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:
- 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 Charleston 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 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)
What does the cost of a real solar system look like?
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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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 16.94kW system
Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years
(Prices shown after repayments of capital)
Average total cost of solar panel installation in West Virginia
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After 26% solar tax credit
After 26% solar tax credit
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:
Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.