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Top Solar Installers in Nevada
Although it's possible to install solar panels yourself, it takes extra time and knowledge. For that reason, almost all homeowners choose to go with a solar panel installer. Companies can also provide access to quality options of the best solar panels and help you pick which one will be best for your home.
Working with a professional solar installer can help your solar project go smoothly. Here are our recommendations:
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Nevada
While the average cost of a solar system in Nevada is $18,576, your actual cost may be higher or lower than that. There are quite a few factors that can have a sizable impact on the cost of a solar panel installation. Below are some of the more important things to keep in mind.
When it comes to estimating the price of a solar energy system in Nevada, one of the most crucial factors is the size of the system you need. Solar systems are sized by kilowatts (kW) and are largely based on your home's energy usage, which you can gauge by looking at past energy bills. Your overall cost can increase by about $2,770 for each additional kilowatt you need. Some solar panel brands — like Maxeon from SunPower — are more expensive upfront but also tend to offer better efficiency. In a city like Nevada, where sunlight is relatively abundant, efficiency can quickly pay off. Also, if you have a small roof or you don't have a lot of space for your panels, higher efficiency options will be more impactful. Additional equipment like electric vehicle chargers and solar batteries will also increase the cost.
Solar Financing Terms
Many homeowners find the average cost of solar in Nevada to be prohibitively steep, even if the investment pays off over time. Fortunately, nearly every solar installer in the area offers financing options. Solar loans remarkably decrease upfront costs in most cases, but they also result in a higher cost over time due to interest. Though solar loans make going solar more accessible for Nevada homeowners, they can also raise the total you pay for your system due to interest. If you make a larger down payment, though, you can cut back on how much interest you have to pay.
Solar Panel Installation Company
The solar installer you pick will play a role in your total cost to make the switch to solar energy. Different companies will bill different amounts for the equipment and labor. The size of the company sometimes plays the most considerable role in your total costs. Larger national companies, like SunPro and Sunrun, often have lower prices because they have access to greater resources and bulk pricing. Smaller local companies might be more costly, but they can sometimes have better customer service and more customization options, and the occasional sale or promotion can bring their pricing down to compete with bigger companies.
Solar Panel Cost Data by System Size
|System size||Cost per system watt||Solar system cost||25-Year savings||Payback period|
|6 kW||$2.88||$12,099||$19,753||9.5 years|
|8 kW||$2.83||$15,822||$26,648||9.3 years|
|10 kW||$2.77||$19,390||$33,698||9.1 years|
|12 kW||$2.71||$22,803||$40,903||8.9 years|
|14 kW||$2.66||$26,060||$48,263||8.8 years|
|16 kW||$2.60||$29,163||$55,778||8.6 years|
|18 kW||$2.55||$32,110||$63,448||8.4 years|
|20 kW||$2.49||$34,902||$71,273||8.2 years|
How to Save on Solar Panels
There are many companies available in Nevada, and some homeowners feel overwhelmed considering their options. Choosing the right company for you can be tough, so here are some tips to help you decide:
- Reputation: The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a well-established certification organization for sustainable energy professionals. If your solar panel installer is NABCEP-certified, it most likely has a good reputation and is qualified to get the job done well. Another way you can verify your installer's reputation is by reading reviews.
- Installation Process: Make sure you're on the same page with the company with regard to how the installation process will go and what needs to be done before your solar panels are installed, such as updating or replacing your electrical system or roof.
- Solar Panel Brands: Each solar panel brand and type offers varying levels of quality, longevity and energy efficiency. They will come at different price points as well. The company you choose plays a role in which solar panel brands you have access to.
- Contract: Before you sign a contract with a solar installer, be 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 what services you can expect from them.
EcoWatch's Nevada, IA Solar Cost FAQs
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