As the world reckons with uncertainty and shortages on multiple energy fronts, solar power remains one of the most promising options for securing a clean energy future. California has long been a leader in solar energy, and we’re poised to stay at the leading edge of successful solar projects going into next year. Let’s break down the factors that have contributed to our rise to the top.
The Right Climate for Success
Despite Florida claiming the nickname “the Sunshine State,” California is a close contender for most sun per year. Each year, Californians enjoy a much higher average of sunny days per year than the majority of states and also get less rain. This combination means solar panels are able to function more efficiently, which makes the energy source more appealing to home and business owners.
Explosive Growth & Regulatory Progress
California has been topping the solar success charts for several years. In 2021, we were ranked second by the Solar Energy Industries Association, and in 2022, we moved up to number one. Take a look at some of the numbers that drive that 2022 ranking:
- 37,086 MW of solar installed, enough to power more than 10 million homes.
- 75,712 solar jobs across 1,977 solar companies.
- $80.8 billion invested in solar throughout the state.
- 1,561,236 solar installations.
- 24,874 MW projected to produce in the next five years.
Currently, about 26% of California’s electricity comes from solar, and that number is only going to increase. One of the contributing factors is the residential solar mandate that requires all homes built in California in 2020 and beyond to have solar from the start, as well as a solar property tax exclusion. There are also various local rebates for solar installation, programs for low-income families, and net metering available from many utilities.
Extra Support From the Inflation Reduction Act
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) contains multiple initiatives that will make it even more appealing for California residents to continue the momentum of solar installation. Among all the provisions, the most significant is the extension and expansion of the federal investment tax credit for solar. The act extends the ITC through 2032 and increases the credit amount from 26% of the installation cost to 30%.
Trust Simply Solar for Your Energy System
There’s never been a better time to get in on California’s solar energy rush. Simply Solar offers custom solar array design, installation, performance monitoring, and more for California homeowners. With our Simply Solar guarantee and 25-year workmanship warranty, you’ll get a solar energy system that suits your home perfectly and saves you money for years to come.
Call Simply Solar today at (707) 285-7037 or contact us online to ask your questions and set up a hassle-free consultation on solar energy system installation.