The Go Solar California! campaign is a joint effort of the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission. The goal is to encourage Californians to install 3,000 megawatts of solar energy systems on homes and businesses by the end of 2016, making renewable energy an everyday reality.
The California Solar Initiative (CSI) is the solar rebate program for California consumers that are customers of the investor-owned utilities:
Together with the rebate program for New Solar Homes and rebate programs offered through the dozens of publicly owned utilities in the state, the CSI program is a key component of the Go Solar California! campaign for California. The Go Solar California! website provides California consumers a "one-stop shop" for information on solar programs, rebates, tax credits, and information on installing and interconnecting solar electric and solar thermal systems.
There are also financing programs available for low income households that qualify for the California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE) Program. Click any link below and financing options will become available.
Amount you can receive:
Varies by customer class and system performance
Affordable housing: 75% of system cost
All other projects: 50% of system cost
GRID Alternatives is the statewide program manager for SASH, a ratepayer-funded program through the California Public Utilities Commission that provides rebates to help low-income homeowners go solar.
Amount you can receive:
Varies depending on income level and California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program eligibility.
$10,000 for fully subsidized systems.
No maximum stated for partially subsidized systems.
Energy efficiency rebates are offered through a wide variety of community organizations and utility companies. Many of these energy efficiency rebates have a similar solar rebate for the same link.
Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade offers up to $3150 in rebates. To qualify for Home Upgrade, your project must choose three or more qualifying improvements from a set menu of high efficiency upgrade measures. Upgrades may include attic, wall and floor insulation, duct sealing, furnace and AC replacements, and more.
→ If you are interested in installing solar power, this website will connect you with Go Solar California!
CAPSLO is a community program for low-income and senior households offering weatherization services through utility companies and offer assistance through the federally funded programs: Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP), and Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).
LIHEAP Provides: Basic Weatherization (same as So Cal Gas), plus Health & Safety repairs, and additional minor home repairs.
ECIP Provides: Heater repair/replacement; for homeowners only and after client has called Gas Co. to check appliances.
HEAP Provides: Assistance to customers with a one-time payment toward utility bills (gas, electric or propane)
Utility loan program for retrofits on your home.
SoCalGas offers a complimentary energy efficiency starter kit. Click the link below for more information.
This is a utility program for low income and middle income households.
Energy Savings Assistance Program (low income):
This is a tri-county program for middle income households. To qualify, you must live in a single family detached home, and be a utility ratepayer. emPower offers a free in-home energy consultation led by a qualified energy coach to make suggestions on energy upgrades.
If you are a homeowner and don’t see a rebate that matches your needs, here is a list of rebates that PG&E offers in 2015
This is a utility loan program for non-residential buildings: Amount you can receive: Businesses: $5,000 - $100,000 (paid back in 5 yrs), Government Agencies: $5,000 - $250,000 (paid back in 10 yrs)
Specific breakdown of rebates:
Electric Food Service Equipment: $50 - $1,250/unit
Refrigeration Equipment: $25 - $1,000/unit
Package Terminal Air Conditioner & Heat Pumps: $100/unit
Efficient Lighting Upgrades: $17 - $200/fixture
Occupancy Sensors: $15 - $55/sensor
Electric Storage Water Heater: $30
Heat Pump Water Heater: $500/unit
Clothes Washer: $50
This is a utility program for commercial, Industrial, Schools, Local Government, State Government, and Federal Government.
This is a utility loan program for multi-family residential buildings. There are plenty of options when choosing what to upgrade in your home, click the link below to see what you can upgrade.
If you are a business owner and don’t see a rebate that matches your needs, here is the complete list of rebates PG&E offers for businesses in 2015: