The Cost of Solar
Depending on how you get solar and the size of your system it could cost anywhere from $0 to $40,000. We recommend letting someone else pay for the solar installation and just paying for the power.
DIY Solar Install
Building your own system will typically pay for itself within 10-15 years. If you decide to build your own system you'll have to go through the following steps.
- Roof sun-shade analysis
- Roof feasability study (can it hold a 3,000 pound system)
- System design and sourcing
- Inspections and building permits
- Mounting and installation
- Net meter installation and power company approval
Because of the difficulty of the process and the requirements for net metering we recommend a power purchase agreement. This allows a solar provider to install and maintain the equipment while you just pay for the power it produces.
$20,000 - $40,000
Because of the complexity of solar installation a contracted professional is almost always required. When looking for a installation contractor look for these criteria:
- Certified to work with your power company (usually a c10 or c46 certifcation).
- Custom design experience.
- Additional Insurance and Warranties.
Self-financed solar installs can be a bit risky because of the longterm ROI. Panels, inverters, mountings may break. Be sure warranties and insurance are in place to handle these contingencies in the future.
Because of the risks associated with buying your own solar setup we recommend Power Purchase Agreements. In that scenario we take on the risks and liability associated with the solar installation as long as you agree to pay for the power the panels produce; no risk and all the savings.
Power Purchase Agreement (Recommended)
$0 - $500
Often the most affordable way to buy solar is through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). With a PPA we do all the work of designing, installing, and maintaining your system and you agree to purchase the power you use from the panels.
If your power bill is over $150/mo this is the option that not only saves the most money, but it also has the least risk. Here are some of the benefits:
- Easiest solution
- Most customers reduce their monthly power bill by at least $50 (no hidden fees).
- No maintenance costs
- No equipment risk
Find out if your home is a good fit with a free solar consultation from one of our solar experts.
The best way to go solar
The best all around way to save money by going Solar is with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Instead of buying and installing all the equipment and taking on the cost of maintenance, a PPA will allow you to pay for the power you use from the panels on your house. A third-party takes on the cost of the install and maintenance as long as you agree to buy power from those panels.
With a PPA home owners typically save money the same month they go solar. Self-financed panels usually take 9-12 years to pay for themselves. Because of this we recommend all our customers go for a PPA. To see if that solution is right for your home we'll send out a solar professional for free to evaluate your home. Just fill out the form below.