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Office of Sustainability and the Environment
Solar Santa Monica
Solar Santa Monica is a free service for residents and businesses looking to go solar. Solar experts are available to provide you unbiased technical advice to help you navigate the changing rules, incentives and financing options.

Services include:
  • Energy efficiency recommendations
  • Solar potential analysis
  • Bid comparison
  • Financial analysis
Solar Santa Monica is a free service for property owners.

Get started by contacting Drew.Lowell@smgov.net
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Update Effective MAY 1, 2017: 
Energy Reach Code & ZNE for Single-Family

  • All new low-rise residential buildings shall be designed to use 15% less energy than the allowed energy budget established by the 2016 California Energy Code, and achieve an Energy Design Rating of Zero.  Compliance shall mean the prescriptive solar photovoltaic ordinance requirement described in SMMC Chapter 8.106.055 is met.
  • All new high-rise residential buildings, non-residential buildings, hotels and motels shall be designed to use ten percent (10%) less energy than the allowed energy budget established by the 2016 California Energy Code.   

See the Power!

Want to find out how much electricity solar installations produce? Many systems now have online-monitoring, a great way to make tangible something that we often take for granted. Santa Monica's Pico Branch Library is a prime example.

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Solar Panel Recycling

The City of Santa Monica, in partnership with the California Product Stewardship Council will be piloting a first-in-the-state solar panel recycling project, funded by CalRecycle. 

In Summer 2019, the City will host a solar panel collection event, FREE for residents. Commercial installers may only bring solar panels with a signed affidavit from the homeowner, which will be verified before waiving recycling fees. Commercial solar panel recycling will be available for a nominal fee. For more information on the event or if you or someone you know has old, damaged, or decommissioned solar PV panels, please call (310) 458-8391.

Ready to Go Solar?


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

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


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

 

 

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

 

 

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Santa Monica Office of Sustainability and the Environment
1685 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90401 · (310) 458-2213 · TTY (310) 917-6626