Do you feel like you’re overpaying for your electricity?
You’re not the only one! Orange County’s electrical rates have been rising steadily over the years with no signs of slowing down in sight. Factor in rising costs of living and having to run your AC year-round due to hotter weather and you’ll see why your electric bill is quickly rising.
What to do?
Investing in renewable energy options such as a solar power system is the best way to manage your rising electric bills in Orange County. In recent years, solar power has surpassed solar parity, meaning the energy generated by solar panels outweighs the cost of solar panels over the duration of your solar system’s lifespan.
Why is this great news?
In California, and especially in Orange County, electrical rates will continue to rise. Investing in solar panels now won’t just help you save money from today’s electric rates; you’ll be protecting yourself from electric rate hikes for years to come. Over the course of 25 years (the average lifespan of a solar panel system), your electric savings will account for quite a sum of money.
Think about it, as the State of California and Orange County continue to mandate solar panel installations for environmental purposes, there will be fewer OC residents paying full price for their electric bills. To offset this drop in income, electric companies will have to raise their rates.
How to Choose the Best Solar Company
Here’s where it gets tricky. Orange County is one of Southern California’s most populated metro areas consisting of different cities – some with separate municipal electrical grids.
Think about what goes into a solar panel installation. Before the installation crew can even start, a solar company has to submit permits, conduct building inspections, and check for compliance with your electricity provider. Then, you’ll want to know what kind of local incentives and rebates are available for your new solar energy system and what options you have for financing.
Those out of town solar companies may be experts in their respective area’s local solar regulations, but the last thing you want is to have a noncompliant solar system installed. Make sure to ask your solar contractor whether they’re local to the Orange County area and if they have a solar technician that’s familiar with your specific city’s solar regulations. This alone can save you countless hours and dollars!
Read Reviews! It Says a Lot About a Solar Company’s Character!
The world we live in is overrun by sales pitches and advertising. Reviews are the last saving grace we have to legitimate claims when it comes to deciding the best solar company in Orange County. You can take a wild guess and say no solar contractor is going to bad-mouth their company on their own website, but reviews are purely from the customer’s experience.
Good reviews are a huge indicator of what you can expect from a solar company and in today’s world, reviews are a direct representation of a company’s reputation. At Semper Solaris, we’re proud to say we take pride in every solar installation, treating every customer as if they were our own family. Our 5 star solar panel installations go the distance and we make sure to maintain the highest standard of solar services.
The Time to Go Solar in Orange County is Now!
If you’ve been considering going solar, you’re probably looking for some direct answers about how much solar panels cost and how much you can save on your electric bill. There’s a lot that goes into a solar panel estimate including but not limited to:
- Square footage of your home
- The slope of your roof
- The positioning of your home relative to the sun
- Your electrical usage
Orange County’s Electrical Grid – Why it Pays to Go Solar
California’s mandate to have all new homes be powered by solar by the year 2020 is putting electrical providers on edge. Orange County’s electric company, Southern California Edison (SCE), is already increasing its rates in anticipation of the decline. To protect your expenses, the time is now to invest in solar panels.
Anaheim Public Utilities
For those who live in Irvine, Huntington Beach, Santa Ana, or anywhere else in Orange County, you’re most likely on the Southern California Edison grid. For those who live in Anaheim, however, you will most likely be connected to Anaheim’s municipal grid, Anaheim Public Utilities (APM).
These are the nuances of living in Orange County that only a local solar panel contractor would know. Most counties in California have only one electrical grid, but Orange County is unique in that it actually has quite a few! Anaheim Public Utilities has its own separate electric rates and operates individually from other electric companies.
Much like Southern California Edison, Anaheim Public Utilities also offers a Net Energy Metering program to allow you to sell surplus energy to the grid. To further assist Anaheim residents with investing in solar panels, APM offers an Income-Qualified Solar Powered Incentive Program.
If you’re ready to invest in solar panels in Orange County, call a Semper Solaris representative today or leave us a message on our website.