Cost of solar in Charleston, WV

Electricity Consumption in Charleston

Electricity Consumption by West Virginia residents averages 1183 kWh per month. It ranks #48 in the nation for savings from installing solar panels on the home.

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Solar power in Charleston, West Virginia

Appalachian Power offers its Charleston solar customers a great net metering program. The utility will provide compensation for any excess generation a solar system produces in the form of a kilowatt hour (kWh) credit on the customer’s utility bill. These kWh credits are used to offset energy costs on future bills. This can lead to big savings on your electric bill, to the point where you could cancel out all of your electricity costs and eliminate nearly your entire bill!

Charleston residents can also take advantage of the federal solar tax credit. The tax credit is equal to 30% of the cost of a solar system and is applied to your federal income taxes. In some cases, you may be able to wipe out your entire tax bill for a year! The combination of the federal tax credit and Appalachian Power’s net metering program can provide you with a great return on investment when installing a solar system in West Virginia. 

Even if you are not convinced about solar we recommend that at the very least you use the solar panel calculator for Charleston to find out:

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Solar power in West Virginia

The average cost of installing residential solar panels in Charleston, West Virginia in 2020 is $2.44 per watt. The average system size in the US is 6 kilowatts, which means the average price of a solar system in Charleston, WV is $12,200. (before claiming 26% tax credit and other rebates)

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Facts about installing a 16.94kW solar system in Charleston, WV

This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $182, however your situation may vary so try our Charleston solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.


Net cost of system
Cash - after 26% solar tax credit

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The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years

Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of this 16.94kW system

Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years


(Prices shown after repayments of capital)


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Average total cost of solar panel installation in West Virginia

System Size Cash purchase
After 26% solar tax credit
Financed purchase
After 26% solar tax credit
3kw $6,172 $6,665
4kw $7,903 $8,535
5kw $9,472 $10,230
6kw $10,834 $11,700
7kw $12,069 $13,035
8kw $13,142 $14,194
9kw $14,053 $15,177
10kw $14,800 $15,984


Going solar in West Virginia

Check out all of the ways energy providers of West Virginia 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
Net Metering State Net Metering

Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.