How Much Does Solar Cost?

By Matthew Wheeland - February 15, 2012
Infographic: How Much Does Solar Cost

Infographic: How Much Does Solar Cost

How Much Does Solar Cost?

A growing number of homeowners want to know how much solar costs, but it can sometimes be difficult to get a straight answer. To help shine a light, we took the results of over 45,000 solar estimates created by real U.S. homeowners in 2011 and put them into these maps. Homeowners used an online solar estimate tool to generate these results for how much solar would cost and save them, personally. Energy analytics powered by Clean Power Research.

How much solar power costs in your state

Think solar is out of reach? Think again. Real solar cost estimates of how state, regional, and local incentives are helping bring the cost of solar way down. In many states, you can go solar for less than $10,000. Here’s a look at the average cost to go solar in each state (See first image).

What you could save every month with solar energy

By going solar, people around the country are saving money each month that would have gone to utility companies. Just how much are they saving by putting solar panels on their house? In some places, they save over $100 each month.

What you could save over time with solar panels

What would you do with an extra $20K? That’s how much the average solar system will save you over 20 years. Residents in some states with high electricity prices can expect to save much more than that – consider Hawaii, where residents save on average $64,000 with solar after 20 years. (See third image)

How long it’ll take to pay for itself with solar power

Seems like a no-brainer: High cost equals long payback time, right? Not exactly. A state with good solar incentives can mean a low net solar cost, but if electricity is cheap in that state (like Arizona or Louisiana), the payback period for solar can still be pretty long. Conversely, a system may cost more in a given state, but if electricity prices there are high, the payback period for solar may actually be pretty short. (See fourth image)

What is PURE Energies?

PURE Energies makes it convenient and easy for homeowners to understand and shop for solar energy. PURE offers choices so homeowners can get a free solar estimate however it’s most convenient for them, either online at or by phone at 1-877-444-4002 — without the need for a home visit. Founded in 2008, PURE has helped thousands of homeowners go solar in over 40 U.S. states and is the winner of a TreeHugger “Best of Green” award. We’ve also sponsored the first-ever solar deals on Tell your friends about PURE Energies.

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