Cost of Solar Panels

The expense of installing solar panels on your home can seem overwhelming, but it may be one of the best investments for your home. There is a federal tax credit available to people who install solar panels, and many states offer other incentives to utilize solar energy. Remember that the money you save on your energy bills will eventually pay for the solar panels over the course of several years.

On average, a home in the U.S. consumes electricity at approximately the rate of 1Kw/h and it is recommended that for each kilowatt produced, you have 100 square feet of paneling installed on your home. You’ll need more panels if you live in a larger home or if the home doesn’t get a lot of sunlight during the year. A large house requires more solar panels to generate enough energy to power the home. Installing more solar panels will help ensure that as much sunlight as possible is converted into energy for your home.

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Net Metering for Solar

Find out if your electricity company allows for net metering. This way of measuring your electricity usage means that your bill can zero out if your home’s solar panels produce more power than your home consumes. Depending on where you live and the season, it’s probable that you will be a net producer—meaning you produce more energy than you use—during parts of the year; and a net consumer—meaning you consume more energy than you produce—during the rest of the year.

Using our solar panel cost calculator is a great way to start researching whether or not solar panels are right for you and your home. It will provide you with estimates to help you decide between purchasing or leasing solar panels, and the explain the benefits of both.

This chart shows you an average cost of installing 5Kw of solar panels. Remember, this is before any local refunds or tax incentives and also does not include the federal tax credit.


State Average Cost of Solar Panels State Average Cost of Solar Panels
Alabama $20,000 Montana $18,000
Alaska $23,000 Nebraska $20,000
Arizona $14,070 Nevada $21,000
Arkansas $22,000 New Hampshire $20,250
California $25,000 New Jersey $18,750
Colorado $17,500 New Mexico $20,000
Connecticut $16,050 New York $21,250
Delaware $16,650 North Carolina $20,000
Florida $17,500 North Dakota $20,000
Georgia $20,000 Ohio $18,750
Hawaii $25,000 Oklahoma $20,000
Idaho $21,250 Oregon $18,750
Illinois $16,000 Pennsylvania $18,750
Indiana $21,250 Rhode Island $20,000
Iowa $21,250 South Carolina $16,000
Kansas $21,250 South Dakota $21,000
Kentucky $21,000 Tennessee $20,000
Louisiana $20,000 Texas $18,000
Maine $11,000 Utah $25,000
Maryland $17,750 Vermont $15,000
Mass. $15,000 Virginia $18,750
Michigan $20,000 Washington $18,000
Minnesota $19,000 West Virginia $15,000
Mississippi $20,000 Wisconsin $21,000
Missouri $16,500 Wyoming $18,000