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 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 Santee 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 Santee, 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 Santee, 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 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 solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.
Net cost of system
Cash - after 30% solar tax credit
4 Years 4 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 7.53kW system
Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years
(Prices shown after repayments of capital)
Solar companies in Santee, 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.