RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA, GOES SOLAR WITH SUNPOWER®
Cleaner energy offers this community a brighter future
The state of solar in Rancho Cucamonga
Clean air and blue skies define the city of Rancho Cucamonga, which is why it committed to creating clean, solar energy in its award-winning Sustainable Community Action Plan. It owes its success as a solar power hub to a series of specialized incentive programs and its 287 brilliant days of sunshine, more than two and a half months more than the U.S. average.*
How much solar energy does Rancho Cucamonga produce?
Rancho Cucamonga ranks 68th for installed solar capacity among 1,100 major cities in California and 5th in San Bernardino County.* Around 95% of the city's rooftops are solar viable, and it currently has an estimated 1,700 solar installations.*
The Rancho Cucamonga Municipal Utility (RCMU), which provides power to the city alongside Southern California Edison (SCE), gets 23.7% of the energy it delivers from solar. SCE boost 16%.* Between the two, a fair level of Rancho Cucamonga’s energy is generated by the sun.
What are the advantages of going solar in Rancho Cucamonga?
With electricity rates almost 30% higher than the national average,* switching to solar has the potential to offer significant savings. If you opt to install a 5 kWh solar panel system, you could break even in as little as 6 years and save as much as $56,000 over the first 20 years of use.*
As a San Bernardino County township, Rancho Cucamonga also has a personal stake in the widespread adoption of solar power. It’s within the southern California coastal regions expected to see a sea-level increase of 4.6 feet by 2035.* In addition to property damage and destruction, this increases the risk of contaminating freshwater sources and doing further damage to Rancho Cucamonga’s native ecosystem.
How much does solar cost in Rancho Cucamonga?
The cost of a home solar system can vary, even in the same city, due to a range of factors. These include:
The angle of your roof
Quality of the solar system's panels and parts
Your 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 Rancho Cucamonga, we found that the average cost of purchasing a 5 kW solar system ranges from $2.77 to $4.06, or in other words, from $13,850 to $20,300 per watt. And that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.
California offers some of the best solar incentives in the country. For residences and families, the state offers two incentive programs for low-income families. The single-family affordable solar homes (SASH) program allows SCE customers to claim a $3 per watt rebate for installed solar capacity up to 5 kW.
The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) is also open to SCE customers and offers a per-watt rebate for solar battery storage installation. Rebates are based on a step-down system, with rates decreasing over time.
In addition to these options, you may be able to take advantage of the 26% Federal Investment Tax Credit.*
What’s the best way to go solar in Rancho Cucamonga?
To get started on your transition to solar power, you'll need to find a reputable solar company. From budget concerns and individual electricity needs to storage, tax incentives, and even the aesthetics of your solar panel system, a good solar installer knows how to get you off the ground and help make your solar goals a reality.
They should walk you through the installation process, answer all your questions, and offer a custom system design, price quote, and electricity savings estimate. Your solar provider plays a significant role in the longevity and return on investment that you'll see from your solar system.
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- *. Los Angeles Times. Does your city generate a lot of solar energy? Rankings offer surprises. June 2020.
- *. Google, Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018).
- *. Southern California Edison (SCE). 2019 Power Content Label. Version: October 2020.
- *. ElectricityLocal.com, Rancho Cucamonga, CA Electricity Rates. April 2021.
- *. EnergySage.com, Solar Panels in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. April 10, 2021.
- *. County of Los Angeles, Safety Element - Sea Level Rise (2021)
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- *. Tax credits vary and are subject to change. Consult your tax advisor regarding the solar tax credit and how it applies to your specific circumstances. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.