Golden State shifts to solar

Rebate to install water-heating systems is part of intended shift to solar energy

California residents can now apply for rebates that will help cover the cost of installing solar water-heating systems in their homes, according to a press release from the California Public Utilities Commission.

On May 1, the California Solar Initiative Thermal Program—a $350 million program that is a part of the Go Solar California Campaign—began accepting applications for cash rebates of up to $1,875 per home. To qualify, homes must be served by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric Co. or Southern California Gas Co.

The installation of solar water-heating systems can cut down on heating bills, greenhouse-gas emissions and the state’s dependency on fossil fuels.

The rebates will become available for businesses and multifamily homes this summer. For applications, visit