Marin Clean Energy Solar Rebate . In 2011 and 2012, Marin Clean Energy customers were eligible for a $500 solar rebate. As of May 10, 2012 Marin Clean energy solar rebate funds were exhausted however, funds may become eligible again so we encourage you to check with them as you plan your project. Visit https://marincleanenergy.info/.org for more information.
City of Mill Valley Solar Rebate Fee Reduction.
To encourage the installation of more solar energy systems, the Council
adopted a resolution on November 21, 2005 that waives certain building permit
fees for solar energy systems that meet certain design guidelines. For additional
information, contact Danielle Staude, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning January 1, 2007 all solar electric rebates are provided by the California Solar Initiative (CSI). Rebate amounts vary depending on system size, the tax status of the system owner and system design. As more systems come online, the rebate amounts will decrease. For the latest information on the program and to apply, visit www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov
Rebate levels for Marin County as of September 21, 2012 :
Small Systems ($ per CEC-AC watt, for systems under 30 kW):
Note:Rebate levels listed above are the maximum dollar per watt available.Actual rebate amount will vary depending on expected system performance. Expected performance will be calculated based on equipment ratings and installation factors such as geographic location, tilt and shading. This incentive structure is called Expected Performance-Based Buydown (EPBB). Your solar contractor will be able to calculate your specific rebate amount as part of the bid process.
Large Systems ($ per kilowatt-hour, for systems over 30 kW):
Note: Incentives for all solar energy systems greater than 30 kW in size will be paid monthly based on the actual energy produced for a period of five years. This incentive is called Performance Based Incentives (PBI). Smaller systems (but not less than 10 kW) may also opt-in to this schedule to receive greater incentives for high performance.
Net Metering. Marin Clean Energy customers have access to their net metering program which includes premium rates for excess electricity production. Excess generation credits roll over month after month and are paid out on an annual basis if they are $100 or more. Credits never zero out and the program also provides net metered customers with a $4 bonus credit each month you generate excess energy. http://www.marincleanenergy.com
Feed-in Tariff . A Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program is now available to anyone in Marin County (whether or not you are customer of Marin Clean Energy or PG&E) wishing to sell the power output from an eligible small-scale (1 MW or less) distributed renewable generation resource. For details on eligibility and applications visit http://www.marincleanenergy.com
Federal Investment Tax Credit. 30% federal credit for solar electricity and solar thermal hot water (not pool heating). More information and instructions on how to apply can be found at http://www.energystar.gov/taxcredits
Solar energy systems are not included
in property tax appraisals, under California Taxation and Revenue Code Section
73 (legislation may sunset in 2006).
While a solar energy system will not increase a homeowner's
property tax, it WILL increase property value. According to the National Appraisal
Institute (Appraisal Journal Oct. 1999), your homes value increases
$20 for every $1 reduction in annual utility bills. An article in Realty Times
discusses the market for homes with installed renewable energy systems, published
March 2002. http://realtytimes.com/rtnews/rtcpages/20020315_energyhomes.htm