Cost of Solar Power

Depending on the location and design of your system, the typical home installation ranges from 3 to 7 kilowatts and costs between $18,000 to $40,000 to purchase.

Equipment Costs ~ 45%

  • Solar panels: About a third of the cost of a residential photovoltaic system comes from the cost of solar panels, which can cost around $4,500-$12,000.
  • Power inverter: The inverter, which converts DC to AC so you can connect to the grid, will cost $1,000-$3,000.
  • Mounting hardware: Depending on your home, you may need standoffs, rails, clips, etc., which cost around $800-$2,000.
  • Wiring: Wires and wiring boxes, disconnects, conduit, and other electrical components can total to around $1,000-$2,000.

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Installation and Permitting Costs ~ 25%

  • System Installation: Even before your system is up and running, you’ll need to pay for the cost of installation, which ranges from $2,000-$4,000.
  • Permits & Fees: Local permitting and inspection fees can add over $2,500 to your solar costs. All in, permitting costs can total between $3,000-$6,000. 

Sales, Marketing, and Operational Costs ~ 30%

  • Monitoring: Monitoring equipment and/or services can cost up to a couple thousand dollars.
  • Maintenance/Repairs: These costs will vary, depending on the situation, and include the cost of replacing the power inverter. Inverters typically need to be replaced one or two times during the life of your system.
  • Additional operational and overhead costs can total around $4,000-$9,000 per installation.

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2013 Report on installed cost of solar (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab) 

Cost of solar over time (Cleantechnica) 

Incentives 

Incentives can help lower the cost of solar power systems. As a homeowner, you’re eligible to receive 30% off the total cost of your photovoltaic system from the federal government in the form of a Federal Solar Tax Credit. If you purchase a home solar system, you may end up having to wait as long as 16 months to receive the benefit of the tax credit.

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Sunrun is also an expert at locating and monetizing government incentives. Sunrun handles all the paperwork and passes the benefits on to you immediately, so that you can see better long-term savings. Sunrun takes the guesswork out of the cost of solar power.

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