• Annual Savings Per Home Icon
    $1,273
    Annual Savings Per Home
  • Average Installation Cost Icon
    $15,656
    Average Installation Cost
  • Potential Pay-off Time Icon
    9 Years
    Potential Pay-off Time

Solar Energy Installation in Watsonville

16.3% of Watsonville homes use solar energy

16.3% of Watsonville homes use solar powercompared to the U.S. National Solar Adoption Rate of 1.25%

The installation cost in Watsonville ranges from $6,247 to $90,000.
Out of 4,074 solar installers in Watsonville, most installations are done by SolarCity.
Watsonville residents who switch to solar may be eligible for federal and state tax credits, exemptions, and loans.
Most of the Watsonville residents who switched to solar chose REC Solar panels.
Data Industry Logos: Berkeley Lab, NREL, eia, DSIRE

Data from Industry Leaders

Calculate Your Cost

The price of going solar is decreasing thanks to improved technology and lower material costs. The cost/watt of solar power for homes located in Watsonville in 2016 was $4.42, compared to the national average of $4.18 and is decreasing by 31 cents per year. Meanwhile, the average cost of solar panels and installation in Watsonville is $22,366.

What Size is Your Home?

System Size

4.4 kW

System Cost

$19,694

Pay-off Time

9 Years

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

Find the Right Solar Installer for Your Home

We reviewed more than 4,074 solar installations and analyzed the performance of 47 installers to find the best solar panel installers in Watsonville,CA.

Vivint
Experience: 4
Experience
Experience: 4
Vivint has completed 240 installations in Watsonville.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 3
Vivint offers panels from 3 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 3
Vivint charges an average of $4,544 per kW.
SolarCity
Experience: 4
Experience
Experience: 4
SolarCity has completed 999 installations in Watsonville.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 10
SolarCity offers panels from 4 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 4
SolarCity charges an average of $5,144 per kW.
Local Expert
Local Expert
This seasoned pro specializes in Watsonville.
Solar Technologies
Experience: 4
Experience
Experience: 4
Solar Technologies has completed 261 installations in Watsonville.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 3
Solar Technologies offers panels from 3 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 4
Solar Technologies charges an average of $5,200 per kW.
Local Expert
Local Expert
This seasoned pro specializes in Watsonville.
Sunrun
Experience: 3
Experience
Experience: 3
Sunrun has completed 99 installations in Watsonville.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 3
Sunrun offers panels from 3 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 1
Sunrun charges an average of $3,211 per kW.
Low Cost
Low Cost
Bottom 25% for price -- Perfect for homeowners on a budget.
Allterra Environmental
Experience: 3
Experience
Experience: 3
Allterra Environmental has completed 165 installations in Watsonville.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 4
Allterra Environmental offers panels from 3 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 3
Allterra Environmental charges an average of $4,732 per kW.
Verengo
Experience: 2
Experience
Experience: 2
Verengo has completed 42 installations in Watsonville.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 3
Verengo offers panels from 3 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 2
Verengo charges an average of $3,653 per kW.
Sungevity
Experience: 2
Experience
Experience: 2
Sungevity has completed 42 installations in Watsonville.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 6
Sungevity offers panels from 4 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 2
Sungevity charges an average of $3,504 per kW.
Product Variety
Product Variety
In the top 25% for panel variety -- A great resource for custom options.
American Solar Direct
Experience: 2
Experience
Experience: 2
American Solar Direct has completed 75 installations in Watsonville.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 2
American Solar Direct offers panels from 1 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 4
American Solar Direct charges an average of $5,112 per kW.
Solex Electronics
Experience: 1
Experience
Experience: 1
Solex Electronics has completed 39 installations in Watsonville.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 5
Solex Electronics offers panels from 4 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 1
Solex Electronics charges an average of $3,428 per kW.
Product Variety
Product Variety
In the top 25% for panel variety -- A great resource for custom options.
Low Cost
Low Cost
Bottom 25% for price -- Perfect for homeowners on a budget.
Grid Alternatives
Experience: 1
Experience
Experience: 1
Grid Alternatives has completed 39 installations in Watsonville.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 1
Grid Alternatives offers panels from 1 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 1
Grid Alternatives charges an average of $3,000 per kW.

Rebates and Savings

Watsonville 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
Watsonville Price Winners
  • Sunrun
    1st best price
    $10,679.00
    4.8kw
  • Sunergy Solar Inc
    2nd best price
    $9,000.00
    3.6kw
  • Quick Systems
    3rd best price
    $13,230.00
    3.8kw