California has the second highest cost for electricity in the nation.  It’s second only to Massachusetts and almost double what it is in other states.

In a state already burdened with high housing costs, this makes the load that much heavier for California homeowners.  Added to that are the concerns about the carbon footprint created by consuming electricity generated by burning fossil fuels.

Even more frightening is the push to build more nuclear power plants as a solution. Most Americans aren’t buying the lie that nuclear power is “safe” after the meltdowns at Fukushima, Chernobyl and Three Mile Island.  Here in Southern California the San Onfre plant has been decommissioned due to safety concerns, yet tons of radioactive waste remains on site, poorly contained in an area prone to earthquakes and tsunamis.  When we haven’t devised a means of disposing of nuclear waste and have had several major nuclear accidents, nuclear power is not an answer to our energy problems.

While solar can be expensive to install, the cost is currently being offset by a 30% tax credit and can increase the resale value of your home by an average of $18,000 – $29,000.  Solar systems can save up to $30,000 in energy costs in just 20 years.  California’s electricity rates increased by over five times that of the rest of the nation between 2011 and 2017 so the savings will only increase.

All of these add up to more and more Californian’s installing solar systems each year.  Because the demand for solar energy is so great, we’ve partnered with SolarYellowPages.com to help you find the most reliable solar contractors and affordable, even zero dollar out of pocket, options to installing your home solar system. 

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What You Need To Know About Going Solar

Now is the best time to install solar.

The Federal government is offering a 30% investment tax credit on solar systems purchased prior to the end of 2019.  This means the federal government will give you a tax credit equal to 30% of the cost of the system.  Coupled with $0 down payment financing options for solar systems and the immediate savings on your utility bills, installing solar now makes sound economic sense.

Four important tips for those who are going solar 

    1. A “Solar Power System” must be custom built for your building based on your building specifications such as Sun Irradiance, Roof Orientation, Roof slope, Roof material, etc. With that in mind, it is important to hire a solar integrator/company who knows how to design your system size for an optimized output. 
    2. A “Solar Power System” consists of PV Modules, Inverters and Racking. There are hundreds of manufacturers… You should make sure that your integrator is using the right equipment in your design.
    3. You may need a financier to finance your system. So, you have to make sure that your solar integrator/company is offering you the right financing options tailored to your financial situation. Otherwise, you will be overpaying. 
    4. Last but not least, you must make sure that your integrator is experienced enough to do a clean system installation for you.

SolarYellowPages.com is an online solar marketplace for customers to gain more information on installing “Solar Power Systems” and view multiple listings from top solar integrators/companies in the industry.

Vetted solar integrators/companies compete to gain your business when you shop with SolarYellowPages.com.  Customers can compare listings on quality, reliability and competitive pricing in order to choose the right system for their needs.

The SolarYellowPages.com team is here to navigate the solar energy industry and assist you in getting the best and most affordable solar system possible.  Contact us today to find out more.

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Solar energy is a more environmentally friendly and economical solution to our energy needs than fossil fuels.