The City by the Bay shines with solar power. A San Francisco solar installation generates electricity through fog, weather extremes and rolling blackouts. It’s a sustainable energy solution for charging your devices, powering your home and protecting the environment.
The mayor stated, "San Francisco knows how to run a clean power system, and we are going to get to 100% renewable energy by 2030."1 Sunrun can help achieve this goal with home solar panels in San Francisco.
The city’s sky-high electricity rates combined with substantial incentives make installing solar panels and home battery storage in San Francisco a smart investment.
Residents currently pay an average of 21.3 cents per kilowatt-hour of electricity—nearly double the national average of 12.5 cents.2 And, without solar, the forecasted average utility price in San Francisco over the next 25 years is 42 cents per kilowatt-hour.3
Lock-in low electricity rates and ensure affordable energy security with Sunrun. Solar homeowners can bank on an average payback period of 6.5 years, and an average 20-year savings of $91,886.4
BrightboxTM home battery is energized by your solar panel installation to keep your home powered at night and during blackouts. It provides clean backup energy for approximately 8 to 12 hours and refuels every day with the sun.5
Also, with a battery, you aren’t hit with high time-of-use (TOU) rates.6 The battery stores free electricity for later use when utilities charge the most.
Recent events demonstrate weaknesses in California’s electric grid. Solar reduces dependence on our aging grid. Learn more from Sunrun’s report Building A More Resilient Grid.7 We deserve a clean energy solution that offers a safe, reliable alternative.8
PG&E’s preemptive rolling blackouts, or Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS), are implemented to reduce wildfire risks.9 However, they disrupt power to millions of customers and may last for days.10,11 Sunrun knows there’s a better way.
To counter high rates and upfront costs, the City of San Francisco’s GoSolarSF program aims to reduce utility bills and the San Francisco Bay Area’s carbon footprint.12
GoSolarSF offers $300 per kilowatt for installed systems, plus an extra $2,000 per kilowatt for low-income residences. Low-income homeowners can save up to 100% off the installed cost.13 And participants in California Alternate Rates Energy (CARE) and CalHome programs qualify for an additional $800 rebate.2
California’s Net Energy Metering (NEM)14 policy allows homeowners credits toward their energy bill, regardless if you lease, purchase or finance your solar energy system.15
Finally, San Francisco solar installations are eligible for the federal solar tax credit.16 Currently, the federal solar tax credit gives you a dollar-for-dollar reduction against your federal income tax equal to 30% of the final cost of solar energy systems you install on your home. Starting in 2020, the tax credit will step down to 26%, and then again to 22% in 2021. After 2021, the tax credit for residential solar ends.
For all available incentives, check out DSIRE.17
Own a system on your terms with BrightBuy.19 Just pay a one-time upfront cost to gain complete ownership and incentives. Or, own a system on terms within your budget via BrightAdvantage.19 Purchase your system with a hassle-free loan, receive a low fixed interest rate and have no upfront payments.
San Francisco is your home. Going solar will power your lifestyle and provide reliable renewable energy for decades.
When you’re ready, Sunrun is the local San Francisco solar company to guide you. We’ve installed solar panels in San Francisco for more than a decade. See how one of the Painted Lady homes20 shines with Sunrun solar panels.
Join the solar revolution. Our San Francisco solar panels are leading the way. Together we’ll build a clean, affordable energy future. Contact Sunrun to learn more.