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:
- 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 Palm Desert 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 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)
What does the cost of a real solar system look like?
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
4 Years 5 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 8.06kW system
Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years
(Prices shown after repayments of capital)
Solar companies in Palm Desert, CA that provide pricing through the Solar-Estimate marketplace
Average total cost of solar panel installation in California
|System Size||Cash purchase
After 26% solar tax credit
After 26% solar tax credit
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:
Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.