Cost of solar in Santa Ana, CA

Electricity Consumption in Santa Ana

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 Santa Ana, California

Southern California Edison(SCE) provide 1 for 1 with their retail power price for excess energy exported to the grid in a process called net metering available in Santa Ana. Sadly customers of SCE must switch to time of use billing under the new net metering rules, this results in only about a 10% lower return from net metering thankfully, great sun exposure allows net metering to still be extremely profitable. 

Currently there is a 30% federal solar tax credit so when you do your taxes 30% of the total system cost is covered instantly. In your region of the country solar systems usually pay for themselves in 5-6 years. With many of these incentives set to step down or expire it's time to act now.

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

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Solar power in California

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

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Facts about installing a 8.95kW solar system in Santa Ana, CA

This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $222, however your situation may vary so try our Santa Ana solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.


Net cost of system
Cash - after 26% solar tax credit

5 Years 8 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 8.95kW 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.