What Should You Pay For Solar In North Dakota?

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Solar power in North Dakota

Last fact checked on July 31, 2019 by Catherine Lane

There is quite a bit of room for improvement when it comes to solar power in North Dakota. There are almost no state-based or utility-based incentives for installing solar. Also, the state’s investor-owned utilities don’t offer rebates for solar customers.  

The bright side is that North Dakota has a statewide net metering policy, so residents who install solar on their homes will receive compensation for the excess energy their solar system produces. Additionally, North Dakotans can take advantage of the 30% federal tax credit.


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Solar power in North Dakota

North Dakota solar power facts


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

8 Years 11 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 8.86kW system

This 8.86kW system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill in North Dakota is $108, 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 North Dakota

$2.56 per watt

Cash purchased solar system
Before 26% solar tax credit

$4.30 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 North Dakota

The advantage of installing solar panels in North Dakota is the state’s net metering policy, which provides compensation for excess generation a solar system produces. Also, North Dakota has a property tax exemption, so homeowners can save money on their property taxes.  

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

The disadvantage of installing solar panels in North Dakota is that there are no utility-based incentives or rebates. While North Dakota does have a renewable portfolio standard, it is voluntary - meaning, utilities are not pressured to offer rebates in order to encourage their customers to make the switch to solar.

However, the combination of net metering and the 30% federal tax credit still creates the opportunity for great savings. The federal tax credit decreases starting in 2020, so the best time to make the switch to solar in North Dakota is now!

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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 North Dakota

Solar panels produce different amounts of energy in different locations.

Around the Bismarck area solar panels installed on a south facing 30 degree pitch roof will typically produce:

1,405kWh 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 North Dakota?

Renewable Energy System Exemption

North Dakota homeowners have the opportunity to save on their property taxes when they install a solar system on their home, thanks to the Renewable Energy Property Tax Exemption legislation. This policy exempts 100% of the assessed value of the solar system from property taxes for 5 years. 



Net metering in North Dakota

Solar, by its nature, generates the most power during the middle of the day when most people are at work or school and little power is being used in the home. The net metering policy in North Dakota mandates that for every surplus kilowatt hour (kWh) generated by solar (like the excess energy your system creates during the day) a utility will provide credits equal to the avoided cost rate of electricity. 



Renewable, Recycled and Conserved Energy Objective

North Dakota’s renewable portfolio standard was enacted in 2007. The legislation established a voluntary goal that 10% of all retail electricity sales in the state should be obtained from renewable energy sources. This standard is out of date and not very ambitious. Not to mention, the standard is voluntary, so utilities are not required to meet it. Because of the weak renewable portfolio standard, utilities are not pressured to create rebates to incentivize their customers to go solar. 

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



What you can find out about installing solar panels in North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota

Check out all of the ways energy providers of North Dakota 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
Renewable Energy System Tax Exemption State Property Tax Incentive
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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.