If you’re designing, building or developing a residential or commercial property in Southern California, it pays big to go solar today. Solar rebates and tax incentives cut the cost of a residential solar power system by up to 60%, while solar power systems for commercial and affordable housing projects can save as much as 90%. Stack a solar power system by SES next to just about any other investment opportunity. Not only is there great ROI in as short as a couple of years, but the long-term money saving opportunities and overall increase in property value make it one of the smartest investments out there. But these solar tax rebates and incentives do not last forever. Act fast to enjoy all the benefits of going solar today. Here are just a few of the exciting incentives to add solar to your project:


  • CSI/SCE            Program closed.
  •  LADWP             Residential – $.40 per watt.  Commercial – $.70 per watt
  •  Pasadena          Residential – under 30kW – $.85 per watt.

Over 30kW – $.129/kWh
Commercial – under 30kW- $.85 per watt.
Over 30kW – $.129/kWh

  • Burbank           Program Not Available
  • Glendale           Program Not Available
  • PG&E               Program closed.

Federal, Investment Tax Credit

Residential – 30% Energy Credit IRS Form 5695
Commercial – 30% Investment Credit, IRS Form 3468

Federal, Pre-1936 Buildings

10% Investment Credit, IRS Form 3468

Federal, Certified Historic Structures

20% Investment Credit, IRS Form 3468

Federal, Agricultural Credits

10% Investment Credit, IRS Form 3468

Federal, Depreciation

Section 179 Deduction (up to $25,000 for 2015)

5-year MACRS Depreciation

State, Depreciation

Business or Home-Based Business – 5-year depreciation method for non-corporate
12-Year Class Life/Recovery period for Corporate Business Taxpayers

State, Property Tax Exempt

Solar installations are completely exempt from property tax.
(California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 6353.5)

Property Value

A historic increase of 3% in property resale value


3-7 year return on investment, 25 year positive after-tax cash flow
(It compares favorably to a 15% tax-free CD)

*As always, please consult your tax advisor.