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Scientists and Sea Shepherd Brazil team members examine a dead Amazon river dolphin encountered during their scientific expedition. Sea Shepherd

Sea Shepherd recently completed the first scientific expedition of a research campaign focused on the conservation of two species of endangered Amazonian river dolphins. To their surprise, during the 19-day expedition, they found three dead cetaceans, one with net marks and a possible harpoon injury and another with a possible harpoon mark.

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12 Tides Organic Puffed Kelp Chips are an "ocean-positive," regenerative seaweed snack. 12 Tides

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Average Cost of Solar Panels in Arizona: What to Expect (2022)

We break down what the average homeowner pays for solar in Arizona.

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Anyone who has spent time in the southwestern U.S., particularly in the deserts of Arizona, would find it no surprise that the region has some of the best natural solar resources in the country. But all the sunshine in the world won't mean anything if the cost of solar panels in Arizona keeps renewable energy out of reach for homeowners across the Grand Canyon State.

From reduced energy bills to shrunken carbon footprints, there are many benefits of going solar. Regardless, for most homeowners, making the switch comes down to one key question: How much do solar panels cost in Arizona?

In this article, we'll discuss the average cost of solar panels in Arizona as well as key information about financing solar, public policies that may incentivize solar installations and more. If you want to see how much solar would cost for your home, specifically, you'll need to get a free quote from a solar installer near you. You can do so using this tool or by filling out the form below.

How Much Do Solar Panels Cost in Arizona?

Solar panel costs in Arizona are about on par with the U.S average. Local factors and supply limitations don't hamper Arizona installations or pull prices in either direction. Based on market-based research and data from top solar companies, we've found that the average cost of solar panels in Arizona is $2.61 per watt (the national average is $2.66 per watt).

Of course, solar systems aren't purchased one watt at a time, so what does that price look like in terms of actual installations? Using the state average, for a modestly sized 5-kilowatt (kW) system, the total system cost would be $13,050, but after the federal tax credit is applied, out-of-pocket costs would be lowered to about $9,657.

For larger systems to be installed on homes, businesses, schools or other facilities, average solar power costs break down as follows:

Size of Solar Panel System Arizona Solar Panel Cost Cost After
Federal Tax Credit
5kW $13,050 $9,657
6kW $15,660 $11,588
7kW $18,270 $13,520
8kW $20,880 $15,451
9kW $23,490 $17,383
10kW $26,100 $19,314

The above table provides statewide average prices, but each home solar panel installation will have its own unique characteristics, so costs will vary in actuality.

Some installations will be more straightforward (such as those on a roof that readily faces the sun) while others will be more complicated (such as an irregular-shaped roof or a ground-mounted system), so the actual price for a specific project is best estimated with an installer who can account for your individual needs.

What Determines the Cost of Solar Panels in Arizona?

There are a number of factors that can influence the cost of solar panels in Arizona, including the extent of your home's energy needs and the local incentives you're eligible for. Here are a few other key things that will play into pricing:

Solar Equipment

Not all solar energy systems are alike, and the specific equipment chosen for your project will influence the final cost. Solar panels themselves are seeing lots of research and development, meaning the most efficient solar panels can generate greater amounts of electricity — but they come at a higher cost.

Similarly, things like inverters, solar batteries and the mounting equipment needed to secure the panels to your roof will vary in cost based on the quality of materials and complexity of the install. If you opt for added features like rotating panels or smart technology, your investment will be even more significant. These factors can all be discussed during a free consultation with a solar expert.

Solar Financing

Regardless of the size and quality of the solar system being installed, the total will usually be relatively high upfront. Because of these capital requirements, it's extremely common for customers to finance their solar systems. The type of financing used will not only impact what a customer pays upfront, but it will also affect the length of the customer's solar payback period, or how long it takes to "break even" on the investment.

Here's how the three most common payment options can affect the cost of solar panels in Arizona:

  • Cash: For homeowners with the capital available to cover the full price of their solar system, it's smart to pay in full upfront. This is less common because of the aforementioned high price point, but if workable, it results in the lowest overall cost and thus shortens your payback period.
  • Loans: If you're unable or unwilling to pay in full, there's the option to take out a simple loan to pay for the solar system. A solar loan can allow you to purchase a more expensive, premium system, but of course, loans come with interest, and that extra cost will eat into your payback period.
  • Leases or power purchase agreements (PPAs): Lastly, potential solar customers may opt to work with a solar company that leases panels to homeowners. With this payment method, you don't have to pay upfront costs, but you also don't own the system (and, thus, are ineligible to cash in on tax credits). In the long run, the amount you will save on energy bills will be much lower, but you are also relieved of the burden of paying for the system yourself.

Installation Company

A third factor that really impacts the cost of solar systems for Arizonans is the choice of installation company. The solar industry is booming, and as such, there is no shortage of contractors and installers who will be eager to help you install your residential solar system.

As with any major home improvement project, different installers have their own rates, oftentimes correlated with the quality or even speed of their work, and it's up to the customer to do their homework to evaluate potential installation companies. Simply going with the lowest-cost installation company may not be wise if it isn't reputable, but at the same time, certified local installers may charge lower prices to compete with big-name national installers.

Our best advice is to look at the best solar companies in Arizona, research what deals or specials are available, and talk to neighbors or look at online reviews to find a company that offers you a good price and will deliver the quality of work you need.

Arizona Solar Incentives

Public policy leaders have done a fair job of offering financial incentives that lower the cost of solar in Arizona. Although the state's net metering program was phased out in 2016, there are still a number of tax credits and incentives available to homeowners. These include:

Arizona Solar Incentive How it Affects the Cost of Solar Panels in Arizona
Arizona solar tax credit This statewide program allows people who install solar on their homes to be credited 25% of total installation costs (up to $1,000) in the form of a personal income tax reduction.
Solar tax exemptions The 5.6% of sales tax that's typically charged in Arizona is not applied to the purchase of solar equipment.
Similarly, most upgrades to homes will increase the value of the home, and that value is what is taxed via property taxes. Arizona, however, excludes the value increase from solar panels when evaluating how much property tax you must pay.
Local solar incentives On top of state incentives, numerous towns, cities and counties may have their own incentives to encourage citizens to engage with solar. Because these can vary greatly from one jurisdiction to the next, you should research your area (or call your local representatives) to find out more.
Federal solar tax credit Anyone in the U.S., including Arizona, is able to take advantage of the federal solar investment tax credit, or ITC. For any solar systems installed before the end of 2022, 26% of the cost of the system is available as an income tax credit.

FAQ: Cost of Solar Panels in Arizona

Is it worth going solar in Arizona?

Yes, it is generally worth going solar in Arizona. Solar panels are a great way to reduce electric bills and carbon emissions for your home or business. Depending on the size and cost of the system, customers who install solar can expect to see a full return on their investment decades before the end of life of the system, turning additional savings into pure profit.

How long does it take for solar panels to pay for themselves in Arizona?

The average payback period for solar panels is about eight years, and the average lifespan of a system is about 25 years. The payback period can be greater or shorter depending on the size of installation, tax incentives utilized and total cost paid by the customer.

How many solar panels are needed to power a house in Arizona?

The average home needs about 20 to 25 solar panels to offset 100% of energy needs. However, that figure will vary widely based on the energy used by the home, the size and efficiency of the panels, how much shade falls onto the panels from nearby buildings or trees, and other factors.

View of used clothes discarded in the Atacama desert, in Alto Hospicio, Iquique, Chile, on September 26, 2021. MARTIN BERNETTI / AFP / Getty Images

Deep in the Atacama Desert of Chile, new dunes are forming — not of sand, but of last year's unsold clothing from around the world. Piled high atop the previous year's fast fashion casualties and unpurchased lines of clothes, the garments are usually filled with toxins and dyes and do not biodegrade. The result: a fast fashion faux-pas and environmental disaster that's been largely overlooked — until now.

Aljazeera estimated that up to 59,000 tons of clothes that can't be sold in the U.S. or Europe end up at the Iquique port in the Alto Hospicio free zone in northern Chile each year. These are meant for resale in Latin America, but only 20,000 tons actually make their way around the continent.

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New company Plant Power Fast Food is taking on fast-food mega-giants and making a bet on plant-based eating as the "way of the future." With more attention on heart- and planet-healthy eating generally, plant-based fast food options are proliferating across the industry.

The company, based in California, has a strong base near colleges and recently opened its 10th location in food-centric Las Vegas, reported The Beet. That store is the chain's first outside of California and is part of a strategic expansion plan across the golden state and beyond.

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Pioneering explorers and females in STEM Sylvia Earle and Mireya Mayor prepare to issue the inaugural award for the Women Explorers Award. Tiffany Duong / Ocean Rebels

Earlier this month, two pioneering female explorers came together at Florida International University (FIU) to share what they've learned from decades of exploring the land and sea. In conversations with EcoWatch, Sylvia Earle and Mireya Mayor spoke about why exploration and conservation must go hand in hand.

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Are Biodegradable Shoes the Future of Footwear?

At Reebok's Innovation Lab in Boston, MA, engineers are working to create shoes made 100% from plants.

Reebok Floatride Energy GROW shoes are animal-free and made from at least 50% plant-based components. Reebok

At Reebok's Innovation Lab in Boston, MA, engineers are working to create sustainable footwear. The shoes will be made 100% from plants with zero plastic, and, hopefully, be fully biodegradable so you can bury them in your backyard, Fast Company reported.

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HuiZero stainless steel tins are intended to replace all single-use to-go containers in Hawaii and beyond. HuiZero

HuiZero, Hawaii's first zero-waste to-go container program, has just launched at participating restaurants across the island of Maui. The tins are food safe, easy to clean and infinitely reusable, making them ideal for an island chain like Hawaii.

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Earlier this month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed five sustainability bills into law. These are aimed at supporting a circular economy within the state and reducing plastic waste, reported Upstream.

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Leading Glasgow club and music venue SWG3 will use dancers' body heat as a renewable energy source to power the building and reduce carbon emissions. Michael Hunter

We've heard of wind, solar, thermal and tidal — but dance energy? Apparently, yes! Legendary nightclub SWG3 in Glasgow, Scotland will trial an innovative scheme to trap body heat from the dancers on its dance floor to heat and cool various parts of its complex.

Dubbed BODYHEAT, the system captures and converts human body heat created by staff and partiers inside the venue into a renewable energy source for the club to use, TimeOut reported. Importantly, the energy generated can also be stored for months until needed, long after the party is over.

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You've heard this call to action before, but what's the buzz really about? Turns out, bees are incredibly important in nature and in human food production.

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In a "stunning" and upsetting decision, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child refused to hear the case of 16 youth from around the world who are threatened by the climate crisis.

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In August, scientists from Oceana conducted the ocean conservation organization's first-ever expedition to investigate and document the condition of two reefs in the Gulf of Mexico using cutting-edge technology. Assessing the data, they're now reporting invasive species and deadly coral disease in Bajos del Norte, a pristine national park.

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