# Category Archives: Costs and Benefits of Going Solar

The factors influencing the economic benefits of clean energy systems.

# How Much Do Solar Panels Cost in the U.S. in 2017?

You’ve probably heard about how solar energy can reduce your electricity bills, but how much do solar panels really cost? The easiest way to calculate the average cost of solar panels is to look at its price in dollars per watt, which is relatively consistent across the United States. Continue reading

# What are the most efficient solar panels on the market?

For those looking for the most efficient solar panels for their PV system, the first thing you need to know is how to compare efficiency metrics for different manufacturer brands. Simply put, efficiency (expressed as a percentage) quantifies a solar panel’s ability to convert sunlight into electricity. Given the same amount of sunlight shining for the same duration of time on two solar panels with different efficiency ratings, the more efficient panel will produce more electricity than the less efficient panel.

In practical terms, for two solar panels of the same physical size, if one has a 21% efficiency rating and the other has a 14% efficiency rating, the 21% efficient panel will produce 50% more kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity under the same conditions as the 14% efficient panel. Thus, maximizing energy use and bill savings is heavily reliant on top tier solar panel energy efficiency.

# How much does a 25,000 Watt (25 kW) solar system cost?

If you’re shopping for a solar energy system, one of your first questions is probably, “how much will it cost?” Prices depend on the size of your system, the type of equipment you choose, and the state that you live in, but reviewing prices for a 25 kilowatt (kW) system is a great place to start for many smaller homes. Learn more about how much a 25 kW solar system costs, how much electricity a 25 kW system will produce, and the smartest way to shop for solar.

## How much does a 25 kW solar system cost in 2017?

As of January 2017, the average cost of solar in the U.S. is \$3.16 per watt (\$79,000 for a 25 kilowatt system). That means that the total 25 kW solar system cost would be \$55,300 after the 30% Federal ITC discount (not factoring in any additional state rebates or incentives).

# What Will a 10,000 Watt (10 kW) Solar System Cost in Your State in 2017?

10kW solar systems are among the most popular solar energy system sizes in the country, producing enough electricity to power a home with slightly above-average electricity consumption. How much does a 10kW solar system cost? How much electricity will a 10kW solar system produce? How do you know you’re getting the best deal on a system? These are some of the key questions we will answer in this article.

## How Much Does a 10kW Solar System Cost?

As of January 2017, the average cost of solar in the U.S. is \$3.26 per watt (\$32,600 for a 10 kilowatt system). That means that the total cost for a 10kW solar system would be \$22,820 after the 30% Federal ITC discount (not factoring in any additional state rebates or incentives).

# 3,000 Watt (3kW) Solar Systems: Compare 2017 Prices and Installers

If you have high electricity bills, installing a 3,000 watt (3 kilowatt) solar energy system on your home can be a great way to significantly reduce your monthly costs. In order to maximize your long-term solar savings, you want to be confident that you’re getting a good price for your solar energy investment. The best way to feel confident about your purchase: compare multiple offers for 3 kW solar systems against the prices that other solar shoppers in your area have been offered. Learn more about the cost of a 3 kW solar system in your area, the amount of electricity you can expect your 3 kW system to produce, and the smartest way to shop for solar in EnergySage’s guide to 3 kW solar panel systems.

## How much does a 3kW solar system cost in 2017?

As of January 2017, the average cost of solar in the U.S. is \$3.26 per watt (\$9,780 for a 3 kilowatt solar system). That means that the total cost for a 3,000 watt (3kW) solar system would be \$6,846 after the 30% Federal ITC discount (not factoring in any additional state rebates or incentives).

# Comparing solar cost of solar panels in Dallas, Fort Worth and El Paso, Texas

Until recently, Texas wasn’t among the top 10 for solar energy, leaving many surprised to discover that the Lone Star State was ranked #3 in the U.S. for solar jobs in 2016. Texas is adopting solar at one of the fastest rates in the country, and for good reason. Solar prices dropped by 20 percent in 2016, and a number of utilities across the state created or extended major incentive programs for solar PV systems.

If you’re considering solar in Texas, there are three cities that lead the way in terms of pricing and incentives. In this article we’ll analyze Fort Worth, El Paso and Dallas as top cities for solar in Texas and explain what you should expect to pay for a rooftop solar array.

In 2017, there may be no better state in the U.S. for solar power than sunny California. When you factor in the state’s high cost of electricity and notably low solar prices, it’s hard not to see the sense of going solar in CA.

# How much do solar panels cost in Las Vegas, Nevada?

The past decade has witnessed astounding growth in the U.S. solar industry, but a few key states have led the way. Many stakeholders are aware that sunny West Coast states like California and Arizona are winners for solar power but somewhat under the radar is Nevada – the 4th biggest state in the U.S. in terms of installed capacity as well as solar job creation. Nearly ten percent of the state’s electricity comes from solar power and nearly half a million homes are running on solar in 2017. Las Vegas is also shining in terms of the top cities for solar in the U.S. In this article we’ll explain why Las Vegas is one of the best places to go solar in 2017 and what you can expect a solar panel system to cost.

# Why are solar panels so expensive? Understanding the cost of a solar panel system

While the most expensive part of going solar is paying for the equipment, it still only represents 25 percent of the overall expense. Soft costs, or the outlays that installers spend just trying to find you and appeal to you, also contribute a significant percentage. Here’s a breakdown so that you can understand the cost of a solar panel system, plus tips on how you can save money!

# How much do solar panels cost in Seattle, Washington?

In 2016, solar panel installations grew by 95 percent in the United States, a trend that is expected to continue in 2017. Though there was strong growth in solar nationwide, installations are increasing at an expedited rate in concentrated areas of the country. Washington State has witnessed a 64% decline in solar prices over the past five years and, according to SEIA, is forecasted to see a whopping 278 MW of solar installed over the next five. Seattle is quickly becoming one of the best cities for solar in America thanks to Washington’s great payback incentive and net-metering policy as well as the city of Seattle’s growing market competition.