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Many homeowners decide to use a solar panel installer since trying to install solar panels yourself can be challenging. Companies can also offer access to quality options of the best solar panels and help you pick which one will be right for you.
If you'd like to go solar but still aren't sure which solar panel company to go with, here are our recommendations for providers near you:
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Glencoe
Cost is usually one of the most important factors for homeowners wanting to invest in solar. There are a few major factors that will push your cost above or below the average in Glencoe: solar equipment and system size, financing options and the solar installation company you choose. We'll go over each of these briefly below.
One of the most significant factors to consider when it comes to the cost of adopting solar energy is the size of the solar system, which is measured in kilowatts (kW). The more power your household uses, the larger your system will likely need to be. You can expect to spend about $2,730 per kilowatt in Glencoe. The kind of solar equipment you choose can increase or decrease your cost by thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. If you opt for 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, higher efficiency could save you more over time on your energy bills. Additionally, extra products, like solar batteries, can bring your total well above the Glencoe average.
Solar Financing Terms
Many homeowners find the average cost of solar in Glencoe to be too expensive, even if the investment pays off over time. Fortunately, nearly every solar installer in the area provides financing options. Solar loans remarkably decrease upfront costs for most homeowners, but they also result in paying more over time because of interest. When estimating your overall cost, you should also calculate the interest you'll pay if you opt for a solar loan. Also, paying a higher down payment can reduce the total interest paid over time.
Solar Panel Installation Company
Lastly, the company you hire to install your solar panel system can affect the cost. Glencoe's solar companies all have different labor costs and add varying upcharges to equipment. The size of the company sometimes plays the most significant role in your costs. Larger national companies, like SunPro and Sunrun, often have lower prices due to access to more resources and better 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 lower 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||$2.84||$11,925||$11,178||12.9 years|
|8 kW||$2.78||$15,594||$15,210||12.7 years|
|10 kW||$2.73||$19,110||$19,394||12.4 years|
|12 kW||$2.68||$22,473||$23,732||12.2 years|
|14 kW||$2.62||$25,684||$28,222||11.9 years|
|16 kW||$2.57||$28,741||$32,865||11.7 years|
|18 kW||$2.51||$31,646||$37,662||11.4 years|
|20 kW||$2.46||$34,398||$42,611||11.2 years|
How to Save on Solar Panels
The solar panel company you choose will affect not only your overall costs, but also the kinds of solar panel brands, warranties, and other equipment you can get. When choosing a solar company, there are a few important things you should consider, including:
- Solar Panel Brands: Each solar panel brand and kind has varying levels of quality, durability and efficiency. They will come at different prices as well. The company you choose impacts which solar panel brands you have access to.
- Reputation: The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a respected certification organization for renewable energy professionals. If your solar panel installer is NABCEP-certified, it most likely has a good reputation and is qualified to install your solar system. Another way you can check your installer's reputation is by reading reviews.
- Contract: Read the contract terms closely to make sure you understand the cost breakdown, project timeline incentives and warranties.
- Installation Process: Get detailed information from your solar company about the installation process and what to expect, including when the site survey will be done and how long it will take.
EcoWatch's Glencoe, IL Solar Cost FAQs
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