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Are solar panels worth it in San Francisco in 2018?
Yes, they are. This is unequivocal. You might as well frame the question differently and ask, “Do you enjoy saving money while saving the planet?”. It’s practically a rhetorical question.
What are solar savings likely to be if I live in the Bay Area?
In San Francisco, a 5-kilowatt solar energy system costs $18,000 before any rebates or incentives. The average home with an electric bill of around $150 per month can run off of a 5-kilowatt system. $18,000 seems like a lot at once, but as with any investment we need to consider the long-term financial gain.
We also need to consider what incentives and rebates are available that might reduce this cost.