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The state of solar power in Ontario
With an abundance of sunshine, the state of California ranks number one in the nation for solar energy output according to the Solar Energy Industries Association*—and that fact should come as no surprise. The progressive push for climate-change measures in the state has meant that homeowners, businesses, and homebuilders in communities like Ontario, CA, can now reap incentives by investing in solar energy.
- *. SEIA, "Solar by State" map, California Solar Quick Facts.
How much solar power does Ontario produce?
According to SEIA, California earned a whopping 22.27% of its total energy from the sun as of 2019, powering 7,859,309 homes across the state. Ontario's San Bernardino County, in particular, produced a net MWh of 3,205,567 that year.
What are the advantages of going solar in Ontario?
Transitioning to solar can protect both your wallet and the environment. Solar panels can increase the value of your home and offset rising energy rates. Be sure to talk to a local solar expert to learn how state and federal solar tax breaks, rebates, and incentives may lead to significant savings.
Solar power has become increasingly important in the wake of the climate-change crisis. By going solar, you can reduce your carbon footprint now and in the future by relying on Southern California's ever-present sun without creating unnecessary greenhouse gases or emissions. As more Ontario, CA, homeowners and companies transition to solar power, they help California achieve its goal of running 100% on clean energy by 2045.
As the Los Angeles Times reported in June 2019, California produced a record-shattering surplus of solar power.* However, "too much of a good thing" does not apply in this scenario. The excess energy can actually lower electricity costs, a trend that benefits all ratepayers—whether or not they even own a solar power system.
The cost of solar power has decreased dramatically in the state of California. MIT research scientists attribute the plummeting costs to government policies, increasing conversion efficiency of the devices, and improved production processes using economies of scale.
- *. Los Angeles Times, "California has too much solar power. That might be good for ratepayers."
How much does solar cost in Ontario?
The cost of a home solar system can vary, even in the same city, due to a range of factors. They include:
Solar system's panels and components
Homeowner's energy needs
Angle of the roof
Shaded roof space
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 Ontario in 2021, we found that the cost of purchasing a 5 kW system solar ranges from $13,600 to $25,650, or in other words, from $2.72 to $5.13 per watt. And, that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.
- *. Local Solar Installers, Solar Reviews, Energy Sage, Wood Mackenzie, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
What to consider when going solar in California
Luckily, California offers several incentives for qualifying Ontario, CA, residents and businesses, in addition to the 26% federal solar tax credit (2021 rate).
Through the state's NEM 2.0 policy, all utilities—including San Bernardino County's provider, Southern California Edison—must offer net metering to their solar customers. Net metering is a billing agreement between a utility company and customers that credits solar energy system owners for producing excess electricity that gets sent back to the grid.
Other statewide incentives include the California Solar Initiative—Single-Family Affordable Solar Housing (SASH) Program for low-income families, the Property Tax Exclusion for Solar Energy Systems, and the Self-Generation Incentive Program for battery rebates.
Also keep in mind that you may opt for panels designed to withstand various types of weather events. Solar companies in California should be aware of earthquake safety standards for materials and installation.
What's the best way to go solar in Ontario?
With more than 2,000 solar companies in California, we know that Ontario, CA, residents are inundated with options for fulfilling their solar energy needs. However, at SunPower, our ability to offer all-in-one solutions with the most efficient solar panels on the market makes us the clear choice.
Whether you own a small home or run a large-scale business, SunPower wants to help you meet your energy and savings targets. You may want to produce surplus power to store onsite for your company, or perhaps you want to maximize energy production while preserving your home's curb appeal. Either way, we'll work to help you find the perfect solution.
We offer free consultations so you can get answers to your solar and battery questions, a custom system design and savings estimate, price quote, and review available incentives and tax credits.
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You can call us directly at (800) 786-7693 or submit a consultation request.
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