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:
- 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 Sacramento 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 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)
What does the cost of a real solar system look like?
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
5 Years 4 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 6.06kW system
Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years
(Prices shown after repayments of capital)
Solar companies in Sacramento, 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:
|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.