How much do solar panels cost for a home in California?

The upfront cost of a solar panel installation project can vary depending on various factors. The price to install solar panels in the Redlands and Inland Empire area typically ranges from $3 to $4 per watt but can be as high as $5 per watt. An average-sized solar panel system installation in the Inland Empire can range from $20,000 to $48,000 (before solar tax credits). With the Inflation Reduction Act, there's a 30% federal tax credit for solar installations, effective until 2032. This drops the average installation cost to $14,000-$33,600.

How much energy can I expect solar panels on my home to produce?

On average, most residential solar panels produce between 100-400 watts per kilowatt hour annually. However, your solar energy output will vary upon several key factors, including the number and type of solar panels installed, how your solar panels are positioned, whether your inverter is properly sized, and more.

Are any tax incentives or rebates available for installing solar panels on my home?

A list of local, state, and federal incentives offer discounts for solar installation and battery storage systems. From tax credits to installation rebates, there are options to save on energy efficiency and self-generated power.

How long do solar panels last?

On average, solar panels last about 25 years. However, the lifespan depends on several factors, including the brand, installation, environment, backup battery, and warranties. When considering solar panels for a home in Southern California learning about these lifespan factors is essential. To help you choose the right panels for your long-term budget and goals, contact Burgeson's.

Will solar panels work on my home if I live in a cloudy area?

Photovoltaic panels can use direct or indirect sunlight to generate power, though they are most effective in direct sunlight. Solar panels will still work even when the light is reflected or partially blocked by clouds.

How many solar panels do I need for my California home?

Based on state averages, most homes in Southern California will require 8 to 20 solar panels. Of course, that range is just a general estimate. If you’d like an exact answer, it’s best to contact a solar energy expert like Burgeson's. They can accurately calculate how many solar panels you'll need to power your home sufficiently.

How do I maintain solar panels in my home?

For solar panels to run at peak efficiency, they need as much sunlight as possible. With regular maintenance and cleanings, you can protect your investment by ensuring your solar panels are free of debris and other sunlight blockers.

How much does solar maintenance cost?

Solar panels typically require minimal maintenance throughout the year. Cleanings can cost anywhere between $10-20 per panel. At Burgeson's, our one-time solar panel service and cleaning in Redlands and the Inland Empire area is $399 for up to 30 panels and $10 for each additional panel after the first 30.

What are the best solar panels on the market?

Selecting high-quality solar panels is important if you're considering switching to renewable energy. Our preferred solar panels used at Burgeson's are 400watt, duo black Qcells which we pair with top-of-the-line micro inverters.

Can I install solar panels on my home myself, or do I need a professional?

While some homeowners like the affordability and independence of DIY projects, solar panel installation is a task best left to the experts. Correctly installing solar panels is a complex process that requires in-depth calculations and extensive technical knowledge. Consulting with solar panel professionals can also save you money on equipment costs. They usually get equipment deals from top-tier manufacturers, allowing them to pass those discounts to you. Lastly, cities and counties in California have their own regulations for installing solar panels, and you may be subject to expensive fines if you ignore these codes or if you accidentally install the panels incorrectly.

Are solar panels worth it for my home?

As a leading solar installer in Southern California with quite a bit of experience installing solar panels, we can safely say that solar panels are absolutely worth it in California! Many of our customers routinely thank us for how much energy they’ve saved upfront and long-term. Keep in mind, some key factors will impact whether your solar panels are worth it, including the solar company you choose, whether you lease or own your panels and the type and placement of your panels.

Can solar panels damage my roof?

As long as your solar panels are properly installed, they shouldn’t do damage to the exterior or the infrastructure of your roof. If you are working with a qualified professional solar panel system installer and your roof is in good condition, your solar panels won’t affect the integrity of your roof.