Homebuyer Solar Option and Solar Offset Program (California)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place California
Name Homebuyer Solar Option and Solar Offset Program
Incentive Type Building Energy Code
Applicable Sector Residential
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Website http://www.energy.ca.gov/2010-SOPR-1/index.html
Date added to DSIRE 2011-03-28
Last DSIRE Review 2013-02-06

References DSIRE[1]


Senate Bill 1 of 2006, which established the statewide California Solar Initiative, also required the California Energy Commission (CEC) to implement regulations that require sellers of production homes to offer a solar energy system option to all prospective homebuyers. Besides offering solar as an option to prospective homebuyers, sellers of homes constructed on land for which an application for a tentative subdivision map has been deemed complete on or after January 1, 2011, must disclose to the prospective homebuyer the total installed cost of the solar option, the estimated cost savings associated with the solar energy system option, information about California solar energy system incentives, and information about the Go Solar California website.

Sellers of production homes affected by this law may opt for the solar offset program rather than offer solar as an option to prospective homebuyers. The solar offset program requires sellers to install a solar system elsewhere which is equivalent to the aggregate capacity of solar that would have been installed in an affected subdivision if 20% of the buyers had opted for the solar option.

The regulations above provide greater detail about these two options and discuss the reporting requirements for sellers of production homes to demonstrate they are in compliance with the law.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Sherrill Neidich
Department California Energy Commission
Address 1516 Ninth Street, MS-45
Place Sacramento, California
Zip/Postal Code 95814-5512
Phone (916) 651-1463

Email sneidich@energy.state.ca.us
Website http://www.energy.ca.gov/

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: CA Public Resources Code § 25405.5, et seq.
Date Enacted 2006-08-21

Authority 2: 20 CCR 2700, et seq.
Date Effective 2011-03-24

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"