• After a total of three rate increases in 2021, many Southern California Edison (SCE) customers are getting fed up. Most residential SCE customers are set to pay around 9% higher rates. This is mostly because of the usual reasons, higher priced electricity due to infrastructure maintenance, increased temperatures, wildfires, blackouts, and so on. 

    Only days ago, 2,460 SCE customers in Laguna Beach lost their power, and many more were evacuated. It’s incidences like this which are becoming the new normal and are accounting for the unprecedented rising electricity rates. 

    Purportedly, the rising costs are supposed to account for upgrades such as:

    • Energy storage
    • Distribution and transmission upgrades
    • Replacement of electric poles
    • Reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires
    • Another category designated by SCE as “grid modernization”

    There are also additional costs that SCE needs to account for: costs that they aren’t keen on advertising. Specifically, SCE is an investor-owned utility (IOU), which means that they need to turn a profit for shareholders. This leaves many SCE customers questioning whether they are indeed paying for grid updates, or are paying more for shareholder ROI. 

    How to Lower Your Bills

    Naturally, as a solar energy provider - the first thing we recommend is solar power for Southern California Edison customers. Whether you’re in Laguna Beach, to Riverside, to Coachella Valley - solar is a great decision. But there actually are many amazing financial reasons behind this!

    Let’s delve into the biggest ones:

    -Solar Installation: Most California homeowners in the SCE territory have more than enough potential to produce power for their energy needs and then some! Whether you are purchasing with cash or with financing - you’re almost certainly going to reduce your electricity bills. 

    -Net Metering: This can build up credit to offset your electric bill. It’s a nice way to take advantage of the energy that your solar panels generate. Keep in mind that if your system now, you’ll lock in these benefits for 20 years.

    -Home Battery: If you’ve got solar panels, a home battery, and net metering - you’re in energy consumer paradise. Why? Your battery can store any extra energy that your solar system produces during the day, so your home can consume energy at night. Ideally, this means that you won’t need to pay SCE to draw electricity at peak times. Plus, it’s great to have a backup battery that will also keep your house going during blackouts.

    -Federal Tax Credit: There is a 26% Federal Tax Credit that is there for the taking. It decreases at the end of 2022 and also is available for those who purchase with financing and cash. As an example, if you purchase a $25,000 solar system you’re looking at a $6,500 discount on your taxes. 

    -Electric Vehicles: Okay, while we can appreciate that EVs can be out of reach for many people due to price and other factors. But - if you are purchasing a vehicle with cash or finance - EVs can be a great choice when you combine them with a battery and solar system. Who knows - maybe you can use your savings with the Federal Tax Credit to help purchase an EV. Then, you can live your life powered by the sun. 

    How to Take Action

    Here is what you need to do. If you never want to have another Southern California Edison bill again - work with us. Genuinely - Stellar Solar is one of the best options for anything solar or renewable energy.

    We have been in business since 1998. If you were born in 1998, that means you’d be a 24 year old man or woman by now! We’ve been honing our solar game that entire time since then.

    During this time we’ve built quite the reputation. Down in San Diego we’ve been voted “Best Solar Company” for 9 out of the last 11 years. How? Voters in the San Diego Union Tribune’s yearly poll keep choosing us. Why? Probably because we’ve built a strong track record. 

    But don’t rely on merely one source - our reputation is demonstrated by over 300+ positive reviews on websites such as Yelp, Google, and Angie's List. In fact, we invite you to check out the reviews on our local competitors. 

    Across the board, we maintain a higher rating. You can even check us out on Facebook, YouTube, and other platforms to check out our stuff and see what people think of us.  

    Residential Solar in SCE Territory

    We have mastered the residential solar installation process. We have installed solar on Southern California Edison homes of every size (and type) of roof.  Further, homeowners with land can also have ground mount systems installed. 

    We excel at designing and installing ground mounts. In fact, we have installed hundreds of exquisite ground mounts on estates, rural properties, hillsides, vineyards, and farms. At Stellar Solar, we have developed proprietary ground mount structures that are superior to anything else on the market. 

    Our arrays are world-class, and are over-built with sturdy 12-gauge square tubing and stainless joints. In fact, this means that our arrays can withstand almost any type of weather while never budging. If you want a job done right - contact our team.

    Electric Vehicle Charger Installation

    Don’t forget that SCE customers can combine solar with electric vehicles to claim their energy independence. All you need is a solar installation (which you can obtain with no money down), an electric vehicle, and a charger. 

    We can help. 

    Our fully licensed electricians come with a C-10 license and have installed car chargers and solar panels for 20+ years. We can install your solar and car charger separately - or together. It’s a pleasure for us to educate you on the numbers while giving you a thorough tutorial on how everything works and how to optimize everything. 

    Own Your Energy Future

    Are you ready to eliminate your electricity bill? 

    It’s now easier to do so than ever. Even with no money down upfront. If you want to destroy your electricity bill (while even eliminating your gas bill) - then solar, home batteries, EV chargers, and electric vehicles are the way forward. Go green and save money in the short (and long) term. 

    It’s a no brainer. Contact us to go solar and learn more.

  • About the Author

    Michael Powers


    Michael is one of the founding partners of Stellar Solar. In 2001, he helped launch The Home Depot’s national solar energy program which is now offering home solar through hundreds of stores in nearly a dozen states. He is a writer and marketing professional with over 30 years’ experience in the fields of energy, market intelligence and leadership training. He currently serves as treasurer and board member of Global Energy Network Institute (GENI), a San Diego-based non-governmental organization that advocates linking renewable energy resources around the world using electricity transmission.