Cost of solar in Oakley, CA

Electricity Consumption in Oakley

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 Oakley, California

Pacific Gas & Electric provide net metering to their customers going solar in Oakley. Net metering credits unused solar generation sent to the grid at the retail rate for power. In each billing month you are either billed or credited still at the retail rate if more power has been exported then drawn. Credit can be applied to future bills within the same 12 month billing cycle. Remaining credit at the end of the 12 months is deposited into your account. PG&E have unfortunately adopted the new NEM-2 rules making new solar customers switch to time of use billing. This new rule change has reduced net metering returns by about 10% fortunately, with equipment costs declining and great sun exposure the losses are easily compensated for.

You may also claim 30% of the total system costs as a reduction to your federal taxes. The federal solar tax credit has no system size limitations and can be used in parts over several years. Net metering and 30% of the system costs covered make solar an excellent choice for a home investment. If you're still on the fence entering your zip code and getting an estimate can be a great way to work out where you stand.

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

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Solar power in California

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

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Facts about installing a 8.42kW solar system in Oakley, CA

This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $244, however your situation may vary so try our Oakley solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.


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

5 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 8.42kW 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
*Under Revision* Marin Clean Energy - Feed-in-Tariff Local Performance-Based Incentive

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