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Fresno not only has a vibrant art scene, but is home to the Forestiere Underground Gardens, as well as plenty of blooming trails scattered throughout its vast farmland.
If you live in Fresno or any of the surrounding areas, you may have heard about solar panels from your neighbors. Solar energy is expanding rapidly throughout California in the last several years.
But what are the benefits of going solar in Fresno?
Let’s go through some of the best reasons going solar in Fresno is a great investment.
Did you know that California is one of the best places in the country to go solar. Here’s why:
Here are even more reasons that going solar in Fresno is worth it:
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If you’re looking for the best incentives for going solar in Fresno, we’ve got you covered. There are plenty of financial reasons for going solar on top of playing your part for a cleaner environment.
Some of the incentives that make solar a good investment in California are: the Federal Solar Tax Credit, state-wide net metering, property tax exemptions and an increase in your home’s value. Let’s find out more.
If you’re wondering about Fresno solar rebates, you’re not alone. While Fresno county doesn’t have its own solar rebate program, the utility companies of California participate in the state-wide program of net metering.
NEM 2.0 is California’s generous net metering program, which is part of the reason you’ll start to see the investment in your solar panel purchase This was put in place in 2016 by the California Public Utility Commission.
It works like this: for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of solar electricity you feed into your utility company’s grid, you get a bill credit for one kWh of utility-generated electricity. This means that with the right size solar system, you can drastically reduce, zero out, or come out with a negative electricity bill each month.
If you live in Fresno, you’re most likely using PG&E for your energy. PG&E has a great net metering program, you can learn more about it here.
The best solar incentive available in Fresno, and the rest of the nation, is the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) offered by the United States federal government. This federal tax credit is available to California home and business owners and offers a generous 30% credit of the entire solar system cost, including a battery system.
The 30% tax credit applies as long as the home solar system is installed in 2022 or later.*
Not only do solar panels save you money, they also add value to your home.
On average, solar panels add $20 of value for every $1 you save on your electric bill. Translation: for every $100 saved on your bill = $2,000 additional value to your home. (This is according to a comprehensive report done by the US Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory.)
Solar panels help your home sell for more.
Another study (Department of Energy and Berkeley Laboratory) showed that homes with solar panels fetched a higher asking price than those without. About $4/watt, which comes out to be around $15,000 for residential, depending on your home and solar system.
And, help your home sell faster.
In addition, solar panels can help your property spend less time on the market. In another study done by NREL, they found that solar properties earned about 17% more at closing, in addition to selling 20% faster.
Another great reason to go solar for California residents is that solar panels are completely property tax exempt. That means that, unlike some other states, you can add solar panels to your home and get all the benefits without having to pay additional property taxes.
(Under the Property Tax Exclusion for Solar Energy Systems, 100% of the assessed value of the solar system is exempt from the homeowner’s property taxes.)
What about the cost of solar panels in Fresno? The good news is that going solar is cheaper than ever before, as the cost of solar has drastically gone down in the last ten years.
Not only that but you can look at the purchase of a solar panel system in California as an investment since the price of electricity is significantly higher than most states and continues to rise every year.
There are a lot of factors involved in the price of a solar PV system, and it’s best to discuss it with a qualified Solar Sales Specialist to understand the true cost of going solar for your particular needs. Some of the factors involved in determining the price can include the size of your home, your particular energy needs, how much sun your area gets, and so on.
You can secure your electricity prices when you produce your own solar energy and you won’t have to worry about the unpredictable future of energy prices in California. And once your system is paid off, you’ll be making money due to a program called net metering (NEM) in which you sell back your excess energy to the utility company. Learn more about NEM here.
With the issues of climate change causing more wildfires and natural disasters in California, you may be looking for peace of mind when it comes to blackouts. In addition to natural disasters, Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events are becoming more common, leading to scheduled power outages that will leave your home in the dark.
Residents of California (the Blackout Queen) should be on the hunt for alternatives rather than reliance on their utility grid for power. The answer is a solar panel system with a solar battery backup like the Enphase Encharge and Tesla Powerwall.
There is even more good news for California when it comes to solar batteries: the state of California offers a generous incentive for adding a battery to your solar system.
How do you take advantage of this incentive? Talk to a Solar Sales Specialist about your options.
Curious about how to find the right solar panel company in Fresno? We have some pointers for you. Look for these main factors when choosing a company to install your solar panels.
Since 2008, ADT Solar has a proven history and reputation for providing quality service and was ranked #2 for 2021 Solar Power World’s Top Residential Solar Installer in the United States. We are proud to offer some of the best warranties you can find in the solar industry and only use products that offer the same.
*Tax and credits or incentives including those provided by federal, state, or local governments may change or end. This can impact the amount of money you might save. Consult a tax professional to understand any tax liability or eligibility for any tax credits that may result from the purchase of your solar system.
**If you have taxable income and own the system, you may qualify for the federal investment tax credit (ITC). It is your responsibility to determine your eligibility and to apply. Consult a qualified tax professional for assistance and details.