
Amount: Minimum: $5,000; Maxiumum: $100,000
Details: Property assessed clean energy program, allowable through AB-811; loans paid through property taxes over time.  Loan amounts, terms, and fixed interest rates will vary. Interest rate will not exceed 10%, and term will not exceed 20 years.
Website: http://www.cityofpalmdesert.org/Index.aspx?page=484

Redding Electric – Earth Advantage Rebate Program
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Solar Thermal Technologies: Solar Water Heating
Eligible Sectors: Residential, Commercial
Eligible Customers: Redding Electric
Amount: 50% of project cost
Details: Solar water heaters must replace electric water heating systems and be approved by utility.  Maximum incentive: $1,000 for the first collector, $500 for the second collector, $250 for the third collector.
Website: http://www.reupower.com/energysvc/energy-rebates10.asp

Santa Clara Water & Sewer – Solar Water Heating Program
Incentive Type: Leasing Program
Eligible Solar Thermal Technologies: Solar Water Heating, Solar Thermal Process Heating, Solar Pool Heating
Eligible Sectors: Residential, Commercial, Local Government
Eligible Customers: Santa Clara Water & Sewer
Amount: Upfront Cost Varies
Details: Solar thermal equipment, used for heating domestic water, process water, or pools, is leased from the city to the system owner.  Monthly lease amount is based on number of collectors, and customer must pay determined installation cost.  For solar pool heating systems, the installation cost is $625 with an additional cost of $40 per collector, and are billed only 6 months out of the year.  For multi-family solar domestic water heating systems, the average installation fee for a 10-unit building is around $7,500, and are billed monthly.
Website: http://www.ci.santa-clara.ca.us/pub_utility/ws_water_heating.html

Santa Monica – Solar System Permit Fee Waiver
Incentive Type: Green Building Incentive
Eligible Solar Thermal Technologies: Solar Water Heating, Solar Space Heating, Solar Thermal Process Heating
Eligible Sectors: Residential, Commercial
Eligible Customers: City of Santa Monica Residents
Amount: Full fee amount
Details: City of Santa Monica has been waiving building permit fees for all solar energy systems since 2002.
Website: http://www.solarsantamonica.com/index.html

SMUD – Residential Solar Loan Program
Incentive Type: Utility Loan Program
Eligible Solar Thermal Technologies: Solar Water Heating
Eligible Sectors: Residential
Eligible Customers: SMUD
Amount: 100% of net system cost
Details: Systems must meet SRCC standards and be installed by a SMUD-approved solar contractor.  Fixed APR: 8.5%; Term: up to 10 years.
Website: http://www.smud.org/en/rebates/Documents/financing-form-2-09.pdf

SMUD – Solar Water Heater Rebate Program
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Solar Thermal Technologies: Solar Water Heating
Eligible Sectors: Residential
Eligible Customers: SMUD
Amount: $1,500 per system
Details: Systems must meet SRCC standards and be installed by a SMUD-approved solar contractor.
Website: http://www.smud.org/rebates/

Sonoma County – Energy Independence Program
Incentive Type: Local Loan Program
Eligible Solar Thermal Technologies: Solar Water Heating, Solar Pool Heating
Eligible Sectors: Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Multi-Family Residential Eligible Customers: Sonoma County Residents
Amount: No maximum loan amount
Details: Property assessed clean energy program, allowable through AB-811; loans paid through property taxes over time.  Loan amounts, terms, and fixed interest rates will vary.
Website: http://www.sonomacountyenergy.org/

 
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