Category Archives: Cost Benefit

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

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SRECs in Massachusetts: prices and program status

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The Massachusetts solar renewable energy certificate (SREC) program is one of the most advantageous financial incentives for solar available at the state level. Massachusetts property owners who buy and install a solar panel system can earn hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars a year by selling the SRECs the system generates.

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Best solar companies in California for 2018

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Solar in the Golden State is heating up. Prices are falling, and solar panels make more sense than ever for CA homeowners. Choosing the right installer for your solar project is one of the most important steps in the solar shopping process, but it can be difficult to know which installers are the best. Check out our updated ranking of the best solar companies in CA, based on factors like consumer satisfaction and total number of completed installations. 

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How to find affordable solar panels in 2018

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Installing a solar energy system is becoming increasingly attainable for homeowners across the country as prices continue to drop. Being savvy about where to find the best deals on solar can make your solar installation process pain-free, and lead to maximum savings.

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

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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

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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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3,000 Watt (3kW) solar systems: compare 2018 prices and installers

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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. 

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

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

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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?

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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 see. 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.

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