Solar power in San Diego, California
Residents of San Diego don't need to be told two things:
- It is always sunny in San Diego; and
- San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) is one of the most expensive utilities in the country to buy your power from.
These two factors have made San Diego the leading city in America in terms of residential solar installations per capita.
San Diego residents shouldn't wait another minute before installing solar on their homes with 30% solar tax credit having a limited life and net metering allowed under the NEM 2 cap having a limit on how many systems can be installed and get net metering.
San Diego solar systems also produce a lot more electricity than most other places in the US and also the world. With excellent production numbers and brilliant incentives solar is an excellent investment in San Diego. With a short payback of as little as 5 years solar offers more than 20 years of free power after a system has paid for itself.
So whether you do or don't buy solar you will spend the same amount of money in the next five years on sourcing power but if you do install it now then in 5 years time you will be looking forward to 20 years of living with little or no power bill.
Even if you are not convinced about solar we recommend that at the very least you use the solar panel calculator 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 San Diego 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 San Diego, California in 2019 is $3.63 per watt. The average system size in the US is 6 kilowatts, which means the average price of a solar system in San Diego, CA is $18,150. (before claiming 30% tax credit and other rebates)
What does the cost of a real solar system look like?
Facts about installing a 6.5kW solar system in San Diego, CA
This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $217, however your situation may vary so try our solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.
Net cost of system
Cash - after 30% solar tax credit
4 Years 6 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 6.5kW system
Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years
(Prices shown after repayments of capital)
Solar companies in San Diego, CA that provide pricing through the Solar-Estimate marketplace
Average total cost of solar panel installation in California
|System Size||Cash purchase
After 30% solar tax credit
After 30% solar tax credit
Design your own solar panel system for your home
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|
|Marin Clean Energy - Feed-in-Tariff||Local||Performance-Based Incentive|
|Property Tax Exclusion for Solar Energy Systems||State||Property Tax Incentive|
|Sonoma County - Energy Independence Program||Local||PACE Financing|
|Western Riverside Council of Governments - HERO Financing Program||Local||PACE Financing|
|NEM 2.0||State||Net Metering|
Find your local rebates and incentives
Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.