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 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 Jose 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 Jose, 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 Jose, 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 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 solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.
Net cost of system
Cash - after 30% solar tax credit
5 Years 5 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 9.02kW system
Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years
(Prices shown after repayments of capital)
Solar companies in San Jose, 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
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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|
|Silicon Valley Power - Solar Electric Buy Down Program||Utility||Rebate Program|
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.