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Solar Panels for Home

Written by Lisa Iscrupe/

Edited by Hannah Hillson

Last updated 08/30/2023

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Key Points

  • Solar panels, inverters, mounting racks, and optional batteries are the main components of home solar systems.
  • Home solar panels cost an average of $31,558 in 2023. Federal and state incentives can reduce the cost of solar panels.
  • A solar consultation will determine how many panels are needed, the installation time, and the total cost of solar panels.

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Photovoltaic (PV) cells that absorb sunlight and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. The average home will need around 20 rooftop solar panels (based on average monthly energy use). However, the number of solar panels is ultimately dependent on energy needs. Solar shingles and solar tiles are also becoming a popular aesthetic choice for solar consumers who also want to replace their roof. 

Home solar panels FAQs

  • Yes, you are still connected to the grid when you have solar panels. The power grid will give you power during times of lower solar energy, and the homeowner benefits from net-metering. Net-metering gives you credits on your electricity bill when you supply energy from your solar panels back to the power grid. It’s a win-win situation. 

  • Solar panels can supply power to your entire home. A qualified solar installer can help make sure you are getting the most out of your solar installation.

  • While technically it is possible to install your solar panels without the help of a professional installer, we do not recommend it. Solar panels must be installed according to specifications to work at peak performance. 

  • You can still benefit from solar panels on your home, even if you use natural gas in your home. However, you will see a greater benefit if you use all-electric appliances.

  • You can get solar panels for free by entering into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). With a PPA, a developer installs solar panels on your home, but you do not spend money on the system. The developer then sells you the solar energy at a reduced kWh rate. 

  • Batteries are not a necessity for a home solar panel system. They can add several thousand dollars to the cost. However, many homeowners opt for solar batteries to save their excess energy and be more energy independent.

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