Tag Archives: California

The New Solar Lease

29 Mar

These days, everyone knows that buying electricity from the utility costs more than solar and creates more pollution than cars and airplanes combined; but for a long time, the solar investment was so large that it was only popular with the very rich or super environmentalists.  Leasing made it possible to obtain cheap solar equipment with very little money upfront and payments less than or similar to utility payments; but again, it wasn’t so attractive that it could be called a true “no-brainer”…until now!

Sunpower just released their latest panel upgrade that exceeds all other panels in efficiency and ‘real world’ performance and reliability.  The E20 series with Maxeon technology is something that you have to get to know; and you can do this by watching the videos on You Tube at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lTotfOgLWs&list=UUOvb0zfbBxC9P_sgxMojCvg&index=2&feature=plcp  Take 10-minutes to watch the first 5 videos and you will agree – Sunpower is the best in solar.  And, since Sunpower is both the leasing company AND the manufacturer, Sunpower is also the best lease in solar!

Other companies offer leasing – but it’s for cheap, low quality equipment.  Other companies offer Sunpower – but they don’t have CGD’s experienced construction and electrical people or design expertise.  The ‘No-Brainer’ combination is Sunpower from CGD; email or call and let us show you!

At CGD, we’re going a step further than turning sunshine into electricity – we’re turning it into college funds and retirement accounts!  We don’t want you to touch the nest egg that you have worked hard to build…the money for the kids college or your retirement  – we want to add to it.  Contact a CGD Solar Designer today and they will show you just how much money we can create from sunshine for you.  It costs nothing – so why wouldn’t you?

Solar at the Oxnard Earth Day Festival this Saturday

8 Apr

Join in the celebration this weekend for the City of Oxnard’s 20th annual Earth Day Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Plaza Park. Admission is freeCalifornia Green Designs will be there to promote solar energy and to answer questions homeowners have about going green.

Our booth is a great experience for kids and the community alike. It will feature an actual full-size solar panel connected to a racking system and an inverter. We also have large poster-sized photos of solar panels on buildings, farms, and homes, all located right here in Southern California.

Stop by and grab a bumper stickers that say “Solar Power to the People” or flyers educating homeowners on the benefits of installing solar panels, energy conservation, and Green Tips.

It is up to you to be environmentally conscious, and you’ll find lots of ways of doing so at this interactive family event. Featuring hands-on events activities, live music, and stilt walkers.

Plaza Park is at the corner of Fifth and C streets in downtown Oxnard. Admission is free. Parking will be available at the parking structure at the corner of Third and B streets. For more information, call 385-7928 or visit OxnardNews.org.

Help save the Earth, “It’s up to you”.

 

Is Los Angeles Green?

2 Feb

California Green Designs has always been based in Los Angeles, we know California is a green state, but recently the question emerged how green can a city known for suburbs and traffic be? Is there enough to make a green defense? The following is a list of how the city of angels strives to be eco-friendly.

  • The city has plans to expand the subway system westward. Fingers crossed they don’t follow their current schedule and pick up the pace.
  • LA was the first city to require city owned buildings to be built to LEED specifications, the community colleges have a similar program.
  • The LA Convention Center was the first retrofit LEED certified building.
  • The LADWP, SCE, Burbank Water and Power, Glendale Water and Power, and Pasadena Water and Power all have current Solar rebate programs. See the entry on Solar Programs in LA for more.
  • We have a Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gases to 35% below 1990 levels by 2030. The large construction ordinance was created to help accomplish it.
  • There’s a Water Conservation Ordnance, that most people know about, here’s a link to the report of violations. Looks like they’re mainly giving warnings.
  • The Million Trees LA, an effort to literally make the city greener, you can even get some free trees from them, if only they’d plant some canopy trees along Venture Blvd…

2008 CA Solar installations Double 2007

30 Jan

2008 was a great year for Solar in California, a report released on Wednesday by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) showed that the megawatts (MW) installed last year were double 2007’s installations.

According to the CPUC’s January Staff Progress Report on the California Solar Initiative (CSI) 158 MW were installed in the state compared to 2007’s 78 MW, bringing the total for California up to 441 MW.Southern California Edison (SCE) share came to 13 MW of residential and 49 MW of non-residential projects. The CSI has a goal of 3,000 MW solar-produced electricity by 2016.

The strongest quarter for the CSI program was the fourth, breaking the record for the most applications received in a quarter, in fact December broke the record for the most applications received in a month, with the current upward trend Solar 2009 looks promising.

California is easily the leader amongst other states for installations and even ranks as fourth internationally, behind Germany, Spain, and Japan.

UPDATED Solar Rebates in Los Angeles County

22 Jan

Rebates for solar electric systems in California in large part come from a state mandated Utility company rebate. While the rebate amount is an ever changing sum, we can tell you who will be giving you your rebate. When you install with California Green Designs we take of the rebate application process for you. Here’s a list of your rebate sources in Los Angeles.

  • LADWP (Los Angeles Department of Water & Power) Solar Incentive Program
LADWP Solar Rebate Rates
Installation Type Incentive Rates
Residential Step 6 $1.62/kWh
Commercial on hold

Last updated 6/5/2012

  • SCE (Southern California Edison) California Solar Initiative
SCE Incentive Rates
PSI Incentive Type System Size Incentive Rates (by customer type) Payment Schedule
Expected Performance Based Buydown (EPBB) 1 kW to30 kW $0.35/watt – Residential$0.35/watt – Commercial$1.10/watt – Government & Non-profits One lump sum payment after installation & inspection approval.
Performance Based Incentive (PBI) Over 30 kW to 1,000 kW $0.05/kWh – Residential$0.05/kWh – Commercial & all PPAs$0.15/kWh for government & non-profit applicants (host customers) Five annual payments for first five years after installation & inspection approval; based on actual metered kWh output.

Last updated 6/5/2012

PWP Incentive Rates, Effective Feb. 2, 2011 Rebates scheduled to change anytime
PSI Incentive Type System Size Incentive Rates (by customer type) Payment Schedule
Expected Performance Based Buydown (EPBB) 1 kW to50 kW $1.40/watt – Residential$0.85/watt – Commercial$1.60/watt – Government & Non-profits One lump sum payment after installation & inspection approval; based on estimated PV system AC capacity.
Performance Based Incentive (PBI) Over 50 kW to 1,000 kW $0.212/kWh – Residential$0.129/kWh – Commercial & all PPAs$0.242/kWh for government & non-profit applicants (host customers) Five annual payments for first five years after installation & inspection approval; based on actual metered kWh output.

Last updated 6/5/2012

Azusa Light & Water Solar Rebate
Installation Type System Size Incentive Rates
RECs not retained Less than 30 kW $2.35/W up to 50% of the total cost of the system
RECs retained more than 30 kW $1.85/W up to 50% of the total cost of the system

Last updated 6/5/2012

  • Burbank Water & Power – Residential & Commercial Solar Support Program-  Burbank’s rebate is on hold until July 2012
BWP Incentive Rates
PSI Incentive Type System Size Incentive Rates (by customer type) Payment Schedule
Expected Performance Based Buydown (EPBB) BWP receives RECs 1 kW to30 kW $1.86/watt – Residential$1.35/watt – Commercial$1.55/watt – Government & Non-profits One lump sum payment after installation & inspection approval; based on estimated PV system AC capacity.
Expected Performance Based Buydown (EPBB) Consumer receives RECs 1 kW to30 kW $1.32/watt – Residential$1.04/watt – Commercial$1.55/watt – Government & Non-profits One lump sum payment after installation & inspection approval; based on estimated PV system AC capacity.
Performance Based Incentive (PBI) BWP receives RECs Over 30 kW to 1,000 kW $0.464/kWh – Residential$0.288/kWh – Commercial & all PPAs$0.311/kWh for Government & Non-profit Five annual payments for first five years after installation & inspection approval; based on actual metered kWh output.
Performance Based Incentive (PBI) Consumer receives RECs Over 30 kW to 1,000 kW $0.282/kWh – Residential$0.226/kWh – Commercial & all PPAs$0.311/kWh for Government & Non-profit Five annual payments for first five years after installation & inspection approval; based on actual metered kWh output.

Last updated 6/5/2012

GWP Solar Rebate Rates
Installation Type System Size Incentive Rates
Residential Less than 30 kW $2.00/W
Commercial More than 30 kW $0.230/kWh

Last updated 6/5/2012

Other Solar Incentives in the LA area include

  • Santa Monica has a building permit fee waiver
  • Net-metering – Californians can take advantage of the fact that they have net-metering solar electric systems, which means any surplus power you create runs the meter backwards.

If you would to have a free solar evaluation and an estimate, please fill out a form on California Green Designs Website. 

Go Green Expo & Solar in Los Angeles 2009

21 Jan

Come visit California Green Designs and see our recent installations at the Go Green Expo on Jan 23-25 at the LA Convention Center, the expo dedicated to making communities greener, one city at a time.

A new show for the new year. New York’s Go Green Expo makes its way to California this January with what is expected to be a great show. California Green Designs will be there South Hall J Booth # 113

The show starts this Friday,  January 23rd with a day long program for businesses interested in going green. Buyers get in Free on Friday with their Business Card, followed by a weekend long program for Angelenos  looking for a more green lifestyle.

Lined up among the speakers at the show, include celebrities Ed Begley Jr., Mariel Hemingway, best selling authors Josh Dorfman “The Lazy Environmentalist”, Julie Edelman “The Accidental Housewife,”, Bryan Au “Raw in 10 Minutes”, and stars from Discovery Channel Planet Green’s TV show “Alter-Eco” Boise Thomas and Darren Moore.

*A special screening of Sundance Winner “FUEL” will be shown Friday evening, at 5.*

Solar New Years Resolution

8 Jan

solar-carbon-foot1Thinking of Reducing your Carbon Footprint in the New Year?.Installing a Solar Electric System can make a really long term impact. If you live in California, have a relatively unshaded roof (south facing is best) and pay at least $100 a month, then tt looks like 2009 is going to be a pretty amazing year to get a great price. What’s reducing the cost for solar in 2009?

Federal Incentive Tax Credits are 30% in 2009 for everyone, the $2000 cap for residential systems is now a thing of the past. This tax credit will not effected by Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). The tax credits will be around for the next 10 years, so why this year? The rebate structure.

Rebates in California come from the utility companies, the amount you receive is in a downward cycle, the earlier you apply the higher the rebate you reserve. It’s that simple, in 2009 you could save up to 75% off the cost of a solar electric system.

Are you in the Los Angeles area & interested in reducing your carbon footprint with Solar? Get a free evaluation from us by filling out a form on our website www.ca-green.com.

Solar 2009

1 Jan

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So what’s new for solar in 2009?

  • Federal tax credits are making a come back, it was a close one but at the last second with the passing of the $700 billion bailout came 30%  solar power federal incentive tax credits. With the added benefits of not limiting residential systems to cap out at $2000, AMT no longer disqualifying the tax exemption, and all this for an extra long 8 year stretch.
  • Panels are also being produced at a higher rate than last year, which means more panels on the market.
  • LA Solar plan is being introduced, which has a ballot issue at the primaries this year, there should be more on that coming up in 2009, but looks like its yet again another No Vote. They’re still not getting solar right.
  • Recently joining the ranks of California’s Utility companies that offer rebates include Burbank Water and Power, and a larger Glendale Water and Power Program. Pre-existing rebate programs in the LA area include LADWP,  SCE,  and Pasadena Water and Power.
  • The number of LADWP Solar rebates filed for in December 2008 was the highest since the program started according to the LA Times. Hopefully a sign of what’s to come.

The future of solar looks bright, hopefully 2009 will turn us further towards energy conservation on a larger scale and with long term benefit programs.

Happy New Years from all of us at California Green Designs.

CAGD Solar at Green CA Schools Summit

10 Dec

California Sch9ol teachers and administrators are flocking today to the Anaheim Convention Center as the Green California School Summit officially opens its yesterday, the two day event which had sneak peak workshops Monday, is all about exposing California public schools to how they can be green. As more and more school districts join the green revolution the exhibition continues, this year there are over three dozen seminars, and attendees are expected to surpass 3000 plus over 200 exhibitors.

Solar SchoolIt’s in fact the nation’s largest green school program and cover a wide range of sustainability, everything from greening buildings to greening educational programs. California Green Designs is there with a hard to miss bird’s eye view of MDS School’s 175 kW Solar Installation.

Among the speakers will be the state’s superintendent, Jack O’Connell, Hunter Lovins, one of  Time Magazine’s “Hero of the Planet,” and author of  Natural Capitalism and Terry Tamminen, author of Lives per Gallon and environmental adviser to Governor Schwarzenegger.

This is the second annual Green School Summit, the first summit in Pasadena, had such success the revenue has been moved to be accommodate.  Other similar events are spread out throughout the year from same the hosting group, the non-profit Green Technology. The other events focus on other sectors government such as community colleges and government buildings.

The nation’s largest green schools event, with a program that covers every aspect of creating healthy, sustainable schools – from green building and facilities management to developing green curriculum!

Prop 10 – Another No

31 Oct

Rebates for Alternative Fuel Vehicles sounds like a good idea, until the word “natural gas” pops up. Prop 10, backed by Oilman T. Boone Picken’s natural gas filling company, Clean Energy Fuels Corp., will lead to rebates that favor, you guessed it, natural gas vehicles.

If Prop 10 passes, Hybrids do get a rebate ($2000 ea.), but only the first 55k sold, Alternative fuel cars (and vans and lightweight trucks)  get $10k each, the majority of these cars are not hydrogen or electric they’re natural gas, Natural gas trucks alone will get a $1 billion slice of the $5 billion dollar pie, because right now, natural gas vehicles have a well established commercial market in the US. The rebate could also lead to, as a LA Times Op-Ed suggests, companies purchasing their natural gas trucks here in California and then just driving them out of state.

There are benefits of using natural gas instead of gasoline, (around a 20% reduction of green gas emissions according to the EPA) but Natural Gas is another fossil fuel, is that enough? Especially when an electric car plus solar electric installation would mean using a renewable energy source for your vehicle. Prop 10 costs almost $10 billion dollars over thirty years for such a narrow solution. California can pass tougher legislation than that, why settle for only 20% reduction when the emerging technologies cut down more, shouldn’t the state pass legislation that encourages technology that goes the distance? Prop 10 just isn’t green enough for California, and it’s not green enough for California Green Designs.

No on Prop 10 is also supported by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and The Sierra Club.