May 2018 Best Solar Companies in San Jose, CA

A City on a Solar Energy Mission


San Jose has plenty of solar installers to choose from, so you may be left wondering who should I call? Based on our editorial rating system, the following companies received the highest ratings:

1443 Sprucewood Dr., San Jose, CA 95118
4.9
  • Greater San Jose area
Solar Ease appreciates the magnitude of installing a solar energy system and seeks to make the process as smooth and cost effective as possible. CEO, Steve Genakos states Solar Ease's ' simplified highly efficient solar electric systems maintain the high quality standards that we all expect and deserve from a major purchase investment.' In fact, the company boasts that the solar energy systems they install can harvest 5% to 25% more solar energy than the other traditional solar energy system installations on the market - a fact they attribute to only using the most quality products and designing the most optimal customized solution for their customers. Solar Ease, Inc. also offers a 25-year manufacturer's warranty on all solar panels and inverters. . .if something stops working, they'll fix it immediately, at no cost to you.
1550 Dell Ave., Campbell, CA 95008
4.7
  • San Jose
  • Campbell
Cinnamon Solar boasts over 10,000 happy solar customers since their inception in 2001. Witnessing the full growth of the solar energy over the past 16 years, the company's mission is to provide prompt, no-nonsense, home and commercial solar energy installations in the Silicon Valley. They feature quality solar products made in the USA - in fact the solar panels they use are designed and manufactured in San Jose. That's one great way to buy local.
1624 Remuda Ln., San Jose, CA 95112
4.5
  • North San Jose
Described as the leading residential and commercial solar installation company in San Jose and the Bay Area, they use satellite imagery to gauge the feasibility of your solar installation. It's from this data that they can calculate the potential surface area of the solar panels you'll need to generate the energy you want. Highlight Solar works directly with leading solar panel and inverter manufacturers to offer you the best products at the most affordable prices. And, they'll conduct a financial analysis for you to make sure you get the quickest return on investment for your system. They'll take the time to discuss your utility savings, the increase in your home's value, total lifecycle payback, and a variety of financing options.
1445 Koll Cir Ste 109, San Jose, CA 95112
4.2
  • San Jose and surrounding area
One of the Bay Area's leading solar installers, Clean Solar is dedicated to the customer, the environment, and giving back to the community. In fact, for every residential installation, the company will donate $150 to the charity of the homeowner's choice. Clean Solar installs quality solar panels, solar inverters, and solar monitoring systems to make sure you are able to harvest the most power from your solar energy system. Clean Solar takes the time to discuss the benefits of the system to each homeowner, design customized solutions, and will then explain the financial details, incentives, rebates, and credits available for each homeowner. They also offer several financing options, making solar energy affordable for all customers.

San Jose, California is one of the nation’s leaders in renewable energy generation. In fact, San Jose government has projected a goal to  generate 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2022. Wow! That’s an excellent goal to have, considering San Jose currently uses 6.1 kilowatt hours of electricity per year and could reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 1.7 million metric tons.

Already with a leg up in the game, San Jose generates 21% of its electricity from renewable sources. As a powerhouse for top notch solar energy system installers, supportive legislation to help customers interested in solar energy, and an abundance of sunshine, the city is leading the pack in solar initiatives.

What About the Sun?

One of the things San Jose, California is most famous for is its plethora of white sand beaches and abundant sunshine. With 78.5% of the year with sunny days (287 sunny days/year), San Jose is a prime location if you’re interested in harvesting energy from the sun. With an average of 5.5 peak sun hours per day, you’ll be capturing 1,578 hours of peak sun per year. And it’s during those hours that your peak solar power generation will occur.

1,578Sun Hours per Year in San Jose

The good thing about California is that the entire state is in the renewable energy game. As one of the friendliest clean energy states in the nation, as well as being rated as the #1 state in jobs for solar energy generation, why not take advantage? The Go Solar California! initiative was created as a joint effort of the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission to partner together to make solar energy generation a reality for California residents. In fact, California has 17 standing pieces of solar legislation to assist homeowners and commercial businesses in installing solar energy systems and driving down costs.

What About the Cost?

The cost of electricity in San Jose has risen 13% in the last five years alone. And it’s projected to do the same in the years ahead. With the annual average utility bill totaling $94.59 in San Jose, a 5kW solar energy system can save San Jose residents up to $137.08/month on average. Essentially, you could walk away owing nothing to the utility companies at the end of the month should you decide to go solar.

$1,645Average Yearly Savings with Solar in San Jose

The installation price tag is usually what people shy away from when thinking about going solar. But, the benefits tend to outweigh the costs. And, when it comes down to it, you’re investing in a system that will last, on average, at least 25 years and is cheaper than the average new car.

According to EIA.gov, getting a solar energy system installed in San Jose is 39% more cost effective than the rest of the nation. After state incentives, federal tax credits, and other rebates are applied to the purchase price, the average payback period for a solar system in San Jose is just under 9 years. At the 9th year, you’ll experience pure profit for the life of your system!

While the size of the system you need installed ultimately depends on how much energy you consume, the typical size system for a home in San Jose is 5kW. Based on this size, the estimated total cost for your system will be $20,950. With these prices, the estimated savings of your energy bill per year will be $1,645, and your estimated savings over the entire life of your system are $34,685.

What About the Legislation?

We talked briefly about California being a legislative-friendly state when it comes to solar energy. Let’s breakdown how friendly federal, state, and local rebates, tax credits, and other incentives can be to the price of your solar energy system.

One of the biggest incentives to installing solar energy system is the federal tax credit of 30%. Recently extended to 2019, this incentive allows you to shave 30% off the total cost of your system, with no cap on price. Based on the price of the 5kW system above, that’s a total of $6,285 right off the top, bringing the initial cost down to $14,665.

$6,285Federal Tax Incentive

At the state level, the California Solar Initiative (CSI) is a rebate program in partnership with the Go Solar California! initiative to provide rebates on solar energy. It partners with San Jose’s electric utility companies to offer the rebates and the prices fluctuate over time. The solar company you choose to go with will help you determine which rebates you qualify for.

Take a look at solar incentives on DSIRE.org’s site to see what types of incentives are available.