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Top Solar Installers in Central
DIY solar panel installation is a possibility, but it's an undertaking that can take a lot of hard work. Going with a solar panel installer can make swapping over to solar power much easier. The payback period on a solar system will vary based on factors like your location and energy consumption, but going with a solar installer can shorten that period. Your provider will be able to help you identify incentives available in your area.
You can work with a local solar installer to get a free estimate on the cost of solar panels for your home. Here are some nearby:
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Central
Cost is often one of the most important factors for homeowners who want to invest in solar. There are a few major factors that will push your cost above or below the average in Central: solar equipment and system size, financing options and the solar installation company you choose. We'll cover each of these briefly below.
Solar Equipment Size
When it comes to estimating the price of a solar system in Central, one of the most important factors is the size of the system you need. Solar systems are sized by kilowatts (kW) and are largely based on your home's energy usage, which you can gauge by looking at past electricity bills. Your overall cost can increase by around $2,570 for each additional kilowatt you need. The solar equipment you choose can bring your price up or down 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. However, higher efficiency could save you more in the long run on your power bills. In addition, extra products, like solar batteries, can bring your total well above the Central average.
Solar Financing Terms
Most solar installers in Central provide solar loans, which reduce the initial cost of installing solar. When estimating your overall cost, you should also calculate the interest you'll pay if you choose to go with a solar loan. Also, paying more on your down payment can reduce the total interest paid over time.
Solar Panel Installation Company
The solar company you choose to handle your switch to green energy can have an effect on your total costs. There are about 3 solar installation companies operating throughout Central, and each can charge different amounts for labor and equipment. The size of the company sometimes plays the most significant role in the cost of installation. Larger national companies, like SunPro and Sunrun, often have lower prices because they have access to more resources and better pricing. Smaller local companies might be more costly, but they generally have better customer service and more customization options, and the occasional sale or discount can bring their pricing lower to compete with bigger names.
Solar Panel Cost Data by System Size
|System size||Cost per system watt||Solar system cost||25-Year savings||Payback period|
|6 kW||$2.67||$11,226||$14,907||10.7 years|
|8 kW||$2.62||$14,680||$20,164||10.5 years|
|10 kW||$2.57||$17,990||$25,565||10.3 years|
|12 kW||$2.52||$21,156||$31,110||10.1 years|
|14 kW||$2.47||$24,179||$36,799||9.9 years|
|16 kW||$2.42||$27,057||$42,631||9.7 years|
|18 kW||$2.36||$29,791||$48,608||9.5 years|
|20 kW||$2.31||$32,382||$54,728||9.3 years|
Solar Incentives in Central
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 pick the right company for you, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Contract: When looking 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 like a system component breaking or if the company goes out of business.
- Warranty: If you're concerned about the durability of your solar panels, verifying your installer offers a 25-year, all-inclusive warranty can give you some peace of mind.
- Reputation: Long-standing companies likely have a good reputation. This is important because it ensures that it will not only see your solar installation through, but will also provide quality aftercare and customer support, such as part repairs and replacements.
- Solar Panel Brands: Not all solar companies offer 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.
EcoWatch's Central, LA Solar Cost FAQs
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