One of the major reasons California is a leader in solar energy is its initiatives aimed at encouraging homeowners to install solar panels. Under the state's flagship program, the California Solar Initiative (CSI), solar rebates are made available to qualified home and business owners looking to install solar.
If there's one thing everyone knows about solar, it's this: solar panels cost money. Even with state incentives, the great federal tax credit, and taking into account the fact that the investment eventually pays for itself, installing solar panels in your home is a serious financial undertaking. Yet since the value of a solar PV system lies in its ability to reduce monthly utility bills, the people who arguably need it most are exactly those who can afford it least. What to do about this dilemma?