Cost of solar in Lincoln, CA

Electricity Consumption in Lincoln

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 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 for Lincoln to find out:

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Solar power in California

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

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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 Lincoln 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 10.75kW 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
SMUD - PV Residential Retrofit Buy-Down Utility Rebate Program

Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.