- Step 1: Complete a Quick, Free Energy AuditThe energy-efficiency audit is a requirement of the California Solar Initiative and can be completed in one of two different ways:
Use PG&E’s online home energy analyzer.
Complete the audit over the phone by calling Solar Customer Service Center 1-877-743-4112
- Step 2: Contact and Choose an InstallerQualified contractors are your key to getting the most productive PV system for your home. Contact an independent solar installation expert to determine the solar installation that best meets your energy needs and budget. Visit Go Solar California for a list of licensed solar installers. Choose a reputable solar installer by interviewing at least three potential solar installers and obtain their bids before making your selection.
- Step 3: Solar Installer Handles ApplicationsYour incentive is based on the expected performance of your solar installation, so documentation about your location, solar system positioning and equipment specification is required. In most cases, your solar installer will handle all of the paperwork by completing and submitting all the relevant forms to PG&E and local city agencies for you. Review the downloadable California Solar Initiative Program Handbook for a list of the paperwork required and the program application.
- Step 4: Solar Installer Handles Building and PG&E InspectionsYour solar installer will schedule an appointment with your local building permit agency to have a certified building inspector approve the solar installation. Your solar installer will send the building inspector's final approval to PG&E. Following an on-site inspection and net energy meter installation by PG&E engineers, your new solar installation will be connected to the electric grid and clean, renewable solar energy will be powering your home or being sent to the grid.
- Step 5: Claim Your Incentive and Tax CreditPG&E and the California Solar Initiative will reward you for choosing to go solar by providing you with an incentive from your completed application. The incentive will be disbursed to your designated party. And, in addition to an incentive from the California Solar Initiative, you may be eligible for a federal tax credit. To find out if you qualify, see the Tax Incentives Assistance Project.
How to go Solar in California | Solar Checklist
PG&E for people in California has layed out a nice step by step list to walk you through the process of going solar in California. It would be ashamed if people did not go solar because they did not understand the process. The PG&E links are here as well.