Honestly, we can’t tell you the cost of a PV Solar System until we’ve completed an audit.
Just as the cost of all houses, cars, or cell phone plans are not the same, neither is the cost of all PV solar systems. “How much is it going to cost?” is not only the most common question we get, but typically the very first one we’re asked. That’s why we believe in the importance of educating others about the costs of photovoltaic solar systems.
If you’re looking at a residential install, and hoping for a ballpark figure, let me ask you this, is “somewhere between $5,000.00 and $40,000.00” helpful?
Ballpark figures can be a deterrent for those who don’t have a solid understanding of how PV solar works. Some will only hear the highest figure and say, “What? No way!” when in reality their usage may only require a small system to cover all their needs. It also excludes the option of putting up a partial system. The end result is a customer who has walked away with a negative, inaccurate impression of how solar is “unreasonably expensive”…
We’re here to answer any and all questions you may have about the world of solar!
For example, if you decide on a net zero grid tied solar system, the annual Energy Charge portion of your electricity bill should work out to $0. If the cost of electricity ($/kWh) goes up over the next 25-30 years (as it has historically) the impact on you and your bill would be minimal. You would still have to pay the per day flat rate portion of Transmission & Distribution, Access Fees and Administration Charges, but you’ll experience further savings as your daily T & D consumption costs ($ per kWh) will be lower. During daylight hours, your T & D consumption is down because your system is producing the power. In addition, when your system is producing more power than you need that power gets sold to the grid and credited to you at whatever your current retailer rate is. Hence, the more Transmission, Distribution and the cost of electricity increase, the more you save if you’ve installed a solar array.
Your modules are also guaranteed to be producing at 85% efficiency on year 25 and have the potential to keep producing for another 10-15 years. In this big picture perspective, the savings are huge!