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Top Solar Installers in Santa Clara
Trying to put up solar panels on your own can be a stressful undertaking, which is why hiring a solar installer is a good option for many homeowners. The expertise that solar companies offer can be invaluable as well, particularly if you don't quite know what type of solar equipment you need.
If you'd like to make the switch to solar but still aren't sure which solar system installer to go with, here are our suggestions for providers in Santa Clara:
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Santa Clara
For many Santa Clara homeowners, the decision to adopt solar energy rests on cost. However, the range of solar installation costs can be quite wide in Santa Clara, with typical prices between $20,000 to $40,000. There are several factors that greatly influence the price you'll pay, which we'll go over below.
Solar Equipment Size
The cost of solar panels varies by thousands of dollars due to a variety of factors. One of the main factors is the system size. Solar power systems with better 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 $2,680. There are several different solar panel brands and the one you choose also changes the cost. Generally, the brands that offer higher efficiency tend to also be more expensive. Plus, the type of equipment you want to install can affect your total cost. If you just need panels, your system will be far less expensive than if you also need solar batteries or an electric vehicle charger.
Solar Financing Terms
For some homeowners, paying for solar panels out of pocket can be a challenge. Solar loans are offered by most installers in Santa Clara, which can bring down, or in some cases totally eliminate, your upfront costs to make solar more accessible. When considering your overall cost, you should also calculate the interest you'll pay if you opt for a solar loan. Also, paying more upfront can lower the total interest paid over time.
Solar Panel Installation Company
Lastly, the company you hire to install your solar panel system can impact how much it costs. Santa Clara'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 with an above-average cost. It's best to do some research and go with the company that has the products, warranties and services you want and also fit into 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||$2.79||$11,706||$15,194||10.9 years|
|8 kW||$2.73||$15,308||$20,558||10.7 years|
|10 kW||$2.68||$18,760||$26,073||10.5 years|
|12 kW||$2.63||$22,062||$31,738||10.3 years|
|14 kW||$2.57||$25,213||$37,553||10.0 years|
|16 kW||$2.52||$28,215||$43,518||9.8 years|
|18 kW||$2.47||$31,067||$49,633||9.6 years|
|20 kW||$2.41||$33,768||$55,898||9.4 years|
Solar Incentives in Santa Clara
How to Save on Solar Panels
There are a lot of solar installers to choose from, all of which offer different warranties, solar panel brands and price points. To help you select the right company for you, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Contract: Though reading through a contract can be tedious, it's important to do it fully so you can be sure you understand how much the equipment and services will cost and the terms of the warranty.
- Warranty: A quality company rises above other companies by offering the gold standard warranty — a 25-year, all-inclusive warranty covering parts, labor and performance.
- Installation Process: One of the most important things to understand when going solar is the installation process itself. Be sure to align on any details you should know with your solar installer, such as what permits you should acquire and how long the project will take.
- 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 substantial role in the company you hire.
EcoWatch's Santa Clara, UT Solar Cost FAQs
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