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Top Solar Installers in Secaucus
DIY solar panel installation is a way to cut costs, but it's an undertaking that can be a headache. Using a solar company can make converting to solar power much easier. Companies can also provide access to various kinds of the best solar panels and help you choose which one will be best for your family.
Working with a licensed solar installer can make going solar easier. Here are our recommendations:
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Secaucus
Cost is often one of the most important factors for homeowners who want to invest in solar. There are a few primary factors that will push your cost above or below the average in Secaucus: solar equipment and system size, financing options and the solar installation company you choose. We'll cover each of these briefly below.
Solar Equipment Size
The size of the solar panel system you need for your home is the most important cost factor to consider. For every additional kilowatt you need, your total will most likely increase by nearly $2,770. Some solar panel brands — like Maxeon from SunPower — are more costly upfront but also tend to offer better efficiency. In a city like Secaucus, where sunlight is relatively abundant, efficiency can quickly pay off. In addition, if you have a small roof or you don't have a lot of 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
Solar panels can save you money on energy bills over many years, but they can also be a big investment. That's why many Secaucus homeowners decide to finance their solar panel systems to make paying for solar more affordable. However, the interest on solar loans also increases your total costs, so it's important to include that in your estimate as well. You can always bring down the total you pay in interest and in some cases even your APR by making a larger down payment.
Solar Panel Installation Company
The solar installation company you pick will influence your total cost to go solar. Different companies will bill different amounts for the equipment and labor. 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 come with an above-average cost. It's best to do some research and go with the 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||$11,176||13.0 years|
|8 kW||$2.83||$15,822||$15,212||12.7 years|
|10 kW||$2.77||$19,390||$19,402||12.5 years|
|12 kW||$2.71||$22,803||$23,748||12.2 years|
|14 kW||$2.66||$26,060||$28,249||12.0 years|
|16 kW||$2.60||$29,163||$32,905||11.7 years|
|18 kW||$2.55||$32,110||$37,716||11.5 years|
|20 kW||$2.49||$34,902||$42,683||11.2 years|
Solar Incentives in Secaucus
|Name||NJ Clean Energy- Residential New Construction Program|
|Incentive Amount|| Incentives depend on the HERS score and the classification |
Single family homes: Ranges from $1,125 to - 24,250
Multi-single homes: Ranges from $1,125 to $18,188
Multifamily homes: Ranges from $625-$12,125
|Incentive Max|| Multifamily: up to $12,125 |
Individual homes: up to $24,250
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|Name||Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems|
|Incentive Amount||100% of value added by renewable system|
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|Name||Successor Solar Incentive (SuSI) Program|
|Incentive Amount|| Net-Metered Residential: $90/SREC-II |
Small Net-Metered Non-Residential located on Rooftop, Carport, Canopy and Floating Solar
Projects smaller than 1 MW (dc): $100/SREC-II, $120 for public entities
Projects 1 MW to 5 MW (dc): $90/SREC-II, $110 for public entities
Net Metered Non-Residential Ground Mount
Projects smaller than 1 MW (dc): $85/SREC-II, $105 for public entities
Projects 1 MW to 5 MW (dc): $80/SREC-II, $100 for public entities
Community Solar LMI: $90/SREC-II
Community Solar Non-LMI: $70/SREC-II
|Incentive Max|| MW-DC Capacity Blocks |
Net Metered Residential: 150 MW
Net Metered Non-Residential: 150 MW
Community Solar (LMI and Non-LMI): 150 MW
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How to Save on Solar Panels
Since the type of solar panels and the installer you choose has an impact on 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:
- Solar Panel Brands: Not all solar installers carry the same brands of solar panels, so the brand and type of panel you want can play a significant role in the company you go with.
- Reputation: The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a respected certification organization for sustainable 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: Although reading through a contract can be tedious, it's important to do it thoroughly so you can make sure you understand what services your solar company will provide and how part repairs and replacements will be handled.
- Installation Process: When going solar, it's essential to maintain an open line of communication with your solar installer. See to it that you understand how the installation process will go and the project completion timeline.
EcoWatch's Secaucus, NJ Solar Cost FAQs
Our goal is to reach as many people as we can with sensible solutions like solar energy. Our team of full-time local researchers collects solar price and installation data for every city in America then compiles it to create these digestible city guides. If you want to read our solar expert’s opinion on the top solar companies featured here, follow this link.