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Solar Energy Systems

The City of Martinez encourages residents and business owners to explore the possibility of installing renewable energy systems, such as solar power and water heaters,  on their properties. Many owners (especially high energy users) see positive cash flows from their systems from year one.

Solar Energy Systems include Solar Water Heaters and Solar Panels. Solar water heaters include a collector and a storage tank, and they capture the sun's thermal  energy to heat water. Solar Panels convert the sun's rays directly into electricity.

Helpful Resources/Tools

Free Assessments Solar Calculators

SmartSolar, a non-profit organization based in Berkeley, CA, offers free solar assessments for residents and business owners.  The team will come out on site, complete the assessment, and answer any questions you may have.

Solar Calculators help you determine whether or not solar energy systems are right for you.  By simply entering the cost of your electricity bill and financing terms, you will find an estimate on how much you will save over the lifetime of the system.

Financing Low Income Family Financing

Various financing options are available to interested owners:


California Solar Initiative, funded by the State, offers two programs for low income families:


The two programs provide higher incentives to offset installation costs for income-qualified households.