Solar Gold Rush in San Diego: Rules for Solar Changing
Monumental Changes in Solar Market to Spur the Largest Demand in History
Net energy metering will end once a certain amount of solar is installed in each utility territory, and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) will be the first utility to reach its cap. Anyone that installs solar before the cap is hit will receive full retail credit for energy they produce, and will be grandfathered in for 20-years. Once net metering ends, new homes and businesses that install solar will receive less credit for the energy they produce.
"The period for going solar under the current net metering rules could end for SDG&E customers by December or even earlier, depending on how many people install solar this year," said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA).
In order for property owners to get grandfathered in to current rules, the projects must be installed. A signed contract will not reserve a property's space in the queue. Under normal market conditions, it takes an average of 120 days for a project to be delivered from the time paperwork is signed to installation completion. The solar industry is anticipating a bottleneck for installations, city permitting, and utility inspections.
"We are informing all San Diego property owners that are interested in going solar that they need to sign up by May in order to receive the current favorable rules and grandfathering protections," said Sullivan, who has been providing solar to the region for a decade, "September is when there's the greatest demand for solar, but it is unlikely that people who wait until then will be installed before the rules change."
In addition to the local changes, solar policy is going to become less favorable on a national level as well. The tax credit, which covers 30 percent of a solar project, is currently the largest incentive available for property owners that invest in solar. The federal tax credit for solar is ending in 2016 for residential properties, and will be reduced to 10 percent for commercial property owners.
"Given changes that will be coming next year and favorable conditions right now, there has never been a better time to go solar," said Del Chiaro.
About Sullivan Solar Power
Sullivan Solar Power is a turnkey solar system provider that delivers solar electric projects from concept to completion. The company has installed more than 25,000,000-watts of solar power ranging from small-scale residential to large-scale commercial and municipal systems. Sullivan Solar Power is headquartered in San Diego, Calif. and owned and operated by Daniel Sullivan. Sullivan Solar Power has a longstanding A-plus rating with the Better Business Bureau, with no complaints filed since the business began. The firm has been named one of the fastest growing energy companies in the nation by Inc. Magazine for three consecutive years and services all of Southern California. Regardless of project size and scope, Sullivan is committed to delivering the best products and the most qualified professionals to its customers.
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