Solar upgrades for
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 Initiative. Customers
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.