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California Solar Panels Pricing and Incentives

Written by Caitlin Ritchie/

Edited by Jamie Cesanek

Last updated 02/10/2023

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Key Points

  • California leads the nation in solar power generation.
  • Residents in California can save more than $700 each year by powering their homes with solar energy.
  • NEM 3.0 is California’s revised net metering program that lowers the amount consumers receive for sending excess solar to the grid. You can secure NEM 2.0 rates before April 15, 2023.

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California solar power FAQs

  • The average price of a solar panel system in California is $28,410 before factoring in tax credits and other incentives. The federal tax credit alone brings the cost down to $19,887. The price of a solar system depends on its size, configuration, and labor costs.

  • Solar power can be an excellent investment, especially if you live somewhere with plenty of sunshine, such as California. Not only will you lower your monthly electricity bill, but you can also increase the resale value of your home. In California, you will be exempt from increases on your property tax if you install solar panels on your home, which has incentivized many homeowners.

  • The amount you can save by using solar panels depends on factors such as your electricity rates, how much sun your home gets, and your typical energy usage. Based on the average electricity rate in California, residents who power their homes with solar panels could save more than $700 every year on energy costs.

  • Traditional electricity sources such as coal or gas emit greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, into the air. These chemicals contribute to climate change and pollute the air and water. Solar energy, on the other hand, is a clean and renewable resource. When you use solar power, you’re reducing carbon emissions and helping to lower your home’s environmental footprint.

  • There are many great solar panel companies in California. Do your research before signing a contract with one, and compare quotes from multiple different installers. Be sure to check for reviews, referrals, and company history beforehand.

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