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Top Solar Installers in Vacaville
When making the switch to solar, many homeowners decide to use a solar installation company since DIY solar panel installation can be a difficult project. A solar company can also help save you money over time by providing warranties, repairs and part replacements.
You can get a free quote from a local solar installer on how much your investment in solar could cost for your home. Here are some near you:
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Vacaville
Cost is typically one of the most important factors for homeowners wanting to invest in solar. There are a few primary factors that will push your cost above or below the average in Vacaville: solar equipment and system size, financing options and the solar installation company you choose. We'll cover each of these briefly below.
When it comes to estimating the price of solar panels in Vacaville, one of the most important factors is the size of the system you need. Solar systems are sized by kilowatts (kW) and are mainly based on your home's energy consumption, which you can determine by looking at past electricity bills. Your overall cost can increase by about $2,730 for each additional kilowatt you need. The model of solar panels and equipment you choose is another factor that will largely impact costs. Solar panels that are more efficient, like monocrystalline panels, tend to be more expensive. Further, solar equipment is more than just the solar panels themselves. You'll also need to make decisions about the kind of racks used to mount the panels, inverters, solar batteries, etc. It's important to take all of this into consideration when looking for a solar system that's in your budget.
Solar Financing Terms
Most solar companies in Vacaville have solar loans, which reduce the initial cost of installing solar panels. Even though solar loans make switching to solar energy more accessible for Vacaville homeowners, they can also add to the total you pay for your system, depending on your interest rate and how long you take to pay off the loan. If you put down a larger down payment, though, you can cut back on how much interest you have to pay.
Solar Panel Installation Company
Lastly, the company you choose to install your solar panel system can affect the cost. Vacaville's solar companies all have different labor costs and add varying upcharges to equipment. Some companies 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 come with an above-average cost. It's best to do some research and find a company that has 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||$39,836||5.8 years|
|8 kW||$2.78||$15,594||$53,420||5.6 years|
|10 kW||$2.73||$19,110||$67,157||5.5 years|
|12 kW||$2.68||$22,473||$81,047||5.4 years|
|14 kW||$2.62||$25,684||$95,090||5.3 years|
|16 kW||$2.57||$28,741||$109,286||5.2 years|
|18 kW||$2.51||$31,646||$123,635||5.1 years|
|20 kW||$2.46||$34,398||$138,137||5.0 years|
How to Save on Solar Panels
There are numerous companies available in Vacaville, and some homeowners feel overwhelmed considering their options. Choosing the right company for you can be difficult, so here are some tips to help you decide:
- Solar Panel Brands: Homeowners will have different preferences for panels depending on their roof configurations and energy needs. While there are many options for which kind of solar panel you can get, not every company will have the exact one you may want or need, so be sure to peruse their list of options before deciding.
- Warranty: Companies typically offer different kinds of warranties that provide different kinds of coverage. A 25-year, all-inclusive warranty is the gold standard.
- Contract: Even though reading through a contract can be tedious, it's important to do it fully so you can be sure you understand what services your solar company will provide and the terms of the warranty.
- Reputation: Your solar installer should have a sound reputation as a company and have verifiable expertise in the field. A couple of ways to check this are to look for whether a company has technicians certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and if it has positive reviews from previous customers.
EcoWatch's Vacaville, CA Solar Cost FAQs
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