Solar Panel Cost in Buffalo, NY

Solar Panel Cost — Exactly How Much Are They?

This is a very important question that, quite rightfully, is on most people’s minds if they understand and value the positive environmental impact of going solar.  Or, if they’re simply interested in lowering their living expenses as much as possible, with the goal of eliminating their electric bill altogether.

We’ll answer this question here with some real-life examples and figures that you can apply to your actual situation.  Or, if you’d rather get an exact answer, specific to your family’s needs, you can call or email us and we’ll gladly do the math for you to calculate your solar panel cost in Buffalo.

Solar is an investment.  It’s an investment in your home.  It’s an investment in the future cost of electricity.  It’s an investment in the well-being of our planet.

Solar is an investment in your family’s future.

When properly designed and built, solar will not cost you money.  Solar will pay you a return on your investment in the form of free, green, “inflation-proof” electricity for decades to come.

Actual Customer Solar Savings Evaluation

Actual Customer Solar Array Design & Installation Quote

Sample Customer Loan Summary with Zero Down Financing

Sample Customer Savings Summary with Zero Down Financing for 10 years

Solar Panel Cost - The Math

Like all worthwhile investments, solar requires an upfront cost.  While some customers choose to pay these costs in cash, most solar families take advantage of zero-down, low interest financing that is available for Go Solar WNY solar customers who have good credit.

Here are the costs associated with going solar and a real-life example that’s typical for our customers:

Gross Cost of Solar Array, including Installation:                          $53,759

NYSERDA NY-Sun Grant (Applied as a discount to customer):    -$ 7,216

Net Cost of Solar Array, installed, after NY-Sun Grant discount:  $46,543

Federal Income Tax Credit (26% of Gross Cost above):                 -$12,101

NY State Income Tax Credit (25% of Net Cost or $5k max):         -$ 5,000

Final Cost to Example Customer to Install Solar on their home: $  29,442 

In this real-life example, this customer saves $1,920.00 per year in electrical expenses to their home.  And they will never worry about rising electrical costs due to inflation. Do you think the cost of electricity is going to go up or down as our society comes to depend more and more on electricity in the coming years?

Pay Back Period

A popular metric in Solar Evaluation is your “Pay Back Period”.  In other words, the period of time it will take for your solar investment to “break-even” and pay for itself with electrical savings.  In the example above, the payback period is 10.13 years. We strive to show our customers a payback period of ten years or so, often less.  If we simply cannot due to their circumstances, then solar might not be the best investment for their situation.  There are other ways to save money and help the planet!

How Long Will It Last?

This may be the best part.  Solar arrays are designed to produce power for at least 25 years. 

Even better, in this part of the country, where your solar panels are likely going to be dormant under a blanket of snow for a couple of months of the year, your solar panels are likely to produce abundantly for at least 30 years.

To this point, be sure to ask us about our 25 Year Warranty Program that protects your Solar Panels and Inverter equipment for 25 years.

The Bottom Line…

In our real-life example — Solar Panel Cost:

  •         $29,442 upfront cost. 
  •         $1,920.10 annual savings.
  •         30 year expected lifetime of solar panels

That’s a total savings of $57,603 before considering inflation and the predicted price electric customers will pay for electricity in twenty to thirty years.


To learn exactly how much your family can save with solar panel, complete the quick form below and attach one recent electric bill for your home.  We’ll get back to you within a few business days with a detailed Solar Savings Evaluation and Installation Quote.

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