Financial Incentives for Solar Water Heating

California Solar Initiative-Thermal (CSI-Thermal)

The CSI-Thermal program has a goal to install 585 million therms of gas-displacing solar hot water systems by the end of 2017 and provides an up-front rebate for installing a solar water heater, based on system size and performance. Residential customers can receive an incentive of up to $2,719 for solar water heating systems that reduce natural gas use, and $1,834 for systems that reduce electricity and propane use. Businesses and commercial property owners can receive an incentive of up to $500,000 for natural gas displacing systems and $250,000 for electricity displacing systems. For more information, visit pge.com/csithermal

Federal Tax Credits and Accelerated Depreciation

A 30 percent federal tax credit is offered for the installation of both residential and corporate solar energy systems. The tax credit is applied to the net cost after other rebates or grants have reduced the initial system cost. The current federal tax credit program is available through 2016.

  • Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit. Homeowners installing new solar PV and solar water heating systems are eligible for this 30 percent tax credit. Download IRS Form 5695.
  • Business Energy Investment Tax Credit. Businesses installing new solar PV and solar water heating systems are eligible for this 30 percent tax credit. Download IRS Form 3468.
  • Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System (MACRS) + Bonus Depreciation. Under the federal Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System (MACRS), businesses may recover renewable energy investments through depreciation deductions. For more information visit the US Department of Energy's DSIRE website.

 

Additional Information for Financial Incentives for Solar Water Heating

CSI-Thermal
CSI-Thermal is California's rebate program for the promotion of solar water heating.
Federal ITC
The Federal Government provides tax credits for businesses that invest in renewable energy.
Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit
The Federal Government provides tax credits for residential renewable energy
SF Solar Water Heating Calculator
This calculator only provides a basic estimate to help San Francisco property owners get a first look at how solar water heating can benefit them.
Free Solar Classes at PG&E's Pacific Energy Center
The Pacific Energy Center offers free educational classes on energy efficiency and renewable energy topics.