Solar/Photovoltaic Information

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The City of Carson is committed to increasing the adoption of solar energy systems within the city. Carson offers streamlined solar permitting. To further see the City’s commitment, please view our SolSmart letter of support.

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If you are considering installing solar panels in your home, please note that sunny roof space is required. You can check the capacity of your home by visiting LA County Solar Map.

The City of Carson follows LA County requirements and procedures for solar systems. For information on submittal requirements, please see LA County’s Submittal Requirements for PV Systems for One- and Two-Family Dwellings.

For more information on financial opportunities for Solar system installation and on your rights as a solar system owner, please see the links below:
California’s Energy Policies
Under SB 100, California aims to receive 100% of its electricity from renewable or zero-carbon emission sources, such as solar, by 2045. To educate our residents and businesses, the City of Carson has provided a brief summary of State policies related to property owner’s solar access and solar rights.

Solar Rights Act
California State law has protected a homeowner’s right to solar access for over 30 years. With passage of the Solar Rights Act in 1978 (AB 3250, 1978), the State established protections to a homeowner’s right to the sun for solar collection and limitations on the ability of a Homeowner’s Association (HOA) and local governments restrict that right.
https://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/solar_basics/rights.php

Solar Shade Act
The Solar Shade Act (AB 2321, 1978) further promoted a homeowner’s right to solar access by protecting existing solar systems from shading caused by trees growing on adjacent properties, so long as the solar system was installed prior to the tree’s planting.
https://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/solar_basics/rights.php

Solar Efficiency Permitting Act
In 2014, the Solar Efficiency Permitting Act (AB 2188, 2014) streamlined the permitting process for solar systems 10 kW/AC or less. It also prohibited Cities from conditioning the approval of a small residential solar permitted on approval of an HOA.
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB2188

AB 1414 Act
AB 1414 (2017) capped the amount permitting agencies can charge a homeowner for a small rooftop solar system (10 kW/AC or less) at $500.
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1414


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Carson, CA 90745
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