The San Diego utility announced that customers will see a noticeable increase in their home energy bill beginning in September, 2013. The average customer, using 500 kWh (kilowatt hours) monthly, will experience a rate increase. For the 3000 kWh usage customers, rate increases may be as high as 39% or more than $300 per month.
Solar Power Costs Less Than Utility Power
NOW is the time to GO SOLAR. Prices have never been lower and you can avoid the utility cost increase. Here are 2 easy steps to get started.
1) CHOOSE A PV SOLAR SYSTEM
Make it easy with complete solar kit bundles designed to eliminate San Diego electric bills, CHOOSE YOUR MONTHLY kWh:
- 500 kWh per month = 4kW solar kit, starting at $4,865
- 1,000 kWh per month = 8kW solar kit, starting at $8,900
- 2,000 kWh per month = 15 kW solar kit, starting at $15,400
- 3,000 kWh per month = 25 kW solar kit, starting at $25,410
- Get a custom PV system design for any size or layout, this service is free with purchase
If you are not sure how much you need, see our Solar Panel Buyer’s Guide.
2) PV SYSTEM INSTALLATION PLANNING
You will want to think about how to install the PV solar panel system. You can Do-It-Yourself for the most savings; just follow the step-by-step instructions with every solar kit. Or you can hire a local electrician, roofer or general contractor for just a few thousand dollars. We can even connect you to qualified solar contractors in San Diego.
The SDG&E Rate Increase
According to SDG&E, energy prices are increasing due to environmental costs, enhancements to the SDG&E electric distribution system, and additional adjustments due to the delay in last year’s general rate increase.
About 25 percent of SDG&E customers, those in Tiers 3 and 4, will see their rates increase. SDG&E rates are divided into four “tiers” or cost levels based on usage. A typical SDG&E residential customer uses about 500 kWh per month. If you use less electricity, you’re probably a Tier 1 or Tier 2 customer, and you won’t see a big impact. The more you use, the greater the bill impact because the cost-per-kWh is much higher in Tiers 3 and 4.