How Much Do Solar Panels Cost In Arizona
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How Much Do Solar Panels Cost In Arizona?

Want to know how much solar panels cost in Arizona? At the rate of $3.75 per watt, A 7 kilowatt system would cost around $24,500. See below to find out how to calculate your own solar panel cost in Arizona.

Going with the popularity of this question we did the research and managed to gather information from all over the internet, putting together all the costs of operating solar panels in Arizona. We hope that the following information is helpful. So lets get into it… What will it cost to have solar panels installed on my house in Arizona?

Average Solar Panel Installation Costs In Arizona

The range of solar panel installation costs in Arizona are between $17,000 – $52,200. Putting the average solar system cost in Arizona right around $24,000 for a 7 kilowatt residential solar system.

How Much Does It Cost Per Kilowatt For Solar Energy

The cost per kilowatt for solar energy in Arizona is $3.50 – $5.00 per watt, much lower than the national average cost.

  • Average Cost Per Kilowatt in US: $7 – $9 per watt
  • Average Cost Per Kilowatt in Arizona: $3.50 – $5.00 per watt

Although, just because solar is so cheap doesn’t mean you should just go out and buy the biggest and baddest solar system thinking it’s going to save you the most money, it won’t! I thought installing solar panels helps save money? Well, you’re right… sort of, but hear us out.

Cost Per Watt Based On Solar System Size

Depending on the size of solar system you need, the cost per wat will be based on the system size. For example: The way you figure out how much you system is going to cost is easy. The average sized system in Arizona is around 7 kilowatts, (7 kilowatts = 7,000 watts). 7,000 watts multiplied by $3.75 per watt, as we can see in the chart below, would cost you $26,250 (7,000 watts x $3.75 per watt = $26,250).

  • 0 – 3.4 watt solar system = $5.00 per watt = $15,000 – $17,000
  • 5 – 4.4 watt solar system = $4.50 per watt = $17,500 – $19,800
  • 5 – 5.4 watt solar system = $4.00 per watt = $18,000 – $21,600
  • 5 – 6.9 watt solar system = $3.75 per watt = $20,625 – $25,875
  • 0 – 15.0 watt solar system = $3.50 per watt = $24,500 – $52,500

*These costs are based off financing solar panels, if you pay cash for solar, you can take off $.50 cents per watt across the board.

The Problem With Arizona Homes & Businesses

When Arizona was developed, most settlers were using design plans based off east coast/midwest construction methods. These plans did not include 120 degree temperatures, dry air and always sunny days. Arizona homes and business are not built correctly for this hot/dry climate and most homes and facilities have major inefficient energy problems forcing them to purchase larger air conditioning units than they need. Most solar companies are going to try to sell you a large solar system based on your high energy and A/C usage, when more importantly you need to solve your high energy usage problem first.

How Our Solar Company Is Different

GreenLife Energy Experts noticed the energy inefficiency problems with most Arizona homes and business and decided that instead of selling you a larger solar system, make the rest of your home or business more energy efficient first. Everything from installing insulation and radiant barrier to wrapping your air ducts with TCM and installing mini split systems. That way you only pay a few thousand dollars on energy efficient upgrades that save you $10,000 – $20,000 dollars by only installing a smaller solar system.

How Much Can You Save With Solar Panels In Arizona?

You can save as much as 97-99% on electricity by installing solar panels in Arizona. Although, you are going to pay a steeper cost to do so if you only decide to install solar panels. Your home or business is most likely very energy inefficient and it doesn’t make since to pay such high costs for solar when all you need a few energy efficient upgrades and a small solar system.

Most Homes & Business In Arizona Aren’t Insulated Properly

The biggest problems with most homes in business in Arizona are lack of insulation and radiant barrier solutions. Also, even the homes and businesses that are taking advantage of radiant barrier aren’t doing it correctly. Current radiant barrier technology fails time and time again once dust is introduced to your attic leaving it ineffective to reflect heat. This means it stops working! This means you are no longer saving money from that investment. Then when you decide to call your insulation contractor he says that he can’t help you, there are no guarantees with radiant barrier! We want to change that!

Save 50 – 100% On Electricity With Our Patented Energy Solutions

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a new radiant barrier technology that actually worked, wasn’t affected by dust and came with a money back guarantee to save you at least 50% on electricity?  Well, you’re in luck! We just happen to have patented radiant barrier technology that isn’t affected by dust, actually works to save you up to 50% on electricity and comes with a lifetime guarantee to keep working forever!! Not only that, but now that your home or business is more energy efficient, you will only need to install a smaller solar system, saving you thousands more than installing solar panels without energy efficient upgrades.

How Long Does It Take To Pay Off Your Solar Panels?

The U.S. Department of Energy says that solar systems will only take about 5 years to pay for themselves. However, many of the areas throughout the U.S. Will find that payback time will only take 3 years. Any electricity that your solar system generates after the amount you have used is considered to be a long-term savings on your part. For the residents in Hawaii, this will come to as much as $64,000 over a course of as little as 20 years.

Solar Panel Installation Costs Pay For Themselves

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a solar electrical system is going to raise the value of a property, making it worth $20 dollars for every $1 dollar made with the utility savings in a one year period of time. What this means is that a family that has a 3kW solar system will automatically be adding a value of $16,720 to their home, all because the solar panels were put on their homes roof. This has been based on the first year of savings the family had, which was $836 dollars.

The Real Cost Of Operating Solar Panels

Around 30% of the total costs involved accounts for solar panels alone. Residential solar panels that are combined with a 3 – 8kW capacity cost between $17,000 – $52,000. Just because a solar panel has a high price on it does not mean that it is any better than one that is cheaper.

To judge the cost of solar panels the best way to go about it is to use the method of cost per watt ($/W), and it happens to be more convenient. The metrics will indicate the cost that is related to the electrical output. If you buy solar panels in industrial quantities, you can get them at a cheaper price than you could a decade ago. Currently, in industrial qualities they are being sold at $0.70/W, to translate this for home owners, it means $1.5/W.

BALANCING OUT A SYSTEMS COST

Everything except the solar panels themselves are referred to as a balance of the system (BoS). Which will usually include at one or more inverters, wiring and all other electrical components, and mounts. Another 20% of the total cost (balance of the system (BoS). These components will cost between $3,000 – $10,000 dollars.

THE SOLAR INVERTER COSTS

The inverters are used to convert direct current (DC) from the solar panels coming through an alternating current (AC), and is what a home uses to run appliances and etc., and it is what allows your home to be able to grid-tie your system. Now then, 10% of total costs account for the inverters used, which in this case come to between $1,000 – $4,000 dollars.

Solar panels will typically come with a 20 – 25 year warranty, however, the conventional central inverters are going to need to be replaced much sooner than this. You can choose which inverter you would like to use between the micro – inverters and the central (string) inverters, Note: that the micro – inverters will boost the amount of power is used as well as the cost, and also an extended warranty.

SOLAR INSTALLATION COST

This section consists of labor costs (15%), permits, inspection fees (15%), These percentages depends on the locations, however, is usually between $2,000 – $5,000.

  • Take these into account:
  • Get the building and electrical permits at the Department of Building.
  • The requirements of the neighborhood.
  • Be approved by the Home Owners Association.

You may get lucky and get an installer that can help you out with the information you need to know about permits in your area, this is the reason we recommend hiring an installer from a larger company is always the best.

According to Think Progress in an article titled “You’ll Never Believe How Cheap New Solar Power Is”:

“Solar energy has grown 100-fold in this country in the past decade. Globally, solar has doubled seven times since 2000, and Dubai received a bid recently for 800 megawatts of solar at a stunning “US 2.99 cents per kilowatt hour” — unsubsidized! For context, the average residential price for electricity in the United States is 12 cents per kilowatt-hour.”

THE COST OF OPERATING

Operational costs between $4,000 – $8,000 (20%), includes maintenance, repairs, monitoring, insurance, and overhead costs.

Incentives from using Solar

Financial incentives make the solar market look good – whether there is any sunlight in the area or not! The final amount you end up paying for a solar system depends a great deal on the location you live, rebates available, tax credits available, and if you are eligible for any grants (if so, which ones?). There are some situations where the total costs may be cut more than 50%, making it possible for homeowners to own one for only a few thousand dollars. The Federal Tax Credit applies to everyone, which is at a staggering 30%. Several of the incentives have been capped at a specific power, with a cost threshold.  We usually recommend a system size which is going to maximize the potential of caps and cost thresholds.

Standard Components Of A Solar System

There is a lot more to it than just installing the panels. Generally, to install panels there will be four components to deal with in all PV systems:

  • Solar panels, these convert the energy from the sun to make the electricity.
  • Controller, regulates the flow of electricity, protecting batteries.
  • Batteries, electricity is stored for later use.
  • Inverter, converts the energy that’s stored into the needed voltage for running standard equipment.

It is not just one of the components that drive up the cost, but the entire system. Note: After a period of tie the batteries need to be replaced. However, it’s expected to be seeing the cost to continually go down once the film panels are made available to the residential market, but for now, they are only being sold to commercial customers. It is in the works for Nanosolar and AVA Solar to boost up their production facilities. We will be able to see how the price targets turn out, they may be available in volumes many times today’s output, meaning they may be at $1 – $2 dollars per watt. That is if the cost of installation and equipment is reduced closer to $1 dollar per watt, making the 5 kW system cost only $10,000 dollars, with the payback time down to only 10 years, even if there are no subsidies. Solar system installations would then be more appealing. But, for this to workout, electricity costs would have to stay constant. If there is a continuation in the rise of fuel it will also make the payback period shorter. For now, you can expect to be noticing more and more solar systems being on rooftops.

Want To Learn More About Solar Panel Installation In Phoenix, Arizona? Get A Free Solar Installation Quote!

GreenLife Energy Experts, LLC is a full-service Energy Company offering residential and commercial energy improvements including: Patented radiant barrier technology, Solar panel installation, commercial solar panelsload controller installation and more. Get a free solar panel installation quote and figure out how much your solar panels will cost.

Contact GreenLife today to find out how we can save you 50-100% on electricity for much lower than the price of installing a large solar system. Give us a call today at (480) 744-1803, we look forward to speaking with you!

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PAY NOTHING DOWN! Over the past several years’ people have been purchasing Solar panels using the method of ‘Power Purchase Agreements’ (PPA’s), ‘Third-party-owned’, and ‘Pay-as-you-go’ solar. These models are to reduce upfront costs. It is their arrival in the past several years that has help them grow.

It is now possible for homeowners to have solar and pay nothing down, generating a savings from day 1. The way that leasing works is instead of having an electricity bill to pay, you would be leasing a solar system, paying only a fixed rate for the electric that gets produced, being cheaper, and that rate can be locked in for up to 15 years.

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