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With energy prices on the rise, this may be the perfect time to go solar. Here are a few things to consider that will affect the cost of installing solar panels.

Type of Solar Panel

There are three major types of solar panels. As you may imagine, the most effective solar panels have the highest cost. The most effective and most expensive type of solar panel is Monocrystalline, which is constructed from one continuous sheet of silicone. Slightly less expensive, and less effective, is Polycrystalline. These solar panels consist of many individual PV cells held together by metal conductors. Amorphous solar panels are the least expensive of the three types but also the least efficient. They are made up of a thin layer of silicon placed on top of a metal or glass base.

Type of Mount

There are three different types of mounting systems for affixing your solar panels to your home. Similar to the panel types, the least expensive option is the least efficient and the more expensive options are more effective. Fixed solar panel mounts are completely stationary and cannot be adjusted to capture more or less sunlight depending on weather and season. They are the least expensive type of mount. Adjustable mounts can be tilted depending on the intensity of the sun or the season. They are more expensive than the fixed mounts, but will have more energy efficiency as well. A tracking solar panel mount follows the arch of the sun and provides maximum efficiency. The amount of solar energy you will be able to generate depends on not only on panel construction and mounting, but your location.

Reduction in Energy Costs

Although you may hesitate to spend the money on the most expensive types of solar panels and mounts, it is good to remember that you will save money on the other side with decreased energy bills. Talk to your installation pro about what kinds of savings they predict you may have. It could be that what you spend up front will pay for itself very quickly in your reduced monthly bills.

State & City Subsidies

Some states and cities offer subsidies and tax incentives to upgrade your home to solar power. Check with your local and state energy authorities to see if you qualify.


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Jeri Buxton More than 1 year ago
It would be helpful if you give the state links to see what the rebates, if any are available.
Jacquelyn Davis More than 1 year ago
What would be my monthly cost for the best panels and how many years would i be financing? What do I need to qualify for financing, good credit, down payment, etc? Will I ever make enough energy to sell back? Not necessary, but ideal. Does the size of my house matter? What happens during a rough long winter? Do I still need a residual electric company? 
hyman taylor More than 1 year ago
Initially I would like to power my garage (it has excellent southern exposure) with solar generated electricity. I have most of the components for 1000 watts or so, but need some help putting it all together. One of my concerns will be to maintain the water-proof integrity of my garage roof if I have to drill holes in it.for panel supports. So far everything has been diy but I need to get it done.
Edward Fritz 10 months ago
What about rebates and state incentives?
Winston Reynolds More than 1 year ago
Just need to "getter done", been getting a run-around for several weeks from another solar company that claims they could get in done but still at square one.  
David Sterlace More than 1 year ago
My wife and I have been using grid solar energy since 2013 at our California home. All we want is an estimate to purchase and install panels for our second home in New York.
Don Johnson More than 1 year ago
This was a very helpful introduction. Additional information, or links, to provide some idea of return on investment installing solar would be of interest.  For example, looking at a typical residence of 2,200 square feet in Los Angeles, Seattle, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Atlanta, or Albany would give a sense of the potential in various parts of the country with various climates.
JOE ZEIGLER More than 1 year ago
I am shopping for a 10 kw system tied to the grid.

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