Solar panels Arizona:

Prices, incentives and best companies 2020

Avg AZ solar panel cost:

$9,151 - $11,185*

Avg 25 year savings:

$25,814 - $31,550

Avg payback period:

7.1 - 8.7 years

Estimate cost and savings based on your location and power usage

* Cost data based on quotes for fully-installed solar panel systems submitted on our platform. Prices are shown after applying the 26% federal tax credit.

Arizona solar panels guide 2020

Updated November 2, 2020

Arizona has some of the best potential for solar in the United States. The state receives more sun than any other area in the nation, meaning a solar system can produce about 180% more than what it does in places like New York.

Policy changes and the reeling back of incentives has caused a bit of a challenge for solar in the state. Regardless, the federal solar tax credit and state-level tax credits combined with amazing sun coverage make going solar in Arizona a terrific option.

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Solar power prices, savings and payback in your part of Arizona

The average cost for an installed residential solar system in Arizona is currently $11,837 after claiming the 26% federal solar tax credit. This is $2.67 per watt. However, there is some variance in solar prices in different parts of the state. The graph below shows the average cost of installed solar systems in your part of the state.

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Prices based on a 5.8kW system, after 26% federal tax credit

Cost range of local prices

$9,151-$11,185

Net profit (savings less system cost)

$25,814-$31,550

Payback period

7.1-8.7 years

Recommended size for the selected utility bill

5.8kW

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Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of a 5.8kW system

Are solar panels worth it in Arizona

Solar panels have fallen in price by more than 80% in the last ten years. In 2020 they also remain subsidized by the 26% federal tax credit and the net metering law, making them an excellent investment. They offer a return well above the long term average return from both the share market and also property investment.

Another way to look at this question is the levelized amount you will pay for each kWh of power you will use over the next 25 years with and without solar panels. As you can see below the savings are significant.

Levelized cost of solar energy
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Levelized cost per kWh is the cost of the solar system divided by the total number of kWh produced by a solar system over it’s lifetime

4¢ /kWh

If you don't get solar

28¢ /kWh

(forecast avg Arizona electric rates over the next 25 years)

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Arizona solar incentives & tax credits

Federal Solar Tax Credit

The most significant incentive to install solar panels for homes and businesses in Arizona is the federal solar tax credit. At the end of 2020, the amount of the credit will decrease from 26% to 22% of the cost of the solar installation. 

Because home and business owners want to get the largest incentive amount possible, solar panel installation companies will likely be flooded with new projects before year’s end. In order to maximize your savings potential, the best time to go solar in Arizona is now.

Arizona solar energy tax credit 

Not only do Arizona residents get to take advantage of the federal tax credit, but they can also receive the state’s solar energy credit. Arizona’s solar energy credit is equal to 25% of the costs of a solar system, up to $1,000. That is a significant amount of savings on your income taxes. 

Arizona net billing

Arizona replaced full retail net metering with net billing in 2016. Net billing is similar to net metering, except that excess energy produced by a solar system is not credited at the full retail rate. So, if your system produces more electricity than you use, you will still be compensated for that excess generation, it will just be less than the retail rate.

Arizona sales tax exemption

The solar equipment sales tax exemption prevents the state’s sales and uses tax from being applied to solar energy equipment. It also prevents sales tax from being tacked onto renewable energy credits (RECs). The sales tax rate in Arizona is 5.6%, so this exemption saves you from having to spend a considerable amount of money. 

Property tax exemption

Normally, installing a solar system on your property would increase property taxes. However, thanks to Arizona’s Energy Equipment Property Tax Exemption, solar systems add no value to your property when it comes to property tax assessments. 

Table 2: Available incentive programs
Eligibility: Federal incentive
Type: Personal Tax Credit
Eligibility: State incentive
Type: Net Metering

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Top models of solar panel installed in Arizona 2020

Average cost of solar panel installation in Arizona by system size

System size*
Cash purchase

(After tax credit)

Financed purchase

(After tax credit)

4kW $11,708 $12,528
5kW $14,005 $14,985
6kW $15,996 $17,116
7kW $18,473 $19,766
8kW $21,440 $22,941
9kW $23,265 $24,894
10kW $25,580 $27,371

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Home solar basics

Is it better to lease or buy solar panels in Arizona

You will save most money by buying your solar system rather than leasing it. Read more about the pros and cons of leasing vs buying solar.

How long do solar panels last?

Minimum of 25 years but generally 30 or more

How do solar panels work on a home?

Solar panels power your house when they can but your home uses the utility company for power at other times. In 2020 "solar systems with battery storage" are becoming more popular. These are known as hybrid systems.

How do solar panels work?

Grid-tied solar system

Solar panels are mounted on your roof and wired together in groups called solar arrays. The power they generate flows into a solar inverter, where the direct current (DC) is converted into alternating current (AC). The electricity is then either used by your home or exported to the electric grid.

Off-grid solar system

Off-grid solar power involves meeting all your energy needs from the sun; there’s no utility to fall back on. The solar installation needs to power your home not just during the day, when the sun is shining, but after dark as well. This requires many solar panels, paired with a large battery system.

Hybrid solar system

In hybrid solar systems, rooftop solar panels are connected to both a solar battery and the electric grid. This reduces your reliance on the utility while also providing backup power when needed. Battery storage is still expensive but you may be able to reduce costs by using state incentives.

Read more about types of home solar systems.

Do solar panels require regular maintenance?

No, but cleaning them can improve power generation if they are dirty.

Will residential solar power system cost fall in Arizona in 2020?

Given this environment, and the effect of import tariffs placed on solar panels by the Trump administration during 2018, it is hard to see that solar power system prices in Arizona will fall during 2020.

How much electricity do solar panel systems generate in Arizona?

Depending on the location, solar panels will generate different amounts of electricity.

A solar system that is installed on a south-facing 23.5-degree pitch roof Arizona will generate 1,752kWh of peak DC (direct current) capacity per year per 1kW in the Phoenix area.

Enter your details into the solar panel calculator to see how your location, roof tilt, and roof direction impacts solar panel production.

What are the pros and cons of installing solar panels in Arizona?

The advantages of installing solar panels include the federal tax credit and state tax credit. In addition to these incentives, Arizona receives the most sun in the US. This means that less panels are needed in order to completely wipe out your electric bill.

Disadvantages of installing solar panels in Arizona are the lack of state and utility solar incentives and the elimination of 1-for-1 net metering. However, the best time to switch to solar in Arizona is now - before the incentives that are in place run out.

Enter your details to calculate the cost and savings you are likely to get from installing solar panels for your home.

What you can learn from our state solar panel calculator

This solar calculator requires you to input your address, utility company, your average monthly power spend - it tells you:

If you want to see all of the above but also see live pricing, the three best solar deals available in your city and get binding quotes from each of these solar companies then use this Arizona solar panels calculator. This calculator requires you to also input your name and contact details because most of our 200+ installer partners will only authorize the sharing of their live solar pricing where we have validated that you are a real homeowner with a home in their service area. We respect the privacy of your data and only share your contact details with the solar companies you ask us to get binding quotes from.

Note: Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.

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