According to the Manhattan Institute, by 2020, one-third of electricity used in California will be generated from renewable resources. The state also plans to reduce greenhouse emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Due to the state's renewable energy mandates, as well as their carbon cap and trade program, electricity prices have risen and will continue to in the future. Research has found that the increasing prices are most prevalent in California's inland and Central Valley regions. As these areas are both hot and dry, many believe the air conditioning used by area residents pushes their bills higher. These areas also have lower average household incomes, making those greater utility payments ever harder. One step that residents can take to stop both their high bills and energy usage is installing solar panels. Solar panels provide a cost-efficient, green way to power the home. Solar energy panels convert sunlight into electricity that, after being run through an inverter, can be used to power the home. A meter is also placed inside the home to keep track of all the power produced by a panel. Any energy not used will be transferred back to the grid through the meter. SolarMax Technology offers homeowners the ability to lease or own their panels based on what is best for their income and living situation. In addition, SolarMax has payment plans, a custom design creation system and a 10-year installation warranty.  To receive a free solar consultation, click HERE.