Why Go Solar in California?

  • Sky-High Utility Rates

    California consistently ranks in the top ten states with the highest electricity rates.1

  • Strong Solar Incentives

    The Golden State offers a variety of incentives for solar panels and battery storage.2

  • Add a Battery

    Get reliable, renewable energy – no more stress over time-of-use rates.3

IRA Incentive

Inflation Reduction Act

$0 down solar, now with a 30% tax credit

Now is a great time to choose Sunnova for clean, dependable energy. Not only can you go solar for $0 down, but new home solar and battery storage customers are now eligible to claim up to 30% of their system’s cost as a credit on their federal taxes. *

Making your own power starts with requesting an easy, no-obligation quote today!

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We offer a variety of ways for you to go solar in California

Sunnova offers a broad range of energy services and technologies
that can be customized to fit you and your family’s needs.

Public Safety Power Shutoffs

California Power Outages

California utilities may turn off your power during extreme weather or wildfire conditions. Power outages could last multiple days.*

During a grid outage, if you have home solar + battery storage, your solar system can continue to produce and store energy during the day to power your most needed lights and appliances.3 Gain more control of your energy during a PSPS.

The cost of a power outage can vary widely. However, there are numerous hidden costs due to a power outage – think about the cost of emergency supplies, potential property damage, as well as the emotional cost caused by potential long-term power outages.

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The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) only applies to battery storage. Customers of PG&E, SDG&E, SCE, and CSE may be eligible to receive a check from the state of California.10

The actual SGIP incentive amount varies by utility. If approved for the SGIP incentive, customers will receive a check from the state of California. Here is the breakdown by utility as of August 1, 2019. Please note that these may change as the SGIP incentive moves into different steps.

  • Southern California Edison (SCE) – Step 5 - SGIP incentive – ($2,900)
  • SoCalGas (SCG) – Step 4 - SGIP incentive – ($3,480)
  • Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and CSE (San Diego Gas and Electric - SDG&E) - PG&E and CSE are currently placing applicants who apply for funds on a waitlist. The program will add applicants in the order in which they are received - the earlier you apply, the better. Projects will be funded as incentive funds become available from cancellations throughout the remainder of the program.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

If your home solar system is tied to your utility (grid-tied) and you don’t have a battery, your home solar system will not work during a power outage. You will not be able to produce or consume solar energy while the grid is down.

In order to have power during a power outage, you will need a home solar + battery storage system.*

  • During the day, if there is sun: your solar panels will power your home, and any excess energy will charge your battery.
  • At night: your battery can power your essential lights and appliances until it depletes.

* The amount of power available from the battery during a power outage is limited, depending on the loads connected, customer usage and battery configuration (i.e. batteries in certain areas may be set up to provide you with the best economic benefit, which may affect the amount of back-up power available). Solar systems and/or batteries may require repairs after weather events and such repairs may be delayed due to forces outside of our control. No assurances can be given that the solar system or the battery will always work. You should never rely upon either of these to power life support or other medical devices.

Yes! Through our customer portal MySunnova, you can pay your bill online, view your system production, and more.

Your solar system functions very quietly. But rest assured that doesn’t mean it isn’t working. You can track your production through MySunnova customer portal. The reading of your meter is delayed approximately 24 hours.

Solar panels are extremely durable and built to withstand the elements. As a Sunnova customer, your responsibilities will include:

  • Trim any trees around your solar system that may block the sun from reaching your solar panels.
  • Check that there is no accumulation of leaves, debris, snow, or critters under the solar panels.
  • In more arid climate, you may need to spray your solar panels with a garden hose to wash off built-up dust and dirt. You can do this while standing on the ground – we strongly advise against you climbing on your roof for any reason.

Each month, you will receive either a bill or a statement from your utility company, in addition to your Sunnova bill. This is because your home solar system will be grid-tied – during times of low or no solar production, you may need to pull electricity from your utility. You may also be eligible for net metering credits for energy your home solar system exports back to the electric grid. Check with your utility for specific details regarding whether you'll be credited for any excess energy your system generates and exports to the grid.*

If the utility company sends monthly statements in lieu of an actual bill with an amount due, you can expect an annual reconciliation of all electricity usage charges and credits.*

* Sunnova makes no guarantees regarding credit for net energy exported to the electric grid, and any credit provided (now or in the future) is subject to change or termination by executive, legislative or regulatory action.

 

1. EIA Sales and Revenue (1990- Current)
2. You may be eligible for a federal tax credit with the purchase of a solar system. To qualify for the tax credit, you must have federal income tax liability at least equal to the value of the tax credit. Additional tax credits may also be available for homeowners in certain states. Tax incentives are subject to change or termination by executive, legislative or regulatory action. Sunnova makes no guarantees regarding eligibility of any of the system’s costs for tax benefits. Sunnova does not provide tax advice. Contact your personal tax advisor for eligibility requirements.
3. The amount of power available from the battery during a power outage is limited, depending on the loads connected, customer usage and battery configuration (i.e. batteries in certain areas may be set up to provide you with the best economic benefit, which may affect the amount of back-up power available). Solar systems and/or batteries may require repairs after weather events and such repairs may be delayed due to forces outside of our control. No assurances can be given that the solar system or the battery will always work. You should never rely upon either of these to power life support or other medical devices
4. Prepare for Power Down
5. Customers with time of use (TOU) utility plans may have their battery configured to provide the best economic benefit based on the utility information provided and in accordance with local state laws. The amount of back-up power under this configuration may be affected.
6. Refer to your Sunnova Protect™ Warranty Agreement or Sunnova Protect™ Limited Warranty Agreement for your complete warranty terms and limitations.
7. Your roof is warranted against leaks from the solar system installation for 10 years. This is separate from any additional warranties you may receive if you also have a new roof installed with your home solar system, including roof installation workmanship and materials warranties.
8. Your solar system production will vary based on weather, shading and other factors and your solar system’s cumulative production will be evaluated annually starting at the end of the third anniversary for purposes of your production guarantee.
9. Refer to the Warranty Agreement for complete warranty terms and limitations.
10. Self Gen CA

 

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