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Top Solar Installers in Wayne
Many homeowners opt for a solar panel company since trying to install solar panels on your own can be hard. The expertise that solar installers offer can be valuable as well, particularly if you don't quite know what kind of solar equipment would be right for your home.
You can get a free estimate from a local solar installer on how much your investment in solar could cost for your home. Here are some nearby:
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Wayne
Even though the average cost of solar panels in Wayne is $12,479, your actual cost may be above or below the average. There are quite a few factors that can have a significant impact on the cost of a residential solar panel installation. Below are some of the more important things to keep in mind.
The size of the solar system you need to offset your energy usage is the most significant cost factor to consider. For every additional kilowatt you need, you can expect your total to increase by about $2,730. Some solar brands — like Maxeon from SunPower — are more costly upfront but also tend to offer better efficiency. In a city like Wayne, where sunlight is relatively abundant, efficiency can quickly pay off. Also, if you have a small roof or limited 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
Most solar installers in Wayne have solar loans, which reduce the initial cost of installing solar panels. It's wise to add the interest you'll pay in your final cost estimate. If you can afford to pay a larger down payment, you can reduce your total costs and how long it'll take to pay back the loan.
Solar Panel Installation Company
Finally, the company you get to install your solar system can impact the cost. Wayne's solar companies all have different labor costs and add varying upcharges to equipment. Companies that only sell high-efficiency and high-priced products — like Maxeon solar panels from SunPower or Tesla Powerwall batteries — so choosing those installers will generally come with an above-average cost. It's best to do some research and find a company that offers the products, warranties and services you want and also is within your budget.
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||$11,963||12.5 years|
|8 kW||$2.78||$15,594||$16,256||12.2 years|
|10 kW||$2.73||$19,110||$20,702||12.0 years|
|12 kW||$2.68||$22,473||$25,301||11.8 years|
|14 kW||$2.62||$25,684||$30,053||11.5 years|
|16 kW||$2.57||$28,741||$34,958||11.3 years|
|18 kW||$2.51||$31,646||$40,016||11.0 years|
|20 kW||$2.46||$34,398||$45,227||10.8 years|
How to Save on Solar Panels
There are many solar installers to choose from, all of which offer different warranties, solar panel brands and price points. To help you find the right company for you, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Contract: Review the contract terms carefully to make sure you understand the cost breakdown, completion timeline rebates and warranties.
- Solar Panel Brands: Each solar panel brand and type has varying levels of quality, durability 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.
- Reputation: Your solar installer should have a sound reputation as a company and have verifiable expertise in the field. Two ways to check this are to look for whether a company has technicians that hold a certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and if it has satisfied reviews from past customers.
- Installation Process: One of the most important things to understand when adopting solar power is the installation process itself. Be sure to clarify any details you should know with your solar company, such as what permits you should secure and how long the project will take.
EcoWatch's Wayne, IL Solar Cost FAQs
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