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Top Solar Installers in Raleigh
Trying to install solar panels yourself can be a difficult project, which is why hiring a solar installation company is a good option for many homeowners. A solar company can also help save you money over the lifespan of your system by providing warranties, repairs and component replacements.
There are several 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 Raleigh
The cost of installing a solar system in Raleigh can vary by more than $10,000 from home to home. Your actual cost is determined by several factors. The most significant one is the size of the system your home needs, and other factors include the equipment you choose, financing options and the solar installer you choose.
One of the most significant factors to consider when it comes to the cost of going solar 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 about $2,540 per kilowatt in Raleigh. There are several different solar panel brands and the one you choose also affects the cost. In general, the brands that are more efficient tend to also cost more. Plus, the type of equipment you're looking to get can affect your total cost. If you only need panels, your system will be much less expensive than if you also need solar batteries or an electric vehicle charger.
Solar Financing Terms
For some homeowners, paying for solar panels out of pocket can be financially overwhelming. Solar loans are offered by most installers in Raleigh, which can bring down, or in some cases eliminate, your upfront costs to make solar more affordable. When considering your overall cost, you should also calculate the interest you'll pay if you choose to go with a solar loan. Also, paying a higher down payment can lower the total interest paid over time.
Solar Panel Installation Company
Lastly, the company you hire to install your solar panels can impact how much you pay. Raleigh's solar companies all have different labor costs and add varying upcharges to equipment. Additionally, some companies in Raleigh know more about local solar incentives and can help you make good use of additional rebates or tax exemptions. Though, they may charge more for that service. Even if they cost more upfront, they could help you save more money in the long run.
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||$15,969||10.2 years|
|8 kW||$2.59||$14,508||$21,577||10.1 years|
|10 kW||$2.54||$17,780||$27,327||9.9 years|
|12 kW||$2.49||$20,909||$33,219||9.7 years|
|14 kW||$2.44||$23,896||$39,254||9.5 years|
|16 kW||$2.39||$26,741||$45,430||9.3 years|
|18 kW||$2.34||$29,444||$51,749||9.1 years|
|20 kW||$2.29||$32,004||$58,210||8.9 years|
How to Save on Solar Panels
Since the kind of solar panels and the company you choose significantly affects 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:
- Reputation: The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a well-established certification organization for renewable energy professionals. If your solar panel installer is NABCEP-certified, it most likely has a solid reputation and is qualified to get the job done well. Another way you can check your installer's reputation is by reading reviews.
- Contract: It's important to read your solar installer's contract thoroughly to understand what services they will provide, what the warranty covers and what you can expect about the project timeline.
- Solar Panel Brands: Different companies have various brands and models of panels. If you know you want a specific brand, make sure the solar panel installer you're considering has it.
- Warranty: A quality company stands out from other companies by offering the gold standard warranty — a 25-year, all-inclusive warranty covering parts, labor and performance.
EcoWatch's Raleigh, NC Solar Cost FAQs
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