Solar in Southern California, CA
Southern California is a mega-region in the southern area of California that consists of Los Angeles, Riverside-San Bernardino, San Diego, Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura and the El Centro areas. It includes counties of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego and Imperial. Along with the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California is a major cultural and economic center for California and the entire west. Southern California possesses nearly the same population as Texas with approximately 25.7 million people and is the nation’s second most populous region, behind the urban seaboard of the Northeastern United States. As of 2010, roughly 60.8% of California’s total population resides in Southern California.
Southern California is also home to an environmentally diverse area that includes deserts, forest, mountains and beaches…all beautiful and pristine. As a result, regional governments in the area have always maintained an eye toward the environment and a quiet dedication towards renewable energy, particularly solar energy. In fact, since California introduced its solar rebate program, the California Solar Initiative, together Orange County and San Bernardino has accounted for over 100 Megawatts of installed solar capacity and approximately 5,700 solar applications – ranking it second in the state. Riverside along has accounted for approximately 57 megawatts of installed solar capacity and approximately 2,938 solar applications – ranking it fourth in the state. This is on top of the explosion of growth in solar in San Diego and Los Angeles which have approximately 7,600 solar applications and 95 megawatts of installed solar capacity and 6,100 solar applications and 124 of installed solar capacity, respectively. (Source: Go Solar California!)
And with aggressive California solar rebates, the cost of Southern California solar energy has never been lower, increasing the likelihood that solar will continue to thrive in Southern California. In addition, many Southern California solar installers have developed unique solar financing structures, such as a solar lease and power purchase agreements, to help offset the up front cost of solar energy even more so that more and more people can enjoy the benefits of solar in their home.