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Barry Mikulsky / 424 Brentwood Dr. Benicia, CA. 94510

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424 Brentwood Dr, Benicia, CA, 94510
424 Brentwood Dr, Benicia, CA, 94510


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Your Current Energy Profile (Select Tabs):

Current Average Utility Cost: $358.84/month = .30/kWh

  • PG&E 12-Month Usage 
  • PG&E Current Rates
  •  Summary: Usage/Cost

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The last couple months are lower than previous 2 years
The last few months are lower than previous 2 years
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Note: Total Generation + Delivery = $207.99 for the bill above. Actual Energy Generation ($59.46) represents only about 24% of your total electricity cost.

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Approved PG&E + Solar Rate Changes: 2016-2019

Approved PG&E + Solar Rate Changes: 2016-2019

A new rate structure has been approved by the PUC that will transition all rate payers to a Time-of-Use (TOU) rate schedule. Your current bill will now reflect 3-tiers, based on the timeline below. What does this mean? If you are usually home during the daytime, using energy (think AC in summer), your rates will increase.

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Note: PG&E rates are currently changing from Tier rate to Time-of-Use stucture for all ratepayers by 2019.

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Whats Changing with PG&E Rates & Net Energy Metering (NEM)?

  • All ratepayers in California will be on Time-of-Use (TOU) rate schedule by 2019. (different day/night rates)
  • PG&E Solar Plan (NEM): Transition from NEM 1.0 to 2.0, following 5% cap. Once commissioned, agreements valid for 20 years. (PG&E will transition to 2.0 by end of 2016).
  • NEM 2.0 additional charges for solar rate payers-Additional Non-Bypassable fees, Interconnection fee ($75-$150) and TOU  Rates mandatory when system commissioned.

How Net Energy Metering -PG&E Solar Rate Program-Works

Below is the preliminary solar solution. Final design, size and pricing will be provided following Sunrun initial Site Evaluation.

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 Purchase Options: Costco Member Plan

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Current Average PG&E/MCE Utility Cost: $358.84/month = .30/kWh


Costco Member Benefits/ Summary:

  • Costco Member Plan includes 10-year workmanship warranty, 15-year roof penetration warranty, $1,256 Costco Cash card and dedicated member care hotline.
  • Federal tax credit (ITC) of $13,725
  • Annual ROI of  13.3% and Payback of 8 Years. This saves you an estimated $3,841 in Year 1 and $85,293 over a 20-year period.
  • Take advantage of your Benicia Solar Rebate Program ($1,000).
  • System is sized at 95% solar offset: 95% Solar/5% PG&E. System and service agreement signed directly with Costco. Once we conduct initial Site Evaluation and review, we can still adjust final size,should you prefer a smaller system (reduced usage).
  • 100% Installed and maintained by Sunrun Solar (no subcontracting).
  • Premium SolarEdge equipment offers one of the best industry inverter equipment warranties; ability to extend warranty for 20-25 years (addl cost).
  • Solar Panels include a 25-year linear production  guarantee-they are guaranteed to  produce a minimum amount of energy for 25  years (generating at about 80% production at the end of 25-years).

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Our Process/Timeline:

We do our best to efficiently guide your project through each phase to completion, including assigning you a dedicated project planner, who will be sure your project moves through our process as efficiently as possible.
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Frequently Asked Questions (Select to Open):

Under a lease, does it always make sense to size a system to 100% solar offset?

Under a lease, does it always make sense to size a system to 100% solar offset?

There are a few spevific reasons you would not want to size a solar generation system to cover 100% of your current annual usage:

  • If you currently use well above the average energy usage of your neighborhood
  • If you currently have additional refrigeration/freezer units (Depending on make/age, they can be excessive energy users)
  • If you do not have a modern energy efficient pool pump (variable speed)
  • Any other higher energy use appliances that may  not be  used over the entire 20 years.
  • If you plan on making any energy efficient improvements over the next 20 years   (such as windows,heating systems).

The reason for this is that if you move/sell/transfer your home, the new homeowners may not have the same energy requirements as you currently do (if they do not have additional refrigeration/freezer units), leaving them with a system that is too large for their energy requirements. In your case, it is more prudent to size a system closer to 80%, covering the highest PG&E Tier/Time-of-Use rates. Taking all this into account, an 80% offset leaves you with a PG&E bill at their lowest rates (close to 300 kwh/month).

What Happens if I Move/Transfer/Sell my Home?

What Happens if I Move/Transfer/Sell my Home?

The hardest thing about moving isn’t selling your home—it’s saying sayonara to those beautiful, money-saving panels on your roof. That’s right, no need to find a suitcase big enough to hold your solar panels. Sunrun makes it easy to transfer your solar lease agreement and pass along those ridiculously low energy bills to the new owners.

Our Service Transfer Specialists handle everything from educating realtors and potential buyers, to working with escrow officers, title agents, home inspectors, and anyone else who might need to know about your system or solar lease agreement.

Here are some tips to help ensure a smooth move: Connect with our Service Transfer team before your home goes on the market. We’ll help prepare your realtor to sell the value of solar. Inform potential buyers early on that the solar lease agreement is a contingency of the home sale to avoid hiccups during negotiations. Once you’ve got a buyer, you’ll both sign Sunrun’s service transfer form and we’ll run a credit check on the buyer. Then just send us confirmation that escrow has closed and you’ll be home free. In the unlikely event that the buyer doesn’t want to take on the agreement, you can prepay for the remainder of your service and bundle it into the selling price of your home. You can also buy the system outright and move it to your new home, but is generally easier and more cost effective to transfer the agreement.

How will I pay for electricity when I have solar?

How will I pay for electricity when I have solar?

There you are, daydreaming about all the money you’ll save by going solar, the cleaner skies, the lower electric bill and the… wait. About that electric bill. What exactly happens to your bill when you make the switch to solar? Before you spend a single minute worrying about it, let us explain. Paying for electricity is no harder when you have solar. In fact, it’s a lot easier because you won’t have to worry about surprise rate hikes or hidden fees. Here’s how it works:

  • Your solar system will be connected to your local utility (PG&E), and your energy usage affects how much you’ll save.
  • You’ll owe less or even earn energy credit when you produce more electricity than you use.
  • When you use more than you produce, say if you forget to turn off the AC, you could owe the utility company more.
  • Annually, electricity costs will be lower with solar, even though your savings will vary month-to-month due to seasonality—you’ll earn more energy credits during summer’s longer, sunny days than in winter’s short ones, but they’ll balance each other out over the course of a year.
  • You’ll get two bills if you choose a monthly plan like most customers. One from the utility company and one from Sunrun. The Sunrun bill is your low, predictable solar rate. The utility bill covers any additional electricity used above and beyond what your solar system produces.

Will I get credits from my utility with Sunrun?

Will I get credits from my utility with Sunrun?

Remember back in school when extra credit was kind of a big deal? Well now that you’re thinking about going solar, it is again. That’s because when your uber-efficient power-generating panels produce more energy than you need, you get automatic solar energy credit from the utility company. It’s like they’re paying you for once. Here’s how it works:

  • When the sun is up, your panels crank out energy like there’s no tomorrow. If they produce more than it takes to power your life, that extra electricity is sent to the utility grid and you earn solar energy credit.
  • When you have more power than you use, you owe the utility less.
  • Conversely when you use more electricity than your system makes, like at night for example, when the sun is down, you draw from the grid.
  • When you use more power than you make, you owe the utility more.

See? It’s a give and take, but you don’t have to lift a finger because the utility company’s net meter keeps track of it all. You can expect to see some ups and downs on your utility bill throughout the year because you’ll likely generate more power in the summer and less in the winter. But your total annual savings will be greater thanks to solar. Your system will be grid tied and you’ll get credits from your utility when you’re a Sunrun customer whether you choose to own your system or go solar through a lease or PPA.

I've Already Gone Solar-How do I Read my Net Energy Metering Bill?

I've Already Gone Solar-How do I Read my Net Energy Metering Bill?

Once you have upgraded your home to solar energy, you will now receive a Net Energy Metering (NEM) statement. This is simply the net amount of energy you have consumed (factoring in what you actually generated from your roof) thru your Utility company (PG&E). The video below will give you a basic understanding of how to read your bill. Whether you previously purchased your energy (Generation) from a 3rd party provider, or just purchase from PG&E, the bill is very similar:


Links / Resources

Benicia Solar Rebate Program

Solar Equipment:

Solar Panels (Canadian Solar) | SolarEdge Inverter

Other Info / Links:

7 Questions You Should Consider When Choosing a Residential Solar Company

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