Cost of Solar Panel Installation

14 May

Money-Sun-CityOne of the most common questions we receive at California Green Designs, is how much does a solar installation cost? Although it may seem like a simple question it quickly gets complicated.

Think of solar as any other home improvement project, if you were say getting a kitchen remodel the price would vary on what you wanted right? Solar is similar, only its not just quality, its also quantity. You can have a huge ground mount system, or something small that takes the higher tiers off your bill, it all depends on how much electricity you use, and how much you’re looking to save. In either case, the electric company paying you for extra electricity you produce is still a urban dream. There are a couple of place in the US where feed in tariffs happen, Los Angeles is not on the list (yet). Until then you have to install a system that’s equal to or smaller than your usage.

So what size system do you need? There are actually some older posts that cover this topic here and here. But basically it depends on how much energy you use. If you’re in the LA area, we also talk about rebates here as well. The incentives differ from one utility company to the other, but with the federal tax credits most homeowners save 50, 60 some even 70% off the system cost. Businesses have additional incentives on top of that.

The good news is California Green Designs has relationships with solar panels manufactures, which means we get the best price out there. As for what it actually costs the range is huge. So its just best to get an estimate for your home or business.


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