What are the Primary Benefits of Installing Solar?

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1. Save Thousands of Dollars

  • Avoid increasing energy costs from utility companies.


2. Create Energy Independence

  • CA household have been experiencing a dramatic increase of power-outages in recent years. No longer will your access to power be at the will of the Utility Companies. Take control back into your own hands.


3. Increase Your Home Value

  • Studies have shown houses with solar sell faster AND for higher prices! 


4. Take Advantage of Tax Incentives

  • CA is phasing out Tax Incentives for installing solar on your home. 2021 will be the last year any incentive is given. Take action before it is too late!


5. Environmental Benefits - Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • Installing solar reduces the amount of fossil fuels that are used for the production of energy to power your home and automobile (if you have an electric car). Each home makes a significant difference!

Will there be another PG&E Rate Increase this year?

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Answer: Yes. 


The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) granted PG&E yet another rate increase for 2020.  Beginning in early 2020, residential electric customers will be transitioned to a Time-of-Use rate plan, where the price of electricity will depend on the time of day you use it. With Time-of-Use rate plans, customers pay lower prices for electricity during periods of low demand such as late night, early morning, and midday.


Once the Time-of-Use rate plan goes into effect, most residential customers will experience a significant increase in their overall monthly bill. This is because most residential customers, use their lowest amount of electricity during the morning and late evening, when the new rates Time-of-Use Rates are the lowest. However, they also use the most electricity in the late afternoon/early evening (3:00 PM – 9:00 PM) when the Time-of-Use rates will be at their highest. 


Currently, most PG&E residential customers are charged about $.24/kWh.  When the Time-of-Use Rates becomes effective, during the summer months in the late afternoon/early evening, the rate will be over $.42/kWh. 


A Battery Back-Up, or Energy Storage Solution, is designed to allow you to charge your battery with your solar system during the day and discharge the energy late in the afternoon/early evening, thus bypassing expense TOU rates. The Battery Back-Up will also provide power to your home when PG&E has a power outage.


Here is a link to a video produced by PG&E for a better explanation on TOU Rates.