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Top Solar Installers in Chapel Hill
Installing solar panels on your own can be a dangerous undertaking, which is why hiring a solar installer is a good option for many homeowners. A solar installer can also help save you money over time by providing warranties, repairs and part replacements.
There are several licensed solar professionals that can help you install your solar panels. Here are our suggestions:
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Chapel Hill
Cost is often one of the most important factors for homeowners considering investing in solar. There are a few major factors that will push your cost above or below the average in Chapel Hill: 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
Size is one of the largest factors that determines the overall cost of going solar. For that reason, it's a priority to accurately gauge the size of the solar energy system needed for your home by figuring out your average energy use. Some solar brands — like Maxeon from SunPower — are more expensive upfront but also tend to offer higher efficiency. In a city like Chapel Hill, 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 more impactful. Additional equipment like electric vehicle chargers and solar batteries will also increase the cost.
Solar Financing Terms
Most solar companies in Chapel Hill offer solar loans, which reduce the initial cost of installing solar. It's a good idea to factor the interest you'll pay in your final cost estimate. If you can afford to put more money down upfront, you can reduce your total costs and how long it'll take to pay off the loan.
Solar Panel Installation Company
The final significant cost factor you should take into consideration is the installer you choose. Given the booming popularity of green energy solutions in Chapel Hill, you'll have plenty of options to choose from, but each comes at various price points for labor and equipment. Companies that only sell high-efficiency and high-priced 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 decide on the company that has the products, warranties and services you want and also is 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||$2.64||$11,729||$16,160||10.5 years|
|8 kW||$2.59||$15,338||$21,848||10.3 years|
|10 kW||$2.54||$18,796||$27,685||10.1 years|
|12 kW||$2.49||$22,104||$33,674||9.9 years|
|14 kW||$2.44||$25,262||$39,812||9.7 years|
|16 kW||$2.39||$28,269||$46,101||9.5 years|
|18 kW||$2.34||$31,126||$52,540||9.3 years|
|20 kW||$2.29||$33,833||$59,130||9.1 years|
Solar Incentives in Chapel Hill
|Name||Local Option - Financing Program for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency|
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|Name||Property Tax Abatement for Solar Electric Systems|
|Incentive Amount|| Residential systems: 100% of the appraised value |
All other systems: 80% of the appraised value
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How to Save on Solar Panels
The company that does your solar system installation will affect the warranties and brands available to you, and it will also have an impact on your total cost. Because selecting a company can be a challenge, we have some tips to help you, such as:
- Installation Process: Homeowners should make sure they understand how exactly the installation process will go, as well as important factors like the project completion timeline.
- Solar Panel Brands: Each solar panel brand and model offers varying levels of quality, longevity and energy efficiency. They will come at different costs as well. The company you choose plays a role in which solar panel brands you have access to.
- Contract: Before you sign a contract with a solar installer, make sure to look it over fully so you understand the terms. Also, ask questions if you aren't sure about some of the terms, such as what the warranty covers and what services you can expect from them.
- Reputation: Solar installers that have great reviews from their customers and that have been in business for many years likely offer high-quality solar panel installation and expertise.
EcoWatch's Chapel Hill, NC Solar Cost FAQs
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