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Top Solar Installers in Plymouth
Although it's possible to install solar panels yourself, it takes extra energy and handiness. Because of that, almost all homeowners choose to go with a solar panel installer. A solar company can also help save you money over time by offering warranties, repairs and component replacements.
If you're looking for a solar company in Plymouth, we've put together a list of our top suggestions here:
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Plymouth
There are a number of criteria that can determine your total installation cost, such as the size of your system, the equipment you choose, your financing options and the specific company that does the installation.
System size, which is measured in kilowatts, is one of the largest factors that determines the overall cost of going solar. That's why it's important to accurately assess 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 costly upfront but also tend to offer higher efficiency. In a city like Plymouth, 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 solar panels out of pocket is too expensive, solar loans are a popular option because they decrease your upfront costs and allow you to pay for your system over five to seven years on average. Though solar loans make adopting solar energy more accessible for Plymouth homeowners, they can also add to the total you pay for your system, depending on your interest rate. If you put down a larger down payment, though, you can avoid paying as much in interest.
Solar Panel Installation Company
Lastly, the company you get to install your solar panels can play a part in determining the cost. Plymouth's solar companies all have different labor costs and add varying upcharges to equipment. Companies that 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 decide on the company that provides the products, warranties and services you want and also fit into 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||$11,095||$19,062||9.2 years|
|8 kW||$2.59||$14,508||$25,701||9.0 years|
|10 kW||$2.54||$17,780||$32,481||8.8 years|
|12 kW||$2.49||$20,909||$39,404||8.7 years|
|14 kW||$2.44||$23,896||$46,470||8.5 years|
|16 kW||$2.39||$26,741||$53,677||8.3 years|
|18 kW||$2.34||$29,444||$61,027||8.1 years|
|20 kW||$2.29||$32,004||$68,519||8.0 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 select the right company for you, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Installation Process: An important thing to understand when going solar is the installation process itself. Be sure to clarify any details you should know with your solar company, such as what permits you should acquire and what the project timeline is.
- Contract: When reading through your solar installer's contract, ask questions about any terms you're not sure of and be sure you understand what happens in scenarios like a system part breaking or if the company goes out of business.
- Warranty: An all-inclusive, long-term warranty can help keep your solar panels running smoothly and save you money on repairs and maintenance.
- Solar Panel Brands: Each solar panel brand and model has varying levels of quality, durability and efficiency. They will come at different costs as well. The company you choose impacts which solar panel brands you have access to.
EcoWatch's Plymouth, NC Solar Cost FAQs
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