Solar power in Livermore, California
PG&E offer net metering for their customers who want to go solar in Livermore. Net metering gets each kWh exported to the grid and uses it to cancel out the cost of another kWh drawn from the grid at night or on a cloudy day for example. Often even in northern California more energy is exported then consumed from the grid, not only will this wipe out your bill but PG&E will allow the surplus to offset future bills within the same 12 month billing cycle. At the end of the 12 months if credit still remains PG&E will deposit the money into your account. Unfortunately new solar customers with PG&E must switch to time of use billing reducing returns by about 10% however, with equipment becoming cheaper and great solar production solar is still one of the best home investments one can make.
30% of the system cost can also be claimed as a deduction to federal taxes. The federal solar tax credit can be used over several years and always covers 30% regardless of the system size. Incentives will never be better than what they are now and with PG&E trying to kill net metering don't wait any longer!
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 Livermore 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 Livermore, 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 Livermore, 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 8.68kW solar system in Livermore, CA
This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $220, 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 2 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 8.68kW system
Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years
(Prices shown after repayments of capital)
Solar companies in Livermore, 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.