Ready to Go Solar?

Installing solar panels is a big decision for a resident. Anaheim Public Utilities is here to help you go solar at your property, while we continue to invest in renewable resources for the benefit of all our customers. When properly sized, solar can be a great way to use sunlight for a portion of your energy needs, while also reducing your carbon footprint. 

NEM

Here are nine steps to installing solar in Anaheim:

  1. Right-size your solar panels by making your home as energy efficient as possible. You can schedule your free Home Utility Check-up that will help you understand your energy usage by calling (714) 831-0025.
  2. Know how much solar energy is needed for your home. Obtain your annual energy usage by logging on to your account online to check past consumption. If you don’t have online billing, then always feel free to call our customer service staff at (714) 765-3300.
  3. Know the income tax credits available to you.
  4. Understand how net energy metering (NEM) 2.0 works. Please see http://www.anaheim.net/5587/NEM-20.
  5. Decide on payment options: complete purchase, power purchase agreement, or lease. Research how your choice may affect a future sale of your property. And don’t forget about a warranty for your entire system – not just the solar panels.
  6. Obtain contractor bids from reputable firms who are properly licensed and insured. We recommend a minimum of three prior to signing a contract. The solar equipment being provided to you should be listed on the state’s website.
  7. Contractor submits plans to the Anaheim Planning and Building Department for a building permit. Please see www.anaheim.net/building.
  8. Construction of your solar system.
  9. Final building permit sign off needed to have bi-directional meter installed by Anaheim Public Utilities.

Important Things to Know

  1. Battery Storage
  2. Solar Expansions
  3. Energy Efficiency
  4. Payment Options for Solar
  5. Contractor Selection

Under NEM 2.0, it is recommended to install storage along with solar to get the most benefit. The excess energy produced during the day is best stored on your property instead of sending it back to the grid at the wholesale credit rates offered under NEM 2.0. With storage, the homeowner manages their production, storage, and how much energy they use from the grid. We also offer a $2,500 rebate for the installation of a battery storage system. Please visit www.anaheim.net/utilities for more information.

For more detailed information on installing Solar, please see the U.S. Department of Energy’s resources that include a Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar and Solar Rooftop Potential by clicking here.