How much your solar system costs depends on a variety of unique factors, including size, permitting costs, and your chosen installer's specific offerings. The Alameda Municipal Utility once provided solar rebates, but funding for the program has run out. You can learn more about what incentives were offered on their website.
Even without the rebate program, you can still take advantage of a tax credit worth 30% of installation costs through the Federal Investment Tax Credit. Unless extended, the Federal Investment Tax Credit will end in 2016.
Leasing has become a more popular option as rebates have dried up. In a leasing agreement, you'll make monthly payments for use of the solar system. Combined with energy savings, these payments will still be lower than you'd typically pay each month on power bills.
You can learn more about leasing in our Solar Financing Section. Also, be sure to contact solar panel installers near Alameda to get more specific answers to your questions.