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$3.16 per watt

Av. Cost per watt of residential solar panels installation
 

$2.21 per watt

Av. cost of solar panels for home
After 30% solar tax credit

$96

Av. Monthly payment on solar panels
 

$2.53 per watt

Financed solar system
After 30% solar tax credit

$28,900 savings

Av. Lifetime Savings
 

Average cost of solar panels for homes in Virginia as at December, 2018 is $3.16 per watt. This means that for a 5 kW residential solar system the cost is $15,800 before solar incentives and $11,060 after claiming back the solar tax credit. The average monthly payment is $96 making even zero down solar systems cash flow positive from day 1.

Our solar electricity cost calculator will calculate how many solar panels you need for your home to cover your energy bill and get live current solar offers on the correct size solar system from the best local solar providers near you. In some cases solar payback can be as short as 5-8 years, leaving you with 20 years or more of free power.

 

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Solar panel cost by state for each size of residential solar power system in December, 2018 based on current offers from solar companies near you

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State Cash Purchase
(after 30% solar tax credit)
Monthly Payment
(Financed System)
Alabama $10,150 $88
Alaska $10,850 $94
Arizona $11,025 $95
Arkansas $9,940 $86
California $11,130 $96
Colorado $10,920 $94
Connecticut $11,830 $102
District of Columbia $11,515 $100
Delaware $10,500 $91
Florida $10,080 $87
Georgia $9,730 $84
Hawaii $11,970 $104
Idaho $10,325 $89
Illinois $10,920 $94
Indiana $11,130 $96
Iowa $10,290 $89
Kansas $10,395 $90
Kentucky $10,815 $94
Louisiana $10,500 $91
Maine $11,480 $99
Maryland $10,500 $91
Massachusetts $11,445 $99
Michigan $10,535 $91
Minnesota $11,165 $97
Mississippi $10,325 $89
Missouri $10,500 $91
Montana $10,500 $91
Nebraska $10,080 $87
Nevada $10,360 $90
New Hampshire $11,410 $99
New Jersey $11,270 $97
New Mexico $10,780 $93
New York $11,480 $99
North Carolina $10,290 $89
North Dakota $10,500 $91
Ohio $10,430 $90
Oklahoma $10,500 $91
Oregon $10,920 $94
Pennsylvania $11,130 $96
Puerto Rico $11,830 $102
Rhode Island $11,340 $98
South Carolina $10,780 $93
South Dakota $10,500 $91
Tennessee $10,920 $94
Texas $10,920 $94
Utah $10,500 $91
Vermont $11,480 $99
Virginia $11,060 $96
Washington $10,325 $89
West Virginia $10,500 $91
Wisconsin $10,990 $95
Wyoming $10,500 $91
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Current solar panels cost per watt in each state in December, 2018

State Cash Purchase (installed)
$/watt before 30% solar tax credit
Financed Systems (installed)
$/watt before 30% solar tax credit
Alabama $2.90 $3.30
Alaska $3.10 $3.50
Arizona $3.15 $3.50
Arkansas $2.84 $3.35
California $3.18 $3.56
Colorado $3.12 $3.45
Connecticut $3.38 $3.75
District of Columbia $3.29 $3.65
Delaware $3.00 $3.50
Florida $2.88 $3.26
Georgia $2.78 $3.16
Hawaii $3.42 $3.78
Idaho $2.95 $3.50
Illinois $3.12 $3.50
Indiana $3.18 $3.50
Iowa $2.94 $3.50
Kansas $2.97 $3.50
Kentucky $3.09 $3.50
Louisiana $3.00 $3.50
Maine $3.28 $3.60
Maryland $3.00 $3.50
Massachusetts $3.27 $3.61
Michigan $3.01 $3.38
Minnesota $3.19 $3.52
Mississippi $2.95 $3.30
Missouri $3.00 $3.35
Montana $3.00 $3.35
Nebraska $2.88 $3.27
Nevada $2.96 $3.32
New Hampshire $3.26 $3.60
New Jersey $3.22 $3.58
New Mexico $3.08 $3.45
New York $3.28 $3.65
North Carolina $2.94 $3.41
North Dakota $3.00 $3.80
Ohio $2.98 $3.45
Oklahoma $3.00 $3.50
Oregon $3.12 $3.54
Pennsylvania $3.18 $3.50
Puerto Rico $3.38 $3.74
Rhode Island $3.24 $3.68
South Carolina $3.08 $3.42
South Dakota $3.00 $3.50
Tennessee $3.12 $3.47
Texas $3.12 $3.44
Utah $3.00 $3.50
Vermont $3.28 $3.62
Virginia $3.16 $3.62
Washington $2.95 $3.25
West Virginia $3.00 $3.50
Wisconsin $3.14 $3.47
Wyoming $3.00 $3.50
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What should be included in the total cost of a solar panel system for your home in solar quotes you receive from solar providers near you?

  • Solar Panels and solar inverter warranties from the manufacturer, usually for 25 years.
  • Racking and mountings to secure the solar panels to your roof.
  • Sundry electrical equipment such a cabling, conduit, junction boxes and fixings used in the installation.
  • Building approval from your authority of jurisdiction including the lodging of a permit application and an inspection after the solar system installation.
  • Obtaining an approval from your utility and preparing a net metering agreement with your utility company. Possibly also a utility inspection depending on where you are located.
  • A warranty, usually 10 years, from the solar installers on the installation labor from the solar company itself.
  • Installing the solar panels, inverter and the rest of the solar panel installation work by qualified electrical contractors.
  • Solar loan options for a zero down system to avoid the upfront cost including an option to cover the federal tax credit portion of the solar system cost until you do next years taxes; and
  • Analysis showing what your utility bills are likely to be after the system is installed.

 

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What factors affect the cost of a fully installed solar system for my home?

 

Solar is a relatively new industry and there are still vastly different prices being offered by different solar companies for solar systems.

How much should I pay for solar panels? There is no simple answer to this question but understanding these factors will allow you to do a better job of ranking the solar quotes that you get back from solar providers near you.

 

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How much will buying the best solar panels increase solar panel cost for my home?

For a discussion on choosing the best brands of solar equipment visit our top solar tips page.

In terms of pricing tier 1 solar panels will usually cost around $0.40 - $0.50 cents per watt more than a second or third tier solar panel. Here is another good discussion on the pros and cons of choosing a tier 1 solar panel over a tier 2 or 3 solar brand.

So for a common size of residential solar system, say 6 kW (6kW is 6,000 watts) using one of the best brands of solar panels will add around $2,400-$3,000 to the cost of the solar system for your home.

 

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