Cost of solar in San Rafael, CA

Electricity Consumption in San Rafael

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 Rafael, California

PG&E offer a net metering program in San Rafael for their solar customers. Net metering values unused solar generation at the same value as power drawn from the grid. Each kWh after covering your bill is valued at the retail power rate and credit can be applied to future bills within the same 12 month billing cycle. At the end of the 12 months any remaining credit is deposited into your account. Sadly PG&E do make you switch to time of use billing before installing solar reducing net metering returns However, only by about 10% and with solar being cheaper than ever it is still an excellent home investment.

MCE (Marin Clean Energy) offer a slightly better program than PG&E with their feed in tariff (FiT). Similar to net metering however, it doesn't base itself off of the retail power value. This incentive varies from 13 cents for the first 2MW of solar installed however, each 2MW of installed solar make the FiT go down to a still not so bad 9 cents. If you're with MCE don't wait any longer to go solar!

You may also claim 30% of the system costs as a deduction to federal taxes. This incentive can be spread over several years and always covers 30% no matter the system size. Financial incentives and net metering/FiT make solar a must have for your home or business, don't wait for these incentive to expire.

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

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Solar power in California

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

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Facts about installing a 6.51kW solar system in San Rafael, CA

This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $192, however your situation may vary so try our San Rafael 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 6.51kW 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.