Calculate how much you can save on your ORU bill with solar panels

Average 25 year solar savings for a ORU customer: $51,535

Average solar panel cost: $15,725 - $19,219*

Estimate solar panel cost and savings based on your location, roof and power use.

*Solar panel cost varies by location, solar panel mqanufacturer, system size and the amount of electricity your home uses.

Adding solar panels and switching rate plans can lower your Orange & Rockland Utilities electric bill

Updated: October 22, 2020

Installing solar panels can help reduce your ORU bill, thanks to Florida’s sunshine and the company’s net metering program! Combined with the 30% solar tax credit, KUA customers can see great savings when they switch to solar!

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Are solar panels worth it for Orange & Rockland Utilities customers?

Yes! With a 25% New York state tax credit for solar, transitional renewable energy credits (TRECs) for customers living in New Jersey, and solar sales and property tax exemptions, solar panels make a whole bunch of sense for Orange & Rockland customers in New York and New Jersey. Orange & Rockland’s net metering policy also ensures you get credited on your power bill at full retail rates for the excess solar electricity your panels produce. Your credits are rolled over and applied to your next month’s bill.

Does Orange & Rockland Utilities offer net metering credits for exported solar power?

Yes, Orange & Rockland Utilities offers net metering credits.

Under the Orange & Rockland Utilities net metering program, solar panels will first send energy to your home. Any excess solar energy is sent to the grid and purchased in the form of a bill credit. The credit value is determined by the Tri-Party Net Metering Power Purchase Agreement. KUA customers are billed for all of the electric energy delivered to them by the company.

If you have excess energy credits after offsetting your usage over the course of a year, ORU will pay you out for those credits at a lower rate. After that, the amount of excess energy in your account will be reset to zero. Excess annualized production is credited in New York at the "day ahead hourly price", in New Jersey at the "cost of wholesale power". 

What incentives, tax credits, and rebates are available to ORU customers for installing solar?

The biggest financial incentive for solar homeowners is the 30% federal solar tax credit. The tax credit equals 30% of the solar installation costs and directly reduces your federal income tax liability.

Some states and local governments offer additional solar incentives. These incentives include state tax credits, rebates, or performance-based incentives like Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs). The best part is that these local incentives can be used in addition to the federal tax credit!

Here is every incentive you may be eligible for as a ORU customer:

Table 1: Incentives
Upfront Incentives Value*
Residential Clean Energy Tax Credit (Federal) -$5,491
Solar Sales Tax Exemption (State)

Exemption of New York state sales tax on retail sale and installation of residential solar systems.

Value of Distributed Energy Resources - Phase One Net Metering (State)

Systems installed between March 9, 2019 and January 1, 2020 receive volumetric credits for kWh their system exports to the grid. After January 1, 2020, Phase One Value stack Tariff starts, receive monetary credit on bill not kWh credits.

NY-Sun Smart Energy Loan (State)

Loan amounts available between $1,500 and $25,000 repaid directly to NYSERDA's loan server.

Residential Solar State Tax Credit (State) -$5,000
NYSERDA Retail Energy Storage Incentive Program (State)

$250/kWh of storage

Net Metering (no longer available) (State)

"Current net metering continues until 2022, at which time new customers will begin paying a small ""Customer Benefits Charge"" on every monthly bill."

NY-Sun Affordable Solar Program (State)

Additional funding of $800/kW for homeowners at 80% or less of area median income. Also includes solar loans with on-bill repayment options.

Property Tax Exemption (State)

100% of cost of system is exempt from property tax for 15 years. Local entities can disallow the exemption through implementing policy.

NY-Sun Megawatt Block Program - Upstate Region - Block 12 (Utility)

As of Aug 2023, at block 12 - $.20/W.

TOTAL -$12,148

*Based on 8.28 kW system, average installation cost $24,960

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How much does installing solar panels save the average Orange & Rockland Utilities residential customer?

If you input the details for a ORU customer with a power bill of $180 per month into the best online solar panels calculator, it tells you that you need a 8.28 kW solar system that will produce 10,477 kWh per year and that this system will return the owner a $51,535 profit after repaying the cost of the system.

The solar savings possible for you as an ORU customer will depend on the amount of electricity you use and the cost of the solar system you buy. Savings also vary based on the direction of your roof or any shading of your roof that affects output.

Here is a monthly and lifetime solar savings estimate for the same relatively typical ORU customer with a $180 per month electric bill prior to solar and who installs a 8.28 kW solar system.

How much do residential solar panels cost for ORU customers?

Solar prices near you

Cost range of local prices


Net profit (savings less system cost)


Payback period

5.1-6.2 years

Recommended size for the selected utility bill


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Detailed information about your estimate

Table 2: Estimate details

System Size (for 100% usage offset)

8.28 kW

Annual Power Generation

10,477 kWh

Pay-back time (assuming Cash purchase)

5.6 Years

Internal Rate of Return (IRR) on Investment


Gross cost


Total Upfront Incentives and Rebates


Net Cost of System after rebates and incentives


Total Cost of Utility Power Avoided over 25 years


Please note that the investment return figures do not include the possible increase in property value.

What are the environmental impacts of Orange & Rockland Utilities customers installing solar panels?

While most homeowners decide to install solar panels because of financial savings over time, the environmental impacts of this choice are the primary motive for others. Here is a breakdown of the environmental benefits from an Orange & Rockland Utilities customer installing a 8.28 kW solar system on their property:

A solar system generating 10,477 kWh per year will save you money AND make the world a nicer place

Saves you


on average per year

Reduces CO2 emissions


tons per year

Equivalent to planting

36 trees

per year

Equivalent to driving

11,473 mi

less per year

CO2 emissions calculation based on the electricity generation and emissions data for your state in 2015 as published by the US Government Energy Information Administration.

What factors affect the price of solar panels for Orange & Rockland Utilities customers?

The cost of installing solar panels will vary with brands of solar panels and inverters you choose and also the installation company you choose to install them.

It is common to see really good systems, using quality brands of equipment, being sold for around $3.01 per watt or $10,155 for a standard 8.28 kW solar system after the customer claims the 30% federal solar tax credit.

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