Pasadena Solar Initiative

The sun produces free, limitless energy that can power Pasadena with zero emissions. The Pasadena Solar Initiative (PSI) is PWP’s commitment to a sustainable energy future through the promotion of renewable solar power.

PLEASE NOTE: As of January 1, 2018, PWP will no longer offer any incentives for solar installations. If you submitted a completed application by 11:59PM on December 31, 2017, please see below for incentive information. If your solar installation still qualifies for an incentive, please use the new Home Energy Saver tool to perform your required energy efficiency assessment.

Although incentives are no longer offered, PWP staff will continue to assist customers who are interested in installing solar photovoltaic systems in their home or business.

Installing a solar energy system is a complicated decision.  We’ve assembled some resources to help you decide if solar is right for your property.

Where to Start

Installing solar is a big investment.  If you are considering adding a solar energy system to your home to generate electricity it is important to consider the size of the system, the return on your investment, the difference between a leased and owned system and more.  Take a moment to read Solar Power For Your Home to help you explore the various options and help you make a well-informed decision. PWP has also compiled a PDF map of all the solar installations in Pasadena as of June 2016. 

Invest in Energy Efficiency Before Solar

Making your home or business facility energy efficient before you install solar energy is essential to making your system as economical and efficient as possible. Energy efficiency measures also help reduce the size of the solar system you need, saving you thousands of dollars in up-front installation costs.

Financial Assistance

With a new solar PV system, PWP electric customers can earn federal tax credits, net surplus compensation and, of course, lower energy bills. Here’s how:

  • Federal Tax Credits
    You can earn a federal tax credit of up to 30% of your system cost. The benefit applies to both residential and business solar installations. Federal Tax Credit FAQs
  • Net Surplus Energy Compensation
    If your solar system produces more energy than your home or business needs, PWP will compensate you for the surplus energy flowing back to the grid.
  • Lower Bills
    By tapping into the free power of the sun, your solar PV system will help cut your reliance on energy from PWP – and lower your monthly energy bills. While your solar energy system may produce enough energy to cover your consumption, you will still receive a bill from PWP that are necessary to pay for metering and infrastructure that is required to power your property with your solar energy system isn’t producing energy. You will notice a decrease on the energy portion of your bill, but as long as you are connected to PWP’s electric grid, you will continue receiving a bill.

Finding an Installer

Go Solar California has an online database to help you find an installer. While PWP does not certify or recommend PV equipment manufacturers or installers this resource may help you narrow down your list of installers. Search for an installer today.

Things to consider:

  • PWP strongly suggests hiring an experienced licensed solar contractor to design and install solar systems. Licensed and experienced contractors are the key to a successful installation and optimal solar generation.
  • Typically, the solar installer will apply for local permits, and arrange for the solar system to be interconnected to the utility power grid.
  • Solar installers typically provide free site evaluations, comprehensive quotes and payback information.
  • PWP recommends evaluation at least three different contractors and consider doing the following:
    • Check the status of Contractor License at License must be an active A, B, C-10, or C-46 in order to meet the eligibility requirements for the PSI Program.
    • Check references. One of the most reliable sources for business references is the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
    • Examine customer feedback. Conduct internet searches, talk to those who may have used this contractor, etc. in an effort to find out as much information as possible
  • Installers must be familiar with PWP’s rules and regulations for electrical design and installation Regulation 21 and Distributed Generation Interconnection Requirements (Regulation 23) including metering requirements.
  • All systems must be installed by appropriately licensed California contractors in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the State of California Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB). Solar installation contractors must have an A, B, C-10 or a C-46 license for photovoltaic (PV) systems.
  • Solar energy systems must be designed and installed in conformance with the manufacturer’s specifications and with all applicable electrical, building, and fire codes and standards.

Installer Instructions

To get started, please register for PowerClerk to participate in the Pasadena Solar Initiative and then read through the information below:

PowerClerk Application Instructions
PWP Fire Dept PV Guidelines
Building Solar Guidelines
PWP Net Energy Metering Electric Rate – Municipal Code

Consistent with California Public Utilities Code §2827(c)(1), PWP offers eligible customer-owned generators the Net Energy Metering (NEM) rate under PWP’s Electric Rate Schedule. The PSI program is offered on a first-come-first-served basis until the total rated generating capacity used by the eligible customer-owned generators exceeds 5% of PWP’s system peak demand. PWP uses its five-year average system peak demand (307 MW) as the basis for its program NEM cap (15.35 MW). As of June 30, 2017, PWP has an installed and committed funds for a NEM capacity of approximately 9.8 Megawatts or 3.2% of the system peak demand of 307 Megawatts.