Solar panel cost in Nebraska

The average cost for an installed residential solar system in Nebraska is currently $12,556 after claiming the 26% federal solar tax credit. This is $2.83 per watt.

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Cost range of local prices

$12,771-$15,609

Net profit (savings less system cost)

$49,571-$60,587

Payback period

6.3-7.7 years

Recommended size for the selected utility bill

6.0kW

Chart 1: Distribution curve of NE residential solar cost 2020
$14K
SolarReviews average

Note: Prices after 26% Federal Solar Tax Credit

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Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of a 6.0kW system

Nebraska solar power overview

There is room for improvement when it comes to solar power in Nebraska. There are no state-based or utility-based incentives for installing solar. Also, there is no renewable portfolio standard, which is often what pushes utilities to create rebates for customers.

The bright side is that Nebraska receives more sunlight than some other areas of the US, so a solar system here will produce more than systems in areas with less sunlight. Additionally, Nebraska residents can take advantage of the 26% federal tax credit.

Are solar panels worth it in Nebraska

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

5¢ /kWh

If you don't get solar

19¢ /kWh

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

Nebraska solar incentives & tax credits

Federal solar tax credit

The most significant incentive to install solar panels for homes and businesses 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 Nebraska is now.

Net metering

Nebraska has state-mandated net metering for rooftop solar installations. Although customers will not receive the full retail rate of electricity for surplus renewable energy their systems produce, some savings are better than none!

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

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Average cost of solar panel installation in Nebraska by system size

System size*
Cash purchase

(After tax credit)

Financed purchase

(After tax credit)

4kW $12,356 $13,221
5kW $14,815 $15,852
6kW $16,968 $18,156
7kW $19,607 $20,979
8kW $22,880 $24,482
9kW $24,642 $26,367
10kW $27,110 $29,008

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Home solar basics

Is it better to lease or buy solar panels in Nebraska

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) electricity is converted into alternating current (AC) electricity that can be 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 power of the sun. There’s no utility to fall back on. This means the solar installation needs to power the home not just during the day, when the sun is shining, but after dark as well.

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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska will fall during 2020.

Can you buy DIY Solar Panel Kits and install them yourself in Nebraska?

Yes you can! In some cases, you can save $3,000 or more when you install solar yourself, even after receiving the federal tax credit. Despite the potential for savings, data from Lawrence Berkeley Labs shows that only about 3% of homeowners choose DIY solar. 

Reasons for this include:

  • The permitting and inspection process for the utility, the state, and municipalities can be quite complex.
  • The installation work is both dangerous and difficult, with electrical work having to be performed at heights.
  • Often times, solar electricity customers will be charged a premium for DIY installations, which can limit savings.
  • In some states, a solar system needs to be installed by a qualified solar contractor in order to take advantage of incentives. In Nebraska, in order to be considered qualified, a contractor must be licensed by the Nebraska State Electrical Division. It is possible that individual cities could require additional licensing.

 

SolarReviews does not recommend DIY solar installations unless you have suitable skills. However, for those who do, SolarReviews published a comparison table displaying solar panel kit prices from the top 10 leading solar kit websites in the US.

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Prices don’t include installation, permits or inspections

How much electricity do solar panel systems generate in Nebraska?

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

A solar system that is installed on a south-facing 24-degree pitch roof Nebraska will generate 1,550kWh of peak DC (direct current) capacity per year per 1kW in Nebraska.

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 Nebraska?

The advantage of installing solar panels in Nebraska is the state’s net metering policy. Also, the state receives more sunshine than some other areas of the country, so a solar system here will produce more electricity than in other areas of the US.

The disadvantage of installing solar panels in Nebraska is that there are no state or utility-based incentives. However, the combination of net metering and the 26% federal tax credit still creates the opportunity for savings. The best way to see if solar panels are right for your home is to use the SolarReviews solar panel calculator to get current cost and savings estimates for your home.

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 Nebraska 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.

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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