Cost of solar in Mission Viejo, CA

Electricity Consumption in Mission Viejo

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 Mission Viejo, California

Under service from Southern California Edison and towards the south of the city SDG&E Mission Viejo residents can benefit from 1 for 1 net metering. Net metering requires your utility to track how much energy you send to the grid and how much energy you consume from the grid and only bill you the net amount. Usually a solar system will export more energy than what is used in the home and your utility SCE or SDG&E will write you a check at the end of a 12 month billing cycle. Sadly under the new NEM-2 rules customers going solar must switch to time of use billing damaging returns by about 10% however, with such amazing solar production in southern California solar is still an excellent home investment. SDG&E and SCE are fighting very hard to kill off net metering, the time to go solar is now before it's too late.

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

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Solar power in California

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

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Facts about installing a 8.85kW solar system in Mission Viejo, CA

This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $228, however your situation may vary so try our Mission Viejo solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.


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

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The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years

Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of this 8.85kW 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

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