Cost of solar in Santee, CA

Electricity Consumption in Santee

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 Santee, California

SDG&E offer a net metering program for their solar customers in Santee. Net metering requires your utility to monitor excess kWh produced from your solar system and kWh drawn from the grid at night or on a cloudy day and only bill you for kWh exported minus kWh drawn from the grid. Usually more energy is sent to the grid than drawn and each kWh of this surplus is credited at the retail price for power. Credit can be applied to future bills within the same 12 month billing cycle and if credit remains at the end of the 12 months SDG&E will deposit the money into your bank account. With the new NEM-2 rules new solar customers must switch to time of use billing reducing the returns by about 10% fortunately, this isn't a lot and with equipment prices declining and great sun exposure solar is still a great investment.

The federal solar tax credit allows you to claim 30% of your system cost as a deduction to federal taxes for a system of any size. This incentive may also be spread over several years. SDG&E is trying to end net metering so don't wait too long!

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

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Solar power in California

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

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Facts about installing a 7.53kW solar system in Santee, CA

This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $251, however your situation may vary so try our Santee 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 7.53kW 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.