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Break Free From Utility Rate Changes

2020 started off with a rate change by the southern California utilities. These rates affected electricity costs for most homeowners in San Diego County, Orange County and Riverside County. The two main utility companies in Southern California are San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) – and both announced rate changes…

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The Million Solar Battery Initiative – Can California Achieve the Goal?

Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director of the California Solar & Storage Association (CALSSA) recently wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Sacramento Bee. In the article, Bernadette describes the critical energy challenges that most of us Californians are all too aware of.  She believes that solar coupled with an increased adoption of home battery systems…

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San Diego Power Outages: What’s Your Energy Plan?

There needed to be a solution to utility infrastructure-related fire hazards after the tragic Camp fire in 2018 and the 2017 wine country fires, both of which occurred during the fall. So in 2019, with instances of high winds, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) made the decision to cut power to approximately 800,000 customers in…

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Great News: California Solar Customers Have A New Consumer Protection Program, the California Solar Consumer Protection Guide

We believe in residential solar as a great way to create renewable energy, take more control over your energy use, and to save money on your electric bill. We also take great pride in the high quality of our solar system designs, our installation work, and the components that we select for each project. Our…

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8 Great Reasons to Buy Home Solar in 2019

8 Great Reasons to Buy Home Solar in 2019

With 2019 past the halfway point, it’s important to realize – for anyone considering the decision to get solar – that time is running out to capitalize on the full 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) benefit. This federal program drops to 26% for home solar systems that are not installed, approved and interconnected with…

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Baker Achieves Impressive Ranking on Solar Power World’s 2019 Top Solar Contractor’s List

Solar Power World’s 2019 Top Solar Contractors in the United States list recently came out, and Baker Electric Home Energy is inside the top 100 solar energy contractors once again against all companies in all categories – not just San Diego solar companies. For the 2019 list, based on 2018 business performance of total kilowatt…

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Time of Use Billing with SDG&E

The clock is ticking. Get control of the San Diego Gas & Electric TOU energy rate plan transition. Will the TOU schedule affect me if I don't have solar? Am I grandfathered from a TOU shift? If you’re a current SDG&E customer and don’t have home solar or have had home solar since before March 30, 2018…

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The Solar Investment Tax Credit: Time is Running Out

This is an update of the previous article further down the page: The Solar Investment Tax Credit, or ITC, was created in 2006 to help grow a new industry – solar electric power. In the early days, prior to 2006, solar was expensive compared to more traditional sources of energy, especially fossil fuel. Solar was the realm…

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What is the Difference between a PPA and a Lease?

What is the Difference between a PPA and a Lease?

Help to decide whether to get a solar PPA or a solar lease. Are you deciding whether to get a solar PPA or a solar lease? To someone who does not already have a thorough understanding of how solar power saves money on their electricity bill, the difference between a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) and…

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Baker Electric Solar is now Baker Electric Home Energy

Announcing Baker Electric Home Energy

We’ve made some exciting changes here at Baker and we want you to be the first to know. For over 13 years, we’ve delivered some of the best solar design, engineering and installation in Southern California. During that time, we listened carefully to the needs of Southern California homeowners and so we’ve made a shift. Today,…

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