How much do solar panels cost in Andover, 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 Andover benefit from such development and have the added advantage of having below-average solar panel installation costs. In this article we’ll explain why Andover, Massachusetts is a great spot for solar power and how Andover homeowners can maximize their solar savings.

How much do solar panels cost in Andover?

As of mid-2017, the average price for solar panels in Andover was $3.47 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 Andover is $17,350 before any rebates or incentives.

While this price is low, it is also very competitive for the overall state of Massachusetts. Prices for solar panel systems have dropped by over 55% in Massachusetts over the past 5 years and homeowners are taking notice. Check out this comparison table of Andover and state pricing for various system sizes:

Solar pricing table: Andover compared to Massachusetts

System size State average cost
(after ITC)
 Andover average cost
(after ITC)
3 kW $7,518  $7,287
6 kW $15,036  $14,574
10 kW $25,060  $24,290
12 kW $30,072  $29,148

The above table, which uses pricing data from solar quotes received by homeowners on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace over the last 12 months, offers a comparison of prices in Massachusetts and Andover for solar energy systems. As the data illustrates, typical solar prices in Andover, Massachusetts are significantly lower than the rest of the state.

Massachusetts is an affordable and pragmatic place to install solar. But when you zero in on Andover’s market and compare it to the rest of the state, the advantage for homeowners is even clearer. The good news for Andover homeowners is that these low costs do not even incorporate the added benefit of net metering, which is offered throughout the Bay State.

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.

Massachusetts 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% 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 100% tax exemption from both sales and property tax payments for solar homeowners.

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 Andover homeowners can save big with solar

Though Andover residents are already seeing low solar prices with continued cost declines expected 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 Andover homeowners yielded 20-year savings estimates of over $87,956 on average. Checkout the breakdown of average net savings by solar system size:

Andover net 20-year savings from solar

System size Average solar savings over 20 years
6 kW $63,480
10 kW $99,410
12 kW $114,318

Three tips for solar shoppers in Andover, 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 Andover contractors today, check out our quote comparison platform.


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