Category Archives: Solar in Your State

Articles & advice about going solar in your state: Incentives, return on investment, solar leases, PPAs and more!

Duke Energy solar rebates: a new solar incentive for North Carolina

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North Carolina has long been one of the top states for solar thanks to its utility-scale solar farms, but over the past few years, homeowners in the Tar Heel State haven’t seen many financial incentives to go solar. A newly-announced solar rebate from Duke Energy will help property owners in North Carolina save thousands on their up-front solar installation costs.

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California Net Metering: Everything You Need to Know About NEM 2.0

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California net metering 2.0 overview

Net metering in California is part of what makes the Golden State the undisputed leader for solar in the country. In fact, California saw 20,163 megawatts (MW) of solar installed as of the end of 2016, more than five times as much as #2 state North Carolina.

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Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART): Massachusetts’ SREC II replacement program

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Massachusetts has always been one of the best states for solar. Not only does the Bay State have the high electricity rates that lead to a short payback period for your solar investment – it also has a history of having strong solar incentives for property owners looking to own a solar panel system.

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Sharing the sun: Community solar gardens taking off around US

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With strong government incentives and falling equipment costs, going solar has never made more financial sense on such a broad scale. Testament to this is the tremendous increase of the number of American homes & businesses with solar panels on their roofs in recent years. But at the same time, not everyone has a roof of their own, and even those who do might have one that is shaded or otherwise unsuitable for solar. Community-owned solar projects – sometimes called community solar gardens, or shared solar farms – promise a way for the roofless and ‘roof-impaired’ to go solar. Continue reading

SRECs in New Jersey: prices, projections, and program status

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The New Jersey solar renewable energy certificate (SREC) program is one of the most lucrative financial incentives for solar available at the state level. New Jersey 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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How much do solar panels cost in New Bedford, Massachusetts?

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The U.S has witnessed remarkable solar growth over the past decade. Massachusetts is currently ranked 6th in the nation for installed solar, and is currently powering over 260,000 homes in the state with solar power. Over the next five years, the Bay State plans on installing another 2,377 MW of solar. Cities like New Bedford can benefit from such development – in this article we’ll explain why New Bedford, Massachusetts is a great spot for solar power and how New Bedford homeowners can maximize their solar savings.

How much do solar panels cost in New Bedford?

As of mid-2017, the average price for solar panels in New Bedford was $3.73 per watt. Thus, since the typical system size in the U.S. is 5 kilowatts (5,000 watts), the average cost of a solar panel system in New Bedford is $18,650 before any rebates or incentives.

Though this price may already look attractive, it’s missing a major incentive that bolsters the economics of solar in the U.S.: the federal tax credit for solar energy systems. The solar ITC signifies a huge price reduction thanks to a hefty 30 percent rebate offered to both residential and commercial markets. Check out this data table that shows the cost of solar at different system sizes with the ITC factored in:

New Bedford solar pricing table: average system cost and net savings

System size Average solar system cost
(after ITC)
3 kW  $8,316
5 kW  $12,740
7 kW  $19,012
10 kW  $24,780

The above table shows the discounted price for a solar panel system in New Bedford after the solar ITC is included. The data draws from real quotes submitted to homeowners on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace over the past year. Keeping in mind the typical system size for a U.S. homeowner is 5 kilowatts (5,000 watts), a solar panel system will cost just under $13,000 in 2017.

The cost of solar is dropping across the state of Massachusetts. See prices in your area and get free solar quotes on the EnergySage Marketplace.

Massachusetts’s net metering and other incentives

Net metering has faced recent legislative battles in Massachusetts but remains one of the biggest incentives for going solar in the state. All MA solar homeowners are eligible to participate in the program, which means that they can receive bill credits from their utility for the excess solar energy that they send back to the grid.

In addition, Massachusetts offers a state tax credit for solar and other renewable energy systems worth 15 percent of the system cost up to $1,000. This tax credit is in addition to a sales tax and property tax break incentives which ensure full tax exemption from both sales and property tax payments for solar-related expenses.

Another great solar incentive in Massachusetts is Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs), where homeowners can receive payments for their solar energy usage worth as much as $280 per megawatt-hour (MWh). In other words, with a typically sized 5 kW system that generates 7 MWh/year, homeowners could make as much as $1,960 each year by selling each of those SRECs back to the utility so utilities can reach their Renewable Portfolio Standard goals. This program will end in early 2018, so if you’re a Massachusetts homeowner interested in solar now is the time to explore your options.

Finally, Massachusetts homeowners and businesses have access to low-cost solar financing through the Mass Solar Loan Program. This incentive allows Massachusetts residents to purchase a solar system by making fixed, low-interest loan payments. This financing program is a major reason for solar’s rising popularity in Massachusetts: it helps homeowners and businesses get the best value out of their solar panel installation by owning it rather than getting into complex third-party ownership agreements

Another great solar incentive in Massachusetts is Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs), where homeowners can receive payments for their solar energy usage worth as much as $280 per megawatt-hour (MWh). In other words, with a typically sized 5 kW system that generates 7 MWh/year, homeowners could make as much as $1,960 each year by selling each of those SRECs back to the utility so utilities can reach their Renewable Portfolio Standard goals. This program will end in early 2018, so if you’re a Massachusetts homeowner interested in solar now is the time to explore your options.

Finally, Massachusetts homeowners and businesses have access to low-cost solar financing through the Mass Solar Loan Program. This incentive allows Massachusetts residents to purchase a solar system by making fixed, low-interest loan payments. This financing program is a major reason for solar’s rising popularity in Massachusetts: it helps homeowners and businesses get the best value out of their solar panel installation by owning it rather than getting into complex third-party ownership agreements

How New Bedford homeowners can save big with solar

Though New Bedford residents will see solar prices in the country continue to decline over the next five years, low prices aren’t necessarily the biggest selling point. When it comes to going solar, the long term ROI and savings from avoided bill payments is often the biggest deciding factor – and the figures can be staggering even in states where utility rates are reasonable.

In 2017, solar quotes received by New Bedford homeowners yielded 20-year savings estimates of over $70,994 on average. Checkout the breakdown of average net savings by solar system size:

New Bedford net 20-year savings from solar

System size Average solar savings over 20 years
3 kW $35,785
5 kW $53,989
7 kW $79,741
10 kW $106,284

Three tips for solar shoppers in New Bedford, MA

  1. Homeowners who get multiple quotes save 10% or more

    As with any big ticket purchase, shopping for a solar panel installation takes a lot of research and consideration, including a thorough review of the companies in your area. A recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recommended that consumers compare as many solar options as possible to avoid paying inflated prices offered by the large installers in the solar industry.

    To find the smaller contractors that typically offer lower prices, you’ll need to use an installer network like EnergySage. You can receive free quotes from vetted installers local to you when you register your property on our Solar Marketplace – homeowners who get 3 or more quotes can save thousands on their solar panel installation.

  2. The biggest installers typically don’t offer the best price

    The bigger isn’t always better mantra is one of the main reasons we strongly encourage homeowners to consider all of their solar options, not just the brands large enough to pay for the most advertising. A recent report by the U.S. government found that large installers are $2,000 to $5,000 more expensive than small solar companies. If you have offers from some of the big installers in solar, make sure you compare those bids with quotes from local installers to ensure you don’t overpay for solar.

  3. Comparing all your equipment options is just as important

    National-scale installers don’t just offer higher prices – they also tend to have fewer solar equipment options, which can have a significant impact on your system’s electricity production. By collecting a diverse array of solar bids, you can compare costs and savings based on the different equipment packages available to you.

    There are multiple variables to consider when seeking out the best solar panels on the market. While certain panels will have higher efficiency ratings than others, investing in top-of-the-line solar equipment doesn’t always result in higher savings. The only way to find the “sweet spot” for your property is to evaluate quotes with varying equipment and financing offers.

For any homeowner in the early stage of shopping for solar that would just like a ballpark estimate for an installation, try our Solar Calculator that offers up front cost and long term savings estimates based on your location and roof type. For those looking to get quotes from local contractors today, check out our quote comparison platform.





Don



How much do solar panels cost in Napa, California?

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solar panels napa

Over the past decade the United States has witnessed a remarkable growth in solar with California leading the way. The Golden State is the behemoth of the U.S solar market boasting 19,000 megawatts of installed solar to date, which is almost as much as the other top ten solar producing states combined. Napa, like much of California, has consistent and strong sunlight totals. In this article we’ll explain why Napa, California is a great spot for solar power and how Napa homeowners can maximize their solar savings.

How much do solar panels cost in Napa?

As of mid-2017, the average price for solar panels in Napa was $3.48 per watt. Thus, since the typical system size in the U.S. is 5 kilowatts (5,000 watts), the average cost of a solar panel system in Napa is $17,400 before any rebates or incentives.

Though this price may already look attractive, it’s missing a major incentive that bolsters the economics of solar in the U.S.: the federal tax credit for solar energy systems. The solar ITC signifies a huge price reduction thanks to a hefty 30 percent rebate offered to both residential and commercial markets. Check out this data table that shows the cost of solar at different system sizes with the ITC factored in:

Napa solar pricing table: average system cost and net savings

System size Average solar system cost
(after ITC)
3 kW $7,560
5 kW $12,180
7 kW $17,542
10 kW $22,540
12 kW $29,820

The above table shows the discounted price for a solar panel system in Napa after the solar ITC is included. The data draws from real quotes submitted to homeowners on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace over the past year. Keeping in mind the typical system size for a U.S. homeowner is 5 kilowatts (5,000 watts), a solar panel system will cost just over $12,000 in 2017.

The cost of solar is dropping across the state of California. See prices in your area and get free solar quotes on the EnergySage Marketplace.

California’s net metering and other incentives

Net metering has faced recent legislative battles in California but remains one of the biggest incentives for going solar in the state. Every California solar homeowner is eligible to receive bill credits for their excess solar generation at retail price from his or her utility.

Another strong solar incentive in California include the California Solar Initiative which is a cash rebate available to customers of either Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) or San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E). This program is for low-income homeowners who receive cash back for installing solar panels on their homes. The rebate amounts can be as high as $10,000.

Some local utilities also offer homeowners rebates that can pay anywhere from $0.20 to $1.25 per watt of installed solar capacity. For example, Silicon Valley Power offers a cash rebate for every watt of solar power installed up to 10 kilowatts, and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power offers a rebate of $0.25/W of installed solar power.

How Napa homeowners can save big with solar

Though Napa residents will see solar prices in the country continue to decline over the next five years, low prices aren’t necessarily the biggest selling point. When it comes to going solar, the long term ROI and savings from avoided bill payments is often the biggest deciding factor – and the figures can be staggering even in states where utility rates are reasonable.

In 2017, solar quotes received by Napa homeowners yielded 20-year savings estimates of over $77,456 on average. Checkout the breakdown of average net savings by solar system size:

Napa net 20-year savings from solar

System size Average solar savings over 20 years
3 kW $31,530
5 kW $50,131
7 kW $79,377
10 kW $96,757
12 kW $117,128

Three tips for solar shoppers in Napa, CA

  1. Homeowners who get multiple quotes save 10% or more

    As with any big ticket purchase, shopping for a solar panel installation takes a lot of research and consideration, including a thorough review of the companies in your area. A recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recommended that consumers compare as many solar options as possible to avoid paying inflated prices offered by the large installers in the solar industry.

    To find the smaller contractors that typically offer lower prices, you’ll need to use an installer network like EnergySage. You can receive free quotes from vetted installers local to you when you register your property on our Solar Marketplace – homeowners who get 3 or more quotes can save thousands on their solar panel installation.

  2. The biggest installers typically don’t offer the best price

    The bigger isn’t always better mantra is one of the main reasons we strongly encourage homeowners to consider all of their solar options, not just the brands large enough to pay for the most advertising. A recent report by the U.S. government found that large installers are $2,000 to $5,000 more expensive than small solar companies. If you have offers from some of the big installers in solar, make sure you compare those bids with quotes from local installers to ensure you don’t overpay for solar.

  3. Comparing all your equipment options is just as important

    National-scale installers don’t just offer higher prices – they also tend to have fewer solar equipment options, which can have a significant impact on your system’s electricity production. By collecting a diverse array of solar bids, you can compare costs and savings based on the different equipment packages available to you.

    There are multiple variables to consider when seeking out the best solar panels on the market. While certain panels will have higher efficiency ratings than others, investing in top-of-the-line solar equipment doesn’t always result in higher savings. The only way to find the “sweet spot” for your property is to evaluate quotes with varying equipment and financing offers.

For any homeowner in the early stage of shopping for solar that would just like a ballpark estimate for an installation, try our Solar Calculator that offers up front cost and long term savings estimates based on your location and roof type. For those looking to get quotes from local contractors today, check out our quote comparison platform.





Don



How much do solar panels cost in Mountain View, California?

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Over the past decade the United States has witnessed a remarkable growth in solar with California leading the way. The Golden State is the behemoth of the U.S solar market boasting 19,000 megawatts of installed solar to date, which is almost as much as the other top ten solar producing states combined. Mountain View, like much of California, has consistent and strong sunlight totals. In this article we’ll explain why Mountain View, California is a great spot for solar power and how Mountain View homeowners can maximize their solar savings.

How much do solar panels cost in Mountain View?

As of mid-2017, the average price for solar panels in Mountain View was $3.69 per watt. Thus, since the typical system size in the U.S. is 5 kilowatts (5,000 watts), the average cost of a solar panel system in Mountain View is $18,450 before any rebates or incentives.

Though this price may already look attractive, it’s missing a major incentive that bolsters the economics of solar in the U.S.: the federal tax credit for solar energy systems. The solar ITC signifies a huge price reduction thanks to a hefty 30 percent rebate offered to both residential and commercial markets. Check out this data table that shows the cost of solar at different system sizes with the ITC factored in:

Mountain View solar pricing table: average system cost and net savings

System size Average solar system cost
(after ITC)
3 kW $7,854
5 kW $12,390
7 kW $15,974
12 kW $33,600

The above table shows the discounted price for a solar panel system in Mountain View after the solar ITC is included. The data draws from real quotes submitted to homeowners on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace over the past year. Keeping in mind the typical system size for a U.S. homeowner is 5 kilowatts (5,000 watts), a solar panel system will cost just over $12,000 in 2017.

California’s net metering and other incentives

Net metering has faced recent legislative battles in California but remains one of the biggest incentives for going solar in the state. Every California solar homeowner is eligible to receive bill credits for their excess solar generation at retail price from his or her utility.

Another strong solar incentive in California include the California Solar Initiative which is a cash rebate available to customers of either Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) or San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E). This program is for low-income homeowners who receive cash back for installing solar panels on their homes. The rebate amounts can be as high as $10,000.

Some local utilities also offer homeowners rebates that can pay anywhere from $0.20 to $1.25 per watt of installed solar capacity. For example, Silicon Valley Power offers a cash rebate for every watt of solar power installed up to 10 kilowatts, and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power offers a rebate of $0.25/W of installed solar power.

The cost of solar is dropping across the state of California. See prices in your area and get free solar quotes on the EnergySage Marketplace.

How Mountain View homeowners can save big with solar

Though Mountain View residents will see solar prices in the country continue to decline over the next five years, low prices aren’t necessarily the biggest selling point. When it comes to going solar, the long term ROI and savings from avoided bill payments is often the biggest deciding factor – and the figures can be staggering even in states where utility rates are reasonable.

In 2017, solar quotes received by Mountain View homeowners yielded 20-year savings estimates of over $53,189 on average. Checkout the breakdown of average net savings by solar system size:

Mountain View net 20-year savings from solar

System size Average solar savings over 20 years
3 kW $29,697
5 kW $47,410
7 kW $71,940
12 kW $145,881

Three tips for solar shoppers in Mountain View, CA

  1. Homeowners who get multiple quotes save 10% or more

    As with any big ticket purchase, shopping for a solar panel installation takes a lot of research and consideration, including a thorough review of the companies in your area. A recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recommended that consumers compare as many solar options as possible to avoid paying inflated prices offered by the large installers in the solar industry.

    To find the smaller contractors that typically offer lower prices, you’ll need to use an installer network like EnergySage. You can receive free quotes from vetted installers local to you when you register your property on our Solar Marketplace – homeowners who get 3 or more quotes can save thousands on their solar panel installation.

  2. The biggest installers typically don’t offer the best price

    The bigger isn’t always better mantra is one of the main reasons we strongly encourage homeowners to consider all of their solar options, not just the brands large enough to pay for the most advertising. A recent report by the U.S. government found that large installers are $2,000 to $5,000 more expensive than small solar companies. If you have offers from some of the big installers in solar, make sure you compare those bids with quotes from local installers to ensure you don’t overpay for solar.

  3. Comparing all your equipment options is just as important

    National-scale installers don’t just offer higher prices – they also tend to have fewer solar equipment options, which can have a significant impact on your system’s electricity production. By collecting a diverse array of solar bids, you can compare costs and savings based on the different equipment packages available to you.

    There are multiple variables to consider when seeking out the best solar panels on the market. While certain panels will have higher efficiency ratings than others, investing in top-of-the-line solar equipment doesn’t always result in higher savings. The only way to find the “sweet spot” for your property is to evaluate quotes with varying equipment and financing offers.

For any homeowner in the early stage of shopping for solar that would just like a ballpark estimate for an installation, try our Solar Calculator that offers up front cost and long term savings estimates based on your location and roof type. For those looking to get quotes from local contractors today, check out our quote comparison platform.





Don



How much do solar panels cost in Modesto, California?

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Over the past decade the United States has witnessed a remarkable growth in solar with California leading the way. The Golden State is the behemoth of the U.S solar market boasting 19,000 megawatts of installed solar to date, which is almost as much as the other top ten solar producing states combined. Modesto, like much of California, has consistent and strong sunlight totals. In this article we’ll explain why Modesto, California is a great spot for solar power and how Modesto homeowners can maximize their solar savings.

How much do solar panels cost in Modesto?

As of mid-2017, the average price for solar panels in Modesto was $3.43 per watt. Thus, since the typical system size in the U.S. is 5 kilowatts (5,000 watts), the average cost of a solar panel system in Modesto is $17,150 before any rebates or incentives.

Though this price may already look attractive, it’s missing a major incentive that bolsters the economics of solar in the U.S.: the federal tax credit for solar energy systems. The solar ITC signifies a huge price reduction thanks to a hefty 30 percent rebate offered to both residential and commercial markets. Check out this data table that shows the cost of solar at different system sizes with the ITC factored in:

Modesto solar pricing table: average system cost and net savings

System size Average solar system cost
(after ITC)
3 kW $7,476
5 kW $12,005
7 kW $16,562
10 kW $24,150
12 kW $29,988

 

The above table shows the discounted price for a solar panel system in Modesto after the solar ITC is included. The data draws from real quotes submitted to homeowners on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace over the past year. Keeping in mind the typical system size for a U.S. homeowner is 5 kilowatts (5,000 watts), a solar panel system will cost just over $12,000 in 2017.

California’s net metering and other incentives

Net metering has faced recent legislative battles in California but remains one of the biggest incentives for going solar in the state. Every California solar homeowner is eligible to receive bill credits for their excess solar generation at retail price from his or her utility.

Another strong solar incentive in California include the California Solar Initiative which is a cash rebate available to customers of either Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) or San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E). This program is for low-income homeowners who receive cash back for installing solar panels on their homes. The rebate amounts can be as high as $10,000.

Some local utilities also offer homeowners rebates that can pay anywhere from $0.20 to $1.25 per watt of installed solar capacity. For example, Silicon Valley Power offers a cash rebate for every watt of solar power installed up to 10 kilowatts, and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power offers a rebate of $0.25/W of installed solar power.

The cost of solar is dropping across the state of California. See prices in your area and get free solar quotes on the EnergySage Marketplace.

How Modesto homeowners can save big with solar

Though Modesto residents will see solar prices in the country continue to decline over the next five years, low prices aren’t necessarily the biggest selling point. When it comes to going solar, the long term ROI and savings from avoided bill payments is often the biggest deciding factor – and the figures can be staggering even in states where utility rates are reasonable.

In 2017, solar quotes received by Modesto homeowners yielded 20-year savings estimates of over $79,298 on average. Checkout the breakdown of average net savings by solar system size:

Modesto net 20-year savings from solar

System size Average solar savings over 20 years
3 kW $29,142
5 kW $42,844
7 kW $69,876
10 kW $96,618
12 kW $95,513

Three tips for solar shoppers in Modesto, CA

  1. Homeowners who get multiple quotes save 10% or more

    As with any big ticket purchase, shopping for a solar panel installation takes a lot of research and consideration, including a thorough review of the companies in your area. A recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recommended that consumers compare as many solar options as possible to avoid paying inflated prices offered by the large installers in the solar industry.

    To find the smaller contractors that typically offer lower prices, you’ll need to use an installer network like EnergySage. You can receive free quotes from vetted installers local to you when you register your property on our Solar Marketplace – homeowners who get 3 or more quotes can save thousands on their solar panel installation.

  2. The biggest installers typically don’t offer the best price

    The bigger isn’t always better mantra is one of the main reasons we strongly encourage homeowners to consider all of their solar options, not just the brands large enough to pay for the most advertising. A recent report by the U.S. government found that large installers are $2,000 to $5,000 more expensive than small solar companies. If you have offers from some of the big installers in solar, make sure you compare those bids with quotes from local installers to ensure you don’t overpay for solar.

  3. Comparing all your equipment options is just as important

    National-scale installers don’t just offer higher prices – they also tend to have fewer solar equipment options, which can have a significant impact on your system’s electricity production. By collecting a diverse array of solar bids, you can compare costs and savings based on the different equipment packages available to you.

    There are multiple variables to consider when seeking out the best solar panels on the market. While certain panels will have higher efficiency ratings than others, investing in top-of-the-line solar equipment doesn’t always result in higher savings. The only way to find the “sweet spot” for your property is to evaluate quotes with varying equipment and financing offers.

For any homeowner in the early stage of shopping for solar that would just like a ballpark estimate for an installation, try our Solar Calculator that offers up front cost and long term savings estimates based on your location and roof type. For those looking to get quotes from local contractors today, check out our quote comparison platform.





Don



How much do solar panels cost in Milpitas, California?

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Over the past decade the United States has witnessed a remarkable growth in solar with California leading the way. The Golden State is the behemoth of the U.S solar market boasting 19,000 megawatts of installed solar to date, which is almost as much as the other top ten solar producing states combined. Milpitas, like much of California, has consistent and strong sunlight totals. In this article we’ll explain why Milpitas, California is a great spot for solar power and how Milpitas homeowners can maximize their solar savings.

How much do solar panels cost in Milpitas?

As of mid-2017, the average price for solar panels in Milpitas was $3.54 per watt. Thus, since the typical system size in the U.S. is 5 kilowatts (5,000 watts), the average cost of a solar panel system in Milpitas is $17,700 before any rebates or incentives.

Though this price may already look attractive, it’s missing a major incentive that bolsters the economics of solar in the U.S.: the federal tax credit for solar energy systems. The solar ITC signifies a huge price reduction thanks to a hefty 30 percent rebate offered to both residential and commercial markets. Check out this data table that shows the cost of solar at different system sizes with the ITC factored in:

Milpitas solar pricing table: average system cost and net savings

$30,408​

System size Average solar system cost
(after ITC)
3 kW  $8,106
5 kW  $12,565
7 kW  $17,248
12 kW   $30,408

 

The above table shows the discounted price for a solar panel system in Milpitas after the solar ITC is included. The data draws from real quotes submitted to homeowners on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace over the past year. Keeping in mind the typical system size for a U.S. homeowner is 5 kilowatts (5,000 watts), a solar panel system will cost just under $13,000 in 2017.

California’s net metering and other incentives

Net metering has faced recent legislative battles in California but remains one of the biggest incentives for going solar in the state. Every California solar homeowner is eligible to receive bill credits for their excess solar generation at retail price from his or her utility.

Another strong solar incentive in California include the California Solar Initiative which is a cash rebate available to customers of either Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) or San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E). This program is for low-income homeowners who receive cash back for installing solar panels on their homes. The rebate amounts can be as high as $10,000.

Some local utilities also offer homeowners rebates that can pay anywhere from $0.20 to $1.25 per watt of installed solar capacity. For example, Silicon Valley Power offers a cash rebate for every watt of solar power installed up to 10 kilowatts, and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power offers a rebate of $0.25/W of installed solar power.

The cost of solar is dropping across the state of California. See prices in your area and get free solar quotes on the EnergySage Marketplace.

How Milpitas homeowners can save big with solar

Though Milpitas residents will see solar prices in the country continue to decline over the next five years, low prices aren’t necessarily the biggest selling point. When it comes to going solar, the long term ROI and savings from avoided bill payments is often the biggest deciding factor – and the figures can be staggering even in states where utility rates are reasonable.

In 2017, solar quotes received by Milpitas homeowners yielded 20-year savings estimates of over $56,375 on average. Checkout the breakdown of average net savings by solar system size:

Milpitas net 20-year savings from solar

System size Average solar savings over 20 years
3 kW  $32,685
5 kW $50,792
7 kW  $77,605
12 kW   $117,366

Three tips for solar shoppers in Milpitas, CA

  1. Homeowners who get multiple quotes save 10% or more

    As with any big ticket purchase, shopping for a solar panel installation takes a lot of research and consideration, including a thorough review of the companies in your area. A recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recommended that consumers compare as many solar options as possible to avoid paying inflated prices offered by the large installers in the solar industry.

    To find the smaller contractors that typically offer lower prices, you’ll need to use an installer network like EnergySage. You can receive free quotes from vetted installers local to you when you register your property on our Solar Marketplace – homeowners who get 3 or more quotes can save thousands on their solar panel installation.

  2. The biggest installers typically don’t offer the best price

    The bigger isn’t always better mantra is one of the main reasons we strongly encourage homeowners to consider all of their solar options, not just the brands large enough to pay for the most advertising. A recent report by the U.S. government found that large installers are $2,000 to $5,000 more expensive than small solar companies. If you have offers from some of the big installers in solar, make sure you compare those bids with quotes from local installers to ensure you don’t overpay for solar.

  3. Comparing all your equipment options is just as important

    National-scale installers don’t just offer higher prices – they also tend to have fewer solar equipment options, which can have a significant impact on your system’s electricity production. By collecting a diverse array of solar bids, you can compare costs and savings based on the different equipment packages available to you.

    There are multiple variables to consider when seeking out the best solar panels on the market. While certain panels will have higher efficiency ratings than others, investing in top-of-the-line solar equipment doesn’t always result in higher savings. The only way to find the “sweet spot” for your property is to evaluate quotes with varying equipment and financing offers.

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