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Baker Electric Home Energy is Southern California's premier solar provider. Locally-owned and nationally recognized, we have over 5000 residential customers throughout San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. We custom design every solar installation for our customers and offer purchase, finance, as well as lease options. 

There are many reasons why residential solar in San Diego, or anywhere else for that matter, is a good decision. There are also many reasons why now is the best time to go solar. You may have noticed how electricity rates are rising. The best-known way to stabilize energy costs over the long term is by installing solar on your home. With solar, steeply rising electricity rates will no longer have any effect on you or your family, all while you continue to see realized savings accumulate in your wallet.

 

Multiple Financing Options Available

Purchase

If you are looking to get the lowest price per kilowatt anywhere, purchasing your solar power from Baker is the way to go. Buying solar also qualifies you for the ITC (Investment Tax Credit) from the government. The ITC is a tax credit on your federal taxes equivalent to 30% of the price you paid for your solar installation and associated costs required for the installation. Milestone payments are required throughout the project process and all payments must be made by the time of receiving Permission to Operate. Included with your purchase are product warranties (fulfilled by the manufacturers) and the Baker 25-year Workmanship warranty. Typically, our customers experience a return-on-investment in as little as 5 years. Purchased solar has been shown to increase home values in California by approximately $6,000/kilowatt! 

Loan

Financing a solar installation is a good option for homeowners that may not want to put down all the money required for an upfront purchase. With Baker's loan options through finance partners such as San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union and Dividend Solar, homeowners can "purchase" their solar for no money down. Loans are repaid with a fixed monthly cost and low-interest rates. Homeowners can still benefit from the ITC, making loans a very appealing offer. Similar to a purchase, the homeowner is protected with product warranties (fulfilled by the manufacturers) and the Baker 25-year Workmanship warranty. Instead of getting high-cost electric bills from utility companies each month, customers have a lower-cost loan payment for their solar.  The loan is transferable or can be bought out in the event you decide to move.

Lease

Choosing to lease your solar installation is best thought of as paying for the electricity generated by the solar rather than the installation itself. Our lease option through SunPower offers total product and production guarantees for the entire 20-year lease agreement. Much like a loan, a homeowner with a lease will have a lower-cost, fixed payment for their solar each month rather than an electric bill from their utility company and requires no money down. Our lease payment plan does not include any escalation factors - the amount you pay each month stays the same for the entire 20-year lease. The lease is transferable in the event you decide to move.

 

 

How Much Does Solar Cost?

There are three primary factors which determine how much money solar panels cost. The first factor is determined by your historic energy consumption. How much energy you use will affect the number of home solar panels you will need in order to offset your electricity bill. Whether or not you’re planning on adding any electric loads in the future, such as a pool, major appliance, or electric vehicle, will also affect the size and price of your solar installation in San Diego or other Southern California counties.  The second factor that affects the price of home solar panels is your usable roof space and its orientation to the sun. Thirdly, the condition of your roof and the general materials of construction such as the type of shingles used will affect the price of solar panels.

Our consultants design custom solar systems that are intended to meet the energy needs of customers for the next 25+ years, so understanding past usage, as well as your future plans, is critical when determining how much your solar panels cost. Generally, solar systems are rooftop installations. The orientation of your roof with respect to the sun as well as how much useable roof space is available, factor into the cost of solar panels for the following reasons. If a home has limited roof space, a higher efficiency panel will have to be used, driving up the costs. For the ideal setup and most successful rooftop solar installations, the rooftop orientation for solar panels should be facing south. This is so that they are exposed to as much sunlight as possible. In the event that the panels cannot be placed on the southern side of a home, panels can be installed in what is called a reversed-pitch.

In some cases, a rooftop installation may not be an option. For those homeowners with large yards, a ground mount can be used as an alternative. Mounting is another factor in how much solar panels cost. Some roofing materials are more complicated to work with than others. Composition shingles are the easiest for a home solar installation in San Diego, while clay tiles require a lot more care and attention. Also, a roof must be in a somewhat good condition prior to having solar panels installed on it, so applicable roofing work may be required prior to installation, which may factor into the cost. Overall, solar energy in San Diego or other southern California counties is a cost-saving solution.