This is a question we hear almost every day. As energy costs continue to rise, and more people seek alternative solutions that are also friendlier to the environment, solar panels are becoming a more viable option for homeowners looking to save money and “go green.”
However, when the question “How much are solar panels?” is asked, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. There are a variety of factors that determine the cost of each home solar system. These are some of the most prominent:
How Much Power Do You Need?
If you’re going to invest in solar panels, you want to make sure you are getting a system that generates sufficient power for your home. This means looking at your utility bill to determine your average monthly electricity usage in kilowatt hours.
What Kind of Roof Do You Have?
How much space is available on the roof for solar panel installation? Is the roof flat or pitched? Which direction is the pitch oriented? All of these questions much be answered before a cost estimate can be provided.
What Type of Solar Panels Do You Want?
There are different kinds of solar panels available from different manufacturers. Some are thinner, some are more efficient than others, and there are also variations in materials, technology and configuration.
Off Grid or On Grid?
If you want a home solar system to generate all of the power your home will need, that means investing in an off-grid system, which as the name suggests takes you off the local utility grid. With an on-grid system, you can still access traditional power, but your solar panels can take the place of some or most of your home’s energy usage, drastically reducing your monthly power bill. There are equipment and installation variables with both of these systems as well, that will impact the cost.
Are Solar Panels Worth It?
Ultimately that’s up to you. But there is no question that a home solar system saves money. As long as electricity bills continue to rise, solar will continue to offer a reliable, economical and green-friendly alternative for power generation.
When you are ready to buy solar panels, we are ready to provide the industry expertise to help you make an informed decision about which type of home solar system is best for you.