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Solar Panels in Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield has been called “the country music capital of the West Coast” and is the birthplace of the Bakersfield sound. This vibrant city in the Central Valley region of California is well known for its energy production, being in the top oil-producing counties of California. But did you know it’s also gaining a reputation for renewable energy? That’s because solar panels in Bakersfield are more popular than ever before with all the incentives for going solar California offers. Residents of Bakersfield can save on their monthly electric bill by going solar as well as protecting your home from power outages. Interested in the many other benefits going solar provides? Let’s go through all the reasons solar panels in Bakersfield CA are a great investment.

Why Solar Panels in Bakersfield Are Worth it

As of 2021, California was ranked the best place in the entire country to go solar. With plenty of sunshine and great incentives for going solar, it’s easy to see why. Here are just a few more reasons why going solar is worth it when you live in California.

  • Nation leader in solar. California is the nation’s leader when it comes to solar power: with over one million solar installations, California ranks 1st in the nation in terms of total installed solar capacity at 28,471 MW. California is also first in the national growth projection of solar energy (
  • Blackouts. With over 4,297 blackouts in the last decade, California has the most blackouts in the nation. This number climbs every year due to the increasing amount of natural disasters and strain on the power grid. (2018 Eaton’s Blackout Tracker research).
  • Electricity prices. Electricity prices in Bakersfield are 31.23% higher than the national average rate. Bakersfield is one of the top cities for sunshine in California with around 272 days of the year.
  • Solar mandate. Due to all the benefits of clean, renewable solar energy, solar is now mandatory on every new home built in California.
  • Clean environment. Renewable energy produces no waste in the air, oceans and land like oil and gas. California is one of the most progressive states in the nation for renewable energy policies
  • Advanced technology. As with any other technology, the more it develops, the more affordable it becomes. The solar technology field has made huge advancements over the last few decades, making it more reliable, affordable and more appealing than ever. Whether it’s the newest solar panel technology, or the Enphase Encharge and Tesla Powerwall batteries, you’ll be satisfied with your purchase. Choosing a solar installer (like ADT Solar), who only uses the latest technology with the most reputable brands will give you peace of mind in your investment. Plus, it puts the power in your hands with advanced app monitoring technologies.
  • Solar incentives. California has state-wide solar incentives and programs like net metering that make solar energy a wise investment.

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Solar Companies Bakersfield: How to Choose the Right One

It may feel overwhelming to know where to start, but choosing the right solar company is the first step. If you’re wanting to make the best decision for your solar power investment, you’ll want a company that knows what they’re doing and can guide you in this process. Here are some things to look for when choosing a solar panel company in Bakersfield.

  1. Your solar installer should have expertise in the solar industry. This means years of experience and thousands of installs.
  2. Choose a solar company that has roofing experience. This means your roof is in good hands when your solar panels are installed.
  3. Solar companies that use in-house installers are much more reliable and experienced, and the job is often handled more smoothly.
  4. A reputable solar installation company will have all of the necessary credentials including licenses and insurance policies needed for all areas they operate in.
  5. Knowing the reputation of your solar company is a good idea: start with their reviews and make sure they handle customer service in a timely and effective manner.
  6. Another bonus is to look for a solar company that has won awards and been named in the top of their industry.
  7. Warranties are a very important factor when considering solar installation companies. Many solar companies do not have reliable warranties. When buying an expensive system, you want to protect your investment with warranties and knowing you’re backed up by the company for years to come.
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Solar Batteries and Protection from Outages in California

With the issues of climate change causing more wildfires and natural disasters in California, you may be looking for peace of mind when it comes to blackouts. It makes sense that residents of California (the Blackout Queen) might be on the hunt for alternatives rather than reliance on their utility grid for power. The answer is a solar panel system with a solar battery backup like the Enphase Encharge and Tesla Powerwall.

There is even more good news for California when it comes to solar batteries. Unlike in most other states, California offers a generous incentive for adding a battery to your solar system.

This incentive is called the Self-Generation Incentive Program and in preparation for the next wildfire season, the CPUC has authorized funding of more than $1 billion through 2024 for SGIP.

How do you take advantage of this incentive? Talk to a Solar Sales Specialist about your options.

Bakersfield Solar Incentives, Tax Credits, and Rebates

One of the great reasons solar power is spreading throughout California is due to the great solar incentives that are available. If you live in Bakersfield, you’re eligible for some savings that make solar panels really worth the investment. Some of the incentives that make solar a good investment in California include:

Learn more about California Solar Incentives.

Federal Solar Tax Credit

The absolute best incentive for going solar in Bakersfield is the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) offered by the federal government. This federal tax credit is available to California home and business owners and offers a generous 30% credit of the entire solar system cost, including a battery system.*

The 30% tax credit applies as long as the home solar system is installed by December 31, 2032. Starting in 2033, the value of the tax credit will step down to 26%. And in 2034, the tax credit for residential solar decreases to 22%.**

California Net Metering (NEM) for Bakersfield

NEM 2.0 is California’s generous net metering program, which is part of the reason you’ll start to see the investment in your solar panel purchase right away. This program was put in place in 2016 by the California Public Utility Commission.

It works like this: for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of solar electricity you feed into your utility company’s grid, you get a bill credit for one kWh of utility-generated electricity. This means that with the right size solar system, you can drastically reduce, zero out, or come out with a negative electricity bill each month.

If you live in Bakersfield, you’re most likely using PG&E for your energy. PG&E has a great net metering program, you can learn more about it here.

Solar Panels Property Tax Exemption in California

Another great reason to go solar if you live in California is because solar panels are completely property tax exempt. That means that, unlike some other states, you can add solar panels to your home without having to pay additional property taxes.

(Under the Property Tax Exclusion for Solar Energy Systems, 100% of the assessed value of the solar system is exempt from the homeowner’s property taxes.)

Solar Panels and the Value of Your Home in California

Another great advantage of solar panels is when it comes time to sell your home. On average, solar panels add $20 of value for every $1 you save on your electric bill. Translation: for every $100 saved on your bill = $2,000 additional value to your home. (According to a comprehensive report done by the US Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory.)

  • Solar panels help your home sell for more.

Another study (Department of Energy and Berkeley Laboratory) showed that homes with solar panels fetched a higher asking price than those without. About $4/watt, which comes out to be around $15,000 for residential, depending on your home and solar system.

  • Solar panels help your home sell faster.

Solar panels can help your property spend less time on the market. In another study done by NREL, they found that solar properties earned about 17% more at closing, in addition to selling 20% faster.

According to data from Zillow, homes sell for around 4.1% more with a solar panel system. In fact, homes in some California cities sell well beyond this average. Read more about the value of your home with solar panels.

Solar Installation Bakersfield: ADT Solar

Since 2008, ADT Solar has a proven history and reputation for providing quality service, and was ranked #2 for 2021 Solar Power World’s Top Residential Solar Installer in the United States. We are proud to offer some of the best warranties you can find in the solar industry and only use products that offer the same.

Solar Panel Quote for Bakersfield CA

If you’re ready to take the next step, or if you have more questions and would like to speak to someone who can customize a solar panel installation solution for you, contact a Solar Energy Specialist at ADT Solar. We install solar and roofs in Bakersfield and surrounding areas. Contact us today to see if we service your area and get a free customized solar quote.