Cost of solar in San Bernardino, CA

Electricity Consumption in San Bernardino

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 San Bernardino, California

Southern California Edison offers a net metering program for its solar customers in San Bernardino. Net metering credits each surplus kWh or solar generation sent to the grid at 1 for 1 with another kWh pulled from the grid eg, at night. Excess kWh's after covering your bill are still credited at the retail power rate and credit may be deposited directly into your account at the end of each 12 month cycle or carried forward to offset future bills for up to one year. Sadly with the new NEM-2 rules new solar customers must switch to time of use billing which hurts returns by about 10% however, this is miniscule and with solar becoming cheaper and excellent sun exposure installing solar is still a great investment.

The 30% federal solar tax credit is also available in San Bernardino. There are no size limitations to the federal solar tax credit, even if your system is 200kW you still receive the full 30%. You can claim up to 30% of the system cost over several years if you wish eg, 10% each year over 3 years. Current incentives make solar a no brainer investment and with utilities and legislatures trying to end solar don't wait any longer!

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

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Solar power in California

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

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Facts about installing a 7.5kW solar system in San Bernardino, CA

This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $229, however your situation may vary so try our San Bernardino solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.


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

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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 7.5kW 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.