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Solar Panel Cost and Savings Calculator

Updated: December 3, 2021

Using only your zip code and utility company, our solar calculator will provide you with an accurate solar savings analysis.

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System and Savings Details

Number of solar panels needed

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This assumes 370 W panels

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Recommended system size

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Payback period

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Payback period is the time it takes to achieve a positive cashflow (i.e. you make your money back). With a loan your payback period will be instant as there is no out of pocket expense unless your down payment exceeds upfront incentives.

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25 year net savings

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This is all savings and incentive value minus the cost of the system.

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Savings from incentives & tax credits

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NPV

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Net present value (NPV) is the relative value of expected future returns, compared to an investment with a known rate of return. NPV is expressed as positive or negative dollar amount, adjusted for inflation.

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IRR

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Internal Rate of Return (IRR) is a way to look at the potential annual returns from an investment and compare them to other investment returns

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Monthly Electric Bill Comparison

Solar Generation and Usage

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Energy Production from Solar System

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Battery Backup Details

Battery scenarios

Select an approach to sizing your home battery system

Size to store surplus solar energy generated during the day (Most economic option)

Adjust solar system size and battery storage capacity to cover overnight electric on a typical day

Run certain appliances for a specific amount of time during grid failure (Redundancy adds expense)

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Excess solar generation available to battery

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Average night time electricity usage

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Suggested home battery storage

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Single battery size

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Batteries needed

Your solar generation never exceeds your usage throughout the day. Therefore, a battery system is not recommended.

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Battery system results

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Batteries needed

Maximum instantaneous power draw

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Minimum backup hours

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You typically cannot have more than 6 of these batteries in the same system. We have limited your backup hours to reflect the battery limit. However, we are assuming that you will be using all selected appliances continuously. In all likelihood your backup hours will be significantly higher than this estimate.

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Cost to charge your EV

Without Home Solar

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We assume 14,000 miles driven per year, gas cost of $3.15 / gallon, and are comparing a Hyundai Kona vs Hyundai Kona EV.

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Financing

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Zillow estimates that installing solar panels on your home will add 4.0% to the value of your home

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