Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Who are the top solar panel companies in California?

Though there are various opinions on California's best solar panel companies, many would agree that SunPower SolarADT Solar, and NRG Solar are some of the best-rated. When choosing a solar energy provider, looking for a company with experience and a good reputation is important. Additionally, consider factors such as the quality and efficiency of their solar panels, financing options, and warranty and maintenance policies.

Do I need a permit to install solar panels in California?

Installing solar panels in residential properties involves obtaining permits and going through inspections, which may incur varying costs based on the permit requirements. In California, you are required to get a permit, but the cost of residential permitting is capped at $450 as of now. Nevertheless, solar companies usually incorporate the expenses of permits and inspections into their turnkey pricing for solar panel installation, which could result in these costs not being seen separately.

Will solar panels increase property tax in California?

Installing solar panels on a home can add value to the property and make it more appealing to potential buyers. According to Architectural Digest, the trend for energy-efficient homes has resulted in higher selling prices. Buyers will pay 4.1% extra for a solar-powered home. Installing solar panels on your property also makes you eligible for a property tax exclusion under Section 73 of the state's revenue and taxation code. Property taxes would not increase due to the new solar installation if it qualifies for the exclusion.

How do I qualify for free solar panels in California?

While you can’t get solar panels for free in California, various state programs can make installing solar panels more affordable. California offers several incentives for those looking to invest in solar energy, such as the California Solar Initiative (CSI), which provides rebates for solar installations. The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program also allows homeowners to finance their solar panel system through property taxes. These programs can help make solar panels a more economical endeavor.

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Ann Schreiber

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Ann has been a marketer and a content writer for over 20 years. She worked for financial institutions such as FICO, Experian, and BlueChip Financial as a director of content and brand marketing.

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