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 - 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: www.solarwaterheating101.com
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 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.