* Cost data based on quotes for fully-installed solar panel systems submitted on our platform. Prices are shown after applying the 26% federal tax credit.
Updated August 18, 2020
Oakley is a great place to go solar. You’re probably using PG&E as your utility. PG&E has high rates, which helps make solar a great investment.
The most significant incentive to install solar panels in Oakley is the 26% federal tax credit. However, the tax credit is set to step down to 22% at the end of 2020. This means in order to maximize your savings potential, the best time to go solar in Oakley is now.
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Prices based on a 5.9kW system, after 26% federal tax credit
California requires all utilities to offer net metering to their solar customers. The net metering policy, called NEM 2.0, is a bit different than traditional net metering. NEM 2.0 requires solar customers to pay a small charge on energy solar homeowners take from the grid, even if it is offset by net metering credits.
NEM 2.0 also requires utilities to charge interconnection fees to customers who switch to solar. The interconnection fee for PG&E is $145.
The federal solar tax credit is equal to 26% of the total cost of installing solar panels on your home. The amount of the tax credit is then deducted from your federal taxes. You can claim the credit over several years if the amount you owe in taxes is less than the amount of your tax credit. You can only take advantage of the federal tax credit if you pay federal income taxes.
Keep in mind that the federal solar tax credit is set to step down at the end of 2022, falling from 26% of costs to just 22%. So, the best time to go solar is now, so you can maximize your solar savings.
The answer to this question depends on your electricity usage. Generally speaking, the higher your power usage, the greater your potential savings are from installing solar.
The average monthly electricity usage in California is about 547 kWh per month. However, you are most likely using a lot more than this since this average includes small apartments and condos.
The Oakley solar panel savings calculator uses our database of electric rates from local utilities to convert your monthly power bill into how much electricity your home uses. From there, the calculator can work out how many solar panels you need to offset your power usage, how much a solar system will cost based on prices of local solar companies, and the amount of money you will save on your electric bill.
(forecast avg California electric rates over the next 25 years)
(Savings shown after repayments of capital)
Solar panels have fallen in price by more than 80% in the last ten years. In 2022 they also remain subsidized by the 26% federal tax credit and the net metering law making them an excellent investment. They offer a return well above the long term average return from both the share market and also property investment.
Another way to look at this question is the levelized amount you will pay for each kWh of power you will use over the next 25 years with and without solar panels. As you can see below the savings are significant.
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|Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit||Federal||Personal Tax Credit|
|LADWP - Net Metering||Utility||Net Metering|
|California Solar Initiative - Single-Family Affordable Solar Housing (SASH) Program||State||Low-Income Program|
|Self-Generation Incentive Program||State||Battery Rebate|
|Property Tax Exclusion for Solar Energy Systems||State||Property Tax Incentive|
|City of San Francisco - Low-Income Solar Energy Incentive Program||City||Low-Income Program|
|NEM 2.0||State||Net Metering|
|*Under Revision* Marin Clean Energy - Feed-in-Tariff||Local||Performance-Based Incentive|
Eligibility: Federal incentive
Type: Personal Tax Credit
Eligibility: Utility incentive
Type: Net Metering
Note: Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.
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