A lot goes into switching to solar power, from creating the most effective design to choosing panels and inverters. So how much does it cost to install solar panels on your home when it’s all said and done? We’ll review the components of a solar power system and what goes into an estimate so you can plan ahead.
Solar Power Components
It’s not just the cost of your solar panels that have to be factored in. Rather, installation includes all the components of the entire solar power system. Basic solar energy systems include the panels, mounting gear (roof, arrays, or ground mounts), inverter, battery pack (if you want energy storage), meters for utility-tied systems, and breakers. More components may be needed depending on your needs.
Want to learn more about the different types of panels? Read this!
Calculating System Size
Not all homes need the same amount of solar panels. The number of panels you need depends on many factors, including how much sunlight they’ll receive every day and how much power your household uses. It’s simple to find out how much power you need to generate as your kWh usage is displayed on your utility bill every month. Each solar panel generates a certain amount of power, so knowing your energy needs will allow us to calculate how many panels your home needs.
Your solar estimate will be based on your home’s individual circumstances. That said, the average cost for a residential solar project in California, according to Energy Sage, is $15,300 for a 5 kW system.
Since no two solar panel systems are the same, the best thing to do is reach out to one of our consultants for a free, no-obligation estimate on the system that fits YOUR home and needs. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call or send us a message and we’d be happy to help! Another way to look at the cost of adding solar is to compare your loan payment to what you were paying PG&E. Most homes replace their PG&E bill with a solar bill that is 30%-50% less expensive. Because we finance 100% of your system, there is no money out of pocket, just savings!