California has among the highest rates of electricity in the country, with electricity rates reaching as high as $0.50 per kWh, for some customers, and steadily increasing. Over the last 30 years, rates for residential customers in California have increased at an average of 6% per year. The graph below from the California Public Utilities Commission shows average electric rates in California since 1970. California has a tiered-rate structure for residential customers. The more electricity you use, the higher your rates get. That means that the higher your bills are now, the more you will save by installing a cost effective solar electric system from Central California Solar. Depending on your goal, we can design a system to do one of two things: 1. Zero-out your electricity bill. 2. Eliminate your most expensive electricity cost to substantially reduce your bill.
Net-metering measures difference between electricity you buy from utility & electricity your solar system generates. It allows you to use the grid like a bank account– debiting and crediting your utility account as you produce and use power. Utilities are required to credit you for the solar electricity your system generates and feeds to grid at same price they would sell it to you. However, excess electricity you produce but do not use within a 12-month period becomes your donation to the utility grid—you will NOT receive a check from the utility for this excess. For this reason, it is important to properly size your system to avoid this.