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Top Solar Installers in Delaware
When going solar, many homeowners opt to go with a solar installation company since overseeing your solar installation yourself can be a difficult project. Plus, if you'd like to maximize your investment in solar, going with a solar company can help with that too. Different providers can offer warranties, expertise on solar panel installation and sometimes even information on local incentives.
If you'd like to start using solar energy but still aren't certain which solar panel company to go with, here are our recommendations for providers near you:
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Delaware
Cost is typically one of the most important factors for homeowners who want to invest in solar. There are a few key factors that affect your total cost in Delaware: solar equipment and system size, financing options and the solar installation company you choose. We'll cover each of these briefly below.
The size of the solar panel system you need for your home, which is measured in kilowatts, is the most important cost factor to consider. For every additional kilowatt you need, your total will most likely increase by around $2,770. The brand and kind 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 often have a higher price tag than other brands. Efficiency also matters. Whether you're opting for high efficiency because you have a small roof 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 increase the cost.
Solar Financing Terms
Solar panels can save you money on energy bills over time, but they can also be a big investment. That's why many Delaware homeowners opt to finance their solar panel systems to offset upfront costs. It's wise to include 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
A final consideration when trying to estimate the cost of solar for your home or business in Delaware is the company you hire to install your PV system. Similar to choosing a company to install new cabinets, for instance, there are plenty of solar installers that offer a range of services at different price points. Additionally, some companies in Delaware 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 walking you through the whole process. 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||$2.88||$12,099||$8,739||14.5 years|
|8 kW||$2.83||$15,822||$11,963||14.2 years|
|10 kW||$2.77||$19,390||$15,341||14.0 years|
|12 kW||$2.71||$22,803||$18,875||13.7 years|
|14 kW||$2.66||$26,060||$22,564||13.4 years|
|16 kW||$2.60||$29,163||$26,407||13.1 years|
|18 kW||$2.55||$32,110||$30,406||12.8 years|
|20 kW||$2.49||$34,902||$34,560||12.6 years|
How to Save on Solar Panels
Since the brand of solar panels and the company you choose greatly impacts 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:
- Contract: Before signing a contract with a solar installer, make sure to look it over completely so you understand the terms. Also, ask questions if you aren't sure about some of the terms, such as what to do if a part breaks or malfunctions and what services you can expect from them.
- Warranty: A high-quality company stands out from other companies by providing the gold standard warranty — a 25-year, all-inclusive warranty covering parts, labor and performance.
- Solar Panel Brands: Different companies will have various brands and kinds of panels. If you know you want a specific brand, make sure the solar panel installer you're considering has it.
- Reputation: Solar installers that have great reviews from their customers and that have been in business for many years in most cases provide good-quality solar panel installation and expertise.
EcoWatch's Delaware, NJ Solar Cost FAQs
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