Cost of solar in Rochester, NY

Electricity Consumption in Rochester

Electricity Consumption by New York residents averages 603 kWh per month. It ranks #5 in the nation for savings from installing solar panels on the home.

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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:

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Solar power in New York

The average cost of installing residential solar panels in Rochester, New York in 2020 is $2.78 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 $13,900. (before claiming 26% tax credit and other rebates)

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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 26% solar tax credit

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Average payback time


Annual power production


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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)



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Average total cost of solar panel installation in New York

System Size Cash purchase
After 26% solar tax credit
Financed purchase
After 26% solar tax credit
3kw $6,460 $6,977
4kw $8,495 $9,175
5kw $10,434 $11,269
6kw $12,343 $13,331
7kw $14,141 $15,273
8kw $15,925 $17,199
9kw $17,582 $18,989
10kw $19,240 $20,779


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:
Incentive Name Eligibility Type
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
NY-Sun Megawatt Block Program - Upstate Region - Block 8 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.