If you’ve been looking into going solar, you’ve probably at some point seen quotes for a 6kW solar system. 6kW solar systems are one of the most popular system sizes in the US because in most places they will produce about the right amount of electricity to meet an average household’s daily electrical needs.
Solar leases & PPAs have made going solar accessible for virtually anyone with a roof, but what if you’re thinking about purchasing a system? Since you’ll probably be spending your own money, you’ll want to be extra selective about the installer who does the job and the components that are used.
This article investigates these questions: 1) How much does a 6kW solar system cost, 2) how much electricity will a 6kW system produce, and 3) how do you know you’re getting the best deal?
How Much Does a 6kW Solar System Cost in 2017?
As of January 2017 the average cost of solar in the U.S. is $3.26 per watt ($19,560 for a 6 kilowatt system). That means that the total cost for a 6kW solar system would be $13,692 after the 30% Federal ITC discount (not factoring in any additional state rebates or incentives).
6,000 watt solar system costs: What’s the going rate in your state?
EnergySage Solar Marketplace data
EnergySage also has access to pricing data provided by our network of pre-screened installation companies who participate in our Solar Marketplace. The figures below represent a rough approximation of the range of prices on offer in various states for 2017 to date, after the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is taken into account.
Keep in mind that you may qualify for additional rebates and incentives. Try our free Instant Estimate tool to get more precise numbers.
The main takeaway from the table below is this: If you see prices significantly higher than these, ask questions. There could be a good reason to pay more, but if that’s the case, you should know why and understand how the offer delivers better value.
How much does a 6 kW solar system cost in your state?
|State||6 kW solar system price range (2017)|
|Arizona||$10,908 – $14,268|
|California||$12,371 – $16,137|
|Colorado||$11,662 – $15,814|
|Florida||$11,105 – $14,643|
|Massachusetts||$12,839 – $16,549|
|Maryland||$11,700 – $14,831|
|New Jersey||$11,791 – $15,293|
|New York||$11,749 – $17,277|
|Texas||$10,794 – $14,372|
|Washington||$13,529 – $17,894|
These prices are after the 30% tax credit has been deducted, and are indicative only.
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How much electricity will a 6kW solar system produce?
However, the primary determining factor is the amount of sunlight that your area receives: For example, all things being equal, a 6kW solar system in San Diego, California will produce about 20% more electricity annually than a system in the Northeast US.
Table 2 below shows average daily, monthly and annual solar energy production numbers for a 6kW solar system in various US cities. As you can see, systems located in sunnier cities produce more electricity than less sunny cities. These figures, and other back-of-envelope calculations may be helpful in figuring out how much money you save on your power bill.
Solar electricity output of a 6kW solar energy system in various US cities
|City||Average daily kWh||Average monthly kWh||Average annual kWh|
|Las Vegas, NV||28.9||880||10565|
|Los Angeles, CA||26.0||792||9,501|
|New York City||21.0||637||7,649|
Remember: Sunshine isn’t the only factor
The numbers in Table 2 will help you to calculate how much money you could potentially save on your power bill by going solar. But keep in mind that electricity production is only one determinant in how much you can save with solar. For a more in-depth look at how solar can save you money – no matter which area of the country you live in – check out the following articles:
- Top 10 Cities for Solar (Hint: They Aren’t the Sunniest)
- What’s the Financial Value of Solar for Residential Customers? (Part 1): Ranking America’s 50 Largest Cities
- What’s the Financial Value of Solar for Residential Customers? (Part 2): Educating the Public on Solar’s Value and their Available Options
How can I be sure I’m getting the best deal on a 6kW solar system?
The more you know about what’s out there and what to look for, the more comfortable you will feel about your final decision. Our Solar Buyer’s guide is a good place to start getting educated, as is our Solar 101 page.
The mantra here at EnergySage is ‘shop around’. No matter where you are, you probably have more than one solar option. No one should make a decision as big as going solar without examining the full range of options.
That’s why EnergySage’s Solar Marketplace exists: to help solar shoppers make a smart choice. Sign up today to learn about your options!