Solar power in Buffalo, New York
National grid has a net metering program making solar a better investment than ever. Net metering requires your utility to only bill you when your solar system outputs less to their grid than what your home pulls from the grid and surplus energy is credited at the National grids retail rate. Since most homeowners are out of the house during the day when solar is producing the most this exported energy will make you a lot of money.
Buffalo residents and business owners are eligible for the New York state tax credit of 25% up to $5,000, which is is the best state tax credit currently available in the country! There is also the 30% tax credit that is applied after the state level one so, already about 50% of all costs on a standard solar system are covered. If you live just a little out of the city in NYSE&G there is also a $400 per kW rebate that doubles if eligible for New York's affordable solar program. Many lawmakers consider these incentives way too generous and are fighting them hard, it's best not to wait around!
Even if you are not convinced about solar we recommend that at the very least you use the solar panel calculator to find out:
- How many solar panels you need to cover your power bill;
- How suitable your house is for solar;
- What incentives your house may be eligible for;
- The cost of solar panel installation in Buffalo and whether you are eligible for zero down solar deals; and
- Your likely payback period and return on investment from installing solar
Estimate your solar savings
The average cost of installing residential solar panels in Buffalo, New York in 2018 is $3.72 per watt. The average system size in the US is 6 kilowatts, which means the average price of a solar system in Buffalo, NY is $18,600. (before claiming 30% tax credit and other rebates)
What does the cost of a real solar system look like?
Facts about installing a 2.59kW solar system in Buffalo, NY
This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $45, however your situation may vary so try our solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.
Net cost of system
Cash - after 30% solar tax credit
7 Years 11 Months
Average payback time
Annual power production
levilized cost of solar energy
If you don't get solar
The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years
Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of this 2.59kW system
Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years
(Prices shown after repayments of capital)
Solar companies in Buffalo, NY that provide pricing through the Solar-Estimate marketplace
Average total cost of solar panel installation in New York
|System Size||Cash purchase
After 30% solar tax credit
After 30% solar tax credit
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Going solar in New York
Check out all of the ways energy providers of New York can help you be more energy efficient and save money.
The following programs are available:
|Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit||Federal||Personal Tax Credit|
|Residential Solar State Tax Credit||State||Personal Tax Credit|
|NY-Sun PV Incentive Program. Assuming residential band 8 at $0.30 per watt but reducing as capacity used||Utility||Rebate Program|
Find your local rebates and incentives
Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.