The cost of upgrading your home to solar energy has plummeted over the past fifteen years, from an average $1 per kilowatt-hour to 4 cents per kilowatt-hour today, according to NPR.
However, many Arizona homeowners are still under the impression that solar energy is expensive, and it’s likely due to the higher upfront costs associated with commercial and residential solar panel installation on homes and businesses.
There are a few reasons why upgrading to solar energy costs more than simply continuing to pay for electricity from your utility company, including:
Cost of hardware (the solar panels and installation equipment)
Labor for installation
But before you write off solar energy for your Maricopa, Casa Grande, or Litchfield Park home, there are a number of ways in which your upfront costs can be lowered, and plenty of ways to take advantage of your solar panel system for decades to come. Here are just a few:
1. Solar Incentives, Rebates, and Tax Credits
There are a number of Arizona solar rebate programs and tax credits for solar panels systems available for your home.
Perhaps the biggest is the federal solar tax credit, which gives homeowners a credit of as much as 26% of your total solar installation costs, which can be used to reduce your federal tax liability.
There are also personal, property, and sales tax incentives, as well as utility rebate programs that can cover as much as 30% of your solar costs.
2. Long System Lifespan
You may have higher energy costs upfront, but homeowners who install solar energy systems will continue to benefit from their energy investment for a long time to come. The average lifespan for a solar panel system is 25 years, and most homeowners will cover their upfront costs through energy savings in roughly 10 years. That means that you’ll have 15 years of completely free and renewable energy from the sun for your home.
3. Little to No System Maintenance
One of the best things about off-grid or grid-tied solar panel systems is how little upkeep and maintenance they require! Once your panels are installed, you really won’t have to do much, other than the occasional spray down with a hose. Your panels will continue generating electricity to power your house and save you money for decades. You can just sit back and enjoy the benefits!
3. Energy Independence
A big uncertainty when it comes to sticking with your utility company is not knowing what the price of electricity will be next year, or even ten years down the road. But when you’re using solar energy to power your house, you’ll know exactly how much the majority of your electricity costs: nothing!
Plus if you add solar battery storage to your system, you can benefit from utilizing all of the electricity your panels produce, even if it’s a cloudy day or the middle of the night!
Upgrade Your Home Today with Energy Solution Providers
Want to know how much it costs to install solar panels on your home? Energy Solution Providers makes it easy. Reach out to our team today for a fast solar estimate, which will give you a ballpark idea of how much solar panels costs, how many solar panels you need for your home, and how you can take advantage of Arizona solar tax credits in 2020 to lower energy costs and make it even more affordable to upgrade your home today.
Are solar panels expensive to install? When you work with Energy Solution Providers, we’ll show you how you can save! Call 520-868-0700 or contact us to get started.