Solar in San Diego, CA
San Diego, CA, located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, immediately adjacent to the Mexican border, is the eighth-largest city in the United States and second-largest city in California. With a 2010 population of over 1.3 million, San Diego boasts a broad economic base centered around the military, tourism, international trade, manufacturing and biotechnology due to the presence of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), with the affiliated UCSD Medical Center.
San Diego is also quickly becoming one of the leading solar cities in the country with almost 6,600 solar installations and more solar roofs than any other California city. In fact, since California introduced its solar rebate program, the California Solar Initiative, San Diego solar has accounted for over 92 Megawatts of installed solar capacity and approximately 6,700 solar applications – ranking it second and first, respectively, in the state.
But why San Diego solar? First and most obviously, San Diego has over 248 days of sunshine per year, a must for solar. But more importantly, San Diego residents suffer with generally high utility rates that can be offset for potentially large monthly savings. In fact, San Diego homeowners pay around 36% higher electric bills than the national average—and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) prices have been rising at around 7% per year.
Fortunately for San Diego residents, generous solar rebates and solar financing options currently exist through federal and state governments and local utilities. Residents that have taken advantages of these rebates and installed solar panels have typically cut their bills by approximately 70% (source: CSI database). So if you live in San Diego and are paying too much in electricity, let us help you find a solar installer near your neighborhood who can give you a quote on a CA solar energy system so you can start saving!