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Top Solar Installers in Harwich
Although it's possible to install solar panels on your own, it takes extra labor and handiness. Because of that, most people choose to hire a solar panel installer. Solar warranties and repairs are ordinarily included in the cost of installation when you opt for a solar company too, which can save you more money after your upfront investment.
If you're on the hunt for a solar installer in Harwich, we've put together a list of our top suggestions here:
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Harwich
Cost is often one of the most important factors for homeowners wanting to invest in solar. There are a few major factors that will push your cost above or below the average in Harwich: solar equipment and system size, financing options and the solar installation company you choose. We'll discuss each of these briefly below.
The cost of solar panel systems varies by thousands of dollars due to some different factors. One of the most significant factors is the system size, which is measured in kilowatts (kW). Solar power systems that have greater efficiency or power production use better technology and/or more equipment, both of which can increase costs. For each additional kilowatt you need, your cost can go up by about $2,940. Some solar brands — like Maxeon from SunPower — are more costly upfront but also tend to offer higher efficiency. In a city like Harwich, 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 a better option. Additional equipment like electric vehicle chargers and solar batteries will also increase the cost.
Solar Financing Terms
For some homeowners, paying for solar out of pocket can be a challenge. Solar loans are provided by most installers in Harwich, which can lower, or in some cases completely eliminate, your upfront costs to make solar more affordable. Even though solar loans make switching to solar energy more accessible for Harwich homeowners, they can also increase the total you pay for your system, depending on your interest rate and how long you take to pay off the loan. If you put down a larger down payment, though, you can cut back on how much interest you have to pay.
Solar Panel Installation Company
A final factor to keep in mind when trying to evaluate the cost of solar for your home or business in Harwich is the company you get to install your solar system. Similar to choosing a company to build a deck or pool, for instance, there's no shortage of solar installers that offer a range of services for different budgets. Some companies only sell high-efficiency and high-priced products — 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 go with the 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
Since the model of solar panels and the installer you choose has an impact on your costs and your system's durability and efficiency, it's important to pick the right ones for you. Here are some tips to keep in mind to help with your decision:
- Solar Panel Brands: Not all solar installers carry the same brands of solar panels, so the brand and type of panel you want can play a substantial role in the company you hire.
- Installation Process: When going solar, it's crucial to keep an open line of communication with your solar panel installer. Confirm that you understand how the installation process works and the completion timeline.
- Warranty: Each company may offer different types of warranties that cover different things. A 25-year, all-inclusive warranty is the gold standard.
- Contract: Review the contract terms carefully to make sure you understand how much it will cost, project completion timeline rebates and warranties.
EcoWatch's Harwich, MA Solar Cost FAQs
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