Cost of solar in Charlotte, NC

Electricity Consumption in Charlotte

Electricity Consumption by North Carolina residents averages 1101 kWh per month. It ranks #24 in the nation for savings from installing solar panels on the home.

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Solar power in Charlotte, North Carolina

Duke Energy provide net metering to their Charlotte customers. Each kWh of exported energy is valued at the retail rate. When more energy is sent to the grid than drawn within the month credit is carried over to future bills. Sadly remaing kWh at the end of the billing year expire without compenation.

Duke also provide a $600/kW limited availability rebate for solar systems up to 10kW in size (see an installer for details). After claiming utility incentives 30% of the remaining costs can be claimed as a deduction to federal taxes, this incentive can be used in increments.

With 50% of costs covered and ongoing net metering credit there has never been a better time to go solar. Don't wait for these incentives to expire, get a free estimate by entering your zip code below! 

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

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Solar power in North Carolina

The average cost of installing residential solar panels in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2020 is $2.58 per watt. The average system size in the US is 6 kilowatts, which means the average price of a solar system in Charlotte, NC is $12,900. (before claiming 26% tax credit and other rebates)

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Facts about installing a 11.03kW solar system in Charlotte, NC

This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $168, however your situation may vary so try our Charlotte solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.


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

8 Years 2 Months

Average payback time


Annual power production


levilized cost of solar energy


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The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years

Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of this 11.03kW 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 North Carolina

System Size Cash purchase
After 26% solar tax credit
Financed purchase
After 26% solar tax credit
3kw $6,016 $6,497
4kw $7,903 $8,535
5kw $9,694 $10,470
6kw $11,455 $12,372
7kw $13,105 $14,154
8kw $14,741 $15,920
9kw $16,250 $17,550
10kw $17,760 $19,181


Going solar in North Carolina

Check out all of the ways energy providers of North Carolina 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
Property Tax Abatement for Solar Electric Systems State Property Tax Incentive
Net Metering State Net Metering
Duke Energy Solar Rebate Program (Expired) Utility Rebate Program

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