Solar power in Ontario, California
SCE offers an excellent net metering program for its customers going solar in Ontario. Net metering requires your utility to record unused power sent to their grid and power drawn from the grid and only bill you for the net amount eg. 500kWh exported to the grid and 500kWh drawn from the grid would result in a power bill of $0. If more power is exported than drawn the utility will credit you 1 for 1 with their retail power price and depending on your choice give you a credit to a future bill or write you a check. Under the new laws new solar customers must switch to time of use billing damaging returns however, only by about 10% and with solar equipment becoming cheaper and solar production being so high in Ontario solar is still a no brainer investment. There is also the 30% solar tax credit covering 30% of all costs(can be spread across several years). With utilities and the coal and oil industry trying to kill off solar the time to switch is now!
Even if you are not convinced about solar we recommend that at the very least you use the solar panel calculator for Ontario 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 Ontario 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 Ontario, 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 Ontario, 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 6.45kW solar system in Ontario, CA
This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $197, however your situation may vary so try our Ontario solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.
Net cost of system
Cash - after 30% solar tax credit
4 Years 9 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 6.45kW system
Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years
(Prices shown after repayments of capital)
Solar companies in Ontario, 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
Design your own solar panel system for your home
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.