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The Current Price of Solar Rebates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego

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Published on 02/02/2010 in
Updated 05/16/2019


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Hello, and welcome to California Solar Rebates 101. We’re going to keep it so simple, because, heck, we know you’re busy and you just want the bottom line. But before you skip down there, understand this:

  • Installation prices are falling, but so are the California subsidies.
  • The rebate cash you’ll receive depends on your utility and how many of people have already gone solar.
  • The more people go solar within a particular utility, the rebate goes to a lower “step.”
  • In Los Angeles, for example, the rebate for an average 4kW solar system is still high because few people have gone solar. In San Francisco, the rebate cash is low because lots of people have gone solar.
  • The good news is that the net cost of solar is about the same price, but it’s just not as subsidized in San Francisco.
  • Why? Because competition is making solar cheaper in San Francisco and installers are bringing down prices.
  • End of lesson

And now for the Bottom Line:

Below is the cash rebate that you can expect right now if you buy an average 4kW solar system. Keep in mind that you may need a smaller–or larger–system for your electricity needs. We’re talking average. If you want a more exact estimate, you can get a free online solar estimate. They’ve got a nifty group purchasing program that makes solar even cheaper, especially in California.

Sample California Cash Rebates for an Average 4kW Solar Installation
CityUtilityCash Rebate
San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Northern California, SonomaPG&E$4,400
Orange County, Riverside, Parts of Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Santa BarbaraSCE$7,600
Los AngelesLADWP


San DiegoSDG&E



Last modified: May 16, 2019

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Can the rebate be used for primarily EV charge station use at a business (ie/ the Envision Solar EVSI.ob plan for Restaurant Parking Lots) or is this application only for residential?


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