Cost of solar in Fontana, CA

Electricity Consumption in Fontana

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 Fontana, California

SCE has an excellent net metering program for those going solar in Fontana. Net metering means utilities must record power your home or business buys from the grid and how much excess electricity is exported to the grid and credit you at 1 kWh for 1kWh against your bill. Since usually with the sunny Fontana skies your solar system will export more than what is drawn SCE will write you a check and each kWh is credited at their retail rate. Under the new NEM-2 rules new solar customers have to switch to time of use billing which hurts returns by about 10% however, with amazing sun exposure and equipment prices falling solar is still an excellent investment. There is also the 30% federal solar tax credit wiping out 30% of the cost when you do your taxes. With all these incentives under threat it's best to act now!

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

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Solar power in California

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

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Facts about installing a 6.22kW solar system in Fontana, CA

This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $190, however your situation may vary so try our Fontana solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.


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

5 Years

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 6.22kW 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.