Cost of solar in Sacramento, CA

Electricity Consumption in Sacramento

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 Sacramento, California

Net metering offered by SMUD gives you full retail value for unused power exported to the grid. When more power is exported than drawn from the grid credit is provided to future bills still at full value. At the end of the yearly billing cycle remaining credit is deposited into your account. What gives net metering importance is that solar produces the most power during the day when most people aren't home. SMUD isn't affected by the new NEM-2 rule changes making net metering returns in Sacramento slightly higher than the rest of California

There is also the 30% federal solar tax credit covering the 30% of the cost of the system. With these incentives being set to step down or to close people need to act now to receive the full benefits of going solar.

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

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Solar power in California

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

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Facts about installing a 6.06kW solar system in Sacramento, CA

This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $171, however your situation may vary so try our Sacramento 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


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 6.06kW 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
SMUD - PV Residential Retrofit Buy-Down 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.