A Guide to California Residential Solar Panels

A Guide to California Residential Solar Panels

Homeowners looking to install residential solar panels for their next home remodeling project in order to save money on their monthly electricity bill, for tax incentives, or to decrease their carbon imprint. Regardless of the reason(s) for wanting to install solar panels, there are a few things to consider.

California Law Requiring Solar Panels

California law is requiring all newly constructed homes to have solar panels effective Jan 1, 2020. The California Building Standards Commission upheld a May 2018 decision to require solar panels on homes up to three stories. Solar panels will be required on the construction of new homes in California, after the state’s Building Standards Commission gave final approval to a housing rule that’s the first of its kind in the U.S. Furthermore, the requirement goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020 which requires at least 50 percent of the state’s electricity to come from non-carbon sources by 2030.  As such, effective in 2020, California homebuyers will have the option of either paying for solar panels outright, leasing them, or entering a power purchase agreement with developers.

Difference Between Leasing and Buying Solar Panels

The main difference between buying and leasing a solar panel system is in ownership. If you buy a solar panel system, you own the system, either outright or after repaying your solar loan. If you lease the solar panel system or sign a power purchase agreement (“PPA”), a third party owns the solar panel system. You can save between 40 percent and 70 percent on electricity costs over the lifetime for purchased solar panel systems, depending on your property and the incentives in your state. One the other hand leasing solar panel systems can save between 10 percent and 30 percent off the prices you pay your utility for electricity, depending on your property and the incentives in your state. Other differences between leasing and buying solar panel systems include:

  • Cost
  • Maintenance
  • Terms
  • Savings on investment
  • Ownership

Why Should I Buy Solar Panel System Versus Leasing in California?

Leasing a solar panel system in California means the company you contract with owns the solar panel system, and you pay the company a rate for the electricity; upon the ending of the lease term,  the company may take the system away. On the other hand, when you own the solar panel system, it can keep working for you long after it pays off the cost of the purchase. Make sure you compare the total lifecycle cost of the lease and weigh the savings against the benefits you would get from ownership. Prior to making a decision on buying or leasing your solar power system, explore and entertain all of the solar financing options available to you. Every residential homeowners situation is different, and what is best for your property depends on a wide range of factors.

Factors to Consider with Residential Solar Panel Installation

There are a few factors California residences want to consider with residential solar panel installation including the following:
    • Available incentives and rebates
    • Direction your roof faces and angle of roof
    • Age of your roof
    • Obstructions or shading on your roof
    • Current cost of electricity
    • Space

California Solar Panel Tax Credit

The biggest advantages in California for installing solar panels in the 1 for 1 net metering law and the 30% federal tax credit. If you’re a California homeowner you will be kicking yourself you didn’t get solar with these incentives around.

How Much Electricity Will an Average Solar Panel System Produce in California?

Solar panels systems or grids will produce different amounts of energy in different locations. Typically, in the Los Angeles or San Fernando Valley solar panels installed on a south facing 29 degree pitch roof can typically produce: 1,550kWh per year per 1kw of peak DC, otherwise known as “direct current” capacity.

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Renovation vs Remodel

Renovation vs remodel information.

Are you wondering what is difference between renovation and remodeling is? Most of the time they probably sound like they are the same thing. The words renovation and remodel have different meanings although they may sound like they mean the same thing.

Differences Between Renovation vs Remodel

Renovation means to restore and repair and existing structure to make it look new again, as opposed to the word remodel, which means to change the structure of something.

Renovation vs Remodel Details

  • Renovation: The word renovation refers to “restoring” an existing structure. In this case, an existing structure that is worn out or damaged can be renovated by providing it with the proper repairs. As in result of renovation, an existing structure that was worn out will looking new once again. Therefore, the structure will keep its existing look.
  • Remodel: The word remodel refers to changing the structure of something. In the case, there is usually demolishing involved and a completely new structure is formed to meet the needs of a new design. Therefore, a remodeled structure will have a different look relative to the previous structure that was in its place.

In most cases, complete remodeling projects can be more expensive than the average home renovation project. This is due to the fact that renovating an existing structure requires less labor and material compared to renovating existing parts of homes just to make them look newer.

BACKYARD PATIO, POOL, AND PATIO SPACE REMODEL

Backyard Patio, Pool, and Patio Space Remodel

The Backyard Patio, Pool Scape, and Patio Space

The backyard patio is an essential part of the pool scape and defines how you will enjoy your time in and around your patio space. The backyard patio often times can be unique or simple depending on your style. When deciding on where to start on your backyard renovation or patio remodel project, its important that your patio design conforms with or is in accordance with your lifestyle, the style of your swimming pool and your home.

Backyard Patio Remodeling Designs

There are many different backyard patio remodeling designs from transforming your old patio into a garden oasis or perhaps you want to transform your backyard patio into a relaxing environment by adding an infinite pool. Perhaps you want to transform your patio with a more festive environment by adding a fire pit, a outdoor lounge area with a bar. Regardless of the reason(s) for beginning your backyard patio remodeling project, make sure you have fun! Residential patios can be used for a variety of poolside activities, including relaxing, swimming, sun bathing, dining, socializing, and more. Below is a list of backyard patio remodeling ideas

Find the Right Backyard Patio Contractor for your Remodeling Project

The homeowner-contractor relationship will be a determining factor in your project’s success. Residential remodeling projects can sometimes get stressful, therefore, hiring the right contractor or construction company should be at the top of your priority list. Having a list of questions to ask the backyard remodeling contractors can help you evaluate and compare your options.

Identify Potential Challenges Associated with the Renovation Project

Identifying potential challenges prior to commencement of your renovation project is vital. Some general factors to consider when renovating your patio are:

  • Sun/Shade Area
  • Lack of Space
  • Drainage Issues
  • Lack of Privacy
  • Partial Landscape on Steep Slope or Hillside
  • Methods of reducing the intensity of outdoor noise in your yard using plants

As such, addressing potential problems or challenges associated with your patio landscape area will help you create that well-balanced and inviting space that brings you peace of mind rather than headaches.