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Top Solar Installers in Falmouth
Although you can install solar panels on your own, it takes extra effort and handiness. For that reason, almost all homeowners choose a solar panel installer. Companies can also provide access to a large variety of the best solar panels and help you choose which one will be right for your family.
If you'd like to start using solar energy but still aren't sure which solar system installer to go with, here are our recommendations for providers in Falmouth:
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Falmouth
Cost is typically one of the most important factors for homeowners who want to invest in solar. There are a few primary factors that determine your overall cost in Falmouth: solar equipment and system size, financing options and the solar installation company you choose. We'll cover each of these briefly below.
One of the most important factors to consider when it comes to the cost of installing solar panels is the size of the solar system, which is measured in kilowatts (kW). The more energy your household uses, the larger your system will likely need to be. You can expect to spend around $2,940 per kilowatt in Falmouth. The brand and type of equipment you get for your solar system can raise or lower the price quite significantly. If you prefer a brand name like Tesla or SunPower, these are often more expensive than other brands. Efficiency also matters. Whether you're opting for high efficiency because you have limited roof space or just want maximum energy production, you can expect a higher equipment cost, but this can typically lead to more savings over time. Plus, if you want extra equipment like an electric vehicle charger or solar batteries, this will also raise the cost.
Solar Financing Terms
If paying for a solar system out of pocket is out of reach, solar loans are a popular option because they lower your upfront costs and allow you to pay for your system over a term of, on average, between five and seven years. You'll have to consider the long-term cost of loans, including the amount of 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 finding a solar loan with a low interest rate could reduce your costs considerably.
Solar Panel Installation Company
The solar installation company you select will impact your total cost to go solar. Different companies will bill different amounts for the equipment and labor. Companies that only sell high-quality, high-efficiency and high-price products — like Maxeon solar panels from SunPower or Tesla Powerwall batteries — so choosing those installers will generally come at a higher cost. It's best to do some research and choose a company that has the products, warranties and services you're looking for 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||$3.06||$12,842||$25,148||8.5 years|
|8 kW||$3.00||$16,793||$33,860||8.3 years|
|10 kW||$2.94||$20,580||$42,737||8.1 years|
|12 kW||$2.88||$24,202||$51,778||8.0 years|
|14 kW||$2.82||$27,660||$60,984||7.8 years|
|16 kW||$2.76||$30,952||$70,355||7.6 years|
|18 kW||$2.70||$34,080||$79,890||7.5 years|
|20 kW||$2.65||$37,044||$89,590||7.3 years|
How to Save on Solar Panels
There are a lot of solar installers to choose from, all of which offer different warranties, solar panel models and price points. To help you pick the right company for you, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Contract: Read the contract terms closely to make sure you understand the cost breakdown, completion timeline incentives and warranties.
- Solar Panel Brands: Different companies will offer various brands and kinds of panels. If you know you want a specific brand, make sure the solar panel company you're considering has it.
- Warranty: If you care about the durability of your solar system, ensuring your company offers a 25-year, all-inclusive warranty can give you some peace of mind.
- Installation Process: One of the most important things to understand when going solar is the installation process itself. Be sure to clarify any details you should know with your solar installer, such as what permits you should acquire and what the project timeline is.
EcoWatch's Falmouth, MA Solar Cost FAQs
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