What Should You Pay For Solar In Idaho?

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Solar power in Idaho

Last fact checked on July 02, 2019 by Catherine Lane

Idaho has some room for improvement as far as solar incentives go; there is no renewable portfolio standard or tax exemptions that currently exist. However, there is a very beneficial state income tax credit. 

Also, although there is no net metering law, the three major investor-owned utilities in the state do offer net metering to their customers. 


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Solar power in Idaho

Idaho solar power facts


Average cost of a 5kw solar power system in 2020
Price shown before incentives

7 Years 3 Months

Average payback time


Average lifetime savings
Price shown after repayments of capital


levelized cost of solar energy


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The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years


Annual power production

Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of a 10.15kW system

This 10.15kW system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill in Idaho 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 Idaho

$2.78 per watt

Cash purchased solar system
Before 26% solar tax credit

$3.08 per watt

Financed solar system
Before 26% 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 Idaho

The advantages of installing solar panels in Idaho include the state tax credit, as well as the 30% federal solar tax credit. These two incentives alone make solar an excellent investment for your home or business in Idaho.

SolarPowerRocks provides a great breakdown of solar incentives and policy for each state within the US.

The main disadvantage of installing solar panels in Idaho is that the state receives less sunshine than some other states. This means that your solar system will produce a little less here than it will in sunnier states, such as Florida. Also, the state does not provide a sales or property tax exemption on solar energy equipment like many other states do. The lack of a renewable portfolio standard puts less pressure on utilities to create incentives for expanding solar. 

Enter your details to calculate the potential costs and savings you can expect when you install solar panels on your home.

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 while 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 Idaho

Solar panels produce different amounts of energy in different locations.

Around the Boise area solar panels installed on a south facing 27 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 Idaho?

Idaho State Solar Tax Credit

Idaho offers residents who install a solar system on their property the option to claim a tax credit against their state income tax. For the year you install your system, you can receive a credit equal to 40% of the costs of a solar system, up to $5,000. 

For the subsequent 3 years, you can obtain a credit equal to 20% of the costs of the solar system up to $5,000. Idaho has a relatively low state income tax, so this incentive almost entirely knocks out the cost. 



Net metering in Idaho

Avista Utilities, Idaho Power, and Rocky Mountain Power all offer net metering despite the fact that the state has no net metering requirement. This means that customers of these three utilities will receive credit on their bills for the full retail value of each excess kilowatt hour (kWh) their solar system produces. 

This allows for big savings on your electric bill each month. 

Idaho Solar Calculator

Regardless of what you want to know about the economics of installing solar panels for your home or business in Idaho we have a solar calculator that can show you exactly the information your require.



What you can find out about installing solar panels in Idaho using our full monthly 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 Idaho 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 Idaho

Check out all of the ways energy providers of Idaho 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
Residential Alternative Energy State Tax Deduction Year 1 State Personal Tax Deduction
State Energy Loan Program State Loan Program
Idaho Power - Net Metering Utility Net Metering
Rocky Mountain Power - Net Metering Utility Net Metering
Avista Utilities - Net Metering Utility Net Metering
Find your local rebates and incentives

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.