San Francisco requires new buildings to have solar installations

This is fantastic news coming out of that little big city in the bay as San Francisco has passed new legislation that requires all buildings under 10 stories to have solar panels on all new properties!



San Francisco has this week passed landmark legislation requiring all new buildings under 10 storeys in height to be fitted with rooftop solar panels.

The city’s San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the new rule on Tuesday, making the metropolis the largest in the US to mandate solar installations on new properties.

Smaller Californian cities such as Lancaster and Sebastopol already have similar laws in place, but San Francisco is the first large city to adopt the new standard.

From January 2017 all new buildings in the city with 10 floors or fewer must have either solar PV or solar thermal panels installed. The measure builds on existing Californian state law which requires all new buildings to have at least 15% of their roof space exposed to sunshine, in order to allow for future solar panel use.

Supervisor Scott Wiener, who introduced the legislation, said the new measure would put San Francisco at the forefront of the US fight against climate change. [ get the full story ]

Not only can Californians receive a 30% tax credit on Solar installation costs but when you add both city, municipalities and other credits available, adopting solar has been not only swift but eagerly pursued by not only residential customers but commercial as well!

San Francisco Solar Power Rebates

While California no longer offers state rebates or tax incentives, the city and county of San Francisco is still keeping the lights on for their amazing GoSolarSF Initiative. The city will pay you a huge amount of money as a direct rebate, just for putting solar panels on your house.

Exactly how much you can get depends on a few factors. No matter your circumstances, you’ll qualify for a $2,000 rebate when you install solar in SF. If you use a local installer, you get another $700. If you participate in the California Alternate Rates Energy (CARE) and CalHome programs, OR if you live in the 94107 or 94124 zip codes, you qualify for an additional $800.

Finally, if you fall below the median income and pay lower electricity rates through the PG&E CARE Program, or if you qualify for the Single-Family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) Program, you can get another $7,000. Whoa, wait! Did we just say $7,000? Yep! we said $7,000. That’s some equal opportunity solar policy right there! The total possible San Francisco solar rebate is north of 10 grand, and some people even qualify for a free 1-kW solar panel system on their homes. That’s probably the most extensive local rebate in the state, if not the country.

Keep in mind these numbers are for single-family homes. There are other incentives available to non-profit organizations and even multi-unit rental property owners.