Updated: Jul 24
As climate change continues to be a growing concern, more and more people are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and make their homes and businesses more sustainable.
One of the most effective ways to do this is by installing solar panels, which use the energy from the sun to generate electricity. Not only is this a clean and renewable energy source, but it can also save you a significant amount of money on your energy bills.
In 2021, 46% of all new electricity-generating capacity added in the US came from solar power. This growth was despite a bigger uncertainty in the economy and the solar industry in the same year.
Nonetheless, experts agree that solar panels almost always pay off in the long run. To achieve maximum results, we recommend you buy panels from a trustworthy solar installer designed to maximize energy production.
This article will explore the financial benefits of using solar panels and how they can help you save money in the long term.
How Much Do Solar Panels Save? Average Cost and Energy Savings
An important reason people switch to solar power is to cut costs on their monthly electricity and utility bills.
But before we put this into quantifiable figures, it's imperative to get one point straight: The amount of money that solar panels can save you on your energy bills depends on several factors:
Size of your solar panel system
Amount of sunlight your area receives
The efficiency of your solar panels
The rate you pay for electricity
On average, a solar panel system can save a homeowner around $44 per month, or about $528 per year, on their electricity bills. The range of lifetime savings can be between $20,000 to $70,000. The total savings will depend on your specific situation, but generally, the more solar panels you have, the more money you can save. Luckily, the cost of solar panels has gradually decreased over the years, making them more affordable and accessible for Massachusetts homeowners.
Average Cost of Solar Panels and Installation
On average, the total cost of a solar panel system can range from $20,000 to 25,000, including the cost of installation. The cost also depends on the number of panels needed to power your house.
In some cases, the cost can be significantly lower if you are eligible for solar panel rebates and incentives offered by your state or local government.
How to Estimate Cost and Solar Energy Savings
One of the most common questions we usually get from our clients. To provide a concise and transparent estimate, consider the factors below:
Local Average Solar Energy Prices
Grid and solar energy costs can impact your savings. Remember, some areas have lower grid electricity prices, while others have higher prices. Higher grid rates make solar energy more attractive to ratepayers. However, the value of solar energy also depends on the cost of installing solar panels compared to the cost of electricity in a given state.
Roof Size And Material
More extensive roof coverage means installing more solar panels. Over time, this increases your power savings.
Location: New England Solar Energy
Scientists have long debunked the myth about cold weather affecting the performance of solar panels. However, your location can still be a defining factor. For instance, if you live near tall trees and high-rise buildings that shade a part of the panels during the day, this may hinder maximum power production. Massachusetts is not immune to colder weather however contrary to what you may think, solar technology is effective in cold climates.
Energy consumption may vary depending on your home's electrical appliances and accessories. Before going green, evaluate your energy requirements and energy consumption.
Solar Incentives And Tax Breaks
Between 2022 and 2032, customers who switch to solar power may be eligible for a tax credit of up to 30% of their total system and installation costs, thanks to the Federal Tax Credit for renewable energy systems.
Here's a state-by-state breakdown in the New England region:
State Starting cost for 6-kW system* Cost after tax credit (check eligibility)
Starting cost: $15, 540
Cost after Tax Credit: $10, 878
Starting cost: $16,073
Cost after Tax Credit: $11,251
Starting cost: $16,440
Cost after Tax Credit: $11,508
Starting cost: $17,460
Cost after Tax Credit: $12,222
Starting cost: $16,200
Cost after Tax Credit: $11,340
Starting cost: $16,620
Cost after Tax Credit: $11,634
Is Solar Worth It?
Areas with high grid electricity prices and plenty of sunlight are the most suitable for solar energy. It may be worth researching the specific details of your situation to determine if solar energy is a good option for you.
Interested In Going Solar In Massachusetts? - Contact Devlin Energy Today!
At Devlin, we are committed to providing accurate data about the potential savings solar power can provide.
If you're considering solar and are ready to start comparing quotes and installation costs, we're committed to walking every step of the way. Contact us today or reach out for a free quote.
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