Solar Panel Cost in Oklahoma (2022 Local Savings Guide)

In this EcoWatch guide on the cost of solar panels in Oklahoma, you’ll learn:

  • What the average cost of going solar in Oklahoma is
  • How Oklahomans can save money when going solar
  • Which local installation companies have the best prices

This guide has helped thousands of Oklahoman homeowners save time and money when going solar in the Sooner State. Let’s get started!

Ecowatch Author Karsten Neumeister

By Karsten Neumeister

Updated 9/19/2022

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How Much Do Solar Panels Cost In Oklahoma?

The average cost of solar panels in Oklahoma is $2.62 per watt, which is just below the national average of $2.66 per watt. That might not seem like a huge difference, but when you’re paying for a multi-kilowatt solar power system, those four cents add up.

We’ve found that the average Oklahoma resident installs an 11-kilowatt (kW) solar system for their home. Based on our solar calculator, an 11-kW solar energy system would cost about $28,820 in Oklahoma before applying any tax credits or solar rebates. However, that cost drops to $20,174 after homeowners claim the 30% federal solar tax credit.

Although Oklahoma is not one of the top states for solar, there has been a rise of residential solar panel installations in the Sooner State, with the biggest increase yet in 2021.1 As the costs involved to go solar are decreasing, it’s a little surprising to see Oklahoma still ranked as the 45th state for solar.2 Especially since its neighbor Texas is ranked second.3

Both Oklahoma and Texas have similar subtropical climates and ample sunshine, making it well worth going solar. However, it seems more Texans have bought into the pros of going solar — like energy savings and independence — compared to Oklahomans. Part of the reason for that could be because Texas lawmakers have created more incentives for residents to go solar, while the majority of Oklahoma’s energy production is still coming from fossil fuels or wind power.4

Watch  Below: Oklahoma Is At the Center of a Project Combining Wind and Solar Energy With Battery Storage

Read More: Oklahoma’s Renewable Energy Sources

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How Do System Sizes Affect Oklahoma Solar Installation Prices?

Based on the company you choose and the size of the solar system needed to power your home, we’ve estimated that the average solar panel installation in Oklahoma costs between $20,900 and $31,500 before applying any tax incentives or solar rebates.

Any homeowner who installs a solar photovoltaic (PV) system in Oklahoma is eligible for the federal solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which allows solar adopters to claim 30% of their total solar equipment and installation costs as a tax credit on their next filing. The table below shows the cost of the solar panel system before and after claiming the federal tax credit.

Size of Solar Panel System Oklahoma Solar Panel Cost Cost After Federal Tax Credit
8 kW $20,960 $14,672
9 kW $23,580 $16,506
10 kW $26,200 $18,340
11 kW $28,820 $20,174
12 kW $31,440 $22,008
13 kW $34,060 $23,842
14 kW $36,680 $25,676

Ready to enjoy the benefits of producing your own renewable energy? We’ve examined all of the solar companies in Oklahoma to find the best local installers. Click here to learn more.

See also: Find out how much solar power your roof can produce with our solar calculator

What Determines the Cost of Solar Panels in Oklahoma?

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Most homeowners in Oklahoma pay between $20,960 and $36,68 for their solar panel systems before the federal solar investment tax credit (ITC), or between $14,672 and $25,676 after the credit is accounted for. The range in pricing is so wide because solar panel costs depend heavily on several factors in Oklahoma, which we’ll discuss briefly below.

Solar Equipment

The solar equipment you choose to have installed will play a significant role in your all-in cost of going solar.

The panel brand is one of the first things you should consider, as some brands can top $3 per watt, while others are closer to the $2-per-watt range. On an average 11 kW system in Oklahoma, the brand alone can account for more than a $10,000 difference in what you pay for your solar panels. 

Of course, cost isn’t the only factor, as higher prices typically come with lengthier and more comprehensive warranties, higher efficiency ratings and better durability.

In an area like Oklahoma, which experiences more tornadoes per year than any other state, durability and warranty coverage are crucial.1 However, the area also experiences 234 sunny days per year, which provides far more available sunlight than the national average of 205 sunny days. As such, most Oklahoma homeowners can afford to choose lower-efficiency panels.

The type of equipment you need installed is also an important factor. The extreme weather in the area leads to relatively frequent power outages, which means solar batteries are a common option. These can add tens of thousands of dollars to your total solar system cost.

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Solar Financing in Oklahoma

You can save some money on your solar panels over time by paying with cash, although this does require the highest up-front cost of any solar financing option. If you instead opt for a solar loan, you’ll pay little to no money up front, but the interest charges will raise the overall price of going solar.

Unfortunately, Oklahoma is one of the few states in the nation that doesn’t offer state-funded or state-backed solar financing options. There are no financing opportunities afforded to low- or moderate-income households, so you’ll have to choose financing through third-party lenders in the area.

Oklahoma Solar Installation Company

Shopping around for the best solar installer that suits your budget is crucial, and it can end up saving you hundreds or thousands of dollars in Oklahoma. 

Some of the best local solar companies — including Astrawatt Solar and Solar Power of Oklahoma — tend to have higher prices than national competitors, as they are unable to buy equipment in bulk to save money. However, they might offer lower installation costs to offset the higher equipment prices.

Still, companies like these that provide a variety of affordable solar panel brands — like SolarEdge, LG and Silfab — are more likely to fit into more restrictive budgets than the national like SunPower that serve the area. SunPower installs only Maxeon panels, which are highly efficient and have an outstanding warranty but come at a higher price than most other brands.

Additional Considerations and Costs

In addition to the major cost factors — like the solar equipment and the solar installer you choose — there are some less crucial things to consider when deciding to go solar in Oklahoma. We’ll discuss these additional considerations below.

  • Permits: All municipalities in Oklahoma require building permits prior to installing your solar system. These are meant to confirm that your electrical system is compatible with the panels and that your structure can support rooftop solar panels. The cost of your permit could be a few hundred dollars, and your solar installer will more than likely handle the permitting process for you.
  • Licenses: Oklahoma is one of the very few states that doesn’t require specific licensing for solar installers or solar installation companies. This lack of licensing makes finding a reputable company more essential, but it also lowers the overall cost of installing solar in the area.
  • Warranties: You’ll likely be spending ten of thousands of dollars on your solar panel system, so choosing an installer and panel that come with extensive and comprehensive warranties is a necessity. Generally speaking, the better your warranty, the more expensive your panels will be, but the peace of mind is often worth the added investment.
  • HOAs: Oklahoma is one of the few states that doesn’t have solar access and easement laws (at least as they pertain to homeowners). Therefore, homeowners’ associations can prohibit homeowners from installing rooftop solar panels.
  • Environmental zoning: Oklahoma’s zoning laws specify regulations and limitations for solar panels, but overall, the polices are lax and conducive to installing solar. Most homeowners in Oklahoma shouldn’t run into any issues.

How Can You Save Money With Oklahoma’s Solar Panel Incentives?

Remember how we mentioned that Oklahoma (despite being a neighbor) is far behind Texas when it comes to solar energy? Well, one reason for that could be because Oklahoma doesn’t have many incentives for people to go solar (there are several solar incentives in Texas). The state also doesn’t offer sales or property tax exemptions for solar energy, so you will also need to factor in those costs when determining the cost of solar panels in Oklahoma.

Below are some of the financial incentives you can capitalize on to shorten your solar payback period in the Sooner State:

Oklahoma Net Metering Policies While Oklahoma doesn’t have a mandated net metering policy, the state requires all investor-owned utilities to offer net metering to solar customers.6 Under Oklahoma law, utility companies are required to compensate or credit solar adopters (at the full retail electricity rate) for any excess energy generation.
Federal Solar Tax Credit The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) allows solar adopters to claim 30% of their total solar equipment and installation costs as a tax credit on their next federal filing. The 30% credit is in effect for any solar project purchased through 2032. The credit will decrease to 26% in 2033 and 22% in 2034 before phasing out in 2035.

While the state of Oklahoma (or any of its utility companies) doesn’t offer any solar rebates, some solar companies or manufacturers often offer them as an incentive for customers. For example, as of March 2022, SunPower is offering a $500 rebate to new solar customers. Don’t be afraid to ask your solar installer what incentives and rebates may be available to you.

The Best Solar Panel Brands Available in Oklahoma

The brand of solar panel you choose will affect your total price of going solar, as well as the warranty you get and the power production you’ll experience. Since there are many options to choose from, below we’re showing you a side-by-side look at some of the best solar panel brands in Oklahoma and offer a relative pricing model to help decide which panels suit your budget.

Solar Panel Brand Average Cost Per Watt ($-$$$$$)
LG Solar $$$
Canadian Solar $$
JA Solar $$
Mission Solar $$
Panasonic $$
Q Cells $$
REC $$$
Silfab $$$
SunPower $$$$$
Tesla $$
Trina Solar $$$

Want to learn exactly how much solar panels would cost for your Oklahoma home? Follow a link to one of our vetting brands to get a free no-obligation quote specific to your household.

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FAQs: Oklahoma Solar Panel Costs

At EcoWatch, we’re happy to get questions about the process and costs of getting rooftop solar from Oklahoma residents. Below are some of the questions we see most often, along with our responses. If you have specific questions that aren’t answered here, reach out to our team of solar experts at solar@ecowatch.com.

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Karsten Neumeister

Karsten is a researcher, editor, writer and energy specialist focused on environmental, social and cultural development. Before joining EcoWatch, Karsten worked in the solar energy sector, studying energy policy, climate tech and environmental education. A lover of music and the outdoors, Karsten might be found rock climbing, canoeing or writing songs when away from the workplace.