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 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 Rafael 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 Rafael, 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 Rafael, 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 6.51kW 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 solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.
Net cost of system
Cash - after 30% solar tax credit
4 Years 11 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 6.51kW system
Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years
(Prices shown after repayments of capital)
Solar companies in San Rafael, 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|
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.