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. 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 and with solar equipment becoming cheaper and La Mesa having so much sunshine net metering will still make a lot of money. If you have a taxable income you can claim the 30% federal solar tax credit. This tax 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!
Even if you are not convinced about solar we recommend that at the very least you use the solar panel calculator for La Mesa 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 La Mesa 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 La Mesa, 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 La Mesa, 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 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
Cash - after 30% solar tax credit
4 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 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 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.