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The Average Cost to Install Solar Panels: A Simple Guide

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Electricity prices are rising every year. Many are turning to solar panels as an alternative source of power.

But how much do solar panels cost to install and maintain? And more importantly how much can they save you?

Here is your guide for the cost to install solar panels.

How Much Does It Cost to Install Solar Panels?

The average cost to install solar panels is between $15,000 and $25,000. But the true cost of solar panels depends on how much money you will save on electricity.

Before installing solar panels you will want to be sure you will be saving on electricity. This will depend on things like your location, electricity usage, and incentives. Here is what you need to consider.

Your Electricity Bill 

The first thing to do is review your electricity bill. The higher your bill the more you will save.

But be mindful. Electricity rates and usage are volatile. If prices fluctuate so can your savings. 

You will also need to check how much power your house uses to assess how many panels you will need to power your home comfortably. 

Solar panels are designed to last for about 20 years with limited maintenance costs. If your electricity bill is $1,000 per year, then a system that costs about $20,000 will break even. 

Sunlight Exposure

Obviously, the more sun exposure your solar panels get the more electricity they produce. States like California and Arizona average more sunlight hours per day.

You also need to consider the orientation of your home toward the sun, the type of roof, and potential shade. 

You can have an expert solar provider give you a solar rating to let you know if your home would be efficient and compatible with solar panels. 

Consider Incentives

The government offers great incentives for installing residential solar panels. A residential tax credit is available for taxpayers to claim 22% of the installation cost for systems installed by December 2021.

Various states have their own incentives including cash back, property tax exemptions, and waived fees. In some states, homeowners with solar panels can sell their excess power back to the grid. 

Depending on your location and circumstances these incentives can make installing solar panels very cost-effective. Beware as these incentives are not likely to last. As solar energy is becoming cheaper these incentives are being reduced.  

Leasing Solar Panels

You can also consider leasing solar panels. This is a good option if the upfront cost is too expensive. 

Be sure to check how leasing will impact your eligibility for incentives. And it is likely leased panels will not increase your home value.

Your Solar Powered Home

If you are paying high energy rates and your home has a suitable solar rating it is almost certainly worth investing in solar panels whilst the 22% tax credit is in place. Not only are will you be saving on energy for the next 20 years but also helping save the environment.

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