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The state of solar power in Riverside, CA

California ranks first in the U.S. for installed solar capacity. In fact, recent reports suggest that the state has 'too much.' Suffice to say there’s no better place to make the switch to solar power - and Riverside is no exception.

The region benefits from an above-average number of sunny days, and outside of federal tax credits for homeowners who purchase solar*, residents also benefit from a net metering policy.* Both benefits can greatly reduce the overall cost of switching to solar power.

  • *. 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.
  • *. Utility credits and incentives vary by location and are subject to change. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.

How much solar power does Riverside, CA produce?

California, as a whole, has an impressive solar capacity of over 26,000MW. However, Riverside is also one of the top solar producers in the country - 8th overall, to be exact. The city can produce 45.3MW of solar power, which amounts to over 138.3W per person.

Riverside County is also home to the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, which is one of the largest installations in the world. It generates 550MW of electricity! That's enough to power over 340,000 homes and prevents carbon emissions equivalent to the output of 130,000 cars.

The area has long been a trendsetter in the U.S. solar industry. The city first began offering solar rebates to energy customers in 2003, and various programs ran through to 2018. Since then, despite the current lack of local solar incentives, Riverside has continued its trajectory as a major solar power producer in the United States.

Is solar power generation feasible in Riverside, CA?

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Considering that Riverside - and the rest of the state of California - are already setting records for solar power production, there's no doubt this is a feasible location for solar energy generation.

The area sees 277 sunny days per year, well above the national average of 205. Its UV index, or overall exposure to the sun's rays, is also at 5.7 in comparison to the national average of 4.3. Peak sunlight hours sit at around 5.6 - though most solar panels will produce well beyond this timeframe even when the light levels are lower.

In short, Riverside's climate is well-suited for maximum solar power generation.

How can I start using solar in Riverside, CA?

Riverside continues to play a pivotal role in California's new solar power initiatives, which are just the latest in a long line of forward-thinking energy practices. If you are looking to get solar power in Riverside, CA, our experts can help.

At SunPower, we help homeowners and businesses find what solar options work best for their needs. Start designing your system or call 1-800-SUNPOWER today to set up your free consultation.

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