• Annual Savings Per Home Icon
    $1,302
    Annual Savings Per Home
  • Average Installation Cost Icon
    $13,473
    Average Installation Cost
  • Potential Pay-off Time Icon
    9 Years
    Potential Pay-off Time

Solar Energy Installation in Oakland

2.5% of Oakland homes use solar energy

2.5% of Oakland homes use solar powercompared to the U.S. National Solar Adoption Rate of 1.25%

The installation cost in Oakland ranges from $4,464 to $253,700.
Out of 4,115 solar installers in Oakland, most installations are done by SolarCity.
Oakland residents who switch to solar may be eligible for federal and state tax credits, exemptions, and loans.
Most of the Oakland 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 Oakland in 2016 was $4.51, compared to the national average of $4.18 and is decreasing by 26 cents per year. Meanwhile, the average cost of solar panels and installation in Oakland is $19,248.

What Size is Your Home?

System Size

4.5 kW

System Cost

$20,052

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 4,115 solar installations and analyzed the performance of 119 installers to find the best solar panel installers in Oakland,CA.

Sungevity
Experience: 4
Experience
Experience: 4
Sungevity has completed 430 installations in Oakland.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 9
Sungevity offers panels from 3 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 1
Sungevity charges an average of $3,590 per kW.
Low Cost
Low Cost
Bottom 25% for price -- Perfect for homeowners on a budget.
Local Expert
Local Expert
This seasoned pro specializes in Oakland.
SolarCity
Experience: 4
Experience
Experience: 4
SolarCity has completed 929 installations in Oakland.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 23
SolarCity offers panels from 4 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 3
SolarCity charges an average of $4,837 per kW.
Local Expert
Local Expert
This seasoned pro specializes in Oakland.
Grid Alternatives
Experience: 4
Experience
Experience: 4
Grid Alternatives has completed 224 installations in Oakland.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 10
Grid Alternatives offers panels from 4 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 1
Grid Alternatives charges an average of $3,000 per kW.
Super Solar
Experience: 3
Experience
Experience: 3
Super Solar has completed 104 installations in Oakland.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 7
Super Solar offers panels from 3 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 2
Super Solar charges an average of $4,098 per kW.
PetersenDean
Experience: 3
Experience
Experience: 3
PetersenDean has completed 133 installations in Oakland.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 12
PetersenDean offers panels from 4 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 3
PetersenDean charges an average of $4,259 per kW.
Product Variety
Product Variety
In the top 25% for panel variety -- A great resource for custom options.
Sunrun
Experience: 2
Experience
Experience: 2
Sunrun has completed 89 installations in Oakland.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 6
Sunrun offers panels from 2 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 1
Sunrun charges an average of $3,689 per kW.
Low Cost
Low Cost
Bottom 25% for price -- Perfect for homeowners on a budget.
Solar Company
Experience: 2
Experience
Experience: 2
Solar Company has completed 89 installations in Oakland.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 5
Solar Company offers panels from 1 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 4
Solar Company charges an average of $4,988 per kW.
Save A Lot Solar
Experience: 1
Experience
Experience: 1
Save A Lot Solar has completed 56 installations in Oakland.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 6
Save A Lot Solar offers panels from 2 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 2
Save A Lot Solar charges an average of $4,137 per kW.
Product Variety
Product Variety
In the top 25% for panel variety -- A great resource for custom options.
High Dedinition Solar
Experience: 1
Experience
Experience: 1
High Dedinition Solar has completed 85 installations in Oakland.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 3
High Dedinition Solar offers panels from 1 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 4
High Dedinition Solar charges an average of $6,348 per kW.
A1 Solar Power
Experience: 1
Experience
Experience: 1
A1 Solar Power has completed 52 installations in Oakland.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 3
A1 Solar Power offers panels from 1 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 4
A1 Solar Power charges an average of $6,093 per kW.

Rebates and Savings

Oakland 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
Oakland Price Winners
  • SunPower
    1st best price
    $13,000.00
    4.7kw
  • Alter Systems
    2nd best price
    $13,000.00
    4.6kw
  • Your Energy Solutions
    3rd best price
    $11,200.00
    3.9kw