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Solar Power Solutions for Businesses

Important Update: California Solar Initiative (CSI is on waitlist status at this time. New commercial customer applicants are not guaranteed a rebate.

Ready to take your business solar? From rebates to net metering, you have more options than ever before.

Guide to Going Solar

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.

Steps to Solar

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Step 1: Efficiency First

You can save money in upfront costs by taking simple efficiency measures—like swapping old incandescent lighting for CFL or LED bulbs—to reduce your overall use.

Who and How

Who: You
How: Consult our Business Energy Guide to find energy saving solutions, ranging from small changes to long-term investments that can significantly impact your energy use.

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Step 2: 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.

Who and How

Who: You
How: If you can, get referrals. Another great resource is the California Solar Initiative (CSI)* database of eligible contractors. We cannot endorse, recommended or partner with any solar contractor. If you receive solicitation claiming the contractor is affiliated with us, please report it to csigroup@sce.com.

*CSI commercial program funding is now on “waitlist” status. New commercial customer applicants are not guaranteed the rebate.

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Step 3: Installation

You’ll need a permit first, and an inspection once your system is in place. Your contractor will often manage both, and installation itself may take as few as three days.

Who and How

Who: Your contractor
How: Your system should be sized to your site and to your typical energy load. Permits are issued by your city or county, and we may need to inspect your finished system.

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Step 4: Net Energy Metering

Be sure to sign up! A net energy meter measures the excess solar energy you generate and credits your bill. If you generate more than you use, your excess energy goes back into the grid, and saves you even more.

Who and How

Who: Your contractor
How: Once your application is approved, your meter will be updated and you are immediately signed up for the rate plan.

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Knowledge Is Power

Get answers about cost, maintenance and operation of solar technology before you install.

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Earn Energy Credits

If you generate any of your company’s energy through solar power, be sure to sign up for Net Energy Metering to receive your bill credit.

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