Idaho ranks #17 in America for savings from installing solar panels on your home

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Idaho solar power facts


Average cost of a 5kw solar power system in 2016
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Average payback time


Average lifetime savings
Price shown after repayments of capital


Levelized cost of solar energy


If you don't get solar
The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years


Power production
(per kW of peak DC solar panels)



Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of a 5kw system

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Solar power in Idaho

Idaho isn't a bad state for solar but far from the strongest. There is a state tax credit that reduces your income tax. Along with basically wiping out your state income tax although not required by the state the three major utilities servicing all of Idaho offer net metering. As always in Idaho you are entitled to the 30% federal tax credit.


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To find the best brands of solar panels you can use America's most trusted solar panel comparison and reviews website, SolarReviews.

However, reviews of solar panels can be a bit meaningless because most consumer owners have not had any issues and so whilst solar company reviews are very important when choosing solar installers they are of less use when choosing solar panels.

For more information to help you make an informed decision about this topic, I would recommend this article about buying solar panels.


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How much electricity will solar panels produce in Idaho

Solar panels produce different amounts of energy in different locations.

Around the Boise area solar panels installed on a south facing 27 degree pitch roof will typically produce:

1,150 kWh per year per 1kw of peak DC (direct current) capacity

For more information about how your location, roof direction and roof tilt affects solar power production use the solar panels calculator and enter your address below.

What rebates, solar tax credits and other solar incentives are available in Idaho?

Idaho State Solar Tax Credit

As state income tax in Idaho is only %7.4 or a maximum of $5,000 the savings are huge. For the first year you can expect 40% of the cost of the solar system taken off of your taxes due, then for the next 3 years it's %20.



Net Metering

Avista Utilities, Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power the states 3 investor owned utilities all offer net metering. Customers of these utilities are compensated for excess power exported to the grid.



Simplified Massachusetts Interconnection guidelines

Connecting solar to the various different utilities in Massachusetts has recently become easier with the release of standard statewide interconnection guidelines that all utilities must follow

Idaho Solar Calculator

Regardless of what you want to know about the economics of installing solar panels for your home or business in Idaho we have a solar calculator that can show you exactly the information your require.


You can either use our full monty solar calculator that shows you everything you could possibly want to know or you can use one of our range of smaller calculators for specific solar calculations that focus on providing you only with the specific information you require.



What you can find out about installing solar panels in Idaho using our full monty solar calculator

This solar calculator requires you to input your address, utility company, your average monthly power spend - It tells you:

If you want to see all of the above but also see live pricing, the three best solar deals available in your city and get binding quotes from each of these solar companies then use this solar panels calculator. This calculator requires you to also input your name and contact details because most of our 200+ installer partners will only authorize the sharing of their live solar pricing where we have validated that you are a real homeowner with a home in their service area. We respect the privacy of your data and only share your contact details with the solar companies you ask us to get binding quotes from.


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How much do solar panels cost in Idaho

$3.10 per watt

Cash purchased solar system
Before 30% solar tax credit

$3.50 per watt

Financed solar system
Before 30% solar tax credit

15¢ cents/kWh

Av. 15 year term, 2.5% price escalator

What are the pros and cons of buying solar panels for your home in Idaho

The advantages of installing solar panels in Idaho are net metering, state tax credit as well as the 30% federal tax credit, solar is an excellent investment for your home or business in Idaho.

The disadvantages of installing solar panels production is a little on the low side however, good incentives more than make up for this. Enter your details to calculate the cost and savings you are likely to get from installing solar panels for your home.