Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 16th April
Clean energy technology company Palmetto launched operations in Southern California this week, specifically in service areas covered by Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric (approximately 5.7 million customers).
Palmetto’s proprietary technology, marketplace business model, and consumer mobile application are all designed to simplify and democratize access to clean energy; making it easier and more affordable to make the switch. Palmetto’s system helps homeowners quickly estimate utility costs saved by switching to solar, work with a team of local solar experts to design and install a system that matches their needs, and receive comprehensive, long-term customer support.
“Palmetto’s expansion to California and the West Coast represents an important strategic milestone for us,” stated Chris Kemper, founder and CEO of Palmetto. “We are building an energy-as-a-service platform that is consumer-oriented and has a strong sense of social consciousness compared to what has ever been built before now. We look forward to serving the residents of California as well as playing a leading role in its clean energy future.”
California has long been considered the frontier for progressive solar policies and currently ranks first in solar installation and industry jobs. Currently the State receives 22.7 percent of its electricity from solar and California is aggressively working to increase that number to meet its mandate of providing 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2045. In January of 2020, residential building codes were updated with the California Solar Mandate, which requires new construction single-family and multi-family homes up to three stories high, to have a solar photovoltaic (PV) system as an electricity source. Additionally, the State has continued to exempt solar installations from property taxes through passage of SB364.
Geographically, that includes Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Tulare, and Ventura counties. California represents Palmetto’s 22nd state of operation.