When you decide to go solar, we know how important it is that you fully understand the cost and how your solar panels will affect your budget. Most contractors and installers, especially in the early planning process, are unwilling to put a firm number on the final cost. Which may leave you wondering, “Why won’t installers tell me how much my solar panels will cost?”
The short answer is that they can’t. To calculate how much your solar panels will cost requires a lot more information than just which panels you want.
The Cost Factors of Solar Panels
There are two primary types of mounting systems for residential solar projects: roof-mounted and ground-mounted panels. These two styles come with very different price tags, so your final estimated costs will change depending on which type of mounting you choose.
Ground-mounted solar panels cost more to install than roof-mounted panels, as they require more work to complete. Lines connecting the panels to your system are run under the ground when you choose ground-mounted panels. This may require additional workers, visits from local utilities, etc. This is one of the primary reasons an installation company can’t give you a final price until they survey your site and finalize your solar energy system design.
Additional Factors that Affect Your Estimate
The quality of your roof is an under-discussed but vital part of your costs going into solar panel installation. Your roof needs to be in good condition before you install solar panels. If you need to repair or replace your roof before going solar, your initial estimate may change. If you’re in this boat, now’s a fine time to make the switch. The 26% tax credit you get in 2020 for going solar applies to getting a new roof if you need one for your new roof-mounted system. If it’s time to upgrade your roof, do it while you go solar and save some money!
Additionally, it takes anywhere from one to three days, on average, for your panels to be installed. The time frame, and your estimate in general, will initially be determined using satellite imagery. But once installers do their site inspection, this time frame, and your estimate, could change slightly. For instance, if the roof is larger or sloped differently than expected, if more cabling is needed, if the inverter location needs to be adjusted, the estimate might change, too.
But, at Aurora Energy, our solar consultants are pretty experienced at designing the exact energy system your home requires. So, if we give you an estimate, you shouldn’t expect many surprises down the line! Are you ready for a no-obligation estimate of your own? Contact us!