For Solar Panels In Orange County, Choose Baker Electric Home Energy
Baker Electric, Inc. is one of San Diego’s oldest companies and Baker Electric Home Energy is built on those 78 years of electrical contracting experience. San Diego has been home to Baker since 1938 and today we are proud to be a leading solar installer in Southern California, including Orange County. In addition to our electrical expertise, we offer a variety of quality products and financing options, allowing you the option to choose what is best for you.
A solar installation in Orange County with Baker Electric Home Energy takes four easy steps -- consultation, design and engineering, installation, and operation. As the best solar company in Orange County with over 8000 satisfied customers throughout SoCal, you can trust your installation is in good hands. One of our solar energy consultants will meet with you to discuss your family’s current and future energy needs, the cost of a solar panel installation, our financing options as well as answer any questions you might have about going solar.
We know you have a lot of choices when it comes to solar companies in Orange County and thanks for considering us for your solar installation.
Orange County Solar Installation Options
For homeowners with plenty of property but limited roof space or poor roof orientation, a ground-mounted solar energy system may be the best choice. Our ground mounts are just like our roof mounts except of course they're on the ground not on a roof! Systems are designed so that your solar panel installation is articulated to a perfect pitch to capture maximum sunlight. Trenching for the conduit running from the system's inverter(s) to the electrical panel is typically required.
Roof-mounted solar power systems are among the more traditional mounting configurations for solar panels, especially when it comes to installing solar panels in suburban areas where yard space can be limited. The solar panels will be aligned south-facing as much as possible to capture maximum sunlight. When possible, the conduit will run through the attic to your electrical panel.
Solar Rebates & Incentive Programs in Orange County
The Solar Investment Tax Credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in federal income tax for anyone who purchases solar panels for their home or business. The amount credited is equal to 30% of the purchase price of your solar system. The ITC was set to expire at the end of 2016, but as of December 2015, it’s been extended for five years. It will retain the 30% rate until 2019.
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Getting City Approval for Solar in Orange County
After you’ve gone through the steps of having your solar installation designed, it’s time for approvals. If you're a Baker customer, our staff takes care of the approval process so you don’t have to. Once you as the homeowner have approved your solar installation plans, we will submit said plans and the necessary permits to the Authority Having Jurisdiction or AHJ for short. Every city has different requirements for receiving approval for a solar panel installation. Some cities require complicated structural engineering reports, while some require a stamped letter of approval from your HOA before they begin the permitting process. Depending on where you live, this step can take two to three weeks.
Getting Utility Approval for Solar in Orange County
The first step in getting permission to operate your solar power system is filling out a long Net Energy Metering application. During this process, utilities like SCE ask for a lot of detailed information, which is another reason going solar with Baker is helpful - because we know how to speak the utility’s language and how to answer all of their highly technical questions. We take care of the entire process for you so you don’t have to worry about the headache involved. After your solar panel installation has been inspected by the city and your utility and is approved, you will then be issued permission to operate from your utility and you can begin using your solar system to generate power for your home.