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Solar energy panels in Pasadena, California

Pas_solar_home"You guys were easy to work with and accommodating to our schedule. The system seems to be working great! On the bill I just got I could totally see the savings."
-Juliet Goff, PASADENA

Pasadena is an ideal location for a solar energy system.  Not only is Pasadena known for sunny skies and moderate climate, but it is also home to cutting edge solar energy research at the California Institute of Technology. 

Solar installation rebates available from Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) combined with a Federal Tax Credit could save you over 50% on your new solar system in Pasadena!  Solar panels will dramatically reduce your electricity bills over the 25-year life of the system and are now more affordable than ever. 

California Solar Engineering (CSE) is dedicated to providing excellent service including the finest quality solar energy products.  CSE solar panel systems are designed for high efficiency and long term performance.  We guarantee our work for 10 years and the Solar Panels we install are guaranteed for 25 years.   We are a NABCEP™ certified solar installer with over 8 years of solar installation experience in Southern California.

Call 888-62-SOLAR or click to get a free quote. 

Pas_solar_home California Solar Engineering is just across the 110 freeway from Pasadena.  We have done many residential solar installations for our neighbors in Pasadena. 

Solar Potential of Pasadena

Pasadena, CA is situated at 34.1 degrees north latitude and 118.1 degrees west longitude. The region basks in an average of just over 5.5 kWhs of solar energy each square meter each day.

latitude-longitude The average solar panel array we install in Pasadena produces about 4,000 watts of solar power. That translates into approximately 17,000 watt hours of consumable electricity per day. For context, that covers the entire energy consumption for a typical family of three and could save you over $80/ month on your electric bills!

Rebates and Incentives in Pasadena

Pasadena Water & Power (PWP) is committed to helping Pasadena residents Go Solar.  In fact, the Pasadena Solar Initiative (PSI) is in place to help their customers install a total of 14 megawatts of solar power by 2017!  This Solar Initiative is a part of Pasadena’s Green City Action Plan and California’s Million Solar Roofs Initiative. 

Pasadena residents are well-advised to use a professional solar engineer to design their solar system.  An optimally designed system will produce the most power/electricity.  PWP distributes rebate monies based on production prediction. 

All residential solar customers in Pasadena using licensed solar contractors will receive an Expected Performance-Based Buydown (EPBB) incentive from PWP. This means you will actually receive a check for up to 30% of your entire solar cost.    The exact EPBB Payment Amount is determined by the efficiency of your solar installation.  California Solar Engineering will make absolutely sure that your system performs to its highest capability.  “Engineering” is in our title for a reason! 

California Solar Engineering works with PWP on a daily basis and we understand how to work with you to provide the detail-specific information PWP needs to process your rebate applications, permit applications and inspection requests.

The Pasadena Water & Power website offers several sources of information concerning solar incentives. For details on the PSI program and PWP’s electrical requirements, visit or call (626) 744-6970.

In addition to these local Pasadena incentives, every solar installation in the country is eligible for a 30% Federal Tax Credit as of January 1, 2009.This 30% is based on your adjusted cost, after the PWP rebate and greatly reduces the total cost of solar.  A tax credit is not a deduction. It is a credit that is applied directly against what you owe in taxes.

Did you know?

Pasadena was one of the first cities in the country to have widespread use of solar energy systems.   By 1897, 30% of homes in Pasadena had solar hot water heaters marketed as the Climax Solar Collector.  After successful use in southern California, these systems spread to Arizona, Florida, and other sunny states.  Although these solar systems, were eventually phased out when natural gas and cheap electricity became popular, they demonstrate the history of solar energy in Pasadena. 

Watch a video tour of a solar energy home conducted by ECOTOOLS in Pasadena. Resident Maria explains how easy it was to install her different solar systems (2 or 3 days) as well as working with the city of Pasadena for the permits and the rebates.




January 19, 2010 by, Emma Gallegos

Upgrades to the Lake Avenue Gold Line Station are moving nearly like clockwork.
New bus benches, trash receptacles and bicycle racks are now installed - major parts of the $2.3-million renovation project that began last March.
All that's left for workers to complete are the installation of solar panels and fixing one of the faces of the newly installed Big Ben-style clock that overlooks the light rail station looming over the Foothill (210) Freeway.

The Armory Center for the Arts Uses Solar

The Armory's photovoltaic system is the largest of its kind in Pasadena. The solar panels have enabled the Armory to reduce its use of kilowatt hours by 45%, resulting in substantially smaller utility bills.

SunPower Sierra Club ASES CALSEIA SEIA