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Tax-Exempt Organizations

Schools, Religious Institutions, Non-profit Organizations and Homeowners' Associations (HOAs) can install solar electric systems to reduce electric bills -- and install solar hot water systems to heat a swimming pool or provide centralized hot water heating for the building.

Franklin Elementary School 
Franklin Elementary School - SMMUSD, A 515 kW power purchase agreement (PPA) will
lower Santa Monica Public Schools' electricity bills for the next 25 years. 


Tax Credit: Municipal and non-profit entities are generally tax-exempt.  Entities without a federal tax liability sometimes use third-party system owner arrangements (Lease or PPA) to install solar since a third-party can take advantage of the solar investment tax credit, passing along some savings to the solar system host customer.

Solar Water Heating Rebates: Eligible solar domestic hot water systems can receive a rebate from SoCal Gas for $25.00 per therm saved, up to $800,000. More info at the SoCalGas website:

Lease and Loan Financing

There are many financing options. We reccomend you compare the options offered by SunRun, SolarCity, SunPower, Clean Power Finance , etc. The solar contractors on our list have relationships with these financing entities.

Plan Your System

Sunny roof space is required. Look up your address online using the LA County Solar Map and Green Planning Tool. If you think there is an error in the aerial image, call us for a personal assessment. The L.A. County Solar Map and Green Planning Tool also has resources to help size your system and estimate annual savings. 

Find a Contractor

If you're like most residents we talk to, buying solar is something brand new!

That's why Solar Santa Monica decided to go to the effort to find solar contractors who:

  • meet city license and insurance requirements
  • make personal visits before issuing a proposal
  • carry the state solar rebate
  • offer options for web monitoring and maintenance contracts
  • offer standard warranties
  • act in a professional manner
  • have references available
  • report on Santa Monica installations completed

We have solar electricity (photovoltaic), solar hot water (solar thermal), and solar pool heating experts on our list. These contractors were screened and selected after a memorandum of understanding pdf was agreed upon.

Our local contractors offer free site-visits. Call three so you have experience, bids, equipment, and services to compare. Find a Contractor.

The roof at Will Rogers Elementary was perfect for a 98 kW system.
Last updated: Monday, 10/17/2016

Ready to Go Solar?


Investigate how your home or business can be more energy efficient with the Home Energy Saver Guide

Sunny roofspace is required.  See capacity of your site here: 
Select a qualified 
Solar Contractor 


Have us help you compare bids by calling 310-458-2238 or email us



Multifamily Solar Study Cover
Fostering a Future Multifamily Solar Study pdf
Profile highlighting Santa Monica's efforts to promote solar on multifamily properties.  




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