Installing a solar system is easier than changing cell phone providers.
The following list will help you prepare for your switch to clean and economical solar energy:
1. Gather your last 12 months of monthly kWh & Total Charges and email us the information. Southern California Edison customers may follow the following procedure to obtain the information to send us.
How to Access Your SCE Usage Data
- Log In to SCE My Account
- Scroll down the page and click on the bottom left ‘Green Button Download My Data’ Icon
- By clicking on that icon, you will be routed to a page where it will ask you to select a date range (13 months), choose the format in which you’d like your data provided (CSV), and select the Service Account you’d like data for
- Input the requested information and then click on Download
- The file should be in your Downloads folder on your desktop or laptop
- Attach file to an email to send to us.
This information is used to project the maximum solar system size to produce the electricity you use, or will use (Electric vehicle purchase), annually. Eric Helgeson will need to know Total Charges and Total kWh (Kilowatt hours) you used each month.
2. Establish a budget to share with Eric Helgeson. There is no wrong answer, your decision will impact how much money you save on your electricity bill each month. We suggest thinking in terms of investments whereby the savings on your electricity bill is like receiving a monthly dividend check in the mail. The total annual dividends (savings) less expenses (financing) divided by total investment (system cost after incentives) is your return on investment to compare with other savings options. If you could invest any amount of money (from your savings and financing), in a mutual fund that is risk-free, non-volatile and providing a long-term 10% annual return on investment, how much would you invest from savings and financing (leverage)? Budgets typically range from $10,000 – $40,000 for residential. Budgeting is not required for solar leases because the return on investment primarily goes to the leasing company.
3. If you may be financing, know your credit score to help Eric Helgeson show financing payment options that may apply. The credit score is used by Eric Helgeson to show you the return on investment from electricity savings after financing. You may obtain a credit score from www.freecreditscore.com
4. Know how much you paid in federal taxes last year. Look at your IRS form 1040 page 2. Find the line that says “This is your total tax.” Solar system owners receive a 26% Federal tax credit on a portion of the solar system cost to reduce their Total Tax. Eric Helgeson will provide more information during the estimate.
5. Share any preferences on location, size or appearance of the solar system. Eric Helgeson will incorporate your preferences into the solar estimate.
6. If the system fits within your budget, how soon before you would like to start generating your own electricity? Each day without a decision is costing you money. If your property is solar friendly, you should consider yourself lucky because 75% of properties were not built to maximize the solar resources. Eric Helgeson will show you how you can benefit from a solar system AND will work with you to choose the most economical way to own it.
7. Review the California Solar Consumer Protection Guide
Considering these items to share with Eric Helgeson during the estimate will make it easy and economical for you to switch to clean solar energy.