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Top Solar Installers in Salinas
Although it's possible to install solar panels yourself, it involves extra time and expertise. For that reason, most people choose a solar panel installer. The expertise that solar companies offer can be valuable as well, especially if you don't quite know what type of solar equipment you need.
There are various licensed solar professionals that can help you install your solar system. Here are our suggestions:
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Salinas
There are a number of criteria that can influence your solar system installation cost, such as the size of your system, the equipment you choose, your financing options and the specific company that installs your solar system.
The size of the solar system you need to offset your energy usage is the most important cost factor to consider. For every additional kilowatt you need, your total will most likely increase by around $2,730. The type of solar equipment you choose can increase or decrease your cost by thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. If you choose the most efficient solar panel brands, you'll end up paying more upfront than if you opted for the most affordable panels. On the other hand, more efficient panels could save you more over time on your power bills. Additionally, add-on products, such as solar batteries, can bump up your total well above the Salinas average.
Solar Financing Terms
Many homeowners find the average cost of solar in Salinas to be too expensive, even if the investment pays off over time. Fortunately, nearly every solar company in the area provides financing options. Solar loans substantially decrease upfront costs for most homeowners, but they also lead to a higher cost over time because of interest. However, the interest on solar loans also adds to your overall costs, so it's important to take that into consideration as well. You can always reduce the total you pay in interest and in some cases even your APR by putting more money down.
Solar Panel Installation Company
The final significant cost factor you should consider is the installer you choose. Given the massive popularity of clean energy solutions in Salinas, you'll have lots of options to choose from, but each comes at different price points for labor and equipment. Companies that only sell high-quality, high-efficiency and high-price products — like Maxeon solar panels from SunPower or Tesla Powerwall batteries — so choosing those installers will generally cost more. It's best to do some research and choose a company that offers the products, warranties and services you're looking for and also fit into your budget.
Solar Panel Cost Data by System Size
|System size||Cost per system watt||Solar system cost||25-Year savings||Payback period|
|6 kW||$2.84||$11,925||$42,509||5.5 years|
|8 kW||$2.78||$15,594||$56,984||5.4 years|
|10 kW||$2.73||$19,110||$71,612||5.3 years|
|12 kW||$2.68||$22,473||$86,394||5.2 years|
|14 kW||$2.62||$25,684||$101,328||5.1 years|
|16 kW||$2.57||$28,741||$116,414||5.0 years|
|18 kW||$2.51||$31,646||$131,654||4.8 years|
|20 kW||$2.46||$34,398||$147,047||4.7 years|
How to Save on Solar Panels
There are a lot of solar installers to choose from, all of which offer different warranties, solar panel models and price points. To help you select the right company for you, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Reputation: Solar panel companies that have great reviews from their customers and that have been operating for many years most likely offer high-quality solar panel installation and expertise.
- Contract: Before signing a contract with a solar company, make sure to read it through carefully so you understand the terms. Also, ask questions if you aren't sure about some of the terms, such as what the warranty covers and if there are any guarantees about energy production.
- Solar Panel Brands: Homeowners will have different preferences for panels depending on their locations and how much efficiency they need. Even though there are many options for which brand of solar panel you can get, not every company will have the exact one you may want or need, so be sure to ask for their list of options before deciding.
- Warranty: A high-quality company stands out from other companies by offering the gold standard warranty — a 25-year, all-inclusive warranty covering parts, labor and performance.
EcoWatch's Salinas, CA Solar Cost FAQs
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