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DIY solar panel installation is a way to cut costs, but it's an undertaking that can be a headache. Taking advantage of a solar company can make switching to solar power much easier. The expertise that solar companies offer can be valuable as well, especially if you don't quite know what type of solar equipment would be right for your home.
Working with a licensed solar installer can help your solar project go smoothly. Here are our recommendations:
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Kenilworth
Cost is often one of the most important factors for homeowners considering investing in solar. There are a few major factors that affect your total cost in Kenilworth: 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
The cost of solar panel systems varies by thousands of dollars due to a few different factors. One of the major factors is the system size. Solar power systems with 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 $2,770. Some solar panel brands — like Maxeon from SunPower — are more costly upfront but also tend to offer higher efficiency. In a city like Kenilworth, 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
If paying for a solar system out of pocket is out of reach, solar loans are a solid route because they reduce your upfront costs and let you pay for your system over five to seven years on average. When figuring out 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 choose to install your solar panels can play a role in determining the cost. Kenilworth's solar companies all have different labor costs and add varying upcharges to equipment. Companies that only sell high-quality, high-efficiency and high-price 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 find a company that offers the products, warranties and services you're looking for 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||$2.88||$12,099||$9,785||13.8 years|
|8 kW||$2.83||$15,822||$13,357||13.6 years|
|10 kW||$2.77||$19,390||$17,084||13.3 years|
|12 kW||$2.71||$22,803||$20,967||13.0 years|
|14 kW||$2.66||$26,060||$25,004||12.8 years|
|16 kW||$2.60||$29,163||$29,196||12.5 years|
|18 kW||$2.55||$32,110||$33,544||12.2 years|
|20 kW||$2.49||$34,902||$38,047||12.0 years|
Solar Incentives in Kenilworth
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 picking a company can be a tough decision, we have some tips to help you, such as:
- Warranty: If you're concerned about the endurance of your solar panel system, ensuring your installer offers a 25-year, all-inclusive warranty can help put you at ease.
- Solar Panel Brands: Not all solar companies carry the same brands of solar panels, so the brand and type of panel you want can play a large role in the company you go with.
- Contract: Before you sign a contract with a solar company, make sure you 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 if there are any guarantees about energy production.
- Reputation: Solar system installers that have great reviews from their customers and that have been in business for many years in most cases offer good-quality solar panel installation and expertise.
EcoWatch's Kenilworth, NJ Solar Cost FAQs
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