Ohio ranks #19 in America for savings from installing solar panels on your home

Solar power in Ohio

Ohio isn't a bad state at all to put solar on your home.

Unlike many states Ohio does have an SREC program however, since Ohio's Solar carve and RPS is so low the value is only about $15 per SREC.

All utilities in Ohio are required to offer net metering to there customers which is also a huge win.

Net metering combined with the 30% federal tax credit and a small SREC program makes solar an excellent choice for your home or business in Ohio.


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Solar power in Ohio

Ohio solar power facts


Average cost of a 5kw solar power system in 2018
Price shown before incentives

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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


Annual power production

Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of a 8.79kW system

This 8.79kW system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill in Ohio is $150, however your situation may vary so try our solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.

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How much do solar panels cost in Ohio

$3.54 per watt

Cash purchased solar system
Before 30% solar tax credit

$4.01 per watt

Financed solar system
Before 30% solar tax credit

N/A cents/kWh

Av. 15 year term, 2.5% price escalator

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

With net metering, a small SREC program and the federal tax credit installing solar is an excellent decision in Ohio. Enter your details to calculate the cost and savings you are likely to get from installing solar panels for your home.

The disadvantages of installing solar panels in Ohio is that solar panels produce less than they would in other parts of the country sush as southern California for example.

There is also a chance net metering will be ending soon so get in now while it's good!

Best brands of solar panels

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 Ohio

Solar panels produce different amounts of energy in different locations.

Around the Columbus area solar panels installed on a south facing 30 degree pitch roof will typically produce:

1,150kWh 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 zipcode below.


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

The Solar Carve Out and Ohio SREC's

Ohio does have a solar carve out but it is rather poor at 0.5% of the states power must come from solar by 2025.

The SREC program exploded when it was first released at $400 per SREC but due to the tiny solar carve out the value of these SREC's is now at $15.



Net Metering

All ohio utilities are required to offer net metering to there customers.

This incentive may be coming to an end soon as utility companies accross the nation are fighting hard against net metering.

Ohio Solar Calculator

Regardless of what you want to know about the economics of installing solar panels for your home or business in Ohio 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 Ohio 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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Going solar in Ohio

Check out all of the ways energy providers of Ohio can help you be more energy efficient and save money.

The following programs are available:
Incentive Name Eligibility Type
Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit Federal Personal Tax Credit
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Your city may have further incentives to offer. Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.

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