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Although you can install solar panels by yourself, it takes extra time and handiness. Because of that, almost all homeowners choose to go with a solar panel installer. Plus, warranties and repairs from your solar panel company can protect your investment and reduce the cost of maintenance in the long run.
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Shelley
Cost is often one of the most important factors for homeowners wanting to invest in solar. There are a few primary factors that determine your overall cost in Shelley: solar equipment and system size, financing options and the solar installation company you choose. We'll go over each of these briefly below.
Solar Equipment Size
The size of the solar system you need for your household is the most significant cost factor to consider. For every additional kilowatt you need, you can expect your total to increase by about $2,600. The 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 electric bills. In addition, add-on products, such as solar batteries, can bump up your total well above the Shelley average.
Solar Financing Terms
If paying for solar panels in cash is too expensive, solar loans are an affordable route because they decrease your upfront costs and let you pay for your system over five to seven years on average. You'll have to consider the long-term cost of loans, including the total interest you'll pay over the length of the loan. If you can only get a high-interest loan, then your total can be hundreds or even thousands of dollars above the equipment and labor cost. Making a larger down payment or getting a solar loan with a low APR could reduce your costs remarkably.
Solar Panel Installation Company
Finally, the company you hire to install your solar panels can influence the cost. Shelley's solar companies all have different labor costs and add varying upcharges to equipment. You may see national solar installers that have lower prices because of their larger brand name and access to bulk prices, or you might see small, local installation companies offering deals or specials to compete with those larger companies.
Solar Panel Cost Data by System Size
|System size||Cost per system watt||Solar system cost||25-Year savings||Payback period|
|6 kW||$2.70||$11,357||$11,199||12.6 years|
|8 kW||$2.65||$14,851||$15,223||12.3 years|
|10 kW||$2.60||$18,200||$19,393||12.1 years|
|12 kW||$2.55||$21,403||$23,708||11.9 years|
|14 kW||$2.50||$24,461||$28,169||11.6 years|
|16 kW||$2.44||$27,373||$32,776||11.4 years|
|18 kW||$2.39||$30,139||$37,528||11.1 years|
|20 kW||$2.34||$32,760||$42,426||10.9 years|
Solar Incentives in Shelley
How to Save on Solar Panels
The company that does your system installation will affect the warranties and brands available to you, and it will also have an impact on your total cost. Because selecting a company can be a tough decision, we have some tips to help you, such as:
- Solar Panel Brands: The type of solar panel you need plays a part in which installer you should go with, since different companies have different panels.
- Warranty: Warranties that provide coverage for defective panels and repairs over a long period of time such as 25 years are the gold standard in the business, and offering that kind of warranty is one mark of a quality company.
- Installation Process: Get detailed information from your solar installer about the installation process and what to expect, including when the site survey will be completed and how long it will take.
- Contract: When reading over your solar company's contract, ask questions about any terms you're not sure of and be sure you understand what happens in scenarios such as a system part breaking or if the company goes out of business.
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