Cost of solar in Pasadena, CA

Electricity Consumption in Pasadena

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 Pasadena, California

The City of Pasadena offer a great net metering program to their solar customers. Each kWh of unused solar generation is sent to the grid offsetting the cost of another kWh drawn from the grid at a later time. If more power is sent to the grid than drawn the customer will receive credit at the retail value in the form of credit to future bills or cash.

Pasadena runs a Renewable Energy Credit program where they pay retail value for surplus credit plus 2.5 cents per kWh making their net metering program one of the best in the country. You may also select between a rebate of $300 per kW or a 9.6 cent tariff added to your net metering in essentially meaning net metering x2.

You may also claim 30% of the system as a deduction to federal taxes. The federal solar tax credit may be used over several years and will always cover 30% regardless of system size. Pasadena Water & Power are ending their solar incentive program on the 31st of december so don't wait another minute!

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

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Solar power in California

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

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Facts about installing a 12.33kW solar system in Pasadena, CA

This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $281, however your situation may vary so try our Pasadena solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.


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

6 Years

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 12.33kW 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
LADWP - Solar Incentive Program Utility Rebate Program

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