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Top Solar Installers in Hurricane
When switching to solar energy, many homeowners opt to use a solar company since installing solar panels yourself can be a challenging project. Companies can also have access to various kinds of the best solar panels and help you pick which one will be right for your family.
If you'd like to go solar but still aren't sure which solar panel company to go with, here are our recommendations for providers nearby:
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Factors that Affect Solar Panel Costs in Hurricane
Cost is typically one of the most important factors for homeowners wanting to invest in solar. There are a few primary factors that will push your cost above or below the average in Hurricane: solar equipment and system size, financing options and the solar installation company you choose. We'll go over each of these briefly below.
The cost of solar panels varies by thousands of dollars due to some different factors. One of the most significant factors is the system size. Solar power systems that have better efficiency or power production use better technology and/or more equipment, both of which can raise costs. For each additional kilowatt you need, your cost can go up by about $2,640. The solar equipment you choose can increase or decrease your cost by thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. If you get the most efficient solar panel brands, you'll end up paying more upfront than if you opted for the most affordable panels. On the other hand, more efficient panels could save you more over time on your electric bills. In addition, add-on products, such as solar batteries, can bump up your total well above the Hurricane average.
Solar Financing Terms
If paying for a solar system in cash is difficult, solar loans are a popular choice because they cut back your upfront costs and allow you to pay for your system over a term of, on average, between five and seven years. It's wise to include the interest you'll pay in your final cost estimate. If you can afford to pay a higher down payment, you can reduce your total costs and how long it'll take to pay off the loan.
Solar Panel Installation Company
Lastly, the company you opt for to install your solar panels can influence your pricing. Hurricane's solar companies all have different labor costs and add varying upcharges to equipment. The size of the company sometimes plays the most significant role in the cost. Larger national companies, like SunPro and Sunrun, often have lower prices because they have more resources and better pricing. Smaller local companies might be more costly, but they can sometimes have better customer service and more customization options, and the occasional sale or promotion can bring their pricing down to compete with bigger companies.
Solar Panel Cost Data by System Size
|System size||Cost per system watt||Solar system cost||25-Year savings||Payback period|
|6 kW||$2.75||$11,532||$14,997||10.9 years|
|8 kW||$2.69||$15,080||$20,292||10.7 years|
|10 kW||$2.64||$18,480||$25,734||10.4 years|
|12 kW||$2.59||$21,732||$31,324||10.2 years|
|14 kW||$2.53||$24,837||$37,062||10.0 years|
|16 kW||$2.48||$27,794||$42,948||9.8 years|
|18 kW||$2.43||$30,603||$48,982||9.6 years|
|20 kW||$2.38||$33,264||$55,164||9.4 years|
How to Save on Solar Panels
Since the kind of solar panels and the installation company you choose has an impact on your costs and your system's efficiency, production, and durability, it's important to select the right ones for you. Here are some tips to keep in mind to help with your decision:
- Solar Panel Brands: Different companies carry various brands and kinds of panels. If you want a specific brand, make sure the solar company you're considering has it.
- Contract: Though reading through a contract can take a lot of time, it's important to do it carefully so you can make sure you understand how much the equipment and services will cost and the terms of the warranty.
- Reputation: Long-running companies likely have a high reputation. This is important because it ensures that it will not only see your solar installation through, but will also provide adequate aftercare and customer service, such as part repairs and replacements.
- Warranty: An all-inclusive, 25-year warranty can help keep your solar panel system running for years to come and save you money on part replacement and repairs.
EcoWatch's Hurricane, WV Solar Cost FAQs
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