Solar power in La Mesa, California
San Diego Gas & Electric offers its solar customers an excellent net metering program making solar a smarter, easier choice.
If you have a taxable income you can claim the federal solar tax credit. The tax credit is worth 26% in 2020 and 22% in 2021. The credit can be spread over several years and there are no size limitations to the system.
Incentives this generous usually don't last long so it's best to act now!
Net Metering Broken Down
Net metering requires SDG&E to only bill you for the power your home drew from the grid subtracted by the amount of excess solar generation exported to the grid.
Usually more power is exported than consumed and the customer can use this credit on a future bill or if you want have SDG&E write you a check.
The net metering laws, sadly, did change to NEM-2, so new solar customers must switch to time of use billing to receive net metering damaging returns. However, compared to the old system it is only about 10% less profitable; with solar equipment becoming cheaper and La Mesa having so much sunshine, net metering will still make a lot of money.
The average cost of installing residential solar panels in La Mesa,
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 La Mesa, CA
(after claiming 26% tax credit and other rebates)
The 26% federal solar tax credit explained
If you have a federal income tax liability, 26% of the cost of your solar system can be claimed as a deduction to your taxes. This incentive is claimed when you do your taxes. In order to receive the tax credit quicker it's best to do your taxes as soon as possible after installation.What if my tax liability is less than 26% of my systems cost
There is the option to claim this incentive over several years if your tax liability is less than 26% of the system cost.
How much will solar panels on my home save me?
The answer to this question depends on your electricity usage. Generally speaking the greater your power usage the greater the potential savings from installing solar.
The average monthly usage in California is only 573kWh per month however, you are most likely using a lot more than this since this average includes condos and small apartments.
The La Mesa solar panel savings calculator below will convert your monthly power spend into power usage (in kWh's) and then work out exactly how many solar panels you need to offset your usage, how much they will cost based on the prices of local solar companies and the amount you will save. Our California solar savings calculator can do this because it contains a database of the electric rates charged by City of Escondido, Imperial Irrigation District, San Diego Gas & Electric Co, Southern California Edison Co
How much can solar panels save you in La Mesa
What does the cost of a real solar system look like?
Facts about installing a 7.92kW solar system in La Mesa, CA
This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $264, however your situation may vary so try our La Mesa solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.
Net cost of system
4 Years 5 Months
Average payback time
Annual power production
Levelized cost of solar energy
If you don't get solar
Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of this 7.92kW system
Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years
(Prices shown after repayments of capital)
Solar companies in La Mesa, CA that provide pricing through the Solar-Estimate marketplace.
Average total cost of solar panel installation in La Mesa
After 26% solar tax credit
After 26% 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.