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The State of Solar in Fremont

Fremont has ranked among the greenest cities in America annually since 2015, ranging from rank 4 to 10. With 98% of the city's rooftops solar viable, it's no surprise that solar power has played heavily into that ranking.* Fremont is also part of the American Solar Transformation Initiative (ASTI) and a SolSmart Gold Designee with a special award for excellence in solar permitting.

How Much Solar Energy Does Fremont Produce?

The City of Fremont estimates that its total solar capacity was 47.7 megawatts by the end of 2019, with 5,040 residential and 121 commercial solar PV installations. Solar power adoption has grown exponentially in the city since 2001, with growth picking up the pace significantly when the city began encouraging renewable energy use in 2012.


City of Fremont, California, Fremont Solar Storage through 2019

Source: City of Fremont, California, Fremont Solar Storage through 2019.

What Are the Advantages of Going Solar in Fremont?

The return on investment for solar power installation in Fremont is relatively high. With an average of 264 sunny days per year, solar PV panels in Fremont are highly productive most of the year.*

That energy can be used to offset the high cost of electricity from the grid in the area—average electricity costs in Fremont are 31.23% above the national average.* Given this, many solar systems in the city pay for themselves within 6 to 7 years and offer over $43,000 in energy cost savings over their first 20 years of use.*

Even better, Fremont residents can take advantage of a wide range of incentives to help reduce the initial costs of going solar. Installing a solar system can increase your property's resale value and reduce your household's carbon footprint, as well.

How Much Does Solar Cost in Fremont?

The cost of a home solar system can vary, even in the same city, due to a range of factors, such as the:

The State of Solar in Fremont

  • Local weather

  • Quality of the solar system

  • Available roof space

  • Household's energy needs

To help you understand the price of going solar in your area, we've analyzed SunPower price quotes, as well as quotes gathered by third-party sources for thousands of homeowners across the country.* In Fremont, we found that the cost of installing a 5 kW solar system ranges from $12,650 to $42,450, or in other words, from $2.53 to $8.49 per watt. And that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.

The Investment Tax Credit allows you to claim a credit for 26% of your total installation costs. If the credit exceeds your tax liability, you can carry it over to the next year.*

California solar incentives available in Fremont include the single-family affordable solar homes (SASH) program. This low-income incentive allows Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) customers to receive a $3 per watt rebate for up to 5 kW of solar power installed. Your household's income must be 80% lower than the Fremont median income to be eligible for this program.*

The Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) is another state solar incentive to reduce solar installation costs. This program covers battery storage and, if you are eligible, you can receive a rebate of up to $0.20 per watt-hour of solar storage. However, the program uses a step-down system, and rebates will decrease over time.*

On top of all the above, you may live in an area that offers net metering * With net metering, you can send any excess energy your system produces back to the grid for credit with your electricity provider. You can then use the credit to cover the cost of grid-usage during times of low power production.

What's the Best Way to Go Solar in Fremont?

Switching to solar requires extensive expertise and a thorough understanding of your energy needs. Every solar PV system is unique in terms of quality, durability, and power output. Choosing a reputable solar provider is essential to ensure that you get the most out of your green energy solution.

When going solar, you'll need to consider your building's daily energy requirements, available roof space, and your budget. You should also consider your home's aesthetics and net metering objectives. Reputable solar providers will explore these details with you and design a system that meets your goals during a consultation, prior to you signing contract.

At SunPower, we can help you navigate the process of going solar. We've done it for home and business owners for the past 35 years. We're happy to meet with you online or in person to answer your energy questions and design a custom solar system for you.

To get started making the switch to clean solar energy in Freemont today, schedule a free consultation with one of our solar experts.

  • *. Google, Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018).
  • *. Best Places. Climate in Fremont, CA. April 2021
  • *. Electricity Local. Fremont Electricity Rates. April 2021.
  • *. EnergySage, Solar Panels in Fremont, CA, March 2021.
  • *. Local Solar Installers 2020/2021, Solar Reviews 2021, Energy Sage 2021, Wood Mackenzie 2020, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 2020
  • *. Tax credits subject to change. SunPower does not warrant, guarantee, or otherwise advise its partners or customers about specific tax outcomes. Consult your tax advisor regarding the solar tax credit and how it applies to your specific circumstances. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.
  • *. Rebates and incentives subject to change. SunPower does not warrant or guarantee its partners or customers specific outcomes.
  • *. Rebates and incentives subject to change. SunPower does not warrant or guarantee its partners or customers specific outcomes.
  • *. The availability of net metering varies by location and is subject to change. Your SunPower Dealer can help you determine if you qualify. You can also visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.
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