Category Archives: Cost Benefit

Articles concerning the pricing of solar and the economic benefits of going solar.

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What’s the cheapest time of day to use electricity with time-of-use rates?

It is becoming increasingly popular for utilities to offer time-of-use (TOU) plans to their residential customers. In a standard electricity plan, you pay the same rate for your electricity regardless of the time of day. TOU plans are different: the cost of electricity in a TOU plan depends on the time the energy is drawn from the grid.

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California Solar Initiative: the SASH program

The Golden State has always been a front-runner when it comes to solar energy. California is consistently ranked as the top state for solar when it comes to both jobs and installed capacity. Much of their original growth in solar has been due to the California Solar Initiative (CSI). Enacted in 2006, CSI was designed to provide upfront rebates for residential and commercial property owners purchasing solar panel systems. The rebates were available for customers of three utility companies: Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E).

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How Much Do Solar Panels Cost in the U.S. in 2018?

solar panels cost in the u.s. graphicYou’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

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.

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Is your electric bill too high? Here’s how to troubleshoot

If you own a home, you’ve probably experienced the shock of opening your monthly electricity bill in the mail and seeing a dollar total that is higher than you expect. It’s a common part of home ownership, and one that you can hear homeowners lamenting as electricity rates increase – “Why is my electricity bill so high? Why does it keep going up?”

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How Much Does a 4,500 watt (4.5 kW) Solar System Cost in 2018?

For many households in the United States, a 4.5 kW solar system is the right size to significantly cut electricity costs. Want to know the best way to ensure you’re getting the right price for your solar panel installation and maximizing your long-term savings? Compare your solar quotes with the prices that other solar shoppers paid for their 4.5 kW solar systems near you. Learn more about the cost of a 4.5 kW solar system, how much electricity your 4.5 kW system can produce, and what the smartest way is to shop for solar.

How Much Does a 4.5kW Solar System Cost in 2018?

As of January 2018, the average cost of solar in the U.S. is $3.14 per watt ($14,130 for a 4.5 kilowatt system). That means that the total cost for a 4.5kW solar system would be $9,891 after the 30% Federal ITC discount (not factoring in any additional state rebates or incentives).

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What Does an 8,000 Watt (8kW) Solar System Cost in 2018?

For many homeowners who want to install solar panels on their roofs, an 8-kilowatt (kW) solar energy system is the best size to significantly reduce electricity costs. Getting the right price for your solar panel installation and maximizing your long-term savings is easy when you compare your offers with the prices that other solar shoppers in your area. Find out more about how much an 8 kW solar panel system costs; the amount of electricity you can expect your 8 kW system to produce daily, monthly, and annually; and the smartest way to shop for solar in EnergySage’s 8 kW solar panel system guide.

How Much Does an 8kW Solar System Cost?

As of January 2018, the average cost of solar in the U.S. is $3.14 per watt ($25,120 for an 8 kilowatt system). That means that the total cost for an 8kW solar system would be $17,584 after the 30% Federal ITC discount (not factoring in any additional state rebates or incentives).

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How Much Does a 12,000 Watt (12kW) Solar System Cost?

If you have high electricity bills, installing a 12-kilowatt (kW) solar energy system on your home can significantly reduce your monthly costs. To maximize your long-term solar savings, you want to be sure that you get the right price for your solar panel installation. The best way to feel confident about your purchase: compare offers for 12 kW solar systems with the prices offered to other solar shoppers in your area. Find out more about how much a 12 kW solar system costs where you live, the amount of electricity you can expect your 12 kW system to produce, and the smartest way to shop for solar in EnergySage’s guide to 12 kW solar panel systems. 

How Much Does a 12kW Solar System Cost in 2018?

As of January 2018, the average cost of solar in the U.S. is $3.14 per watt ($37,680 for a 12 kilowatt system). That means that the total cost for a 12kW solar system would be $26,376 after the 30% Federal ITC discount (not factoring in any additional state rebates or incentives).

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What Will a 10,000 Watt (10 kW) Solar System Cost in Your State in 2018?

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 2018, the average cost of solar in the U.S. is $3.14 per watt ($31,400 for a 10 kilowatt system). That means that the total cost for a 10kW solar system would be $21,980 after the 30% Federal ITC discount (not factoring in any additional state rebates or incentives).

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