Cost of solar in El Dorado Hills, CA

Electricity Consumption in El Dorado Hills

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 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 for El Dorado Hills to find out:

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Solar power in California

The average cost of installing residential solar panels in El Dorado Hills, 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 El Dorado Hills, CA is $13,600. (before claiming 26% tax credit and other rebates)

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Facts about installing a 10.84kW solar system in El Dorado Hills, CA

This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $304, however your situation may vary so try our El Dorado Hills solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.


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

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Average payback time


Annual power production


levilized cost of solar energy


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The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years

Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of this 10.84kW 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.