How does Solar Electricity Work?
The basics are outlined nicely at the following (PDF)
How does a Battery System benefit me?
I would like to have a Backup Power Source in case of emergency, so how does a Battery System benefit me? Find out how you can be completely independent of the Electric company, or have a backup in case of a power outage: (PDF)
How can I lower (Or possibly erase) my current electric bill?
I would like to lower (Or possibly erase) my current electric bill, how does solar help do this? The following brochure on Grid Tie Systems will answer this question: (PDF)
Is there a guide that will help me through the whole process of choosing a reputable Solar Contractor?
Is there a guide that will help me through the whole process of choosing a reputable Solar Contractor to having the system installed and fully operational?
YES!! The Consumer’s Guide to Buying solar will help you start to finish on your Solar System. Be sure to print this Guide for your reference: (PDF)
What about all the bad things I have heard about Solar?
What about all the bad things I have heard about Solar? Common Myths and why they just aren’t true: (PDF)
Federal Tax Incentives if I install a Solar System, what are they?
I heard that there are Federal Tax Incentives if I install a Solar System, what are they? GREAT NEWS!! The President just signed into effect (as of October 2008) That they are going to extend the Solar Tax Credits another eight years (If the New President doesn’t change this when he gets into office), but as they stand at this time here are the current Federal Incentives: (LINK)
What are the State Incentives available to me?
To find out the Current Incentive Rates for this State Funded Incentive Program,
please visit: http://www.csi-trigger.com
I live in San Bernardino County Limits. Are there any special incentives for my county?
YES! San Bernardino’s Board of Supervisors launched Green County San Bernardino in August 2007. The program includes a number of incentives to encourage residents, builders, and businesses to adopt more sustainable practices. Home-builders who build homes in the county which meet the California Green Builder standard will receive expedited plan checks, guaranteed timelines, and priority field inspection service. Residents and businesses in existing buildings can also receive incentives for improving their building’s energy use. Permit fees will be waived for the installation of solar energy systems, wind-generated electrical systems, tankless water heaters, and highly efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
Will I have to pay Property Taxes on my Solar System?
NO!! Section 73 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code allows a property tax exclusion for certain types of solar energy systems installed between January 1, 1999 and December 31, 2009. (The original expiration year of 2005 was extended by AB 1099 .) Qualifying active solar energy systems are defined as those that “are thermally isolated from living space or any other area where the energy is used, to provide for the collection, storage, or distribution of solar energy.” These include solar space conditioning systems, solar water heating systems, active solar energy systems, solar process heating systems, photovoltaic (PV) systems, and solar thermal electric systems, and solar mechanical energy. Solar pool heating systems and solar hot-tub-heating systems are not eligible.
Components included under the exclusion include storage devices, power conditioning equipment, transfer equipment, and parts. Pipes and ducts that are used to carry both solar energy and energy derived from other sources qualify for the exemption only to the extent of 75% of their full cash value. Likewise, dual-use equipment for solar-electric systems qualifies for the exclusion only to the extent of 75% of its value. System owners should contact their County Assessor’s office for further information.