Going Solar in Bakersfield and Kern County

When summer hits in Bakersfield, the pain isn't just felt outdoors with triple-digit temperatures, but also indoors when the monthly PG&E bill arrives. Even when averaged out over the entire year, Kern County residents' electricity usage is well above national average. That is why going solar makes a lot of sense to so many in our community. With a high efficiency solar system from SunPower by Sun Solar on their roof, most homeowners end up paying LESS per month than they did before. Plus, they are protected from ever increasing electricity rates.

But many Bakersfield homeowners aren’t sure whether they can afford to go solar. In the past, purchasing residential solar panels might have required a full, upfront payment or a home equity loan. Luckily, these days, there are several ways to afford a solar system.

Solar financing options include solar leases and solar loans, both of which include options that don't require any upfront payments and affordable monthly payments to help homeowners take advantage of solar savings. 

Here’s a list of frequently asked questions on home solar financing basics.

How Does a Solar Lease Work?
What is a Solar Loan?
What is the Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)?
What’s a Solar PPA?
How Much Can I Save With Solar?

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How much does Solar cost?

When considering solar, one of the first questions people have is: “How much will my solar system cost?”. It's important to realize that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to estimating the cost of installing solar panels on your home. The cost of a residential solar system depends on multiple factors, including:

• Whether tax credits, net metering or other incentives are available.
• Whether you're leasing, financing or purchasing your system outright.
• The size and other characteristics of your roof.
• How much energy you use throughout the year.
• The type of system you choose.
• The cost of utility power in your area.

SunPower by Sun Solar's professional solar educators will be able to properly analyze all of these factors and more to present you with an accurate cost proposal tailored to your needs and goals.

Why go Solar in Bakersfield?

As Bakersfield and Kern County residents we experience hotter and longer Summers than most of California. When the summer sun beats down on our communities, and temperatures rise into the triple digits, we turn to our air conditioners and pools for relief. But even while enjoying the nice cool air or a refreshing dip, we know in the back of our minds that we will quite literally have to pay the price when the PG&E bill arrives. Electricity, after all, is not free. Or is it?

Why not put all of that sunshine to work for you? Solar panels harness the power of the sun and turn it into clean and renewable electricity. Every kilowatt you produce with your own personal solar power plant is one less kilowatt you have to purchase at ever-increasing rates from PG&E. The potential for savings is enormous, and many Bakersfield and Kern County residents find that it just plain makes sense to go solar. Whether you’re concerned about the environment or simply looking to have more money in your pocket every month, now is the time to consider going solar.