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Top Solar Installers in Oxford
Although you can install solar panels by yourself, it involves extra time and expertise. For that reason, most people choose to hire a solar panel installer. Another upside of using a solar installer is that they can help you make the most of your investment by lowering your future costs of repairs and replacements with the help of warranties and informing you of local incentives you can take advantage of.
If you're looking for a solar installer in Oxford, the EcoWatch team has organized a list of our top suggestions here:
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Oxford
Cost is typically one of the most important factors for homeowners wanting to invest in solar. There are a few key factors that determine your overall cost in Oxford: 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 significant cost factor to consider. For every additional kilowatt you need, your total will most likely increase by nearly $2,560. The brand and type of equipment you want 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 will be looking at a higher equipment cost, but this can typically lead to greater savings over time. Also, if you want additional equipment like an electric vehicle charger or solar batteries, this will also increase the cost.
Solar Financing Terms
If paying for a solar system in cash is too expensive, solar loans are a popular route because they lower your upfront costs and let you pay for your system over a term of, on average, between five and seven years. When considering your overall cost, you should also calculate the interest you'll pay if you go with a solar loan. Also, paying more upfront can lower the total interest paid over time.
Solar Panel Installation Company
The solar panel installation company you choose will impact your total cost to adopt solar energy. Different companies will bill different amounts for the equipment and labor. Additionally, some companies in Oxford have more knowledge about local solar incentives and can help you make good use of additional rebates or tax exemptions. However, they may charge more for walking you through the whole process. Even if they cost more upfront, they could end up saving you 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||$2.66||$11,182||$11,921||12.1 years|
|8 kW||$2.61||$14,623||$16,182||11.9 years|
|10 kW||$2.56||$17,920||$20,586||11.6 years|
|12 kW||$2.51||$21,074||$25,133||11.4 years|
|14 kW||$2.46||$24,084||$29,823||11.2 years|
|16 kW||$2.41||$26,952||$34,657||10.9 years|
|18 kW||$2.36||$29,676||$39,635||10.7 years|
|20 kW||$2.30||$32,256||$44,755||10.5 years|
How to Save on Solar Panels
The company that does your solar system installation will affect the warranties and brands you have access to, and it will also have an impact on your total cost. Because picking a company can be a challenge, we have some tips to help you, such as:
- Warranty: A high-quality company rises above other companies by offering the gold standard warranty — a 25-year, all-inclusive warranty covering parts, labor and performance.
- Contract: When looking through your solar company's contract, ask questions about any terms you're not sure of and be sure you understand what happens in scenarios such as a system component breaking or if the company goes out of business.
- Reputation: Solar companies that have great reviews from their customers and that have been in business for many years in most cases offer quality solar panel installation and expertise.
- Solar Panel Brands: Not all solar companies offer the same brands of solar panels, so the brand and type of panel you want can play a substantial role in the company you opt for.
EcoWatch's Oxford, OH Solar Cost FAQs
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