Solar Panels in
San Francisco, CA

Updated 6/8/2019

How much do solar panels cost in San Francisco, CA in 2020?

As of April 2020, the average solar panel cost in San Francisco, CA is $3.44/W. Given a solar panel system size of 5 kilowatts (kW), an average solar installation in San Francisco, CA ranges in cost from $14,620 to $19,780, with the average gross price for solar in San Francisco, CA coming in at $17,200. After accounting for the 26% Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and other state and local solar incentives, the net price you'll pay for solar can fall by thousands of dollars.

Average solar panel cost by system size in San Francisco, CA

System Size System Cost System Cost (after ITC)
3 kW $10,320 $7,637
4 kW $13,760 $10,182
5 kW $17,200 $12,728
6 kW $20,640 $15,274
7 kW $24,080 $17,819
8 kW $27,520 $20,365
9 kW $30,960 $22,910
10 kW $34,400 $25,456

2020 average solar panel cost graph in San Francisco, CA

for a 5kW system

Great Price
$14,620 or less
Market Average
Above Market
$19,780 or more

Solar installation costs do not include the 26% Federal Investment Tax Credit or local incentives. Learn more about local CA incentives, tax credits & rebates.

Payback Period

6.77 Years

20-Year Savings


Cost per Watt


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