Solar power in Modesto, California
Modesto Irrigation District offer a net metering program for their solar customers. Each kWh of unused solar generation sent to the grid is credited at the retail power rate. If in a given month your solar system sends 300kWh to the grid and your home draws 300kWh then you will have no bill. If more energy is exported than consumed credit is still given at 1 for 1 and is applicable to future bills within the same 12 month billing cycle. Any remaining credit at the end of the 12 months is deposited into your account. Unfortunately MID have switched their net metering program to NEM-2 resulting in about a 10% loss to net metering returns. Despite the change, the decline in equipment costs has compensated for this as well as production numbers even in northern California being fairly high.
If you have a taxable income 30% of the system cost can be claimed as a deduction to federal taxes. The federal solar tax credit has no system size limit and can be used in increments over several years, depended on what works best for you. A good net metering policy and 30% off the system cost makes solar a no brainer for your home or business in Modesto. Even if you're only in the early stages of considering solar it doesn't hurt to get a free estimate. Enter your zip code below to see how much the average solar system costs in Modesto, your payback time and consider different financing options.
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 Modesto 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 Modesto, 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 Modesto, 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 7.81kW solar system in Modesto, CA
This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $243, 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
4 Years 7 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 7.81kW system
Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years
(Prices shown after repayments of capital)
Solar companies in Modesto, 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.