In California, solar is golden.

Find out how easy it is to go solar with Sunrun and save on your electric bills.

California leads the way in home solar.

California homeowners have always led the U.S. in going solar.  In 2013, over 50% of new solar homes were in California, and it's not just because of the sunny weather.

  • Californians pay a lot for electricity - more than every other state except for Alaska and Hawaii. 
  • Electric rates in the major California utilities have increased in the last 10 years, particularly if you use a lot of electricity. 
  • The major California utilities charge for electricity in tiers. That means the more electricity you use, the more you pay per unit (kWh). That can lead to huge spikes in your electric bill, especially during the warmer and cooler months of the  year.

Alternatively, going solar in California allows homeowners to lock in low, predictable electricity rates. So, you'll be paying less for the same electricity and will be protected from rising utility rates. Solar just makes sense for Californians. 

Electricity has been getting more expensive in California.

California residential electric rates have increased 441% over the last 35 years †

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How Sunrun can help reduce your California electric bill 

Representative information only. Find out more about California utility rates where you live.

Frequently asked questions about going solar in California: 

  • What solar incentives are available in California? 

California has a long history of supporting renewable energy. The California Solar Initiative supported solar installations in California. The rebates from this program have all been used, however the cost of solar has come down so significantly that it still makes sense for most California homeowners. Additionally, California homeowners still benefit from the Federal Incentive Tax Credit. Learn more about California solar energy incentives and rebates.

  • How do most Californians go solar? 

Homeowners have several choices when it comes to paying for a home solar power system. The first option is to purchase the system (from savings or a loan).  The second option is to choose a solar lease or PPA. The majority of California homeowners choose a solar lease or PPA when going solar - just about 70% in 2013.**  In most areas of California, Sunrun offers the ability to purchase and to get solar through a lease or PPA. You choose the solution that works best for  you. 

  • Will I get solar credits from my utility company?  

When you go solar with Sunrun in California, you stay connected to the utility grid. This allows you to make the most of the electricity your panels produce by net metering your solar power. When your panels generate more power than your home needs, the excess is sent into the utility grid. You receive credit for this power, which then offsets future purchases of electricity from the grid, a system called net metering. This lowers your utility bills and maximizes the benefits of your solar system. You get the benefits of net metering in all cases - whether you decide to purchase your system or go with a lease or PPA. 

  • Where is Sunrun available in California?

Sunrun is available to about 90% of California homeowners including the utilities of PG&E, SCE SDG&E, and LADWP. Learn more about the California utilities where we operate.

  • If I go solar with Sunrun, who will do my installation?  

Depending on where you live in California, Sunrun or one of our certified installer partners will do the installation. We partner city-by-city with local California installers. They not only know the ins and outs of installing in your neighborhood, it also keeps thousands of jobs local. See a list of our California partners.

Real Californians really happy about savings.

How Sunrun works

We offer a guaranteed rate for your electricity.

  1. We buy the system and have it installed on your roof.
  2. You pay a low monthly fee for your electricity.
  3. It generates power for you – with rates that are locked in.

Meet our best salespeople - our customers.

"Both my wife and I work. I have 2 kids in school. Time is a factor. Sunrun made it absolutely trivial to do this. I didn’t have to do anything other than call Sunrun."

Bill B, San Leandro, California
Customer since 2010

California electricity generation sources

California generates over 45% of its electricity from fossil fuels. 

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*GTM Research - Solar Market 2013 Annual Report

† Energy Information Administration, July 2014