What Legislation Is Shaping the Solar Industry?

You already know solar energy is a wise investment, but when it comes to protecting your rights as an owner of solar panels, it brings peace of mind to know that the state of California has your back.

The Golden State has passed a variety of laws over the years to ensure businesses and homeowners alike have continued access to solar power. Here are three key pieces of legislation you should know about.

The Solar Rights Act

Passed in 1978, the Solar Rights Act is the most famous example of legislation. Within the Solar Rights Act, legislation specifically requires local governments to preserve passive heating and cooling opportunities. This legislation also gives people the legal right to a solar easement.

The Solar Shade Act

If a tree or shrub is interfering with your solar panel, you can legally remove it. The Solar Shade Act protects homes that have solar energy systems from being shaded by trees and plants on neighboring properties.

Solar Tax Credits

The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) deducts up to 30 percent of the cost of a new solar energy system. The deduction can be used with commercial and residential systems.

Originally, this credit was set up through the Energy Policy Act of 2005. It was supposed to expire by the end of 2007. Because it continues to be such a popular credit, Congress continues to extend the credit's expiration date. Right now, the credit is expected to remain in place until the end of 2021.

HES Solar can help you improve your home and lower your power bill. To learn more about different solar installations, reach out to our technicians today at (619) 350-0032.