Cost of solar in Palm Desert, CA

Electricity Consumption in Palm Desert

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 Palm Desert, California

Being serviced by Southern California Edison (SCE) Palm Desert residents and business owners are eligible for 1 for 1 net metering with SCE's retail power price. All unused energy is sent to the grid and SCE must credit you 1 for 1 for this energy this makes solar payback times as short as 5-6 years on a standard system. Unfortunately there has been some changes to the the legislation meaning that to receive net metering with SCE you must switch to time of use billing which results in about a 10% loss of return.

Even with the new net metering laws solar is still a must have investment since these new laws only slighty damage net metering returns and with the sunny weather net metering is still far more profitable in southern California than many other places. The city of Palm desert is also very unique since it offers a PACE program were the customer pays slowly over about a 20 year period through their property taxes for their system. It is highly recommended not to use a PACE or a solar loan program since solar companies will usually charge much more, it is best to take out a HELOC (Home Equity Line of Credit) secured against your home with a low interest rate of 4%-6% so you can approach the solar company as a cash buyer and receive a much better price.

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

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Solar power in California

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

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Facts about installing a 8.06kW solar system in Palm Desert, CA

This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $271, however your situation may vary so try our Palm Desert solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.


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

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Average payback time


Annual power production


levilized cost of solar energy


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The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years

Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of this 8.06kW 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.