Solar power in Rochester, New York
Rochester Gas & Electric offers its customers a $400 per kW rebate along with net metering. On a typical 5kW system this means RG&E will provide a $2,000 rebate. New york also runs an affordable solar system where if your income qualifies the utility rebate doubles giving you $4,000 off your system. Alongside already excellent rebates New York offers a state tax credit of 25% of the system cost up to $5,000. There is still also the federal solar tax credit of 30% of the total system cost so already on a standard size system about 60% of all costs are covered within the first year.
With net metering every kWh of electricity not used in the home is exported to their grid and you receive full retail value for it. With Expensive power in New York being able to receive that value for power your system outputs is actually the best incentive of all. Solar is a must have for your home in Rochester, 60% of costs covered through rebates and tax credits with net metering makes solar seem like a no brainer.
Even if you are not convinced about solar we recommend that at the very least you use the solar panel calculator for Rochester 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 Rochester 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 Rochester, New York in 2019 is $3.72 per watt. The average system size in the US is 6 kilowatts, which means the average price of a solar system in Rochester, NY is $18,600. (before claiming 30% tax credit and other rebates)
What does the cost of a real solar system look like?
Facts about installing a 12.35kW solar system in Rochester, NY
This system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill is $199, however your situation may vary so try our Rochester solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.
Net cost of system
Cash - after 30% solar tax credit
8 Years 8 Months
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 12.35kW system
Life-time savings on this system over the next 25 years
(Prices shown after repayments of capital)
Solar companies in Rochester, NY that provide pricing through the Solar-Estimate marketplace
Average total cost of solar panel installation in New York
|System Size||Cash purchase
After 30% solar tax credit
After 30% solar tax credit
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Going solar in New York
Check out all of the ways energy providers of New York can help you be more energy efficient and save money.
The following programs are available:
|Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit||Federal||Personal Tax Credit|
|Residential Solar State Tax Credit||State||Personal Tax Credit|
|Property Tax Exemption||State||Property Tax Incentive|
|Solar Sales Tax Exemption||State||Sales Tax Incentive|
|Value of Distributed Energy Resources - Phase One Net Metering||State||Net Metering|
|NY-Sun Smart Energy Loan||State||Loan Program|
|NYC Residential Solar Sales Tax Exemption||Local||Sales Tax Incentive|
|NY-Sun Megawatt Block Program - Con Edison - Block 8||Utility||Rebate Program|
Find your local rebates and incentives
Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.