Buy Solar FAQ

Making the purchase

Selecting a contractor. This may be your most important decision in the process. It is best to talk to more than one contractor to compare their price and expertise. A list of solar contractors may be found on the website of the California Solar Initiative.

Assessing costs. Solar equipment costs have declined over the last few years. Installed system costs can be as little as $3/watt (CEC-AC rating) or perhaps even less.

Go solar without buying a system. To learn about leasing a solar power system or about Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) go here.

Frequently Asked Questions. For more information on solar power, check out these frequently asked questions.

Ask SMUD. For questions or more information about solar electricity for your business, call 916-732-5878, or email solarpv@smud.org.