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The state of solar in San Jose

San Jose is a sun-kissed city that experiences about 257 sunny days each year.* The city’s plentiful sunshine and favorable clean energy laws make it ideal for home and business owners who want to go solar. The San Jose Climate Smart plan also aims to increase the solar capacity of the city’s municipal buildings to 11 MW by 2021 and 86 MW by 2050.*

  • *. BestPlaces: Climate in San Jose, California (August 2021)
  • *. ACEEE, San Jose, (August 2021)

How much solar energy does San Jose produce?

According to the Environment America Research & Policy Center, in 2019, San Jose had enough solar panels to produce 223.67 MW DC. However, the state is yet to reach its full solar potential. Google’s Project Sunroof predicts that if 97% of the buildings in San Jose install solar panels, the city can produce up to 6.4 million MWh AC each year.*

  • *. Google, Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018)

What are the advantages of going solar in San Jose?

Switching to solar energy has several benefits. The financial benefits include increasing the value of your property and saving money in the long run.


If you install the right solar panels on your home, your building’s value can appreciate by over 4%.* Should you go solar today in San Jose, your monthly electricity bills will reduce, and you can save around $52,518 over the next 20 years. At that rate, your solar system will pay for itself within five to six years.*

Other reasons to go solar are the environmental benefits. If everyone in San Jose switched to solar today, it could reduce the city’s carbon emissions by 1.8 million metric tons.*

  • *. Zillow, Homes with Solar Panels Sell for 4.1% More, (April, 2019)
  • *. EnergySage: Solar Panels in San Jose, CA (August 2021)
  • *. Google, Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018)

How much does solar cost in San Jose?san jose solar

The cost of a home solar system can vary, even in the same state, due to a range of factors. These include:

  • Solar panel quality

  • Roof size and condition

  • Property energy needs

  • Permit costs

  • The installation company

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 San Jose, we found that the cost of owning a 5 kW solar system ranges from $14,800 to $41,950, or in other words, from $2.96 to $8.39 per watt. And that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.

You can minimize solar installation costs with these incentives:

  • Federal Tax Credit: The policy provides tax credits that cover 26% of the cost of going solar.

  • California Solar Initiative-Thermal Program: You can access cash rebates on solar water heating systems installed in qualified properties.

  • No-Cost Solar for Low-Income Residents: Low-income San Jose residents that are CARE or FERA customers may qualify to receive a free rooftop solar energy system.*

  • Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE): The PACE program allows you to access loans to finance going solar in San Jose.

Please note that tax credits and incentives are subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.

  • *. Local Solar Installers 2020/2021, Solar Reviews 2021, Energy Sage 2021, Wood Mackenzie 2020, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 2020
  • *. San Jose Clean Energy (August 2021)

What’s the best way to go solar in San Jose?

Solar systems vary in quality, durability, aesthetics, and more. Finding one that can satisfy your property’s energy needs doesn’t have to be difficult. Eliminate the guesswork by working with a qualified and licensed solar contractor.

Before meeting with an installer, it’s worth using a solar savings calculator to quickly build a custom solar system design for your roof with an estimate of how much money you’ll save on electric bills and the amount of power it will produce.

Besides getting you the best solar system for your property and budget, a solar contractor can help you access incentives that will reduce your solar installation costs. You can also count on an experienced solar installer to get all the permits needed for the installation and complete the job .

Get started now by requesting your consultation with SunPower. We’ll follow up with a quick call to schedule a time.

You can also call us directly at (800) 786-7693.

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