Cost of solar in Hayward, CA

Electricity Consumption in Hayward

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 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 for Hayward to find out:

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Solar power in California

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

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Facts about installing a 8.32kW solar system in Hayward, CA

This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $211, however your situation may vary so try our Hayward 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 8.32kW 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.