Current cost of solar panels in Boston

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Prices based on a 6.2kW system, after 26% federal tax credit

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Cost range of local prices

$10,732-$13,117

Net profit (savings less system cost)

$68,073-$83,201

Payback period

3-3.7 years

Recommended size for the selected utility bill

6.2kW

Chart 1: Distribution curve of MA residential solar cost 2020
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Note: Prices after 26% Federal Solar Tax Credit

Guide to solar power in Boston in 2020

Boston is a great place to go solar. You’re probably using Eversource as your utility. Eversource has some of the highest electric rates in the U.S., which helps make solar a great investment in the Boston area. 

The most significant incentive to install solar panels in Boston is the 26% federal tax credit. However, the tax credit is set to step down to 22% at the end of 2020. This means in order to maximize your savings potential, the best time to go solar in Boston is now. 

Another key incentive for going solar in Boston is the Massachusetts state tax credit, which gives you extra savings on the cost of a solar installation. By entering your address into our solar panel calculator, you can see what other local incentives are available in your area. 

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Current solar incentives and tax credits available in Boston

SMART Program

The Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program replaced the previous solar renewable energy credit (SREC) program. Through the SMART program, your utility pays you a flat base-rate per kilowatt hour (kWh) of solar electricity your system produces for 10 years. 

In return, the your utility gets ownership of all of your SRECs. The base rate you recieve depends on your utility and when you apply to the program. Right now, Boston residents serviced by Eversource would recieve an additioanl $0.165 per kWh of solar produced. 

Massachusetts state tax credit

Massachusetts offers a state solar tax credit. This means you can earn an extra $1,000 to put towards your taxes - on top of the federal solar tax credit.

 

The 26% federal solar tax credit explained

The federal solar tax credit is equal to 26% of the total cost of installing solar panels on your home. The amount of the tax credit is then deducted from your federal taxes. You can claim the credit over several years if the amount you owe in taxes is less than the amount of your tax credit. You can only take advantage of the federal tax credit if you pay federal income taxes.

Keep in mind that the federal solar tax credit is set to step down at the end of 2021, falling from 26% of costs to just 22%. So, the best time to go solar is now, so you can maximize your solar savings.

How much will solar panels on my home save me?

The answer to this question depends on your electricity usage. Generally speaking, the higher your power usage, the greater your potential savings are from installing solar.

The average monthly electricity usage in Massachusetts is about 599 kWh per month. However, you are most likely using a lot more than this since this average includes small apartments and condos.

The Boston solar panel savings calculator uses our database of electric rates from local utilities to convert your monthly power bill into how much electricity your home uses. From there, the calculator can work out how many solar panels you need to offset your power usage, how much a solar system will cost based on prices of local solar companies, and the amount of money you will save on your electric bill.

Cost and savings for a 5.97 kW average-sized solar system in Boston

Cost per watt range

$2.53 - $3.09

Net cost of system

$8,215

Average payback

4.7 - 5.8 years

Annual power production

7,454 kWh

Levelized cost of solar energy

5¢ /kWh

If you don't get solar

36¢ /kWh

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

Average solar savings on this system over the next 25 years

$45,326

(Savings shown after repayments of capital)

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Are solar panels worth it in Boston

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.

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Table 2: Available incentive programs
Eligibility: Federal incentive
Type: Personal Tax Credit
Eligibility: State incentive
Type: Rebate Program

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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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