California’s Guide to Solar Panels,
Including Pricing and Incentives

Going solar in California could be worth it even with the state’s new net metering rules.

California is a leader in the solar industry, with enough solar power installed statewide as of December to power 10.7 million homes. Solar panels may be a good option if you live in the Golden State and are interested in lowering your household carbon emissions while also saving on energy bills.


The Pros and Cons of Solar Panels: What You Need to Know

There are solar panel salespeople on every corner.  It’s difficult to separate the sales pitch and gimmicks from the actual benefits for you.Investing in solar can be a significant financial decision. Outfitting your home with a solar panel system is not cheap. You will have to deal with it for the next 20+ years.We’ll go through each of the pros and cons of solar power and what each means for your wallet and carbon footprint.

What Do Solar Panels Cost and Are They Worth It?

The rising cost of electricity from traditional sources and government incentives to go green make the idea of installing solar panels more attractive for many homeowners.

But the true cost of solar panels, and whether they’ll help you save money, depends on a few key factors.

How much do solar panels cost for homes?

On average, solar panel installation and the system together can run from $15,000 to $25,000, according to the latest information from the Center for Sustainable Energy. Home services booking site Angi bumps that up, putting the normal range for solar panel installation in the U.S. from around $18,000 to $35,000 based on its database of completed projects.

Before you make the leap, learn how your electric bill, location and incentives can impact your wallet over time. Here are five steps to take to determine whether you’ll save more than you spend on solar panels.


Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

OPEN HOUSE – Sunday 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

JUST LISTED – 348 Kestrel Way, Rio Vista

Step into this Savita floor plan & you will know this is your new home. This 2 bedroom 2 bath home offers you the great room concept with tile floors and carpet in the bedrooms. GE profile stainless appliances in the kitchen with granite slab counters & beech sierra natural cabinetry. Pantry closet & counter that accommodates bar stools for extra seating. Dining space has a bay window that provides that extra space for larger table. Primary bedroom has slider to the patio & walk in closet. Bath has double sinks & upgraded walk in shower. The 2nd bath has tub with shower over & linen cabinet. Backyard with patio is private with beautiful roses in bloom now. Low maintenance landscaping with automated sprinkler system. Trilogy, the active adult community offers so many activities that include golf, tennis bocce/pickle ball, billiards, gym & pools/spas. There is even a playground for your visiting grandchildren & dog park for your fur baby. There are over 40 plus clubs, from card groups, dancing & theater. Move in ready, so just bring your furniture. The bonus is prepaid solar lease, this provides a more economical PGE bill. MORE INFO

FOR SALE – 181 Cedar Ridge Dr. Rio Vista

2 bed/2 bath/1,433sqft

New Price $519,500 – Look no further!! This Clipper model is like a new home, completely renovated, from new sheet rock to all new cabinets throughout, new baths, laminate flooring, quartz counters, appliances, and new interior & exterior paint. Located on the 11th fairway, bring some patio furniture & enjoy the scenery. This model provides a living room/dining room & a nook/great room. Trilogy provides so many amenities, including 2 swimming pools/spas, bocce courts, billiards, tennis courts, pickleball, gym & more. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 731 Turnberry Ter Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1410 sqft

$405,000 – NO BONDS-Spinnaker model with private backyard. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath home feels like a very relaxing cottage for a retirement home. The patio provides a quiet place for morning coffee & afternoon beverage. Den has built-in book/curio shelves & bay window. The Master bedroom has a bay window, which creates room for a sitting area. New hot water heater. Enjoy amenities such as golf, tennis, bocce, pools/spas & a new gym, and more. READ MORE

PENDING SALE – 649 Pinehurst Dr, Rio Vista
2 Bd/2 Ba/970 Sqft

$405,000 – Stop the car Honey!! This gorgeous home is move in ready, just bring your clothes & toys to start living an active retirement life. You step into this home located on a corner lot, and beautifully landscaped and know this is the one. Two bedroom & two bath home has tile flooring with carpet in the bedrooms. Kicthen looks fresh with white painted cabinets & granite counters with all newer stainless appliances & tiled backsplash. Counter provides a bar for entertainment/dining. Primary bedroom has wall to wall closet & bay window that makes a spacious room. The upgraded bath has granite counters, sink & a barn door for privacy. Seller is using the 2nd bedroom as a den with mounted TV & hideaway couch for your guests. Stepping out to the patio area provides you additional space for entertaining & is fully fenced for your pets. Laundry is in the garage, & the garage is deeper than most. Furniture is optional & can be purchase with exception of bed. The Trilogy development offers homeowners 2 swimming pools/spas (1 indoor), bocce ball & tennis courts, full gym, billiards, computer room, golf course, restaurant/cafe & over 40 clubs to join. Whats keeping you from making this your next home? READ MORE

Pending Sale – 295 Sage Meadows Drio Vista

3bed/3.5bath/2,367sqft/6,669sqft lot

NEW PRICE $549,000 – Calistoga model, with private courtyard, located on a corner lot. New interior paint (including garage) & tile/grout cleaned, gives this home a fresh look. Island kitchen with granite tile, black appliances, w/5 burner gas stove top & maple cabinets. Open floor plan makes this a great home for entertaining & the fireplace makes it cozy. Large master bedroom has bay window, upgraded tile in bath (walk in shower & tub). Den has been enclosed as well as another room, so this could be 4 bedrooms. One can be your den, other can be your craft/sewing room. 2nd bedroom has full bath, with courtyard entrance. Laundry room has sink, cabinets & folding space. Full patio & fencing secures this backyard for your family pet. Trilogy offers many amenities, from tennis, bocce, billards, pickle ball, golf, 2 pools & spas and even playground for grandchildren. Just bring your furniture & make new friends.READ MORE

Pending Sale – 1392 Lichen Ct, Concord
4 bed/3 bath/1,761sqft/7,980sqft lot

$889,000 – Look no further, as you enter this beautiful move-in ready home, you know this is the one, & it is located in a well-established neighborhood & close to shopping. Double front doors welcome you to this cheerful home that includes 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and features a bedroom & bath on the main floor. This is perfect for a nanny or family member living with you. The home has new interior paint and new LVT plank flooring/carpet throughout. The kitchen was refreshed with open space with newer cabinets, granite tile counters, a sink, a built-in oven/electric cooktop, a garden window & sliding door to the patio. The chef will be delighted with the walk-in pantry. The kitchen/den features a mobile prepping block with storage. Also, the upstairs hall bath was remodeled to include a new tub/shower & tile floor. The majority of light fixtures are new & fireplace has a pellet stove insert. RV/boat parking, storage shed & backyard can accommodate a swimming pool/spa. The backyard has a few fruit trees & room for a garden/play area. Room for a large BBQ with all your family & friends. This home has so much potential for the next homeowner. Solar leased 3/2020 for 25 yrs. Don’t miss out!! READ MORE

Events in Northern California this Weekend
Trilogy at Rio Vista Garage Sale
Saturday, May 6 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

1200 Clubhouse Dr, Rio Vista

$1 PERMITS AVAILABLE AT MEMBER SERVICES, VISTA CLUB Trilogy at Rio Vista Lifestyles Obtain a garage sale permit for $1 from Member Services, Vista Club no later than May 5. Permits go on sale April 1. Permits are a city requirement. Purchase by Monday, May 1 to place your sale (street) on the map. Tie an inflated balloon from your mailbox or tree. Open your garage door. The sale is open to the public. Outside buyers will not be allowed through the gates until 9 a.m., and residents are asked to postpone their shopping until 9 a.m. in consideration of sellers setting up for the sale. Everyone can participate! Seller-marked maps will be emailed to residents by Friday, May 5, and available to visiting buyers at the Welcome Center the day of the sale. You do not have to be included on the map to sell. There are three steps for sellers: 1. 2. 3. Questions, contact Member Services, 707-374-4200 or email READ MORE

Concerts in the Park: The Real Thang Band

Civic Center Plaza, Oakley, 3231 Main Street Oakley

For the month of May, our Friday Night Bites in partnership with Foodie Crew includes a concert featuring the band The Real Thang Band who bring their blend of R&B, Funk, Classic & Latin Rock music to Oakley.
The food trucks and the live music will be on site from 5 – 9pm at Civic Center Plaza, 3231 Main Street in Oakley. Guests may bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy their meal and concert in the park. No outside alcohol is permitted. For more information about the concert, contact Alicia at (925) 625-7044 or email:  READ MORE

Cinco de Mayo at Monica’s Riverview
5/5/23 Friday 04:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monica’s Riverview 1 I Street Antioch, CA

Join Monica’s Riverview for Cinco de Mayo in downtown Antioch for tacos, a DJ and more.

Only one place you should be this Cinco de Mayo!!
Here at #monicasriverview tacos  7-11pm, Banda at 7-10pm, Dj 4-7pm!!
Drink Specials and more! See you there and stay tuned for a special all-day menu READ MORE

FUSION Music Festival at Lodi Lake
Sat, May 6, 11 AM – 7 PM
Lodi Lake, 1101 W Turner Rd, Lodi, CA

FUSION is a premium music festival happening on Saturday, May 6th 2023! The event features 10 performers on 3 stages including tributes to Prince, Boston and Santana!
Visit Our Website for more Info and discount codes that will save you $$: FUSION is a premium music festival happening on Saturday, May 6th 2023 from 11am until 7pm Pacific Time at Lodi Lake Park in Lodi, California! It features NINE performers on THREE stages including “When Doves Cry” (Prince Tribute), “Long Time” (Boston Tribute) and “Carnaval!” (Santana Tribute)! The event’s major sponsors are Michael David Winery, Pacific Coast Producers, Rancho San Miguel, Five Windows Beer, Tia Linda’s Margarita, F&M Bank and Diede Hospitality. FUSION will feature Michael David wines, plus local craft beers / food trucks / arts and crafts merchants! The event is produced by five lodi-area service clubs (Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions) and 100% of proceeds benefit the LOEL Foundation which provides nutrition, exercise and social programs to our senior citizens! Your purchase will include a tax-deductible receipt to memorialize your donation! This event will be held Rain or Shine and there are no refunds.. it’s a fundraiser! READ MORE

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