Solar power in Hayward, California
Pacific Gas & Electric offer a net metering program to its customers who choose to install solar. Net metering credits surplus solar generation exported to the grid 1 for 1 with the retail power price eg. 1,000kWh exported would cancel out 1,000kWh drawn and the customer would receive no bill. In northern California solar production is still really high and usually more power is exported than what is drawn, in this case each kWh is credited at the retail power price. Surplus credit can be used on future bills up to one year later or be deposited into your account at the end of the 12 month billing cycle. Unfortunately the new NEM-2 rules require new solar customers to switch to time of use billing reducing returns by about 10% luckily, this isn't a big difference and with equipment becoming cheaper and great sun exposure solar is still a great investment.
Hayward residents can also take full advantage of the federal solar tax credit. 30% of the system cost can be claimed as a tax deduction. This incentive carries no size limitation and can be spread over as many years as you like. Incentives in Hayward make solar a must have and with PG&E trying to kill off net metering no good is gonna come from waiting!
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 Hayward and whether you are eligible for zero down solar deals; and
- Your likely payback period and return on investment from installing solar
Estimate your solar savings
The average cost of installing residential solar panels in Hayward, 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 Hayward, 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 5.17kW solar system in Hayward, 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
7 Years 5 Months
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 5.17kW system
Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years
(Prices shown after repayments of capital)
Solar companies in Hayward, CA that provide pricing through the Solar-Estimate marketplace
Average total cost of solar panel installation in California
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After 30% solar tax credit
After 30% solar tax credit
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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.
The following programs are available:
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.