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Beach Cities Solar Consulting LLC Frequently Asked Questions

Beach Cities Solar Consulting LLC does not install solar systems. We have an open architecture approach and work with several reputable solar and energy storage installers throughout California. This unique approach allows us to utilize our extensive solar industry experience in recommending the best solar installer for a particular project. In the Commercial solar and Corporate solar markets each solar project is competitively bid out to ensure our clients are receiving optimal pricing from a quality solar company that will be around for the long haul. Put our solar and energy storage experience to work for you.

Not for cash compensation. This program is no longer available with SCE, SDG&E, PG&E, or LADWP. However; each of these utilities offers a Net Energy Metering program whereby the excess energy your solar system produces during the day is exported to the grid and credited against the energy you draw from the grid at night. Any excess generation that is not used in any given month rolls over for one year as credit on your solar bill. At the end of the year the utility will provide a “true up” bill that will account for all energy used above and beyond what your solar system produced.

Not for cash compensation. This program is no longer available with SCE, SDG&E, PG&E, or LADWP. However; each of these utilities offers a Net Energy Metering program whereby the excess energy your solar system produces during the day is exported to the grid and credited against the energy you draw from the grid at night. Any excess generation that is not used in any given month rolls over for one year as credit on your solar bill. At the end of the year the utility will provide a “true up” bill that will account for all energy used above and beyond what your solar system produced.

Yes! Both residential and commercial solar installations are eligible for a 22% Federal tax credit through 12/31/21. For example; if your solar system installation costs $30,000; you would be eligible for a $6,600 Federal tax credit. There is no limit to the 22% Federal Investment Tax Credit. Businesses that install solar are eligible to depreciate 85% of the gross installation cost in year one on their Federal taxes in addition to the 22% Federal Tax Credit.

Residential payback (ROI) is typically 5 - 8 years depending on roof type and energy consumption. Commercial payback (ROI) is typically 4-6 years.

No. We offer financing options for $0 out of pocket that provide immediate savings while adding value to your home or business.

Yes. Unless you install battery storage along with your solar system a grid-tied solar system will lose power when there is a blackout.

Yes. The rule of thumb is that if your roof has 5 years or less on its warranty then the re-roof should be completed with the solar installation. Doing the work together may also make your re-roof eligible for the 26% Federal Investment Tax Credit. Please consult with your tax advisor regarding your specific situation.

Yes. We will gladly install a 50 Amp Level 2 electric vehicle charging outlet for your electric vehicle. We do this at our cost.

Yes. We custom size every solar system to meet the onsite load of the home or business; including any potential improvements to the property that will increase on site energy consumption.

Yes! We can install solar on any type of roof including Spanish clay tile, concrete tile, composition shingle, metal, or flat roofs. Older wood shake roofs are no longer up to code and must be re-roofed with a different material to go solar.

Appraisers have added line items for solar systems in the appraisal. The increased value the solar system adds to the property will more than offset the amount owed on the
loan. When the property is in escrow you would pay off your solar loan with the proceeds from the sale of the property just like you would with your mortgage.

No. We recommend lenders that use a UCC-1 filing to secure their loans which means that the loan is secured by the solar equipment and not the home. If you choose to finance your solar system with the proceeds from your mortgage, re-finance, or home equity line of credit the lender would secure their loan with your real property.

For residential properties it takes on average six weeks from signing the home improvement contract and utility paperwork to your solar system being turned on by the utility (Permission To Operate). For commercial properties the process is longer; and can take from six months to one year for the solar system to be "commissioned" by the utility and turned on. The actual construction of the solar system typically only takes one to three days with residential projects; and two to six weeks with commercial projects.

Yes. Residential appraisers have added a line item to their appraisals for solar systems. They will value the solar system based on how old the equipment is and how big of an electric bill it will offset. In general, for residential properties the solar system will add about two times its installation cost to the property’s value. Commercial valuations can vary greatly depending on if the solar system is offsetting the tenants electric bill or the property owners. In the case of the former; the solar system increases the cash flow of the property; increasing the value of the underlying property.

For residential properties we can back up your critical loads (lights, refrigerator, outlets, etc.) with one, two, or three batteries. These critical loads will continue to operate in a blackout and anything that was not backed up with the batteries will lose power. For commercial properties businesses can stack several batteries together depending upon their needs. Many businesses are installing batteries to reduce their commercial demand charges; which can be up to half of the bill for a business that uses a lot of energy in a short period of time (this is measured in 15-minute intervals).

Yes. Battery storage is eligible for the 26% Federal Investment Tax Credit when paired with a solar system. Currently there is also a one-time California state cash rebate for battery storage (that is subject to exhaustion). The rebate is based on the size of your battery storage system. Businesses are also eligible to depreciate the battery storage system as a business expense. We will include any tax credits, rebates, and incentives in your custom solar and storage
proposal.

Yes. We offer both residential and commercial solar and storage financing with $0 out of pocket!

Charity Donation

GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

Beach Cities Solar Consulting LLC donates 5% of annual profits to environmental and social organizations that help protect and preserve our planet. Organizations that we have supported in the past include the Skechers Foundation, Manhattan Beach Rotary Club, The San Juan Rotary Club, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Los Angeles, Heal The Bay, and ParaLaNaturaleza.