Check out the possible returns from the two best ways to go solar in California:
Solar loans are now available with interest rates as low as 4%. You can get solar panels for no money down and pay over the next 15 years. Your loan payments will be equal to about what you save every month on your electric bill.
At the end of the first year, you get the Federal solar tax credit, equal to 30% of the cost of the system (about $4,800 for a typical system). That’s a huge amount of money in your pocket right away!
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A typical home in California needs a 5-kilowatt (kW) solar system to produce about half of its energy needs per year. That’s about $1,260 worth of savings every year—enough to pay back the initial cost of installing a system in just 9 years.
You put down $17,500, then get a rebate of $1,500 right away. Over the course of a year, you save $1,260 on electricity, and get a $4,800 tax break. After all those incentives, the 1st-year cost of that 5-kW system is just $9,940.
Modern solar panels come with a 25-year warranty, which ensures you’ll keep saving for long into the future. That warranty is a promise that the panels will operate above 80% efficiency by the end of the 25-year period. In our calculations, we assume a standard 0.7% per year decrease in panel output, which is standard for the industry. Most quality solar panels should last for much longer than 25 years, extending your savings for another decade into the future.
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