Solar power in Lincoln, California
PG&E offer a net metering program to their solar customers in Lincoln. Under net metering each surplus kWh of solar generation is sent to the grid offsetting the cost of another kWh drawn from the grid at night or on a cloudy day. Even in northern California often more energy is exported than drawn to the home, this excess is credited to the customer at the retail power rate. Credits can be applied to future bills within the same 12 month billing cycle and any remaining credit at the end will be deposited into your account. With the new NEM-2 rules new solar customers must switch to time of use billing reducing returns by about 10% however, with great solar production and equipment prices falling solar is still a great investment.
There is also the federal solar tax credit allowing 30% of the system cost to be claimed as a deduction to federal taxes. This incentive can be spread over several years and always covers 30% regardless of size. There is no reason not to go solar in Lincoln and with PG&E fighting a hard battle to end net metering no good will 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 Lincoln 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 Lincoln, 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 Lincoln, 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 10.75kW solar system in Lincoln, CA
This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $261, 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
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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 10.75kW system
Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years
(Prices shown after repayments of capital)
Solar companies in Lincoln, 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|
|SMUD - PV Residential Retrofit Buy-Down||Utility||Rebate Program|
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.