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Solar upgrades for commercial buildings

Efforts to reduce our carbon footprint can be seen every day, from the growing incidence of rooftop solar panels to the prevalence of new energy efficiency standards. The availability of incentives encourage owners to make their buildings more energy efficient.   For our part, the City offers an expedited permit process that provides a short two-week turn-around for commercial solar projects.

 

To see if your solar project qualifies for financial incentives, check out the programs linked below: 

 

One California incentive program is the California Solar InitiativeCustomers earn cash rebates for every watt of solar energy produced by their homes, businesses, farms, schools and non-profit organizations. The program has a $2.167 billion budget and expires in 2016.

 

There are also federal incentives available for going solar.  Commercial solar system owners can earn a tax credit equal to 30% of expenditures. In general, credits are available for eligible systems placed in service on or before December 31, 2016.

   

Check out the Database for State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) for a lot more information on state, local, utility and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

           

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