2 Responses to California okays tax credits for solar hot water

  1. JLundell Sat, Jan 23, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    The original bill inexplicably restricted tax credits to customers heating water with natural gas. CPUC has added an electric-displacement credit, a little stingier, but not bad.

    Good for them. (And me…)

  2. DJ Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    Solar hot water is far and away more cost efficient than solar electricity. But explore building your own– we got quoted $11K for a professionally-installed household solar hot water system, but found we could build one ourselves for less than $2K. Payback would be less than two years.

    A simple, home-made solar preheater can be installed for under a hundred dollars.

    At those prices, there’s no excuse for NOT going solar– tax credit or not!