Next Steps to install solar through the
2019 Bay Area SunShares Program
You already registered for the SunShares discount... Now what??
December 31, 2019 is the deadline to sign a solar installation contract!
It's time to closely review your solar proposals from the pre-vetted solar providers and decide by December 31, 2019 which one you'd like to sign an installation contract with and make the switch to solar.
When you sign an installation contract before December 31, 2019 you are locked into the SunShares discount given by SkyTech Solar and Solar Technologies.
See the Discounts page for pricing and note the prices shown already reflect the SunShares discount. Installations will begin by Spring of 2020.
Tips for Solar Success
Prepare for your conversation with the solar providers
When the solar providers contact you to start your solar proposal, they will ask for basic information about your energy usage. It's a good idea to start thinking about basic information such as: the condition of your roof, the 12-month history of your energy bills/usage, and any future plans to purchase an electric vehicle or switch household appliance to be electric. This information is how the solar providers assess what size solar system to install for your home.
Take advantage of the Federal Solar Tax Credit while it lasts
This is an opportunity to save even more on installing solar and can be used in addition to the SunShares discount.
Below is more information on the Federal Solar Tax Credit.
Federal Solar Tax Credit
*Disclaimer: We are not tax experts and you need to speak with a tax advisor to confirm your eligibility.
Take advantage now because the Solar Tax Credit will decrease after December 31, 2019!
The Investment Tax Credit (ITC), often referred to as the Federal Solar Tax Credit, is a tax credit that provides a reduction in your Federal income taxes owed based on the cost of installing solar. Think of it as a reward for making your commitment to clean energy!
This is a prime time to take advantage of the Federal Tax Credit as it decreases after December 31, 2019 which means your system must be installed prior to December 31, 2019.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Federal Solar Tax Credit?
A: The Investment Tax Credit (ITC), often referred to as the Federal Solar Tax Credit, gives homeowners the opportunity to receive a tax credit on their Federal taxes, based on the cost of installing solar.
Q: Can I use the Federal Solar Tax Credit and the SunShares discount together?
A: Absolutely! The Federal Solar Tax Credit can thankfully be combined with the SunShares discount, which means you can save even more on making the switch to solar!
Q: How do I claim the Federal Solar Tax Credit?
A: You must be the homeowner and own the solar system. Your solar system must be installed before December 31, 2021. Once your system is installed, your tax advisor will tell you how to claim the tax credit when filing your annual federal taxes.
Q: When can I claim the Federal Solar Tax Credit?
A: Homeowners can claim the tax credit once their system is installed. The solar tax credit will start decreasing after December 31, 2019, so please refer to the information above.
Q: Do I need documentation from the solar provider to file for the Federal Solar Credit?
A: No, you don't need special documentation from the solar providers, however it's always a good idea to save all receipts related to your installation. Also, please know that the solar providers can help further educate you on the process to claim your tax credit. They are familiar with the various financing options and are prepared to walk you through the financing options that are best for you. They are not tax experts and we ask that you consult a tax advisor for more information pertaining to your individual eligibility.
Q: Why should I claim the Federal Solar Tax Credit?
A: Think of it as a reward for making your commitment to renewable energy! Plus, you can claim the Solar Tax credit in combination with the SunShares discount so you can save even more!!
This is an action you may want to take before you consider going solar. Electrifying your home will increase the electricity load of your home, and we want to prepare you for your conversations with the solar providers as they will want to properly size your solar system.
What is Home Electrification?
Electrification for your home means that you replace gas appliances (furnaces, water heaters, dryers, stoves) with an all-electric heat pump and induction technology.
Why you should electrify your home
The Adoption of all-electric, fossil-free homes can lead to the creation of new green jobs, address long standing equity issues of low-income tenants paying too much for utilities, and ultimately become one of the key climate solutions. By electrifying our homes and reducing our use of natural gas, we are tackling the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions (first is transportation).
What's happening locally
All electric homes (or fossil-fuel free homes) are on the rise and you can take action today to address this growing trend. Some Bay Area cities are considering policies to require all-electric homes, and the City of Berkeley has already started this mandate for new homes. With this demand for electric homes, you may need to eventually electrify all of your home appliances. We encourage you to consider these upgrades before you install solar or purchase an electric vehicle (EV) so that the solar providers can properly size your solar panel system.
Local Rebates - BayREN Home+
The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) Home+ Program offers you an opportunity to upgrade to an energy-efficient home that is more comfortable, durable, and safe. You’ll reduce energy use and improve comfort and indoor air quality while adding value to your home – all at your own pace and budget. These rebates are available for eligible energy efficiency upgrades including air sealing, duct sealing, insulation, high-efficiency furnaces and air conditioners, high efficiency water heaters, and more. Rebates are awarded on a first come first serve basis and available for qualifying Bay Area residents with homes built in 2001 or earlier. For more information, visit, www.bayrenresidential.org