• Annual Savings Per Home Icon
    $1,226
    Annual Savings Per Home
  • Average Installation Cost Icon
    $16,206
    Average Installation Cost
  • Potential Pay-off Time Icon
    8 Years
    Potential Pay-off Time

Solar Energy Installation in San Diego

6% of San Diego homes use solar energy

6% of San Diego homes use solar powercompared to the U.S. National Solar Adoption Rate of 1.25%

The installation cost in San Diego ranges from $3,431 to $791,412.
Out of 30,220 solar installers in San Diego, most installations are done by SolarCity.
San Diego residents who switch to solar may be eligible for federal and state tax credits, exemptions, and loans.
Most of the San Diego residents who switched to solar chose Kyocera 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 San Diego in 2016 was $4.20, compared to the national average of $4.18 and is decreasing by 30 cents per year. Meanwhile, the average cost of solar panels and installation in San Diego is $23,152.

What Size is Your Home?

System Size

4.1 kW

System Cost

$18,581

Pay-off Time

8 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 30,220 solar installations and analyzed the performance of 364 installers to find the best solar panel installers in San Diego,CA.

Vivint
Experience: 4
Experience
Experience: 4
Vivint has completed 1,626 installations in San Diego.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 5
Vivint offers panels from 1 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 2
Vivint charges an average of $4,267 per kW.
Local Expert
Local Expert
This seasoned pro specializes in San Diego.
Sullivan Solar Power
Experience: 4
Experience
Experience: 4
Sullivan Solar Power has completed 1,491 installations in San Diego.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 3
Sullivan Solar Power offers panels from 1 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 4
Sullivan Solar Power charges an average of $4,601 per kW.
SolarCity
Experience: 4
Experience
Experience: 4
SolarCity has completed 4,883 installations in San Diego.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 11
SolarCity offers panels from 4 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 4
SolarCity charges an average of $4,713 per kW.
Local Expert
Local Expert
This seasoned pro specializes in San Diego.
Rec Solar
Experience: 3
Experience
Experience: 3
Rec Solar has completed 1,380 installations in San Diego.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 11
Rec Solar offers panels from 4 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 1
Rec Solar charges an average of $3,352 per kW.
Low Cost
Low Cost
Bottom 25% for price -- Perfect for homeowners on a budget.
Baker Electric
Experience: 3
Experience
Experience: 3
Baker Electric has completed 1,441 installations in San Diego.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 8
Baker Electric offers panels from 3 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 3
Baker Electric charges an average of $4,382 per kW.
Stellar Solar
Experience: 2
Experience
Experience: 2
Stellar Solar has completed 956 installations in San Diego.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 8
Stellar Solar offers panels from 3 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 2
Stellar Solar charges an average of $4,122 per kW.
Semper Solaris
Experience: 2
Experience
Experience: 2
Semper Solaris has completed 898 installations in San Diego.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 6
Semper Solaris offers panels from 2 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 4
Semper Solaris charges an average of $4,586 per kW.
Sungevity
Experience: 1
Experience
Experience: 1
Sungevity has completed 593 installations in San Diego.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 9
Sungevity offers panels from 4 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 1
Sungevity charges an average of $3,695 per kW.
Product Variety
Product Variety
In the top 25% for panel variety -- A great resource for custom options.
SunPower
Experience: 1
Experience
Experience: 1
SunPower has completed 528 installations in San Diego.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 4
SunPower offers panels from 1 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 3
SunPower charges an average of $4,296 per kW.
Asi Hastings
Experience: 1
Experience
Experience: 1
Asi Hastings has completed 679 installations in San Diego.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 7
Asi Hastings offers panels from 2 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 1
Asi Hastings charges an average of $3,814 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.

Rebates and Savings

San Diego 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
San Diego Price Winners
  • Rec Solar
    1st best price
    $7,185.00
    3.6kw
  • Rec Solar
    2nd best price
    $7,225.00
    3.6kw
  • Rec Solar
    3rd best price
    $6,686.00
    3.3kw