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    Annual Savings Per Home
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    Average Installation Cost
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    9 Years
    Potential Pay-off Time

Solar Energy Installation in California

The installation cost in California ranges from $2,500 to $1,664,841.
California residents who switch to solar may be eligible for federal and state tax credits, exemptions, and loans.
Most of the California residents who switched to solar chose REC Solar panels.
Data Industry Logos: Berkeley Lab, NREL, eia, DSIRE

Data from Industry Leaders

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What Size is Your Home?

System Size

4.1 kW

System Cost


Pay-off Time

9 Years

For the most accurate cost estimate, connect with an experienced installer in your area.

Rebates and Savings

California ca residents who switch to solar are eligible for these local, state and federal tax programs.

Program NameProgram TypeAmount
Residential Renewable Energy Tax CreditTax Credit30% before 2020 26% during 2020 22% during 2021
Residential Energy Conservation Subsidy Exclusion (Personal)Tax ExemptionFull rebate amount excluded from taxable income
California Solar Initiative - Single-Family Affordable Solar Housing (SASH) ProgramRebate$3/W CEC-AC
CEC - New Solar Homes PartnershipRebateAffordable housing: 75% of system cost All other projects: 50% of system cost
Net MeteringUtility CreditExcess generated power credited to customer's next bill at retail rate. After 12-month cycle, customer may opt to roll over credit or receive payment
Property Tax Exclusion for Solar Energy SystemsProperty Tax ExemptionTax exclusion for 100% of system appraisal
Renewable Market Adjusting Tariff (ReMAT)Feed-in Tariff
Marin Clean Energy - Feed-In TariffPerformance IncentiveRate per watt varies