Facts About Rooftop Solar Subsidies
Myth: Rooftop solar in California will be destroyed by reforming Net Energy Metering.
Fact: The future of rooftop solar in California is secure. California’s clean energy future will ensure continued growth; any proposed changes are intended to address who pays for the subsidies. The recent Inflation Reduction Act signed into law by President Biden increases the Federal Investment Tax Credit for installing solar to 30% (up from 26%) through at least 2034.
Also, the California Solar Mandate (Title 24) requires that new homes be equipped with solar panels, which will drive up to 100,000 new solar installations every year regardless of the recent NEM (Net Energy Metering) decision, and starting in 2023, this requirement will also apply to most new commercial buildings. Meanwhile, utilities continue to offer incentives for installing rooftop solar; for example, Southern California Edison offers customers a $500 discount when they buy a rooftop system on the SCE Marketplace.
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SCE Teams With Lockheed Martin on Huge Solar Farm Expansion
The 130-acre Palmdale facility helps the global security and aerospace company meet growing energy needs.
Now up and running in Palmdale: a 20-megawatt, ground-mounted solar farm that is the largest Net Energy Metering project in Southern California Edison’s 50,000-square-mile service area. The 130-acre farm is helping to power Lockheed Martin’s famed Skunk Works, the birthplace of several cutting-edge military aircraft, including the U-2, SR-71 Blackbird and F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter.
SCE Connects 500,000th Solar Customer to Electric Grid
The milestone reflects decades-long support for rooftop solar; $500 discount available for customers who buy a rooftop system on the SCE Marketplace.
In 1998, Southern California Edison began connecting homes and businesses with solar panel installations to the electric grid. Twenty years later, the company reached a new milestone: 250,000 solar customers. It took only four more years to double that number to half a million.
Edison Volunteers Help Families Transition to Clean Energy
The nonprofit GRID Alternatives resumes solar panel installations as pandemic restrictions ease.
Nonprofit GRID Alternatives Inland Empire works to install solar panels on the residences of families who might not otherwise be able to afford them, and at the same time, provides hands-on job training for prospective solar industry workers. But throughout the pandemic, those activities were severely curtailed because of health-related concerns.
A Sustainable Path for Solar Power in California
Southern California Edison calls for rooftop solar reforms to promote equity and protect a maturing clean energy source.
Charles Dillon lives in a beach community served by Southern California Edison and has invested more than $30,000 to have 39 solar panels installed atop his 1960s-era, ranch-style home. Before installing his solar system, his monthly electric bill averaged about $500 without air conditioning.