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Looking for solar answers?

Solar System Estimator
Looking for solar answers?

When it comes to solar, there's a lot of information to sift through. We're here to help make sense of it all.

Spend a few minutes with us and we'll help you make an informed decision.

Start with our Solar System Estimator

It uses your electric bills and satellite information about your rooftop to help you make informed decisions.

You'll still be connected to the electric grid for those times when the sun is hidden – or to sell back excess power on sunny days.

And you'll still have a SMUD bill, but likely much smaller.

That depends. If you use less than 1,000 KWH of electricity per month, then probably not.

Our Solar System Estimator calculates up-front and monthly costs for 4 typical buying scenarios.

Installing a solar system may not save you money. Solar makes the most sense for a home that has the majority of its usage in the second tier. If your home uses less than 1,000 KWH per month, solar may not make financial sense. Additionally, tiered residential rates end after 2016. You will see a single seasonal price for all energy in 2017. Time-of-use rates will begin in 2018. Make an informed decision by using SMUD's Solar System Estimator.

To get the full picture of what you would pay on a monthly basis with solar, remember to combine your projected lowered SMUD bill with the monthly payment of your solar system.

Simple fact: These two combined bills will be your true monthly cost.

For good results, your home should have a south-facing roof with a 15-30 degree slope.

Selecting a contractor – Get 3 bids, and negotiate.

Environmental benefits – With SMUD, almost half your power is already carbon-free. Add solar, and nearly all will be.

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