It should come as little surprise that California has long been seen as one of the pioneers and industry leading-states when it comes to solar energy. Not only does our state continually rank at or near the top in terms of the number of solar panel installations completed every year, but we also produce the most energy from solar sources out of every state in the country. This is largely due to a number of circumstances that make California the ideal place to make the investment in solar panels. Let’s take a look at a few of these circumstances and explain why they’re beneficial to solar investment.
Solar power can only be generated when panels can collect solar energy, and solar energy is collected most effectively when the panels can be placed in a location that receives a lot of continuous, bright sunlight for many hours per day. California’s climate sees well over 300 days of sunlight on a typical year, which means most solar panel installations that are set up properly will generate close to their maximum amount of energy all year round.
High Energy Costs
Anyone who lives here in California can tell you just how steep our cost of living is. Only Hawaii has higher gas prices, and our communities hold 18 of the top 25 spots on the list of the most expensive places to buy a home, including each of the top ten. Our energy costs are also among the highest in the nation, which is great because that means your payoff period for purchasing a solar panel system will be even shorter and you’ll start seeing a return on your investment several years before people in other states will for the same system.
California lawmakers renewed net metering legislation in early 2016, which essentially states that panel system owners may sell their unused energy back to the municipal grid at the same rates they purchase it for. Not only does this lead to dramatically reduced energy bills at the end of every month, but it might even allow you to build up a credit, which will reduce your bills next month as well. Those who carry a credit at the end of the year actually receive a refund check, further decreasing costs!Want to learn more about the benefits you could receive by upgrading to solar energy in California? Call our Southern California solar installers at SunPower by Sea Bright Solar today at (909) 480-3783!