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Top Solar Installers in Gonzales
Installing solar panels by yourself can be a difficult task, which is why hiring a solar installer is a good option for many homeowners. Plus, warranties and repairs from your solar panel company can protect your investment and reduce the cost of maintenance over the lifespan of your panels.
If you're searching for a solar installer in Gonzales, we've compiled a list of our top suggestions here:
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Gonzales
Cost is often one of the most important factors for homeowners who want to invest in solar. There are a few primary factors that affect your total cost in Gonzales: solar equipment and system size, financing options and the solar installation company you choose. We'll discuss each of these briefly below.
Solar Equipment Size
The cost of solar panel systems varies by thousands of dollars due to some different factors. One of the notable factors is the system size. Solar power systems that have greater efficiency or power production use 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 $2,570. The type of solar equipment you choose can increase or decrease your cost by thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. If you choose the most efficient solar panel brands, you'll end up paying more upfront than if you opted for the most affordable panels. However, more efficient panels could save you more in the long run on your power bills. In addition, add-on products, such as solar batteries, can bring your total well above the Gonzales average.
Solar Financing Terms
Many homeowners find the average cost of solar in Gonzales to be prohibitively costly, even if the investment pays off over time. Fortunately, almost every solar company in the area offers financing options. Solar loans substantially decrease upfront costs for most homeowners, but they also result in paying more over time because of interest. Although solar loans make switching to solar energy more accessible for Gonzales homeowners, they can also raise the total you pay for your system, depending on your interest rate. If you make a larger down payment, though, you can cut back on how much interest you have to pay.
Solar Panel Installation Company
The final significant cost factor you should consider is the installer you choose. Given the massive popularity of sustainable energy solutions in Gonzales, you'll have plenty of options to choose from, but each comes at different price points for labor and equipment. Some companies only sell products with high efficiency and therefore a higher price point — like Maxeon solar panels from SunPower or Tesla Powerwall batteries — so choosing those installers will generally cost more. It's best to do some research and choose a company that offers the products, warranties and services you want and also fits 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||$2.67||$11,226||$16,029||10.3 years|
|8 kW||$2.62||$14,680||$21,660||10.1 years|
|10 kW||$2.57||$17,990||$27,435||9.9 years|
|12 kW||$2.52||$21,156||$33,354||9.7 years|
|14 kW||$2.47||$24,179||$39,417||9.5 years|
|16 kW||$2.42||$27,057||$45,624||9.3 years|
|18 kW||$2.36||$29,791||$51,974||9.1 years|
|20 kW||$2.31||$32,382||$58,469||8.9 years|
Solar Incentives in Gonzales
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. Since selecting a company can be difficult, we have some tips to help you, such as:
- Contract: Even though reading through a contract can take a lot of time, it's important to do it thoroughly so you can be sure you understand how much the equipment and services will cost and the terms of the warranty.
- 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 what the project timeline is.
- Solar Panel Brands: Each solar panel brand and model offers varying levels of quality, durability and energy efficiency. They will come at different prices as well. The company you choose has an impact on which solar panel brands you have access to.
- Warranty: Many companies offer different types of warranties that cover different things. A 25-year, all-inclusive warranty is the gold standard.
EcoWatch's Gonzales, LA Solar Cost FAQs
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