Cost of solar in San Jose, CA

Electricity Consumption in San Jose

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 Jose, California

Pacific Gas & Electric provides full retail value for energy exported to their grid under net metering. 1kWh of energy sent to the grid takes 1kWh off your bill. When more energy is produced than your electric costs credit is carried forward to future months. At the end of the yearly billing cycle remaining credit is deposited into your account at about 3-4 cents per kWh. Under the new NEM-2 rules customers of PG&E will have to switch to time of use billing reducing the returns however, only by about 10% and with the decline in equipment costs and great power production numbers in California this slight change is more than compensated for.

Under the federal ITC 30% of costs can be claimed as a deduction to your federal tax liability. The federal ITC can be spread over several years to better suit anyones financial situation. With 30% of costs covered and a great net metering plan you'd be crazy not to go solar in San Jose. Even if you still aren't sure it can never hurt to get a free estimate by entering your zip code below.

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

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Solar power in California

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

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Facts about installing a 9.02kW solar system in San Jose, CA

This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $205, however your situation may vary so try our San Jose 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 9.02kW 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
Silicon Valley Power - Solar Electric Buy Down Program 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.