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San Francisco Solar Panel Installation

San Francisco Solar Panel Installaiton

Some might think that San Francisco is not the best place for solar panel installation projects, since it is often foggy. Do San Francisco's clouds make solar panels less efficient?

Surprisingly, solar panels in San Francisco have been known to produce a high volume of electricity even on those foggy days. This is in part due to the fact that on most San Francisco days, the fog rolls out. There is also less powerful “diffuse” sunlight coming through the clouds.

While you may not produce as much electricity as your neighbors in Sacramento, you will still produce significant electricity – enough to break even on your investment and make a dent in your carbon footprint.

San Francisco Solar Panel Installation Incentives: The California Solar Initiative provides several incentives for installing PV solar panels, including a cash rebate per watt of panel installed. The rebate ranges from $1.10-$1.80/watt (if that doesn’t sound like much, keep in mind that the average home system is 2-6 kilowatts in size). There are additional incentives for low-income homes and multi-resident properties. You then also receive a federal tax credit of up to 30% of the total installation cost.

The Cost of Solar Installation in San Francisco: The cost of your solar installation will vary depending on the size of the system, the panels used, and construction costs. An average 4 bedroom home will required a 3-4 kilowatt (kW) system, and after rebates runs $13-16,000. Most solar systems are expected to pay for themselves in 5-7 years. Since the panels themselves are usually warranties for 20-25 years, this gives you 15-20 years of free electricity. The state of California also offers low-interest loans for solar installation.

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Contact Keen For Green Solar, San Francisco for Free Information on Solar Installation:

201 Spear Street, Suite 1100

San Francisco, CA 94105

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