Colton Electric Utility makes installing solar panels cheaper by providing rebates to its customers. CEU’s goal is to have four megawatts of photovoltaic solar energy by December 31, 2016. This is in connection with the statewide California Solar Initiative.
The monetary incentive for installing solar panels is placed at $2.80 per watt for systems of up to one megawatt capacity. The incentives decline by an average of seven percent each year until they reach zero by the end of 2016.
Colton Electric Utility’s Solar Incentive Program has two tiers. The $2.80 per watt base incentive is available for all customers of the utility, while an enhanced $4 per watt incentive is for customers who award their Renewable Energy Credits or RECs to the Colton Electric Utility.
The total amount of incentive for installing solar panels in Colton must not exceed half of the total cost of the photovoltaic system installation. The system must meet all City of Colton and CEC guidelines, such as permitting, warranty, equipment, and signage.
Before applying for a Colton Electric Utility Solar incentive, customers are required to conduct an energy-efficiency audit of the establishment where the solar panels are to be installed. The CEU can conduct a free home energy audit for residential customers who are thinking of installing solar panels.
The incentives for all solar photovoltaic systems are calculated based on system performance. For systems up to 30 kW, an expected system performance calculation will be made to figure the total amount of incentive. Payment will be made once an application is approved by the city. For systems with fewer than 30 kW, the incentive can be given as a lump sum or paid out over the first five years of the system with the payment on a per kilowatt-hour basis. Incentives for solar systems over 30 kW are paid out over a five year period on a per kW basis.
For more information about the incentive on installing solar panels in the City of Colton, you can contact:
Colton Public Utilities
150 S. 10th Street
Colton, CA 92324
Phone: (909) 370-5561
Fax: (909) 370-5132
Web Site: http://www.ci.colton.ca.us
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