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South Dakota Solar Panels: Pricing and Incentives

How much do solar panels cost in South Dakota?

Written by Jessie See

Edited by Hannah Whatley

Last updated 08/22/2022

7 min read

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Solar power FAQs

  • Although prices have dropped in the last few years, the average cost to install a solar system is $3.82 per watt. That means residential solar can cost an average of $24,742. Factors like roof condition, home size, and equipment brands can increase costs. There is also an added cost to install a battery with your system.

  • Solar energy may not be a good investment for every South Dakota homeowner. Comparing the costs and benefits of installation may help determine if it is a good investment. Before installing solar panels, check whether your roof is capable of producing enough energy. You should also consider the weather and personal energy usage. In some cases, you could recoup the price of installation in monthly bill savings alone.

  • The amount you could save by investing in solar energy will depend on your home’s size and total energy consumption. Homeowners who need a larger system and use more energy will take longer to recover their installment cost in monthly bill savings. Homes that produce excess energy can save even more by selling the extra energy back to the power grid through net metering, if allowed.

  • There is currently a small selection of solar companies in South Dakota. Before signing a contract, do your research on which company is best suited for your individual needs. Consider whether the company provides great customer service, has satisfactory business experience, and offers a warranty on their work. SaveOnEnergy can help you find top installers quickly and easily — just complete this form or call the number on your screen to get started. 

  • If you wish to reduce your carbon footprint, solar energy is a great renewable energy source. While fossil fuels produce pollutants, solar plants do not emit greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Installing solar panels on your roof also tends to be non-invasive. Plus, sunshine is free and consistently available in many areas.

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