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Top Solar Installers in Highwood
When switching to solar energy, many homeowners choose to use a solar company since overseeing your solar installation yourself can be a time-consuming project. Companies can also have access to quality options of the best solar panels and help you decide which one will be best for your family.
If you're looking for a solar company in Highwood, we've put together a list of our top suggestions here:
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Highwood
There are several criteria that can determine 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 panels.
The size of the solar panel system you need, which is measured in kilowatts, is the most significant cost factor to consider. For every additional kilowatt you need, you can expect your total to increase by around $2,730. The solar equipment you choose can bring your price up or down by thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. If you get 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 in the long run on your electric bills. Additionally, add-on products, like solar batteries, can bump up your total well above the Highwood average.
Solar Financing Terms
If paying for solar panels out of pocket is out of reach, solar loans are a solid route because they decrease your upfront costs and allow you to pay for your system over a term of, on average, between five and seven years. It's a good idea to factor the interest you'll pay in your final cost estimate. If you can afford to put more money down upfront, you can reduce your total costs and how long it'll take to pay back the loan.
Solar Panel Installation Company
The solar installer you select will affect your total cost to adopt solar power. Different companies will charge different amounts for the equipment and labor. Larger national companies typically have lower costs, but some local companies compete with them by offering sales and discounts. While the smaller companies might not have access to specific equipment options like Tesla Powerwall batteries or add-on services like electric car charger installation, they might be cheaper overall.
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||$9,531||13.9 years|
|8 kW||$2.78||$15,594||$13,014||13.6 years|
|10 kW||$2.73||$19,110||$16,649||13.4 years|
|12 kW||$2.68||$22,473||$20,438||13.1 years|
|14 kW||$2.62||$25,684||$24,379||12.8 years|
|16 kW||$2.57||$28,741||$28,473||12.6 years|
|18 kW||$2.51||$31,646||$32,721||12.3 years|
|20 kW||$2.46||$34,398||$37,121||12.0 years|
How to Save on Solar Panels
Since the brand of solar panels and the installer you choose significantly affects your costs and your system's efficiency, production, and durability, it's important to pick the right ones for you. Here are some things to keep in mind to help with your decision:
- Contract: When looking over your solar installer's contract, ask questions about any terms you're not sure of and make sure you understand what happens in scenarios like a system part breaking or if the company goes out of business.
- Warranty: A high-quality company rises above other companies by offering the gold standard warranty — a 25-year, all-inclusive warranty covering parts, labor and performance.
- 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 install your solar system. Another way you can research your installer's reputation is by reading reviews.
- Solar Panel Brands: Different companies carry various brands and models of panels. If you know you want a specific brand, make sure the solar installer you're considering has it.
EcoWatch's Highwood, IL Solar Cost FAQs
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