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San Jose enjoys an abundant 301 days of average annual sunshine—perfect for a residential solar energy system.1 Yet, its cost of living is 73% above the national average.2 So today’s lower investment costs and growing climate concerns have exponentially grown solar in San Jose and Silicon Valley.
California’s booming solar industry makes it more affordable than ever. Sunrun solar panels3 and a home battery reduce your monthly electricity bills and provide peace of mind. Our local solar advisors provide custom energy solutions for charging devices, cooling homes and powering electric cars.
Solar is the healthy, safe alternative to our aging grid powered by fossil fuels. To build a reliable energy future, the Climate Smart San Jose4 program’s goal is to make a low-carbon city and stronger community for generations.5
Generate your own energy and control utility bills by installing solar panels and a home battery. The average residential electricity rate in San Jose is currently 15 cents per kilowatt-hour, about 31% above the national average rate.6 Reducing energy prices is driving the installation of affordable, renewable residential solar in San Jose.
In 2019, the average cost of a 6-kilowatt San Jose solar panel system is $3.63 per watt. So, the average price of a system is $18,150. (before incentives). The typical payback period is 5.5 years. Over the next 25 years, the system will provide an average savings of $101,059. However, if you don’t go solar, the forecasted average utility price will more than double to 32 cents per kilowatt-hour over the same period.7
|Solar Savings Types||Value of Savings|
|Federal Solar Tax Credit||30% of the final cost of the solar system|
|Other Programs||Variable (Net metering)|
|Local utility solar rebates||$0.20 to $1.25 per watt|
**Customer’s ability to monetize rebates, incentives and tax credits depends on several factors, including, without limitation, continued state subsidization of these policies, the applicable Sunrun product type, and whether a customer purchases or leases a solar system from Sunrun.
Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) is implementing rolling blackouts to help reduce wildfire risks.8 And San Jose’s mayor has warned of worst-case scenarios if outages last for days due to extreme weather.9 Sunrun knows there’s a better way to power our lives.
Our solar panels and Brightbox10 home battery storage in San Jose can power your home during blackouts and at night. Brightbox provides clean backup renewable energy for approximately 8 to 12 hours and refuels with the sun. Also, with a home battery, you’re not subject to time-of-use (TOU) rates.11 The battery stores electricity for later use when utility rates are high.
The California Solar Initiative (CSI)12 offers cash rebates up to $10,000 for low-income homeowners who install solar. CSI also offers cash rebates up to $4,366 for installing residential solar water heating systems.13
California’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) policy,14 allows solar homeowners to receive credit for excess electricity sent to the grid,15 regardless if you lease, purchase or finance your solar system.16
Installations are eligible for the federal solar tax credit.17* The 26% tax credit applies as long as the solar energy system is installed by December 31, 2022. Starting in 2023, the value of the tax credit will step down to 22%. After 2023, the tax credit for residential solar ends. With the federal solar tax credit and net metering, solar power in San Jose is the obvious choice.7 For more incentive information, see DSIRE.18
Although California does not provide a sales tax exemption for solar panels, the state does offer a 100% property tax exemption on solar panel installations.19
With Sunrun’s BrightSave Monthly,20 you save on electricity bills for $0 down and make low monthly payments. With BrightSave Prepaid,21 you maximize savings by prepaying for 20 years of electricity at today’s lower rates.
Own a system with BrightBuy.22 Just pay a one-time upfront cost for complete ownership. Or, own a system within your budget via BrightAdvantage23 with a hassle-free loan, low fixed interest rate and no upfront payments.
With rooftop solar panels and a home battery, the power is in your hands to build an affordable, clean energy future. For more than a decade, Sunrun has helped Californians take control of electric bills, reduce carbon emissions and power through blackouts.
We’re the largest dedicated residential solar company in the nation24 and the leading San Jose solar company. Contact Sunrun25 for a free quote.
In 2017, SJSU founded a solar power design team. The team plays an important role in the design of a state of the art solar power system for the Spartan Superway.SJSU Solar Design Team
About a fifth of electricity used in San José comes from renewable sources. They plan on increasing their renewable energy portfolio in the years to comeSan Jose Going Solar
Enjoy one of the 200+ parks San Jose offers. The Municipal Rose Garden is a must visit. Almost everyday something will be in full bloom.Municipal Rose GardenSan Jose Parks Foundation
* We recommend contacting a tax professional to accurately determine the impact of the federal solar tax credit on your federal taxes.