Solar power in Irvine, California
SCE offers full 1 for 1 net metering to their customers in Irvine. Each kWh of exported energy offsets the cost of another. When more power is sent to the grid than drawn credit is still provided at retail value to future bills. At the end of the yearly billing cycle remaining credit is deposited into your account at 3-4 cents per kWh. Unfotunately, the new NEM-2 rules require SCE customers to switch to time of use billing causing a decline in returns by about 10% however, with great sunshine in Irvine net metering is still very profitable.
The federal ITC allows for 30% of the system costs to be claimed as a deduction to your federal tax liability, there is the option to use this incentive in increments. There is no good reason not to go solar in Irvine and with incentives set to step down and power prices set to rise it's best not to wait. A free estimate by entering your zip code below can never hurt!
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 Irvine 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 Irvine, California in 2019 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 Irvine, 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 6.99kW solar system in Irvine, CA
This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $180, 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
5 Years 4 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 6.99kW system
Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years
(Prices shown after repayments of capital)
Solar companies in Irvine, CA that provide pricing through the Solar-Estimate marketplace
Average total cost of solar panel installation in California
|System Size||Cash purchase
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:
|Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit||Federal||Personal Tax Credit|
|Marin Clean Energy - Feed-in-Tariff||Local||Performance-Based Incentive|
|Property Tax Exclusion for Solar Energy Systems||State||Property Tax Incentive|
|Sonoma County - Energy Independence Program||Local||PACE Financing|
|Western Riverside Council of Governments - HERO Financing Program||Local||PACE Financing|
|NEM 2.0||State||Net Metering|
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.