American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 
Helps Californians Convert to Solar Power
 
President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law on February 17, 2009 which provides tax credits and grants for installing solar.  
 
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 extended many consumer tax incentives originally introduced in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT) and amended in the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-343). 

The bill extends the 30% Residential Solar Investment Tax Credit (IR Code §25D) for residential solar instalations for eight years through December 31, 2016. It also removes the cap on qualified solar electric installation expenditures from $2,000, effective for systems placed in service after December 31,2008. 

The bill allows individual taxpayers to use the credit to offset AMT liability, and to carry unused credits  forward to the next succeeding taxable year. The $2,000 monetary cap on solar water heating property was not lifted and remains in effect.
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California Solar Rebate Program
 
The California Solar Initiative (CSI) is the solar rebate program for Californians who are residential or business customers of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). Together with the rebate programs offered through the dozens of publicly owned utilities in the state - the CSI program is a key component of driving adoption for solar energy in the state of California.
Earning incentives for solar energy is simple. Just follow these 5 easy steps:

Step 1: Energy Efficiency Audit
Complete an energy efficiency audit and make sure to take advantage of all the cost-effective ways to save energy and money in your home or business.

Step 2: Find a Solar Installer
Qualified contractors are your key to getting the most productive solar energy system for your home or business.

Step 3: Apply for Rebates
Qualified contractors will handle the CSI application process for your rebates in two or three steps.

Step 4: Install Your System
If you have received your reservation confirmation letter, you're ready to install your system and interconnect to the utility's power grid.

Step 5: Claim Your Incentive
When your project is installed and operational you may submit the Incentive Claim Form. 
The total budget for the CSI program is $2.167 billion for 2007 - 2016 and has a goal of installing 1,940 MW of new solar power generation capacity. The CSI-Thermal program - for the installation of solar domestic hot water systems - has a total budget of $250 million for 2010 - 2017, and a goal to install 200,000 new solar hot water systems. The CSI program is funded by electric ratepayers and the CSI-Thermal portion of the program is funded by gas ratepayers. The CSI program is overseen by the California Public Utilities Commission and rebates are offered and administered through the following utilities:
The CSI offers different levels of rebates and incentives based on the performance of the solar panels you install, including installation angle, tilt, and location as well as system capacity. This approach ensures that California is generating efficient solar power and rewarding the solar energy systems that offer the most solar energy generation.
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