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Top Solar Installers in Essex
When going solar, many homeowners prefer to go with a solar company since handling can be a time-consuming project. Plus, if you're not certain what brand of solar panels and equipment you want, a solar expert can help you find the right equipment for you after a site survey and consultation.
There are a number of licensed solar professionals that can take care of your solar installation project. Here are our suggestions:
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Essex
The cost of installing a solar system in Essex can vary by more than $10,000 from home to home. Your actual cost depends on several factors. The biggest one is your system size, and other factors include equipment choices, financing options and the solar company you choose.
Solar Equipment Size
The size of the solar system you need to offset your energy usage is the most important cost factor to consider. For every additional kilowatt you need, your total will most likely increase by around $2,940. Some solar brands — like Maxeon from SunPower — are more costly upfront but also tend to offer better efficiency. In a city like Essex, where sunlight is relatively abundant, efficiency can quickly pay off. Plus, if you have a small roof or limited space for your panels, higher efficiency options will be a better option. Additional equipment like electric vehicle chargers and solar batteries will also increase the cost.
Solar Financing Terms
If paying for a solar system out of pocket is too expensive, solar loans are a solid choice because they decrease your upfront costs and let you pay for your system over five to seven years on average. You'll have to consider the long-term cost of loans, including the total interest you'll pay over the length of the loan. If you're only able to get a high-interest loan, then your total can be hundreds or even thousands of dollars more than the principal cost. Making a larger down payment or getting a solar loan with a low APR could reduce your costs remarkably.
Solar Panel Installation Company
Finally, the company you hire to install your solar panel system can impact your pricing. Essex's solar companies all have different labor costs and add varying upcharges to equipment. You may see national solar installers that have lower prices because of their larger brand name and access to bulk prices, or you might see small, local installation companies offering deals or specials to compete with those major players.
Solar Panel Cost Data by System Size
|System size||Cost per system watt||Solar system cost||25-Year savings||Payback period|
|6 kW||$3.06||$12,842||$22,400||9.1 years|
|8 kW||$3.00||$16,793||$30,196||8.9 years|
|10 kW||$2.94||$20,580||$38,156||8.8 years|
|12 kW||$2.88||$24,202||$46,282||8.6 years|
|14 kW||$2.82||$27,660||$54,571||8.4 years|
|16 kW||$2.76||$30,952||$63,026||8.2 years|
|18 kW||$2.70||$34,080||$71,645||8.1 years|
|20 kW||$2.65||$37,044||$80,429||7.9 years|
Solar Incentives in Essex
|Name||Alternative Energy and Energy Conservation Patent Income Tax Deduction (Personal)|
|Incentive Amount||100% deduction|
|More Info||Click here|
How to Save on Solar Panels
Since the type of solar panels and the company you choose has an impact on your costs and your system's efficiency, production, and durability, it's important to select the right ones for you. Here are some tips to keep in mind to help with your decision:
- Warranty: Companies typically offer different types of warranties that cover different things. A 25-year, all-inclusive warranty is the gold standard.
- Reputation: Solar companies that have great reviews from their customers and that have been operating for many years in most cases offer good-quality solar panel installation and expertise.
- Contract: Before signing a contract with a solar installer, be sure to read it through fully so you understand the terms. Also, ask questions if you're not sure about some of the terms, such as what to do if a component breaks or malfunctions and if there are any guarantees about energy production.
- Solar Panel Brands: Not all solar installers have 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 Essex, MA Solar Cost FAQs
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