Cost of solar in Los Angeles, CA

Electricity Consumption in Los Angeles

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 Los Angeles, California

For those lucky enough to live in LA you are eligible for some top notch incentives. With net metering and a 30% tax credit solar is financially a no brainer.

Payback periods for installing solar panels in LA are usually between 5-7 years which is awesome when you consider the minimum warranted life of solar panels is 25 years.

The savings are a little less than customers with the investor owned utilities in other parts of California but this is simply because LADWP offers lower electricity rates than the investor owned utilities. However (at the time of writing LA Department of Water and Power (LADWP) offers an upfront rebate to help cover some of the installation cost of installing solar power which the investor owned utilities no longer offer.

LA homeowners are also lucky when it comes to solar because they were not covered by the NEM 2 net metering changes that apply to customers of the three big investor owned utilities. At the time of writing this means that you can stay on tiered rates

With threats to net metering being made every day all California residents need to get into solar before these brilliant incentives disappear. It is also important to remember that the 30% Federal solar tax credit only has a couple of years to run as well.

Here is a link to a LADWP video to help explain how your electricity bill will look after solar.

Even if you are not convinced about solar we recommend that at the very least you use the solar panel calculator for Los Angeles to find out:

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Solar power in California

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

What does the cost of a real solar system look like?

Facts about installing a 11.78kW solar system in Los Angeles, CA

This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $270, however your situation may vary so try our Los Angeles solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.


Net cost of system
Cash - after 26% solar tax credit

6 Years

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 11.78kW system

Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years


(Prices shown after repayments of capital)



Solar companies in Los Angeles, CA that provide pricing through the Solar-Estimate marketplace



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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
LADWP - Solar Incentive Program 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.