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Solar Basics

This section provides an overview of what solar energy is and how it can be used.

Clicking on the link at the left for the "Big Picture" will explain how the California Solar Initiative and the New Solar Homes Partnership fit into California's vision for a sustainable future.

From this page you can go to short history of solar energy in California, find information about whether or not solar is affordable and reliable, how to tell if your home or building's solar orientation is good, and much more.

The navigation menu on the left will take you to each of the pages in this section. There are also related links that can take you to other websites for more information.

If you are interested in rebates for a solar electricity system, click on items on the menu bar at the top of the page for if you are a consumer or a builder or if you are looking for information about solar for nonresidential buildings.