• Annual Savings Per Home Icon
    $1,216
    Annual Savings Per Home
  • Average Installation Cost Icon
    $15,802
    Average Installation Cost
  • Potential Pay-off Time Icon
    9 Years
    Potential Pay-off Time

Solar Energy Installation in San Jose

4.9% of San Jose homes use solar energy

4.9% of San Jose homes use solar powercompared to the U.S. National Solar Adoption Rate of 1.25%

The installation cost in San Jose ranges from $3,704 to $215,000.
Out of 16,554 solar installers in San Jose, most installations are done by SolarCity.
San Jose residents who switch to solar may be eligible for federal and state tax credits, exemptions, and loans.
Most of the San Jose 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 Jose in 2016 was $4.39, 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 San Jose is $22,575.

What Size is Your Home?

System Size

4.2 kW

System Cost

$18,942

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 16,554 solar installations and analyzed the performance of 178 installers to find the best solar panel installers in San Jose,CA.

Vivint
Experience: 4
Experience
Experience: 4
Vivint has completed 1,443 installations in San Jose.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 8
Vivint offers panels from 4 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 3
Vivint charges an average of $4,556 per kW.
SolarCity
Experience: 4
Experience
Experience: 4
SolarCity has completed 3,853 installations in San Jose.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 17
SolarCity offers panels from 4 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 4
SolarCity charges an average of $5,009 per kW.
Local Expert
Local Expert
This seasoned pro specializes in San Jose.
PetersenDean
Experience: 4
Experience
Experience: 4
PetersenDean has completed 1,444 installations in San Jose.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 8
PetersenDean offers panels from 4 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 2
PetersenDean charges an average of $4,010 per kW.
Local Expert
Local Expert
This seasoned pro specializes in San Jose.
Sunrun
Experience: 3
Experience
Experience: 3
Sunrun has completed 784 installations in San Jose.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 5
Sunrun offers panels from 2 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 1
Sunrun charges an average of $2,938 per kW.
Low Cost
Low Cost
Bottom 25% for price -- Perfect for homeowners on a budget.
Sungevity
Experience: 3
Experience
Experience: 3
Sungevity has completed 566 installations in San Jose.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 8
Sungevity offers panels from 4 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 1
Sungevity charges an average of $3,345 per kW.
Low Cost
Low Cost
Bottom 25% for price -- Perfect for homeowners on a budget.
Future Energy Corp
Experience: 2
Experience
Experience: 2
Future Energy Corp has completed 490 installations in San Jose.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 3
Future Energy Corp offers panels from 1 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 4
Future Energy Corp charges an average of $6,171 per kW.
Clean Solar
Experience: 2
Experience
Experience: 2
Clean Solar has completed 485 installations in San Jose.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 10
Clean Solar offers panels from 4 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 3
Clean Solar charges an average of $4,734 per kW.
Product Variety
Product Variety
In the top 25% for panel variety -- A great resource for custom options.
South West Sun Solar
Experience: 1
Experience
Experience: 1
South West Sun Solar has completed 214 installations in San Jose.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 2
South West Sun Solar offers panels from 1 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 1
South West Sun Solar charges an average of $3,444 per kW.
Solar Company
Experience: 1
Experience
Experience: 1
Solar Company has completed 211 installations in San Jose.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 5
Solar Company offers panels from 2 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 2
Solar Company charges an average of $4,457 per kW.
Product Variety
Product Variety
In the top 25% for panel variety -- A great resource for custom options.
Quality First Home Improvement
Experience: 1
Experience
Experience: 1
Quality First Home Improvement has completed 237 installations in San Jose.
Panel Variety
Panel Variety: 2
Quality First Home Improvement offers panels from 1 different manufacturers.
Cost
Cost: 4
Quality First Home Improvement charges an average of $5,725 per kW.

Rebates and Savings

San Jose 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 Jose Price Winners
  • Sunrun
    1st best price
    $8,862.00
    4.2kw
  • Sunrun
    2nd best price
    $9,639.00
    4.5kw
  • Sunrun
    3rd best price
    $10,806.00
    5.0kw