Solar Installations for
Santa Rosa, California

Learn more about special considerations for commercial and residential solar panel installations in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County.

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256 Average Sunny Days per Year in Santa Rosa:
Optimal for Solar Panel Function

Where a solar panel installation is located has one of the greatest impacts on performance out of nearly any metric. Some studies found that solar panel energy production can change as much as 5% just based on location alone.

So, how well suited is Santa Rosa for solar panels?

Out of 365 days in the year, the city of Santa Rosa typically sees 256 sunny days every year, with an average 76 days’ worth of precipitation.

So, for roughly 70% of an average year, solar panel installations in Santa Rosa can operate at peak efficiency on sunny days – a 25% improvement over the rest of the country, which sees only 205 sunny days on average.

In fact, the state of California as a whole is generally one of the very best regions of the country to experience high levels of the solar radiation required for solar energy creation, per the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Santa Rosa’s City Development and Urbanization Make Solar Panels a Solid Investment

 

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Did you know that solar panel installations impact more than just your electric bills? In fact, the more urbanized the area, the greater an impact solar panels can have on the local weather patterns.

One study found that solar panel installations on roofs reduced energy needed for air conditioning and cooling systems by 12%, while reducing the “urban heat island” effect that heats up cities and towns with high concrete rates.

Santa Rosa has quite a bit of urban development, per official United States census records, though certainly less than major cities in California such as San Francisco.

Therefore, Santa Rosa is particularly well suited for solar panel installations, especially for those businesses and homes that wish to reduce their AC bills and make their city homes a better place to live for all its residents.

Solar Panel Installation Tax Credits, Rebates, and Special Financing
in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County

If you’re considering a new solar panel installation in Santa Rosa, then you may want to consider certain special tax credits and financing options available for both businesses and residential homes.

The Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit

The Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit – valid through the end of 2023 – is a federal program that allows homeowners to claim a tax credit worth up to 26% of the total “solar electric property” project cost. These costs can include labor, installation, expenses, and system wiring.

The Sonoma County Energy Independence Program

Specifically for any resident building in the broader Sonoma County, the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP) allows property owners to pay for “renewable energy improvements” – including solar panel installations – that cost up to 10% of the current property value. This financing would be repaid over 10 or 20 years, at a 7% fixed interest rate.

The Business Energy Investment Tax Credit

The Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is another federal program that offers a similar 26% tax credit incentive for certain types of commercial systems installed through the end of 2022. The incentive value will decrease for every year after until the end of 2025, at which point the incentive will remain at 10% of project cost.

Please note that should you choose to lease your solar panel installation, rather than purchase the system outright, then these financial incentives may not apply to you.

Feel free to contact us directly to evaluate which options are best for you!