Do you live in San Diego, CA and want to buy a solar panel system but just don’t have the cash? Congratulations, it’s your lucky day–or rather, it will be your lucky day beginning in July. That’s when a revolutionary program goes into effect that allows residents to pay for solar panels through property tax bills over a period of 20 years.
“By offering these financing options, . . . (San Diego) is putting solar power in the same paradigm as your current utility bills, where you are basically paying a little bit each month,” said Monique Hanis, spokeswoman for the Solar Energy Industries Association. “This is a great recipe for opening the doors for way more installations.”
The program is made possible by California’s AB 811 law, which allows loan programs to pay back investments in renewable energy systems through property tax payments. Berkeley and Palm Desert already have programs that take advantage of the law, but San Diego’s will be the largest. My question: why isn’t *every* city in California taking advantage of this?
Group solar purchasing program 1 Block Off the Grid (1BOG) is currently running a campaign to lower the cost of residential solar energy in San Diego. 1BOG has also signed a $100 million deal with SunRun to provide solar financing.
Ariel Schwartz was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a contributor at Fast Company, Inhabitat, Triple Pundit, SF Weekly, and NBC Bay Area Online. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.