Summer is almost here, and if you’re starting to feel the heat, you’re probably cranking up your air conditioner and seeing your electrical bill fly through the roof. After all, it’s estimated that 20 percent of all electricity used by U.S. homes goes to air conditioning, and during the day, energy rates rise as more residences and businesses try to cool off. You may have considered contacting a California solar installer to find out more about a residential PV system, but were overwhelmed by the number of tax credits and rebates available to people who convert to solar energy.

These tax benefits are great for customers, but there are quite a few out there and it can be hard to figure out the ones you’re actually eligible to receive. However, the U.S. government and the state of California have put together some resources that make it easy to find out how you can get the most financially out of your solar energy system.

One such resource is Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE), which collects all the various tax incentives for each state and locality in the country in an intuitive, navigable repository. Programs like the San Francisco Commercial and Residential Efficiency Rebates are clearly explained, so that you don’t need to plumb the depths of Google just to find out basic information.

In addition to DSIRE, it’s also a good idea to check out GoSolarCalifornia.org, which provides information for California residents specifically about how they can get the most out of a solar energy conversion.

The staff at West Coast Solar are experts in California renewable energy incentives, so if you have any questions at all about how you can benefit from going solar, contact us today and we’ll help sort it all out for you.