Solar rebates and tax credits

The California Solar Initiative – CSI

The California Solar Initiative offers cash back for installing solar on your home or business. California is striving to create megawatts of new solar-generated electricity, moving the state towards a clean energy future.

Join the thousands of home and business owners who have earned cash back rebates by installing solar energy systems through the California Solar Initiative. Customers earn cash rebates for every watt of solar energy installed on homes, businesses, farms, schools, and government and non-profit organizations.

Do I qualify ?

If you buy electricity from one of California’s three investor-owned utilities (IOUs – Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, or San Diego Gas & Electric), and you have roof or ground space that gets unobstructed sunlight from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. year round, you qualify for cash back incentives through the California Solar Initiative.


Residential Solar Power Incentive

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Incentive Program (Incentive Program) provides an incentive payment to LADWP customers that purchase and install their own solar power PV systems.To receive an incentive payment from the LADWP, customers must apply for and receive a written, Confirmed Reservation number issued by the Solar Energy Group. The individual solar powered systems must meet the requirements outlined in Section 6.0 of the Solar Guidelines. These requirements are system level specifications that must be met before an incentive payment can be approved. If after reading the guidelines you require additional information about the Incentive Program, please contact the LADWP’s Solar Energy Group at (213) 367-4122.

Since 1999 the LADWP Solar Incentive Program has encouraged the development of over 21 MW of solar power. LADWP’s Solar Incentive Program is structured as a 10 step declining incentive, based on the amount of solar installed and connected to LADWP’s grid. The proposed residential incentive schedule is shown in the table below. When the megawatt target is reached at the current step, the incentive rate will drop by $0.01 and be paid at the next Step rate. At the end of the 10 year program period the incentive rate will go to zero.