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Solar Power at Home

Important Notice: Smart inverters will be required for all applications effective September 9, 2017. Read more in the NEM 2.0 Program section at sce.com/nem

 

Guide to Going Solar

Setting your home up with solar technology can reduce your energy bill and your carbon footprint. We have the information and resources to help you get started.

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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: You
How: Consult our Home 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 home evaluation and comprehensive quote. Obtain and compare multiple bids before beginning.

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

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Step 3: Installation

Your PV system will need to utilize a smart inverter to be approved for interconnection.  In addition, your local jurisdiction (city or county) will perform an onsite inspection and provide the required permit.  Often times, your contractor will manage these activities and complete the installation.  The installation itself may take as few as three days.

Who: Your contractor
How: Your system should be sized to your home 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 any excess solar energy you generate and put back into 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 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 home’s energy through solar power, be sure to sign up for Net Energy Metering to receive your bill credit.

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 here.

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