• As a San Diego resident, you're likely all too familiar with the pain of receiving your monthly electricity bill. But did you know that California's electricity bills are about 5% higher than the national average? And they just keep rising. Southern California Edison even proposed another 4.4% increase that would be effective this summer.

    That's why more and more San Diego homeowners are turning to solar energy systems to power their homes. Not only is solar energy clean and environmentally friendly, it can also save you a ton of money in the long run. And with California being the largest solar market in the US, it's no surprise that San Diego is a hot spot for solar panel contractors.

    At Stellar Solar, we're proud to be one of San Diego's leading solar energy companies. Our experienced team of solar panel contractors can design and install custom solar energy systems for any residential property, no matter how big or small.

    Why Stellar Solar

    But why should you choose us over other San Diego solar energy companies? Well, for starters, we've been in the game for over 20 years. We know the ins and outs of solar panel installation like the backs of our hands. Plus, we're a locally owned and operated business, which means we understand the unique needs and challenges of San Diego homeowners.

    Another reason to choose Stellar Solar is our commitment to quality. We use only the highest quality solar panels and components, so you can be confident that your solar energy system will last for years to come. Plus, all of our solar panel contractors are fully licensed and insured, so you can trust that your home is in good hands.

    With so many solar companies to choose from in San Diego, it can be overwhelming to find the right one. But let's face it, not all solar companies are created equal. At Stellar Solar, we stand out from the rest. With over 20 years of experience, we have a proven track record of excellence. We have been consistently rated as one of the top solar companies in San Diego, and have received numerous awards for our exceptional service.

    Net Metering in San Diego

    But what about net energy metering (NEM)? You may have heard that California is trying to increase the value of clean energy assets with NEM. The first two iterations of NEM greatly incentivized the adoption of solar, but NEM 3.0, which takes effect on April 15, could significantly alter California's solar landscape. But don't worry! At Stellar Solar we stay up to date with all the latest changes and regulations, so you can be sure that your solar energy system is always in compliance.

    NEM 3.0 brings a major change, with credits for excess solar exported to the grid decreasing by roughly 20% to 40% compared to NEM 2.0. This reduction further decreases the value of solar. In addition, customers will only be able to lock in rates for 9 years instead of 20 years under NEM 2.0. After that period, rates will be calculated yearly using the Avoided Cost Calculator (ACC), and customers will be credited with the avoided cost, which is the wholesale rate of energy that the utility would have paid a supplier at that specific time.

    With time-of-use rate structures required for participation under NEM 3.0, electricity costs during peak periods will be very high. However, with a solar system and battery storage you can save solar energy generated during the day and use it to power homes or your business during peak demand.

    With the decreased value of solar under NEM 3.0, customer-generators are likely to turn to storage to offset the lost value. This approach will enable them to avoid paying high electricity rates during peak hours and reduce their usage of fossil fuels, while contributing to California's goal of reducing carbon emissions to 48% below 1990 levels by 2030.

    Solar Incentives in San Diego

    We all love incentives, right? Well, if you're thinking about going solar in San Diego, there are plenty of incentives available to you. From federal tax credits to local rebates, Stellar Solar can help you navigate the various programs and maximize your savings. Don't leave money on the table - let us help you get the most out of your solar investment.

    Now that you're convinced that solar is the way to go, you need to find the right company to install your panels. At Stellar Solar, we take pride in our installation process. Our team of experts will guide you through every step of the installation process to ensure that your solar system is up and running in no time.

    San Diego is the perfect solution for residential solar power. With over 260 days of sunshine a year in our region, it’s a great place for a solar installation! Not only will you be doing your part to help the environment, but you'll also be saving money on your energy bills. And with Stellar Solar, you can rest assured that your solar system will be specifically designed to meet your specific energy needs.

    Another important option: consider adding a battery storage system to your solar array. This will allow you to store excess energy generated by your panels and use it later when the sun goes down. Stellar Solar offers a variety of battery storage options, and our experts can help you choose the right one for your needs.

    We understand that going solar is a big investment. That's why we offer a variety of financing options to make it more affordable for you. From leases to loans, we can help you find the financing option that works best for your budget. With the savings you'll see on your energy bills, your solar system will pay for itself in no time. That's right, you can get money back just for going solar - Stellar Solar can help you navigate the rebate process and guide you through the 26% Federal Solar Tax Credit!

    So if you're ready to make the switch to solar energy, give us a call! Our team of expert solar panel contractors will guide you through the entire process, from design to installation to maintenance. Say goodbye to high electricity bills, and hello to clean, affordable energy with Stellar Solar.

    Call today at: 866-787-6527

  • 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.