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Q&A: Can someone give me a ball park figure on home solar panel system install after rebates?


Question by hornedfish: Can someone give me a ball park figure on home solar panel system install after rebates?
estimated cost of complete install and size

What im wondering, is if i can get a solar panel system installed on my home in sunny nevada for around $ 10,000?

system on the smaller size; for one person in 3br/2ba newer home.

Best answer:

Answer by Michele J A
The cost for an average size home (2000 sq ft) is at least 30,000 and can be quite a bit more depending on certain factors. You will get 1/3 of that back as a tax rebate from the federal government. The state incentives vary. You can look up yours here: http://www.dsireusa.org/

The cost of the panels is based on the size of the house and your location. You can get more info on different levels of solar energy installation as well as the factors that increase cots by going to this website:

http://www.costhelper.com/cost/home-garden/solar-panels.html

Currently, it takes quite a long time for solar installation to break even, so this is an investment in the environment and the future vs. now.

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2 Responses to Q&A: Can someone give me a ball park figure on home solar panel system install after rebates?

  1. roderick_young

    You get a 30% federal tax credit (if your taxes are enough), so that’s a $ 14,000 system that you’re talking about. Possibly Nevada has some incentive dollars, too – I don’t know. That will buy a 2 kW, maybe 3 kW system. If you have A/C, it will probably not keep up.

    The best way to get an idea of costs is to contact a professional installer in your area. Be ready with your electric bills for the past year if you can.

    If you’re construction oriented, you could put up a system yourself, getting a kit from a place like http://partsonsale.com/solarhomekits.html – but it’s not a project to be taken lightly. If you’re the kind of person that would re-roof their own house, or add a branch circuit to a room, then it might be for you.

    We put up our own in 2006, and it’s still working fine. The cost breakdowns are at http://www.angelfire.com/ca2/roderick/solar/photovoltaic.html

  2. Edd S

    You might take a look at some recent issues of Popular Science and Popular Mechanics. New , cheaper systems are on the cusp of arrival into the market place that will reduce the cost of solar.

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