There has never been a better time than now to install a rooftop solar system. Living in Los Angeles has a lot going for it – wonderful climate, sunny days all year round, and communities that are committed to reducing energy consumption.

It’s pretty amazing that just living in a place with all these benefits actually rewards you for going solar. But, it’s the truth. Here are some of the reasons why you need to jump on the solar energy bandwagon and do it this year.

You’re putting up a new roof

Solar panels last 20 -40 years. Roof life varies – up to 20 years for asphalt shingles, and 50 for tile. Either way, it’s best to put up solar roof panels on as new a roof as possible. It’s just good sense to combine a new roof job with your panel installation. It sets you up for as few maintenance issues as possible in the coming year.

You’re selling your home within a few years

Solar systems are a desirable selling point for many home buyers. They’re low maintenance, have substantial energy savings built in, and can be very attractive to anyone who is worried about reducing their carbon footprint.

With more young buyers flooding the market in coming years, it’s desirable to plan ahead and add features that will both benefit you and also appeal to the sensibilities of a younger generation. An energy-efficient solar home is a winner.

You want to take advantage of the tax incentive

Currently, you can receive a 30% income tax credit on your solar system installation costs. The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is the best financial incentive currently available for renewable energy installations – but it’s going away!

The 30% credit is only available until 2019. A reduced credit will be available through 2021. It’s not looking good for any more credits of this type. The solar energy market is growing, and the government has shifted away from offering this type of incentive.

Don’t take a chance on missing this program. Plan your solar installation now.

It’s winter

There’s an off-season for solar installation in Los Angeles. Scheduling your transition to solar energy for the winter months allows you a bit of bargaining power .

You’ll also have the potential to get your system installed faster, with less of a waiting period, as well as installers who aren’t rushed. It’s a win-win for both you and the contractor!

You’re going to be busy

Scheduling your solar panel installation now will save you time in more than one way. The time savings will be reflected both now and in the future.

First, the process of talking to contractors, scheduling access to your home, and waiting for the actual installation will eat up time. You’ll have to worry about things like school and work schedules, working around other regular maintenance services like pool cleaner, lawn care, and even things like arranging to have pets boarded while the work is going on.

You’re likely to be at the mercy of the installer’s schedule, and you’re going to have to hold off on things like vacations and other activities.

It’s better to schedule your solar installation before you get busy. You’ll avoid a lot of headaches, and there will be minimal disruption to your daily life.

secondly, a real benefit of solar panels is that they require so little maintenance, and actually help protect your roof.

If you know you’re going to be busy, having a low-maintenance system that also prevents roof issues will help ensure that you are not on the roof, dealing with problems. Anything that works well and needs minimal care and maintenance is going to be a winning proposition in your busy life.

You want to help the environment now

If you’re concerned about your own carbon footprint and are already taking steps in your personal life to conserve energy and help the environment, taking the next step is logical.

It’s the perfect time to take advantage of the current financial incentives and system costs that are available to you as a Los Angeles resident. On the average, your system can pay for itself in 4-10 years – much faster than in other parts of the country.

Any of these reasons are valid for making the decision to install your rooftop solar system now. If you have more than one – why wait? It’s time to make the change!