Solar Rebates & Incentive Programs

There are a number of incentives and rebates available to make solar and renewable energy options more affordable. You may want to explore the options below to see if you qualify.


California Solar Initiative (CSI) Programs


  1. Solar Water Heaters

    The Solar Water Heating or CSI-Thermal program offers rebates on qualified solar thermal systems for homes and businesses. You can apply at the Center for Sustainable Energy website or by calling 1-858-244-1177.

  2. Low-Income Single-Family Homes

    GRID Alternatives is a non-profit organization that administers the Disadvantaged Communities - Single-family Solar Homes (DAC-SASH) program, a rebate program for lower-income homeowners to help them lower their electric bill and go green. See if you qualify and apply by visiting the DAC-SASH website or by calling 1-619-239-4743.

  3. Low-Income Multifamily Homes

    For low-income owners of multi-unit properties, CSI offers solar rebates through the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing program. You can learn more and apply at the Center for Sustainable Energy or by calling 1-858-244-1177.

Tax Credits & Financing


  1. Tax Incentives

    Consult your tax professional to see if you are eligible for The Federal Investment Tax Credit of up to 30% off your qualified system and installation.

  2. Leasing

    If upfront costs are keeping you from pursuing solar solutions for your home or business, you may want to explore leasing or entering a power purchase agreement (PPA). You’ll negotiate an annual rate, and your vendor will install and maintain your equipment.

  3. Loans

    Check with your financial institution to see if you qualify for green loans, home equity loans, personal loans or other financing options to invest in and install solar or renewable energy. Your contractor may be able to recommend a lender as well.

Additional Resources

To explore more incentives and options offered at the city, county, and state level, visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE).

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