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The state of solar power in San Jose, CA

When it comes to solar power generation, California is breaking ground. The state has the largest solar market in the country, with solar panels supplying around 19 percent of the state’s electricity. Total solar investment in California is about $63.6 million, with almost 27,000 megawatts of solar capacity installed to date.

Like the rest of the state, San Jose is the ideal location for solar power generation. The city averages 22.3 percent more sunshine than the rest of the country. It also has some of the best net metering and interconnection policies.


How much solar power does San Jose, CA produce?

According to the San Jose official website, the city’s default electricity generation service, GreenSource, is 86 percent carbon-free. Of this carbon-free percentage, 45 percent consists of renewable energy from wind and solar, which is one of the highest solar contributions in the United States.

San Jose also has more homes powered by solar than most U.S. cities. There are nearly 16,000 residential properties with solar panels, and the total capacity of these panels amounts to around 78,000 kilowatts.

Is solar feasible in San Jose, CA?

The popularity of solar power in San Jose is due to its feasibility in the city. San Jose has an average of 301 days of sunshine per year - nearly year-round.

The city also has a yearly average of 5.38 peak sun hours per day, which is the time per day when a solar panel produces energy at full capacity. Peak sun hours in San Jose are significantly higher than, for example, New York City, which only has 3.79 peak sun hours per day on average.

How much does solar cost in San Jose, CA?

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The average residential home requires a 6-kilowatt system to meet all its energy requirements.

The cost of solar includes the value of the solar power components as well as the cost of installation.

The price per watt is not the same for systems of all sizes, and it does go down as the size of the system increases. The good news is that the price you pay for your solar system may be offset significantly, thanks to incentive programs and tax credits that are available to qualified homeowners in San Jose.*

  • *. Incentives, rebates, and tax credits vary and are subject to change. SunPower does not warrant, guarantee or otherwise advise its customers about specific tax outcomes or their ability to qualify for local incentives. Consult your tax advisor regarding the solar tax credit and how it applies to your specific circumstances. Your SunPower Dealer can help you determine if you qualify for other local incentives. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.

What legal considerations affect solar power in San Jose, CA?

Federal, state, and local governments typically have a wide range of incentives available to promote the installation of solar systems. The most prominent incentive is the Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) that provides a tax credit to qualified homeowners of 26 percent of the total system ost to offset their tax debt.* Before 2020, this credit was 30 percent, and in 2021, it will be 22 percent. After that, it will cease to exist.

California is among the states that offer the most additional incentives, which include property tax exclusion for solar energy systems and NEM 2.0 net metering. With net metering, you can export the excess electricity that your household doesn’t use to the grid in exchange for a credit.*

Net metering with a grid-tied system is one of the most effective ways to increase your energy savings with solar. Another benefit of this incentive is that you can use it as a way to store energy credits with your utility for when your solar system is inactive, for example, at night or during cloudy days.

  • *. Incentives, rebates, and tax credits vary and are subject to change. SunPower does not warrant, guarantee or otherwise advise its customers about specific tax outcomes or their ability to qualify for local incentives. Consult your tax advisor regarding the solar tax credit and how it applies to your specific circumstances. Your SunPower Dealer can help you determine if you qualify for other local incentives. 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 can I start using solar in San Jose, CA?

If you want to install a solar system, the first step is to get a quote from a reputable solar installer. SunPower will help you determine the right solar system for your home or business to fit your needs.

Start with SunPower, one of the leading solar providers in Texas. Whether you are a homeowner, business or homebuilder, SunPower has services and products to suit your needs. Request a free savings estimate to get started and find out how much you can save with SunPower® solar.


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