Calculate how much you can save on your SCE bill with solar panels

Average 25 year solar savings for a SCE customer: $60,114

Average solar panel cost: $14,583 - $17,823*

Estimate solar panel cost and savings based on your location, roof and power use.

*Solar panel cost varies by location, solar panel mqanufacturer, system size and the amount of electricity your home uses.

Adding solar panels and switching rate plans can lower your Southern California Edison (SCE) electric bill

Updated: October 22, 2020

There are three ways you can reduce your SCE bill: changing your habits, switching your rate plan, and adding solar panels.

You've probably heard a lot about reducing energy consumption by doing things like switching to LED lightbulbs and adding insulation to your walls, but these fixes are relatively easy compared to the far more impactful step of making changes to your lifestyle.

The second thing you can do is switch your rate plan. SCE offers time-of-use billing that can help you save money by shifting your usage of energy-intensive appliances to off-peak hours, and there may be other options for you as well.

Finally, you can reduce or even eliminate your electricity bill by installing solar panels on your home.

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How much can I reduce my Southern California Edison (SCE) bill by switching to a different rate plan

For some people, the savings from switching rate plans may only be a few dollars per month, but for many it can be $20-$100 per month. That's between $240 and $1,200 that you may now be paying to Southern California Edison (SCE) each year for no reason.

Finding out what's available to you is as simple as a phone call or email to Southern California Edison (SCE). Even a small savings can be worth it.

Are solar panels worth it for Southern California Edison (SCE) customers?

Yes! With available solar property tax exemptions, battery storage incentive through the SGIP program, and available net metering, home solar panels make sense for Southern California Edison customers in California. SCE’s net billing rate allows you to get near full credit on your power bill for the excess solar electricity your panels produce which you can’t use onsite. Your credits accrue at the same rate as retail rates, less a small non-bypassable charge, and roll over onto your next month’s bill.

Does Southern California Edison (SCE) offer full 1 for 1 net metering credits for exported solar power

No, Southern California Edison (SCE) does not offer full 1 for 1 net metering. This means that when you export surplus power from your solar panels, you will be paid less by the utility than what you are charged to buy the equivalent amount of power from the grid.

The amount you are paid by the utility is known as a feed-in tariff. In the case of Southern California Edison (SCE), this feed-in rate is $0.29 per kWh.

Under California's "net metering 2.0," SCE rates are determined by the customer's usage during different times of the day. Solar kWh credits depend on these TOU rates. Solar energy is compensated at slightly less than the TOU rates based on the value of "non-bypassable charges," which are small fractions of the total retail price of electricity that SCE is required to charge based on all kWh consumed by a customer during times when solar panels aren't producing enough for the home's needs.

What incentives, tax credits and rebates are available to SCE customers for installing solar?

The major financial incentive currently available until the end of 2021 is the 26% federal solar tax credit. The way this works is that the full cost of the system needs to be paid to the installer, and this tax credit can then be claimed back as cash when you next do your taxes.

Many states, local governments and utilities also offer incentives for homeowners who go solar. This help can take the form of state tax credits, rebates, tax breaks, SRECs or even performance-based incentives. The best part is that all of these incentives apply in addition to the federal credit.

Here is every incentive you may be eligible for as a SCE customer:

Table 1: Incentives
Upfront Incentives Value*
Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit (Federal) -$5,693
LADWP - Net Metering (State)

Retail rate net metering, calculated every month. Applies to all except Taxes and Minimum Charges

California Solar Initiative - Single-Family Affordable Solar Housing (SASH) Program (State)

Up-front rebate of $3 per installed watt for systems up to 5.0 kW. Third-party owned but NEM benefits accrue to homeowner.

Self-Generation Incentive Program (State)

Small Residential earns $.25/Wh of storage capacity

Property Tax Exclusion for Solar Energy Systems (State)

Total cost of solar system is exempt from property taxes, for all systems installed before 1/1/2025. Properties that change hands after 2024 may not continue to be eligible.

City of San Francisco - Low-Income Solar Energy Incentive Program (State)

"$100/kW base incentive, $2,000/kW for low-income, $250/kW for choosing a city installer. Cap: 4.0 kW per meter"

NEM 2.0 (State)

Change to net metering policy, mandatory interconnection fees, nonbypassable charges, and time of use rates

TOTAL -$5,693

*Based on 8.16 kW system, average installation cost $21,896

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How much does installing solar panels save the average Southern California Edison (SCE) residential customer?

If you input the details for a SCE customer with a power bill of $250 per month into the best online solar panels calculator, it tells you that you need a 8.16 kW solar system that will produce 13,175 kWh per year and that this system will return the owner a $60,114 profit after repaying the cost of the system.

The solar savings possible for you as a SCE customer will depend on the amount of electricity you use and the cost of the solar system you buy. Savings also vary based on the direction of your roof or any shading of your roof that affects output.

Here is a monthly and lifetime solar savings estimate for the same relatively typical SCE customer with a $250 per month electric bill prior to solar and who installs a 8.16 kW solar system.

How much do residential solar panels cost for SCE customers?

Solar prices near you

Cost range of local prices


Net profit (savings less system cost)


Payback period

6.3-7.6 years

Recommended size for the selected utility bill


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Detailed information about your estimate

Table 2: Estimate details

System Size (for 100% usage offset)

8.16 kW

Annual Power Generation

13,175 kWh

Pay-back time (assuming Cash purchase)

7.1 Years

Internal Rate of Return (IRR) on Investment


Gross cost


Total Upfront Incentives and Rebates


Net Cost of System after rebates and incentives


Total Cost of Utility Power Avoided over 25 years


Please note that the investment return figures do not include the possible increase in property value.

What are the environmental impacts of Southern California Edison (SCE) customers installing solar panels?

While most homeowners decide to install solar panels because of financial savings over time, the environmental impacts of this choice are the primary motive for others. Here is a breakdown of the environmental benefits from a Southern California Edison (SCE) customer installing a 8.16 kW solar system on their property:

A solar system generating 13,175 kWh per year will save you money AND make the world a nicer place

Saves you


on average per year

Reduces CO2 emissions


tons per year

Equivalent to planting

46 trees

per year

Equivalent to driving

14,427 mi

less per year

CO2 emissions calculation based on the electricity generation and emissions data for your state in 2015 as published by the US Government Energy Information Administration.

What factors affect the price of solar panels for Southern California Edison (SCE) customers?

The cost of installing solar panels will vary with brands of solar panels and inverters you choose and also the installation company you choose to install them.

It is common to see really good systems, using quality brands of equipment, being sold for around $2.68 per watt or $16,202 for a standard 8.16 kW solar system after the customer claims the 26% federal solar tax credit.

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