Solar power in El Dorado Hills, California
Pacific Gas & Electric offers a net metering program to its solar customers in the El Dorado Hills. Net metering requires PG&E to value each excess kWh exported to the grid the same as another drawn from the grid at a later time eg. 1,000kWh exported cancels out 1,000kWh drawn. Even in Northern California solar production is excellent and usually more power is exported than imported in this case each kWh is credited at the retail power rate and may be used to offset future bills up to 1 year later or be deposited into your account directly. Sadly the new net metering rules require new solar customers to switch to time of use billing reducing returns by about 10% however, this is small and with excellent sun exposure as well as equipment becoming cheaper solar is still a great investment.
There is also the 30% federal solar tax credit covering 30% of the total cost. This incentive may be spread over several years and will always cover 30% no matter how large the system. With PG&E wanting to kill off net metering and the 30% tax credit still available don't wait any longer to go solar!
Even if you are not convinced about solar we recommend that at the very least you use the solar panel calculator to find out:
- How many solar panels you need to cover your power bill;
- How suitable your house is for solar;
- What incentives your house may be eligible for;
- The cost of solar panel installation in El Dorado Hills and whether you are eligible for zero down solar deals; and
- Your likely payback period and return on investment from installing solar
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The average cost of installing residential solar panels in El Dorado Hills, California in 2018 is $3.63 per watt. The average system size in the US is 6 kilowatts, which means the average price of a solar system in El Dorado Hills, CA is $18,150. (before claiming 30% tax credit and other rebates)
What does the cost of a real solar system look like?
Facts about installing a 4.67kW solar system in El Dorado Hills, CA
This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $131, however your situation may vary so try our solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.
Net cost of system
Cash - after 30% solar tax credit
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Average payback time
Annual power production
levilized cost of solar energy
If you don't get solar
The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years
Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of this 4.67kW system
Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years
(Prices shown after repayments of capital)
Solar companies in El Dorado Hills, CA that provide pricing through the Solar-Estimate marketplace
Average total cost of solar panel installation in California
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Going solar in California
Check out all of the ways energy providers of California can help you be more energy efficient and save money.
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Find your local rebates and incentives
Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.