Solar energy: the clean, renewable resource of the Golden State

The state of solar in California

The number of sunny days per year ranges between 250 and 290 for most locations in the Golden State, placing California among the top five sunny states.* In contrast, the national average is only 210 sunny days per year.

According to Project Sunroof, a whopping 91% of the buildings in California are solar-viable, with a total of 11.5 billion square feet of roof space fit for solar installations.*

This promising data, coupled with the state’s commitment to reach a 100% zero-carbon energy goal by 2045 and multiple statewide clean energy incentives, makes it easy to understand why California occupies the first place of the Solar States Top 10.* Currently, over 8.5 million homes in California rely on solar energy.

How much solar energy does California produce?

California’s total solar energy production (both photovoltaic and thermal) for 2020 reached close to 30,000 gigawatt-hours (GWh), or over 15% of the total energy the state had generated. The state has 770 active solar power plants, with an installed capacity approaching 14,000 megawatts.

What are the advantages of going solar in California?

California’s abundant sunshine, combined with the state’s high electricity costs of nearly 22.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, makes solar panel installation an attractive option for Californians.* Furthermore, following state legislation, all homes built after January 1, 2020, must have a solar system.

Finally, a home solar system reduces a household’s carbon emissions by about 80% on average.* Switching to solar energy is a win-win for both property owners and the planet.

How much does solar cost in California?

The cost of a home solar system can vary, even in the same state, due to a range of factors. These include:

  • Type of installation (e.g., roof mount vs. ground mount)
  • Roof type and angle
  • Quality of the solar panels
  • Interconnection costs

Meanwhile, government incentives spur more and more Californians to go solar. California residents can enjoy a 30% federal tax credit* on solar system installation.

Additionally, the state’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) program allows customers to feed any excess energy their solar system generates back to their local utility grid and receive a credit on electric bills.* Net Energy Metering (NEM) 3.0 is scheduled to go into effect in 2023, which will impact the value of these electric bill credits.

What’s the best way to go solar in California?

To make sure your solar system works effectively, allows you to recoup installation costs, and serves you well over the years, it’s vital to go with a quality system from a reputable solar provider.

Your safest bet is choosing a licensed solar company with many years of industry experience in your area. A reliable contractor will advise you on available solar incentives and work with you to achieve an individually customized solar plan that suits your property design, energy needs, and budget.

Finally, make sure that your solar provider only installs quality solar panels and other solar system parts from reputable manufacturers. A top-quality solar system will endure for many years and save you a lot of repair and replacement costs.

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