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Top Solar Installers in Pinckneyville
Many homeowners choose to use a solar installation company since trying to put up solar panels by yourself can be challenging. Companies can also have access to a large variety of the best solar panels and help you decide which one will be best for you.
You can work with a local solar installer to get a free quote on how much solar panels could cost for your home. Here are some near you:
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Pinckneyville
For many Pinckneyville homeowners, the decision to go solar rests on cost. However, the range of solar installation costs can be quite wide in Pinckneyville, with typical prices between $20,000 to $40,000. There are various factors that greatly influence the price you'll pay, which we'll go over below.
Solar Equipment Size
The cost of solar panels varies by thousands of dollars due to a variety of factors. One of the major factors is the system size. Solar power systems that have better efficiency or power generation require better technology and/or more equipment, both of which can raise costs. For each additional kilowatt you need, your cost can go up by about $2,730. The kind of 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. However, higher efficiency could save you more in the long run on your electric bills. In addition, add-on products, such as solar batteries, can bring your total well above the Pinckneyville average.
Solar Financing Terms
Many homeowners find the average cost of solar in Pinckneyville to be too costly, even if the investment pays off over time. Thankfully, nearly every solar company in the area provides financing options. Solar loans substantially decrease upfront costs for most homeowners, but they also lead to paying more over time due to interest. When figuring out your overall cost, you should also calculate the interest you'll pay if you go with a solar loan. Also, paying more on your down payment can reduce the total interest paid over time.
Solar Panel Installation Company
Finally, the company you hire to install your solar panels can influence your pricing. Pinckneyville's solar companies all have different labor costs and add varying upcharges to equipment. Larger national companies generally have lower costs, but some local companies undercut them by offering sales and discounts. While the smaller companies might not have access to specific equipment options like Tesla Powerwall batteries or extra services like electric vehicle 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||$14,301||11.4 years|
|8 kW||$2.78||$15,594||$19,373||11.1 years|
|10 kW||$2.73||$19,110||$24,599||10.9 years|
|12 kW||$2.68||$22,473||$29,977||10.7 years|
|14 kW||$2.62||$25,684||$35,509||10.5 years|
|16 kW||$2.57||$28,741||$41,193||10.3 years|
|18 kW||$2.51||$31,646||$47,030||10.1 years|
|20 kW||$2.46||$34,398||$53,020||9.8 years|
Solar Incentives in Pinckneyville
How to Save on Solar Panels
The company that does your solar panel installation will affect the warranties and brands you have access to, and it will also have an impact on your total cost. Because selecting a company can be difficult, we have some tips to help you, such as:
- Solar Panel Brands: Not all solar installers carry the same brands of solar panels, so the brand and type of panel you want can play a considerable role in the company you opt for.
- Reputation: The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a well-established certification organization for renewable energy professionals. If your solar panel installer is NABCEP-certified, it likely has a solid reputation and is qualified to get the job done well. Another way you can verify your installer's reputation is by reading reviews.
- Warranty: Warranties that provide coverage for defective panels and repairs over a couple decades are the gold standard in the business, and offering such a warranty is one sign of a good company.
- Contract: When reading through your solar installer's contract, ask questions about any terms you're not sure of and make sure you understand what happens in scenarios such as a system component breaking or if the company goes out of business.
EcoWatch's Pinckneyville, IL Solar Cost FAQs
Our goal is to reach as many people as we can with sensible solutions like solar energy. Our team of full-time local researchers collects solar price and installation data for every city in America then compiles it to create these digestible city guides. If you want to read our solar expert’s opinion on the top solar companies featured here, follow this link.