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How much do Tesla solar panels cost?

Written by Andy Sendy , Edited by Zeeshan Hyder

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Tesla is often synonymous with luxury. Despite coming across as a high-end brand, Tesla solar panels are pretty affordable. Coming in at about $2.50 per watt, a Tesla solar system is cheaper than the average $3.00 per watt price tag most solar installers offer.

Not only does Tesla have low installation costs, but it also offers its own financing option. You can get a solar loan through Tesla with no additional fees.

So, what’s the catch? From a cost perspective, going solar with Tesla seems like a no-brainer. However, the company’s poor customer service history makes us hesitant to recommend getting solar through the tech giant.

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How much do Tesla solar panels cost?

An average-sized Tesla solar panel system will cost about $15,025 before incentives. Once you factor in the federal solar tax credit, the cost drops to $10,518.

As we said earlier, Tesla solar panels typically cost about $2.50 per watt to install. But that price may differ depending on where you’re located and if your panels are getting installed by Tesla or by one of its Certified Contractors. Expect higher prices if you’re getting installed through a contractor.

Tesla offers various solar panel system sizes depending on your electricity needs and the size of your roof. We pulled some common solar panel sizes to give you an idea of how much they might cost with Tesla:

System size

Cost before incentives

Estimated monthly electric savings*

4.05 kW



6.01 kW



9.72  kW



11.34 kW



13.77 kW



*Based on systems installed in Florida and an average electric rate of $0.15 per kWh. Actual solar savings will vary with location.

Do Tesla solar panels qualify for solar incentives?

Tesla solar panels qualify for the same incentives and rebates as other solar installations!

The biggest solar incentive is the federal solar tax credit, resulting in thousands of dollars in savings for those who qualify. Through the incentive, taxpayers can earn a tax credit equal to 30% of solar installation costs that can be applied to their federal income taxes.

There may be local incentives offered by your state government or utility company to help lower the cost of Tesla solar even further. The availability of local solar incentives varies quite a bit, but Tesla’s online estimator usually provides information about programs in the area.

What solar incentives and rebates are available near you?

Tesla's solar loan

Tesla offers its own financing to homeowners going solar. With a solar loan, you get to enjoy the benefits of solar even if you don’t have the upfront cash to buy the panels right away.

Tesla’s solar loa has no additional dealer fees, 10 or 15-year terms, and an APR of around 7.5%, but the extract rate will vary depending on your credit.

Financing any project right now is hard, thanks to sky-high interest rates. Tesla offers loans with APRs of around 7.5%, which is higher than what it was even just a year ago. But it will still give you a solid solar payback period. Keep in mind that the exact rate you get will depend on your credit score.

If you compare your Tesla financing quote to other solar quotes, you may notice that the APR is higher than other solar loans. Traditional solar loans often have dealer fees tacked onto the principal to keep the APR lower. Make sure you’re looking at the principal amount, the APR, and estimated monthly payments when comparing financing quotes.

Are Tesla solar panels worth it?

From a financial perspective, Tesla solar panels make a lot of sense. The panels themselves are good quality, and Tesla’s low pricing is hard to resist.

But you get what you pay for. Tesla Energy is notorious for having poor customer service, greeting homeowners with radio silence if something goes wrong with their system or installation.

You may avoid the service issue by installing through a Tesla Certified installer, but then you might not get the same low pricing that makes Tesla attractive in the first place. You can read our expert review of Tesla solar panels to learn more about if they're the right choice for you.

We recommend getting quotes from multiple installers in your area before you sign a deal with Tesla. Shopping around will give you an idea of what’s available in your area, and find a company that you think will support you over the 25-year life of the system!

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Written by Andy Sendy Solar Industry Expert

Andy Sendy is a well-known and trusted figure within the solar industry with more than 15 years of experience. His video reviews of the leading brands of solar panels and home energy storage batteries are a must-watch each year for both homeowners and solar industry professionals alike. In 2021, an article he wrote about a clause in the Tesla solar panel rental contract caused Tesla to change this clause within days. He was the founder of Sola...

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