Category Archives: Cost Benefit

Articles concerning the pricing of solar and the economic benefits of going solar.

itc savings 2020 vs. 2021

Federal ITC savings: 2020 vs. 2021

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One question we field a lot at EnergySage is whether it’s the right time to install solar panels. For anyone asking that question in 2020, the answer is often as soon as possible: given the looming step down and expiration of the federal investment tax credit (ITC), solar shoppers who wait until 2021 or later to move forward will be missing out on major tax savings – but just how much?

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Understanding the solar panel payback period

How to calculate solar panel payback period (ROI)

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The financial benefits of going solar are now well documented. Solar panel systems actually function as investments with strong rates of return, and homeowners generating solar electricity can avoid paying increased utility rates by eliminating their electricity bills. According to a 2015 report by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, installing solar panels on your home can even increase your property values. If you’re reviewing multiple quotes, there are plenty of metrics that can help you make a decision about which solar option is best for you, but studies show most solar shoppers rely on one metric in particular: the solar panel payback period or break-even point.

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solar panel cost and efficiency over time

How solar panel cost and efficiency have changed over time

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Solar panel technology has been around in some form for a long time – Bell Labs invented the first useful solar cell more than 60 years ago, and scientists have known for centuries that the sun can be used to produce energy. However, it’s only in the last ten years or so that solar photovoltaics (PV) has really taken off as a renewable energy source. There are two major factors influencing the technology’s growth: the steady improvement of both solar panel cost and solar panel efficiency over time.

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25kw solar energy system

How much does a 25,000 Watt (25 kW) solar system cost?

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If you’re shopping for a solar energy system, one of your first questions is probably, “how much will it cost?” Prices depend on the size of your system, the type of equipment you choose, and the state that you live in, but reviewing prices for a 25 kilowatt (kW) system is a great place to start for many smaller homes. Learn more about how much a 25 kW solar system costs, how much electricity a 25 kW system will produce, and the smartest way to shop for solar.

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solar massachusetts smart

Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART): Massachusetts’ SREC II replacement program

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Massachusetts has always been one of the best states for solar. Not only does the Bay State have the high electricity rates that lead to a short payback period for your solar investment – it also has a history of having strong solar incentives for property owners looking to own a solar panel system.

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2kw solar energy system

How much does a 2,000 Watt (2 kW) solar system cost?

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If you’re shopping for a solar energy system, one of your first questions is probably, “how much will it cost?” Prices depend on the size of your system, the type of equipment you choose, and the state that you live in, but reviewing prices for a 2 kilowatt (kW) system is a great place to start for many smaller homes. Learn more about how much a 2 kW solar system costs, how much electricity a 2 kW system will produce, and the smartest way to shop for solar.

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9kw solar energy system

How much does a 9 kW solar energy system cost?

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For many homeowners who want to install solar panels on their roofs, a 9-kilowatt (kW) solar energy system is a good size for significantly reducing or eliminating electricity costs. Getting the right price for your solar installation and maximizing long-term savings is easy when you compare your solar quotes with the prices that other shoppers in your area are seeing. Find out more about how much a 9 kW solar panel system costs; the amount of electricity you can expect your 9 kW system to produce daily, monthly, and annually; and the smartest way to shop for solar in EnergySage’s 9 kW solar panel system guide.

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srecs in massachusetts

SRECs in Massachusetts: prices and program status

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The Massachusetts solar renewable energy certificate (SREC) program is one of the most advantageous financial incentives for solar available at the state level. Massachusetts property owners who buy and install a solar panel system can earn hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars a year by selling the SRECs the system generates.

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10 kw solar energy system

What will a 10,000 Watt (10 kW) solar system cost in your state in 2020?

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10kW solar systems are among the most popular solar energy system sizes in the country, producing enough electricity to power a home with slightly above-average electricity consumption. How much does a 10kW solar system cost? How much electricity will a 10kW solar system produce? How do you know you’re getting the best deal on a system? These are some of the key questions we will answer in this article.

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