Cost of solar in Poway, CA

Electricity Consumption in Poway

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 Poway, California

SDG&E provides a net metering program in Poway making solar a great home investment. Net metering requires your utility to record how much power your solar system exports to the grid and how much your home draws from the grid. Power exported to the grid is subtracted by power drawn and that's how much your bill is. Since usually more power is exported than drawn SDG&E will then write you a check at their retail power rate. With the new NEM-2 rules new solar customers must switch to time of use billing which reduces returns by about 10% however, with amazing sun exposure and equipment prices decreasing solar is still an excellent investment. With such high amounts of sunshine net metering will save you a lot of money. 30% of the total system cost can also be claimed under the federal solar tax credit(can be spread out over time). With many incentives set to expire it's best not to wait.

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

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Solar power in California

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

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Facts about installing a 7.74kW solar system in Poway, CA

This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $258, however your situation may vary so try our Poway solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.


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

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Annual power production


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The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years

Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of this 7.74kW 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.