Customers can save money for every watt of solar energy installed on homes, businesses, farms, schools, and government and non-profit organizations. With advanced technology, strong new incentives, and innovative financing methods,including Power Purchase Agreements (PPA's) now may be the perfect time for homeowners to go solar. Learn more about solar energy, acquiring permits, fees and other forms of renewable energy. As part of the economic stimulus package, the federal government has boosted tax credits to homeowners who install solar – offering the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for up to 26% of the cost through 2022, and 22% of the costs through 2023. The ITC can also offset the cost of battery storage systems when installing solar and batteries at the same time.
Please visit the Community Development website to find out what rules apply to solar energy systems in the City of Irvine.
City of Irvine Solar Facilities
The City of Irvine has maintained a longstanding history as a leader in environmental policies and construction. As such, the City continues to enhance its own facilities with solar. View our City of Irvine Solar Facilities list.
- Learn about how solar power works, the history of solar and issues related to energy efficiency, safety and financing.
- The California Energy Commission’s New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) is part of the comprehensive statewide solar program, known as the California Solar Initiative. The NSHP provides financial incentives and other support to home builders, encouraging the construction of new, energy efficient solar homes that save homeowners money on their electric bills and protect the environment.
- The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) presents the California Solar Consumer Protection Guide. The CPUC recommends that solar providers give out this guide during their first contact with potential customers.
Solar Water Heaters
Click here for information about solar water heaters (carbon reduced, money saved, and incentives).