Solar Panels in Carlsbad, CA: Solar Companies, Cost, and Installation

We're here to help you determine whether a solar power system is worth it in Carlsbad, California. We'll also answer your questions about how it works and which solar providers and installers are available. See the topics below:

Cost of Solar Panels in Carlsbad, CA

The figures below show the total cost of solar power in Carlsbad and the estimated payback or break-even period. The numbers below assumes you want to buy the system outright. You can also get a loan, lease the system, or set up a “power purchase agreement” (PPA). Learn more about payment options.

Residential 5 kW system

Estimated system cost: $20,950

(-) Federal tax credit: 30% with no maximum

Final cost after tax credits: $14,665

Est. energy savings per year: $1,628

Time to recover costs: 9 years 0 months

30-year savings: $34,175

Commercial 50 kW system

Estimated system cost: $193,500

(-) Federal tax credit: 30% with no maximum

Final cost after tax credits: $135,450

Est. energy savings per year: $16,275

Time to recover costs: 8 years 4 months

30-year savings: $352,812

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State discounts are not calculated due to complex pricing, frequent change, and individual variations such as the property taxes on your home or business. Overall, financial incentives in most of California are mediocre, so expect to pay slightly less vs. the above. All partner solar power companies will help you determine which incentives you qualify for. You may either request a quote by clicking above or try checking for state solar incentives on's site here.

Solar Power Companies in Carlsbad, CA

The following companies do solar power installation and financing in California.

Sunrun Logo

Description: Sunrun is a residential-only solar provider in 15 states. The company estimates customers save an average of 20% on their electricity bills after costs. Features:
  • Several affordable plans available.
  • Guaranteed lifetime protection for equipment.
  • Guaranteed production rates. If they don't produce as promised, Sunrun will refund your money.
  • New home owners receive the same deals, increasing home equity.
Company highlights: Sunrun's guarantees really make it stand out - especially because one of the most common complaints with other solar panel providers is that salespeople over-promise production and leave customers stuck with money-losing systems. It's all guaranteed in writing with Sunrun.

SolarCity Logo

  Description: SolarCity is currently the largest solar provider in the nation. The company was started by two brothers, and is proud of its grassroots beginnings. Features:
  • $0 down plans available.
  • The Give Power foundation gives a solar system and battery to schools without electricity for every megawatt generated.
  • Option to lock-in power rates to avoid rising utility costs.
Company highlights: SolarCity is easy to get behind with its emphasis on helping less fortunate communities. Customers also report high satisfaction with price lock options.

Vivint solar Description: Vivint Solar is one of the larger solar power providers, serving several sun-friendly states. The company is best known for plans with no money down and quick installation. Features:
  • Plans available with no up-front costs if qualified.
  • Professional consultation, custom design, and installation.
  • Monitoring and maintenance from Vivint to ensure maximum performance.
Company highlights: The company offers several plans to match most budgets; however, some salespeople reportedly make commitments and set expectations that cannot be fulfilled.

Sungevity logo

Description: Sungevity does business in 14 states, but they'd best be classified as an enthusiastic underdog. They've shown some differentiation through technology and power generation monitoring. Features:
  • 20-year system performance guarantee
  • Partnerships to share profits with environmental non-profits
  • Representatives on-hand at your local Lowe's
Company highlights: There's nothing wrong with Sungevity - they're a great providers with high-quality systems and technology. They could do a little better by providing more pricing options and some of the risk-reducing guarantees that other companies offer.

Verengo Solar Logo

Description: Verengo is native to California, with service in New York, Connecticut, California, and New Jersey. These are all states with generous government policy for solar and solar often makes sense. Features:
  • 25-year production guarantee.
  • Transparent pricing - before talking to a salesperson.
  • Energy-star certified.
Company highlights: The most refreshing thing about Verengo is their transparent pricing and responsiveness. Perhaps because they are a smaller company they can't also offer the most flexible plans.

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While you can install your own solar panels, it's definitely not easy. We strongly recommend working with a professional solar power installer. If you have professional construction and roofing experience feel free to read more about DIY systems.

Should You Get Solar in Carlsbad?

Obviously only you can decide, but we've collected the following pros and cons for getting solar at a Carlsbad home or business:


  • 30% federal incentive extended to 2019
  • High grid electricity costs ($0.17 per kilowatt-hour) make solar payback times shorter
  • Quickly-rising electricity costs (+13% in the last 5 years)
  • Exceptional policy scores: interconnection (A) | net metering (A)
  • Much higher than average sunshine (21% above average)


  • Mediocre state financial incentives (#28 out of 50)
  • Below-average electrity usage (557 kWh per month) means fewer opportunities for savings

Is solar worth it in Carlsbad, CA? Considering all of the above, we think so for most people. Solar is 39.1% more cost effective than the rest of the nation and will pay itself back in around 9 years 0 months for a home buyer. We like to see return times (without state incentives) under 20 years.


  • Electricity costs, rates of change, and usage from
  • Subsidies analyzed by DecisionData from state websites
  • State policy scores come from
  • Sun data assumes equal zip code weight based on NREL data

Solar Power Savings by Month in Carlsbad

A 5kW system will save someone in Carlsbad up to $135.41 on an average month. That's significant given the average California power bill of $94.59 per month. Here’s a monthly breakdown:

MonthAvailable kW / m2 / dayMax savings / month

Data based on 4 zips in Carlsbad, CA. Data reliability is rated excellent.

Savings Methodology

We estimate savings with a system that is very efficient at 19% of energy captured with a standard 5% total system loss. System loss comes from both the unavoidable (system age, electrical dissipation in wiring and connections, etc.) and the avoidable (shade from trees, dust, etc.) Do note that the system will b e slightly less efficient as it ages, too.

For example, April is the highest-sun month in Carlsbad with an average of 6.57 kW per meter per day. An efficient 5 kW system will cover about 25 square meters depending on the roof. So, the following is the savings calculation for April in Carlsbad:

6.57 kW/m2 * 25m2 = 164.35 kW/day available

164.35 * 19% efficiency = 31.23 kW/day captured

31.23 kW * 95% system retention = 29.67 kW/day usable

29.67 kW * California average of $0.17 per kW * 30 days = up to $151.29 in savings in an average April.

These assumptions are very good for the average home in Carlsbad, but nothing beats the accuracy of getting your own quote.

Other Resources

Solar panel costs and savings: More info on how much solar costs and the factors that can influence your price.

Kilowatts and kilowatt hours: What are kilowatts and how do electric companies charge you?

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