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How much do solar panels cost in Plano, Texas?

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The U.S. has witnessed remarkable solar growth over the past decade, and Texas ranks in the top 10 for installed solar capacity. Huge economic growth and increased electricity use means that solar generation capacity is necessary to meet market demand. The Texas solar market should see growth in coming years, and for Plano homeowners, this potential market growth means that now is a great time to invest in solar panels. In this article we’ll explain why Plano can be a top spot for solar power and what Plano homeowners can do to maximize their solar savings.

How much do solar panels cost in Plano?

As of mid-2017, the average price for solar panels in Plano was $3.24 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 Plano is $16,200 before any rebates or incentives.

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

Solar pricing table: Plano compared to U.S. average costs

System size National average cost
(after ITC)
 plano average cost
(after ITC)
3 kW $7,119 $6,804
6 kW $14,238  $13,608
10 kW $23,730  $22,680
12 kW $28,476  $27,216

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 nationwide and in Plano for solar energy systems. As the data illustrates, typical solar prices in Plano, Texas are significantly lower than the rest of the country.

When looking at the solar industry as a whole, it’s well known that Texas is a pragmatic place to install solar. But when you zero in on Plano’s market and compare it to the rest of the country, the advantage for homeowners is even clearer. The good news for most Texas homeowners is that these low costs do not even incorporate the added benefit of net metering, offered throughout the Lone Star State.

Texas net metering and other incentives

Although Texas doesn’t have a statewide net metering program, many utilities in the state (including El Paso Electric, the City of Brenham, CPS Energy, and Green Mountain Energy) have policies that credit owners of solar energy systems for the electricity that their panels produce.

Under these utility policies, homeowners receive credits on their electric bill for any excess electric generation. When the amount of electricity used is more than the solar panels generate, homeowners can draw on these net metering credits instead of buying electricity from the utility.

Texas also offers a renewable energy property tax exemption so residents of the Lone Star State don’t pay extra taxes on the increased value of their homes as a result of solar panel installation. In addition, Texas has a solar rights law that prevents HOAs from banning solar energy systems on their properties, so homeowners can go solar with confidence.

How Plano homeowners can save big with solar

Though Plano 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 Plano homeowners yielded 20-year savings estimates of over $38,638 on average. Checkout the breakdown of average net savings by solar system size:

Plano net 20-year savings from solar

System size Average solar savings over 20 years
6 kW $25,672
10 kW $40,474
12 kW $43,232

Three tips for solar shoppers in Plano, Texas

  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.





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