Is Your Business Ready to Go Solar?

Installing solar panels is a big decision for any business. Anaheim Public Utilities is here to help you go solar at your property, while we continue to invest in renewable resources for the benefit of all our customers. Solar can be a great way to use sunlight for a portion of your energy needs, while also reducing your carbon footprint. 

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Here are nine steps to installing solar for your Anaheim business:

  1. Right-size your PV system by ensuring your building is as energy efficient as possible. You can schedule your free Comprehensive Energy Assessment that will help you understand your energy usage by calling 714-765-4250.
  2. Know how much solar energy is needed. Obtain your annual energy usage by logging on to your account online to check past consumption. If you don’t have online billing, then always feel free to call our customer service staff at 714-765-3300.
  3. Know the income tax credits available to you.
  4. Understand how net energy metering (NEM) 2.0 works. 
  5. Decide on payment options: complete purchase, power purchase agreement, or lease. Research how your choice may affect a future sale of your property. And don’t forget about a warranty for your entire system – not just the solar panels.
  6. Obtain contractor bids from reputable firms who are properly licensed and insured. We recommend a minimum of three bids prior to signing a contract. The solar equipment being provided to you should be listed on the state’s website.
  7. Contractor submits plans to the Anaheim Planning and Building Department for a building permit. 
  8. Construct your solar panel system.
  9. Obtain final building permit sign off in order to have a bi-directional and power production meter installed by Anaheim Public Utilities.

Important Things to Know

  1. Battery Storage
  2. Solar Expansions
  3. Energy Efficiency
  4. Payment Options for Solar
  5. Contractor Selection

Under NEM 2.0, it is recommended to install storage along with solar to get the most benefit. The excess energy produced during the day is best stored on your property instead of sending it back to the grid at the wholesale credit rates offered under NEM 2.0. With storage, the homeowner manages their production, storage, and how much energy they use from the grid.