• Annual Savings Per Home Icon
    $1,447
    Annual Savings Per Home
  • Average Installation Cost Icon
    $14,193
    Average Installation Cost
  • Potential Pay-off Time Icon
    8 Years
    Potential Pay-off Time

Solar Energy Installation in San Francisco

1.7% of San Francisco homes use solar energy

1.7% of San Francisco homes use solar powercompared to the U.S. National Solar Adoption Rate of 1.25%

The installation cost in San Francisco ranges from $4,500 to $244,415.
Out of 6,531 solar installers in San Francisco, most installations are done by SolarCity.
San Francisco residents who switch to solar may be eligible for federal and state tax credits, exemptions, and loans.
Most of the San Francisco 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 San Francisco in 2016 was $4.95, compared to the national average of $4.18 and is decreasing by 23 cents per year. Meanwhile, the average cost of solar panels and installation in San Francisco is $20,277.

What Size is Your Home?

System Size

5.0 kW

System Cost

$21,940

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 6,531 solar installations and analyzed the performance of 89 installers to find the best solar panel installers in San Francisco,CA.

SolarCity
Experience: 4
Experience
Experience: 4
SolarCity has completed 1,296 installations in San Francisco.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 23
SolarCity offers panels from 4 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 3
SolarCity charges an average of $4,934 per kW.
Local Expert
Local Expert
This seasoned pro specializes in San Francisco.
Skytech Solar
Experience: 4
Experience
Experience: 4
Skytech Solar has completed 598 installations in San Francisco.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 8
Skytech Solar offers panels from 3 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 3
Skytech Solar charges an average of $4,125 per kW.
Luminalt Energy
Experience: 4
Experience
Experience: 4
Luminalt Energy has completed 858 installations in San Francisco.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 8
Luminalt Energy offers panels from 3 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 4
Luminalt Energy charges an average of $6,016 per kW.
Local Expert
Local Expert
This seasoned pro specializes in San Francisco.
Sungevity
Experience: 3
Experience
Experience: 3
Sungevity has completed 402 installations in San Francisco.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 9
Sungevity offers panels from 3 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 2
Sungevity charges an average of $3,934 per kW.
Occidental Power
Experience: 3
Experience
Experience: 3
Occidental Power has completed 491 installations in San Francisco.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 5
Occidental Power offers panels from 1 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 4
Occidental Power charges an average of $4,944 per kW.
Grid Alternatives
Experience: 2
Experience
Experience: 2
Grid Alternatives has completed 182 installations in San Francisco.
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.
Golden Gate Electric
Experience: 2
Experience
Experience: 2
Golden Gate Electric has completed 185 installations in San Francisco.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 5
Golden Gate Electric offers panels from 1 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 2
Golden Gate Electric charges an average of $3,849 per kW.
Low Cost
Low Cost
Bottom 25% for price -- Perfect for homeowners on a budget.
Sunrun
Experience: 1
Experience
Experience: 1
Sunrun has completed 88 installations in San Francisco.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 6
Sunrun offers panels from 2 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 1
Sunrun charges an average of $3,535 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.
High Dedinition Solar
Experience: 1
Experience
Experience: 1
High Dedinition Solar has completed 124 installations in San Francisco.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 3
High Dedinition Solar offers panels from 1 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 4
High Dedinition Solar charges an average of $7,028 per kW.

Rebates and Savings

San Francisco 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 Francisco Price Winners
  • Sunrun
    1st best price
    $12,516.00
    5.3kw
  • Golden Gate Electric
    2nd best price
    $14,998.00
    5.4kw
  • Heliopower
    3rd best price
    $14,850.00
    5.0kw