The solar energy adoption process
Understand what's involved in adopting renewable energy
You, your contractor and PG&E all play important roles in bringing clean energy to your property. Learn more about the process.
YOU: You prepare your home for energy efficiency and choose a qualified contractor.
CONTRACTOR: Your contractor helps choose the right system size needed for your home, walks you through the necessary forms and installs your system safely.
PG&E: PG&E reviews your interconnection application, performs an engineering review, completes any necessary system upgrades and gives final permission to operate.
Understand the connection steps
Get more details on the role of your contractor and PG&E, along with steps and timelines.
Visit Steps to Install and Connect
Get energy efficient
Before you install a renewable energy source for your home, do everything you can to reduce your current energy use. Even a few simple measures to lower energy consumption can reduce the size of the system you’ll need. Those measures will save you money—possibly thousands of dollars in up-front costs. Understanding your energy usage can also help you prepare for an informed discussion with your contractor.
Take five minutes to get your PG&E Home Energy Checkup and receive customized recommendations.
Take the Home Energy Checkup
Choose a contractor
Selecting the best renewable energy system for your home begins with choosing a qualified contractor. Your contractor can help select the system and sizing that meets your home’s energy needs. The contractor will also arrange the permitting, installation and site inspections necessary to connect your system to PG&E.
Visit Find a Contractor
Use the PG&E solar calculator
Get a quick estimate of the size and cost of system needed to power your business.
Ready to go solar?
Print a step-by-step checklist to make going solar easy.
Download solar checklist (PDF, 163 KB)
Visit CPUC Solar Consumer Protection Guide