Is It Worth it to Get Solar Panels in California?

Installing solar panels in sunny, southern California is a no-brainer, but what about up here on the North Coast? Does the fact that we get less sun and more fog mean you shouldn’t invest in solar energy for your Humboldt or Del Norte County home? 

Around these parts, solar works just as well as it does in the south because the average temperature in Northern California is optimal for solar panel functionality. What’s more, modern solar panels are able to harness solar power in foggy weather, as all they need to function is ultraviolet light. Solar output is typically reduced by only 50% when there’s heavy cloud cover and even less with coastal fog. The wide range of solar panel benefits we see from San Diego all the way up to Eureka makes California the number one state in the country for solar energy!  

Here’s why you should go solar at your Redwood Curtain home or business:

Save Money on Electricity Bills

Because the climate is so well-suited for solar energy production, homeowners and businesses can save a lot of money on electricity with a solar panel installation in Northern California. Solar panels can generate most or all of the electricity you need, depending on the size of the system you install. As a result, you won’t have to buy as much (or any) electricity from your utility, saving you a significant amount of money over time. 

Become an Energy Trader with Net Metering 

Thanks to net metering in CA, solar panels allow you to become an energy trader instead of an energy buyer. Net metering is a solar incentive program that all major California utility providers, including PG&E, offer. 

This incentive spins your electric meter backward by allowing you to “sell” the excess electricity your solar panels generate to the grid. Your utility then credits your account for the electricity you send to the grid and when you need to buy electricity from the grid (at night, for example), you can use your credit to offset the cost.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint 

A home solar installation is one of the most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Solar energy reduces reliance on fossil fuels for electricity production, helping to create a more sustainable future. When paired with electric vehicle charging and all-electric appliances like heat pumps, solar has the potential to eliminate our reliance on fossil fuels entirely.  

Avoid Power Outages with Solar Plus Battery Storage 

Worried about blackouts? Solar batteries provide the peace of mind you’re looking for. With a solar system plus battery storage, you can leave your solar panels on during a power outage, allowing you to maintain power while the sun is shining (without a battery, your solar panels will be automatically turned off whenever the grid is down). When there isn’t enough sunlight to power your home, you can also use the stored energy in your batteries to keep your lights on and essential appliances running. 

Increase Your Home’s Value 

Did you know that solar increases your home’s value? Homebuyers know how valuable solar panels are and are actively searching for houses that already have solar panels installed. Studies have shown that solar panels often increase the value of a home and can even help you sell your house faster. 

Don’t Miss Out on Solar Benefits in California!  

Solar panels have a strong return on investment (ROI) and are a wise investment for California homeowners and businesses. Six Rivers Solar can help you take advantage of all the benefits of solar energy with a residential or commercial solar panel installation

We’ve been the North Coast’s leader in solar energy for over 40 years and are the best solar company near you in Humboldt or Trinity County! We are locally owned and operated, based right here in Eureka, CA. Financing is available and we have great options for just about any budget—you don’t need stellar credit to go solar! 

Make the switch to solar! Call 707-443-5652 or contact us to schedule a free consultation