Cost of solar in Escondido, CA

Electricity Consumption in Escondido

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 Escondido, California

Escondido is a special city where it benefits from a lot of sunshine and great solar incentives. San Diego Gas & Electric provide full retail value per kWh of excess solar generation sent to their grid. When more power is sent to the grid than drawn within a month credit is given to future bills still at retail value. At the end of the yearly billing cycle remaining credit is deposited into your account at 3-4 cents per kWh. Sadly under the new NEM-2 rules SDG&E customers must switch to time of use billing to go solar reducing returns by about 10% however, with great sunshine and equipment prices falling solar is still a very wise investment.

Under the federal ITC 30% of the project costs can be deducted from your federal tax liability, this incentive can be spread over several years. With a great net metering plan and 30% of costs already covered solar in Escondido is a no brainer. Even if you're still on the fence a free estimate by entering your zip code below can be a great way to find out where you stand.

Even if you are not convinced about solar we recommend that at the very least you use the solar panel calculator for Escondido to find out:

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Solar power in California

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

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Facts about installing a 7.98kW solar system in Escondido, CA

This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $266, however your situation may vary so try our Escondido 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 7.98kW 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.