Solar Power for Your Business
Steps for Going Solar
Step 1: Get Informed>
Setting your business up with solar technology can reduce your energy bill and your carbon footprint. We have the information and resources to help you get started.
How: Be sure to read the California Solar Consumer Protection Guide to understand the steps involved in going solar, know your rights as a solar customer and obtain information to decide if going solar is right for you. You can also check out our Ready to Go Solar fact sheet for additional information.
Step 2: Consider Energy Efficiency First>
You can save money in energy by taking simple efficiency measures—like swapping old incandescent lighting for CFL or LED bulbs—to reduce your overall use.
How: Consult the Business Energy Guide and Third-Party Energy Efficiency Programs to find energy saving solutions, ranging from small changes to long-term investments that can significantly impact your energy use.
You can also visit the SCE Marketplace to get valuable information about smart products, programs and tools.
Step 3: Choose a Contractor>
A qualified, licensed solar contractor will provide you with a free site evaluation and comprehensive quote. Obtain and compare multiple bids before beginning.
How: If you can, get referrals. You can also search for active solar contractors in your area by using the California DG Stats Search tool.
SCE does not endorse or recommend any solar contractor. SCE partners with GRID Alternatives to promote the Disadvantaged Communities - Single-family Solar Homes (DAC-SASH) program. If you receive any claim by any other entity or contractor of an affiliation or partnership with SCE, please report to us by visiting Scam Alert and using one of the contact options.
Step 4: Installation>
Your solar generating system needs to be installed, permitted and approved for interconnection. Your city or county will perform an onsite inspection and provide the required permit(s). SCE will provide authorization to operate the solar system once proper installation and permitting is completed.
Who: Your contractor
How: In most cases your contractor will coordinate and manage the following activities:
- Apply for interconnection and Net Energy Metering (NEM) with SCE
- Apply for a building permit with the city or county
- Obtain the permit and direct the installation of the solar system
Step 5: Net Energy Metering>
Once your solar system is installed, SCE’s net energy meter measures any excess solar energy you generate, sends it back onto the grid and credits your bill. Learn how net energy metering works and how to read your NEM bill.
Who: Your contractor
How: Once your contractor has obtained approval for NEM, your meter will be updated, and you are immediately signed up for the rate plan.
Information on Solar Programs Available to Our Customers
Green Rate Option
If you would like to support renewable power but are unable to install solar panels on your roof, we have an alternative solution for you. By participating in the Green Rate, you help support clean energy for a brighter future in Southern California. Learn more
Community Renewables Program for Developers
As a developer, you can provide more energy from renewable sources through the Community Renewables Program. Eligible solar projects can range in size from 500 kW to 3 MW. Learn more
Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH)
As a building owner, you may qualify to receive incentives for solar installation. The solar generation will provide energy credits to lower electricity bills for your common area and your tenants, as well as provide opportunities for jobs and training for your tenants. Learn more