How Much Do Solar Panels Cost?

Find out how to correctly figure out how much home solar might cost you.
Nov 11, 2015 12:05 PM ET

One of the first questions someone interested in solar asks is, “How much do solar panels cost?” but it’s important to know there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to estimating the cost of installing a home solar system.

The cost of a home solar system depends on multiple factors, including: Whether your state or local government provide tax credits, net metering or other incentives; How you finance your system (lease, finance or purchase, e.g.); The size and other characteristics of your roof, how much energy you use and the type of system hardware you choose; and the cost of utility power in your area.

We explain what goes into the cost of a home solar energy system in our recent SunPower blog post: How Much Do Solar Panels Cost.