Cost of solar in Cathedral City, CA

Electricity Consumption in Cathedral City

Electricity Consumption by California residents averages 573 kWh per month. It ranks #2 in the nation for savings from installing solar panels on the home.

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Solar power in Cathedral City, California

Southern California Edison offer a net metering program incentivising solar in Cathedral City. SCE's net metering program credits unused solar generation sent to the grid at retail value. 200kWh sent to the grid would cancel the cost of 200kWh drawn at a later time. If in a billing month more power is sent to the grid than consumed credit is still given at 1 for 1 to future bills within the same 12 month billing cycle. Remaining credit at the end of the 12 months is deposited into your account. Unfortunately SCE do require new solar customers to switch to time of use billing resulting in a reduction to net metering returns however, this is only by about 10% and with equipment becoming cheaper than ever solar is still an excellent investment.

30% of the total system cost may also be claimed as a federal tax deduction. The federal solar tax credit can be used in parts over several years and carries no size limitations to the system. The 30% tax credit and a solid net metering policy make solar a simple choice in Cathedral City.

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Solar power in California

The average cost of installing residential solar panels in Cathedral City, California in 2020 is $2.72 per watt. The average system size in the US is 6 kilowatts, which means the average price of a solar system in Cathedral City, CA is $13,600. (before claiming 26% tax credit and other rebates)

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Facts about installing a 8.15kW solar system in Cathedral City, CA

This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $278, however your situation may vary so try our Cathedral City solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.


Net cost of system
Cash - after 26% solar tax credit

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The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years

Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of this 8.15kW system

Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years


(Prices shown after repayments of capital)



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Average total cost of solar panel installation in California

System Size Cash purchase
After 26% solar tax credit
Financed purchase
After 26% solar tax credit
3kw $6,416 $6,929
4kw $8,377 $9,047
5kw $10,286 $11,109
6kw $12,077 $13,043
7kw $13,831 $14,937
8kw $15,451 $16,687
9kw $17,050 $18,414
10kw $18,500 $19,980


Going solar in California

Check out all of the ways energy providers of California can help you be more energy efficient and save money.

The following programs are available:
Incentive Name Eligibility Type
Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit Federal Personal Tax Credit
Property Tax Exclusion for Solar Energy Systems State Property Tax Incentive
Sonoma County - Energy Independence Program Local PACE Financing
NEM 2.0 State Net Metering

Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.