• People across San Diego are stunned - but not at a loss of words. In fact, people have a lot to say. Usually expressing something along the lines of shock, horror, and anger at their bills which are rising sometimes up to 3.5x per household. On average, people are seeing their electricity rates rising 10% and their gas rates up 24.6%. 

    In fact, SDG&E costs are set to outpace inflation by over 70% by 2030. 

    In response to this, SDG&E has simply recommended using their web app to track your electricity usage and using less electricity during peak times, which are typically from 4 to 6 p.m. 

    SDG&E has raised rates due to the costs associated with wildfire mitigation and the sourcing of green renewable sources. However, SDG&E is also a private, for-profit company which means that they also have to provide a profit to stakeholders. Thus, San Diego has some of the highest electricity prices in America. 

    When you add increasing heat and wildfire stress to the grid, rates are only going up. There are mitigation techniques after all. You can upgrade your home with energy efficient upgrades in San Diego

    Let’s be honest - this alone isn’t going to cut it. If you want to learn great ways to lower your electricity bills - we’ve got you covered with a three step solution. 


    • Go Solar to Reduce or Eliminate your Electric Bill


    When you install solar panels on your roof or property - you’re taking a massive step to reduce or eliminate your electric bill. It’s almost like a life hack: using SDG&E for connecting to the grid BUT not being subject to their neverending rate increases.

    Keep this in mind: if you are unable to purchase solar panels with cash, there are many financing options or even leasing! Whichever route you take, you will pay less money per month. It’s better to pay a fixed payment that won’t rise every year. 

    Plus, as we mention in most materials, it’s always worth utilizing the Federal Tax Credit while you can. There’s a 26% Federal Solar Tax Credit that reduces by the end of the year. If you want to save money on taxes - now is the time to strike!


    • Get a Home Battery


    Solar battery backup in San Diego is a brilliant idea. At Stellar Solar, we offer a multitude of options such as the Tesla PowerWall, LG Chem, and Enphase batteries. 

    All of these can offset Time-Of-Use charges, and protect you from the endless blackouts that seem to be a fact of life in San Diego. Whether you want to keep your home powered during grid outages, or want to power your amazing electric vehicle - installing solar battery backup in San Diego county is a great solution. 

    If you want more information, we made a fun animation video explaining how the solar battery process works.


    • Get an Electric Vehicle or Plug-in Hybrid


    Electric vehicles are becoming more accessible than ever. There are EVs available at a range of price points and this is a great thing. Charging your car with a battery at home completely eliminates escalating gas prices. This is brilliant for both the environment and your pocketbook. 

    If you have a solar system, home battery, and an electric vehicle that runs on both - you have the potential to save hundreds of thousands of dollars over time. Oh, and you won’t need to worry about the constantly rising electricity and gasoline prices. 

    Sounds like a dream come true to most San Diegans. It’s also more financially achievable than ever, without a massive amount of cash down. You can get solar with no money down, save taxes with the Tax Credit, and get an electric car that is financed. Now that you’re set to save money on your taxes, you might have some extra change to purchase a home battery. 

    All of this is the solar trifecta and will almost certainly save you shocking amounts of money long-term. We can help you plan this process while installing your solar, home battery, and car charger. We’ve been there, done that with thousands of customers in San Diego and across the United States. 

    Concluding Thoughts

    If you want to never get a costly bill from SDG&E again - let’s talk. Stellar Solar has been around since way back in 1998.  We have established ourselves as the premiere solar installer in San Diego (and beyond), having installed solar on over 15,000 rooftops.  

    Oh, and in San Diego, we have been voted Best Solar Company in San Diego 9 out of the last 11 years. How? Voters across San Diego in the San Diego Union Tribune poll keep choosing us. 

    After over 20 years in business, we have mastered the residential solar installation process. We have installed solar on every roof type, on every home style, and on every property type when it comes to ground mounts. 

    The people of San Diego have spoken, time and time again, they choose Stellar Solar as the solar company of choice in San Diego. Just check: our reputation is reflected with over 200+ positive reviews on Yelp, Google, and Angie's List. 

    If you’re still not convinced - ask Bill Walton. He’s an NBA hall of famer, and solar evangelist who has worked with Stellar Solar for a long time now. In the video, he offers his top 10 reasons why he chose Stellar Solar instead of anybody else. 

    Otherwise, feel free to visit us on Facebook, YouTube, and any other platform to see our content or what other people are saying about us. 

    If we have you convinced - visit our homepage to request a quote and talk to our energy consultants. They’ll run you through the process to make everything simple, easy, and no-obligation. Everyone at Stellar has a high level of expertise and know their stuff. 

    If you’re ready to permanently eliminate your electricity bill and laugh in the face of SDG&E and the gas companies - now is your chance to take charge, save money, and go green with efficient, clean, and beautiful solar panels.


  • About the Author

    Michael Powers


    Michael is one of the founding partners of Stellar Solar. In 2001, he helped launch The Home Depot’s national solar energy program which is now offering home solar through hundreds of stores in nearly a dozen states. He is a writer and marketing professional with over 30 years’ experience in the fields of energy, market intelligence and leadership training. He currently serves as treasurer and board member of Global Energy Network Institute (GENI), a San Diego-based non-governmental organization that advocates linking renewable energy resources around the world using electricity transmission.