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Looking to go solar? Here’s everything you need to know in 2023

Whether you want to save thousands on electric bills, lower your carbon footprint, or fully electrify your home, going solar is a great place to start. Adding solar panels to your home is an easy and popular way to boost your home’s value and energy savings.

While solar panels are certainly a sound long-term investment, they’re also a big purchase, so it’s important to be confident in your decision. We’ll explain how to determine if solar will work for your home–and how to get solar panels at the best price. (Spoiler alert: comparing quotes is the way to go.)

Did you know?

  1. You don’t need to live somewhere warm or with abundant sunshine to save with solar.

  2. Most homeowners will save tens of thousands of dollars by going solar.

  3. Solar panels aren’t free, but they do come with great incentives.

  4. The best solar equipment for you might not be the best solar equipment for your neighbors.

  5. There are ways to go solar without installing a single panel on your property.

  6. You can go solar with confidence (and save an average of 20% on your installation costs) by comparing quotes from vetted installers on the EnergySage Marketplace.

What you’ll learn in this guide

Who is EnergySage – and how are we solar experts?

EnergySage has brought transparency to clean energy technology since 2009 after our founder Vikram Aggarwal spent months gathering quotes from dozens of installers. With funding from the Department of Energy’s SunShot Prize, we opened the country’s first (and now the largest) marketplace for home solar panel installations, where vetted contractors compete for your business by offering quotes through our online platform.

Education and transparency are the heart of EnergySage – we put in the legwork so you can feel confident in your solar decision. Our team of solar experts invests their time in staying up-to-date with the latest data, technology, policies, and incentives, continually updating our site to reflect the latest and greatest information.

For this guide – and all of our articles related to solar – we have:

  1. Sourced the majority of our data from hundreds of thousands of quotes through our own marketplace.

  2. Incorporated third-party data and information from primary sources, government agencies, educational institutions, peer-reviewed research, or well-researched nonprofit organizations.

  3. Built our own database and rating system for solar equipment, including solar panels, inverters, and batteries.

  4. Spoken to experts from all areas of the solar industry.

Solar savings outweigh the cost

The average U.S. household spends about $1,697 annually on electricity, according to electricity cost and consumption data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Over 25 years, that adds up to $57,966 (assuming 2.5% annual inflation). The best way to lower (and in some cases even eliminate) these costs? Install a rooftop solar panel system.

In 2023, solar panels in the U.S. cost an average of $20,650 after accounting for the federal solar tax credit (more on that later). On a cost-per-watt ($/W) basis, that’s about $2.95/W before the tax credit. This is a hefty price tag, but when you consider how much you otherwise would’ve spent on electricity, it’s easy to understand why millions of homeowners have gone solar.

Solar is a long-term investment – shoppers on the EnergySage Marketplace typically break even in about 8-9 years. Just keep in mind that your own costs and savings will ultimately depend on several factors, including where you live, how much you spend on electricity, and your home setup.

Will solar work for your home? 4 things to keep in mind

You’ll get the most out of this guide if you first understand if you’re a good fit for solar. Solar panels are a great investment for many homeowners but they aren’t right for everyone. They’re most worth it if:

  1. You own your property: If you’re a renter or part of an HOA, you’ll need to check with the property owner or homeowners association before making any concrete plans for your solar system.

  2. You pay a lot for electricity: The higher your monthly electricity bill, the faster you’ll save money with your new solar system.

  3. Your roof is the ideal setup: You don’t need to live somewhere where the sun is always shining for solar to be worth it – but you do need to have a suitable roof. The ideal roof for solar is south-facing, has a tilt between 30 and 45 degrees, has plenty of open space, experiences minimal shading throughout the day, and is in good condition. If you have an east or west-facing roof, you can still go solar and expect to save thousands, you might just lose some production.

  4. You can take advantage of incentives: The cost of solar panels largely depends on the value of incentives available to you, which varies based on where you live and your tax liability. If you live in a state with net metering and you have enough tax liability to take advantage of the solar tax credit (more on this below), you’ll break even on your solar investment sooner.

If you meet these criteria, solar will probably work for your home, but your home doesn’t have to be a perfect fit for solar for you to benefit from it. Plenty of homeowners will still save money with the right installation, or with an alternative approach like a community solar subscription.

Key solar terms to know

There’s a lot of jargon when it comes to solar. Our goal is to make it easy for you to learn what you need to confidently make your decision. Here’s a quick list of the top terms to know as you navigate this guide and other solar-related articles:

  1. Watt (W): how we measure the output of a solar panel. Put simply, this is the rate of electricity production. 

  2. Kilowatt (kW): how we measure the size of a home solar panel system. A kilowatt is just 1,000 watts.

  3. Kilowatt-hour (kWh): how your electricity usage is measured on your utility bills. This is electricity consumption over time.

  4. Price per watt ($/W): the cost of a solar panel system based on its size, measured in W.

  5. Production ratio: the amount of electricity produced by a solar system in one year (measured in kWh) divided by the size of the system (measured in W). This depends on factors such as the weather, climate, and condition of your solar panel system.

  6. Semiconductor: a material that can conduct electricity more than an insulator (such as glass) but less than a conductor (such as copper). Semiconductors are used widely in electronics, including solar panels.

  7. Photovoltaics (PV): devices that convert solar energy into electricity using semiconductors (this conversion is called the photovoltaic effect). Solar panels are photovoltaics and make up a PV system.

  8. Solar module: another name for a solar panel (this is typically how the industry refers to them).

  9. Solar cells: semiconductors typically made of silicon that generate electricity when exposed to photons (aka particles of light) via the photovoltaic effect. Solar panels for home systems typically contain 60 solar cells.

How do solar panels work?

We don’t want to bore you with the nitty-gritty physics details, but at a high level, solar panels work by using sunlight to generate electricity through the photovoltaic effect. The process starts with solar cells, which absorb light, knocking electrons (aka carriers of electricity) loose. These electrons then flow, creating direct current (DC) electricity. Metal plates on the sides of each solar cell transfer the DC electricity to wires. At this point, inverters (more on these below) convert the DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity, which most common household appliances use. And voila – your solar panels have produced solar energy for your home!

Are solar panels worth the investment?

If you’ve determined that you’re a good fit for solar, it’s probably worth the investment. Like any major decision, going solar comes with advantages and disadvantages that you should first consider.

Why solar makes sense for so many homeowners

  1. You save on electric bills: The average homeowner will save between $20,000 and $97,000 over the life of their solar panel system in avoided electricity costs. If you electrify home appliances, like your heating & cooling system, car, or cooktop, you can often lower your other energy bills as well with solar.

  2. Your home value could increase: Studies show that having a solar panel system increases home value by an average of 4%.

  3. You lower your carbon footprint: Unlike fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas, solar doesn’t directly release carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere (which contribute to climate change).

Why solar isn’t for everyone

  1. It takes time to break even on your investment: On average, it takes EnergySage shoppers about 8-9 years to save enough on their electricity bills to cover the cost of their solar panel system. With some financing options, like $0-down loans, for example, you can start saving on day one.

  2. Solar panels don’t work at night: Solar panels need sunlight to generate electricity, so they don’t work at night or during inclement weather. You can pair your solar panels with a battery backup system to store excess electricity produced during the day for use at night. A battery will add to the cost of the system, so you’ll want to factor that into your total cost of ownership and how much savings you’re hoping to achieve.

  3. Your solar panels could (eventually) end up in a landfill: In the United States, solar panel recycling is still in its infancy, so today most solar panels end up in landfills at the end of their lives. Some companies, like We Recycle Solar, are looking for ways to improve solar panel recycling in the future, but none of them have achieved widespread adoption yet.

Are solar panels free? No – but there are great incentives

If you’ve been shopping for solar panels for a while, you’ve probably heard advertisements for “free solar panels.” While this may sound enticing, it’s quite misleading. There’s no such thing as free solar panels. These types of claims typically refer to solar leases and power purchase agreements in which you won’t owe anything upfront, but you also won’t own your system.

While you can’t get free solar panels, you can often get money back from your solar power system through government incentives. Here are some of the top solar incentives that will either reduce your cost of going solar or increase your savings over time:

Federal investment tax credit

The federal investment tax credit (ITC) is the best solar incentive available today. Different from a tax deduction (which reduces your taxable income), the ITC allows you to apply 30% of your solar system’s upfront cost as a credit toward your federal tax bill. If you’ve overpaid your taxes during the year, you can even receive the ITC as a refund, as long as it doesn’t exceed your total tax liability. If it does exceed your tax liability, the remaining credit will roll over to the following year.

Net metering

When the sun’s shining, your solar panel system will likely produce more electricity than you need. Luckily, many states have a solar policy in place called net metering in which you’ll receive credits from your local utility company for the excess electricity that you send to the grid. At night or on a rainy day when your panels aren’t generating enough energy, you’ll pull electricity from the grid which will count against the credits you’ve banked over time. At the end of your billing cycle, you’ll only be billed for your “net” energy consumption (meaning your electric bills could be $0)!

State and local incentives

Many states have additional incentives that make it even easier to go solar. You might be eligible for a state tax credit that works similarly to the ITC but for your state taxes. You could even receive an up-front rebate for installing your solar panel system. If your state has a renewable portfolio standard (meaning it’s required to procure or generate a certain percentage of electricity from renewable sources), you might be able to earn additional income for the electricity your solar panels generate by selling solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs). As a homeowner, you can earn one SREC for every megawatt-hour (MWh) – aka 1,000 kWh – of electricity your solar panel system generates.

How to pay for solar at your home

One key thing to understand as you’re learning about solar incentives is that your eligibility often hinges on your ownership of the system. If you finance your system with a solar lease or a power purchase agreement (PPA), you’ll miss out on some of the best incentives available, including the ITC and any state tax credits, rebates, or SRECs.

With that in mind, here are the three main ways to pay for your solar panel system:


Paying for your solar system with cash is the best way to maximize your long-term savings: You won’t owe anything in interest and won’t be subject to origination, dealer, or closing costs (which can add up!). However, many homeowners don’t have the cash on hand required to purchase their solar panel systems upfront and it typically takes about 8-9 years to recover the total cost in electric bill savings.

Solar loan

Most people choose to finance their solar panel systems with a solar loan: You’ll still qualify for incentives and you could start saving on day one if your monthly loan payments are less than your previous electric bills. Today, many companies are even offering $0-down loans so you won’t owe anything upfront. Overall, your savings will be lower than if you pay with cash, but using a solar loan makes it much easier for most people to go solar.

Solar lease or PPA

Solar leases and PPAs used to be popular ways to install solar panels at your home, but they’ve become less popular. With these financing options you don’t own your system, which means you don’t qualify for some of the best solar incentives as explained above. As solar loan options improved, leases and PPAs generally became less appealing to homeowners.

With a solar lease, you agree to pay a fixed monthly lease payment, whereas with a PPA, you agree to purchase the power generated by your system at a set price per kWh. Your savings will be the lowest with a lease or PPA, and they can sometimes make it difficult to sell your home if the new owner doesn’t want to take over the payments.

Common solar scams and how to avoid them

At EnergySage, one of our core values is transparency. We encourage you to go solar to save money and contribute to a clean energy future, but we certainly don’t want you to feel pressured into the decision. As you’re shopping around for your solar energy system, here are some of the biggest solar scams to watch out for:

  1. Free solar panels: we mentioned this one previously but it’s worth repeating. If a company is advertising “free solar panels,” “no cost solar,” or “get paid to go solar,” they’re misleading you. In most cases, they’re just offering you a solar lease or a PPA.

  2. Guaranteed savings: while in most cases you will earn significant savings by going solar, if someone tries to guarantee that your solar system will offset a specific percentage of your electric bill, it’s probably too good to be true. Electricity rates, energy usage, and solar panel output all fluctuate over time, making it impossible to guarantee a certain amount of savings.

  3. Tax payout: if a company claims that you can receive the ITC as a payout, they’re incorrect. The ITC is not refundable, meaning if the value exceeds your tax liability, you will not receive a refund for the difference (but the remaining value will roll over to the following year). The only case in which you could receive a refund for the ITC is if you’ve overpaid your taxes during the year or if you’re a nonprofit company.

  4. Significantly lower costs: if you’ve received several quotes and one is significantly lower than the rest, it’s right to be a little skeptical. It could indicate the system size is smaller, the equipment is lower quality, or the installer isn’t reputable. You can easily avoid this by only getting quotes from vetted installers (like those on EnergySage).

How to choose the best solar panels for your home

The best solar panels for you might not be the best solar panels for your neighbor – but some key factors can help you compare your options:

The type of solar panel

You might have heard or seen the terms monocrystalline or polycrystalline in your solar panel research. Monocrystalline solar panels have cells made of a single silicon crystal – they’re typically black in color and more efficient. Polycrystalline solar panels have cells made of multiple silicon crystals melted together – they’re generally blue in color and more affordable.

Power output

Also referred to as its wattage or capacity, your solar panel’s power output refers to the amount of DC electricity (aka electricity produced before the inverter converts it to usable AC electricity) it generates under standard test conditions. The higher the power output, the more electricity your panel will produce. Solar panels generally range from about 350 to 450 W in quotes provided through the EnergySage Marketplace; as of 2023, our most commonly quoted power output range is 390 to 400 W.


Efficiency is a measurement of your solar panel’s ability to convert sunlight into usable electricity. The higher its efficiency, the more electricity your panel will produce. Today, solar panels generally range from about 15% to 20% efficiency, though some of the most popular brands on EnergySage have efficiency ratings above 21%. SunPower offers the most efficient solar panels from EnergySage installers at 22.8%.

Temperature coefficient

Like most electronics, solar panels perform best when they’re kept cool. The temperature coefficient or performance of your solar panel measures how much its power output will decrease as the surrounding temperature increases. For every degree above 25° C (77° F), your panel’s solar production will decrease by its temperature coefficient. As an example, if your panel’s temperature coefficient is -0.26%/°C and the surrounding temperature increases one degree from 25° C (77° F) to 26° C (79° F), its electricity production will decrease by 0.26%. The lower the temperature coefficient, the better your solar panels will perform on hot, sunny days.

Lifespan & warranty

As with any big investment, you’ll want your solar panels to last. Most solar panels have a lifespan of about 25 to 30 years, but the best way to guarantee your panels will continue to perform well for a long time is to select a model with a great warranty.

Generally, there are two key components to a solar panel warranty. The product or materials warranty guarantees that the manufacturer will replace your panel if it fails as a result of manufacturing defects within a specified warranty term. The performance or power warranty guarantees that your panels will still produce a certain percentage of their original output by the end of the specified warranty term. Many other factors indicate the strength of a solar panel warranty, including labor coverage, shipping overage, and bankability of the company (e.g., how likely they’ll be around to actually fulfill your warranty).

What are the best solar panels?

While there are many great solar panel brands, a few companies stand out above the rest. Panasonic, SunPower, and REC all offer monocrystalline panels with high power output, high efficiency, low temperature coefficient, and strong warranties. You will generally pay more for these brands, so in some cases it can be worth it to select a slightly lower-performing panel with a better price tag.

Best solar panels compared Panasonic EverVolt HK Black SeriesSunPower M SeriesREC Alpha Pure R Series Power output400-410 W420-440 W400-430 W Efficiency21.6-22.2%21.7-22.8%20.7-22.3% Temperature coefficient-0.26%/°C-0.29%/°C-0.26%/°C Warranty92% output at year 2592% output at year 25, 88.25% output at year 4092% output at year 25 Cost per watt (includes installation costs)$2.61-$3.45/W$3.48-$4.10/W$2.50-$3.46/W

Visit our Solar Panel Equipment Guide to browse and compare different brands.

Solar panels vs. solar shingles: what’s the difference?

While solar panels continue to become sleeker in appearance (we think they look great!), some homeowners are still concerned about aesthetics. If you fall into this category, you might be considering solar shingles or solar tiles (also referred to as building-integrated photovoltaics or BIPV) such as the Tesla Solar Roof. While we encourage everyone to go solar in the way that works best for them, there are some key factors to consider when selecting solar shingles over solar panels.

  1. Solar shingles cost more: Solar shingles are still fairly uncommon and require a lot more labor to install, which tends to make them more expensive than solar panels. Some manufacturers claim they excel in terms of durability, which would earn them points for longevity, but those claims have not yet been proven.

  2. Solar shingles are less efficient and produce less power: Solar shingles sacrifice efficiency and energy production for their sleek aesthetics because the low profile impedes airflow. If you have a large roof and you have room to install a lot of solar shingles, this won’t be as big of a problem.

  3. Solar shingles make the most sense if you need to replace your roof: Many homeowners choose to go solar when they require a roof replacement. When you select solar shingles instead of solar panels, you also get a brand-new, more durable roof. In some cases, this can be almost as cost-effective as installing a new roof and solar panels.

In most cases, you’ll spend less and produce more energy if you choose solar panels over solar shingles, but ultimately, you should choose the setup that’s best for you.

How many solar panels do you need?

We estimate that a typical homeowner needs between 17 and 21 solar panels to cover 100% of their energy needs. However, the number of solar panels that’s right for your home depends on multiple factors, including the power output of your panels, the amount of energy you consume, and where you live. Here’s how to calculate how many solar panels you need:

Number of panels = system size / production ratio (see definition above) / panel power output

What to know about solar inverters

We’ve mainly focused on solar panels so far, but there’s another key component of your solar power system that significantly impacts its production: the inverter. Solar inverters work by converting the DC electricity produced by your solar panels into usable AC electricity. When it comes to selecting a solar inverter, there are three main categories: string inverters, microinverters, and optimized string inverters.

String inverters

Many homeowners choose string or central inverters due to their low cost, durability, and easy maintenance. In a system with a string inverter, each panel is wired into a “string”, and multiple strings (typically up to 3) connect to the inverter. All of the electricity on that string is converted at once, meaning that a drop in the performance of an individual solar panel (like from shading) will impact the output of all of the panels on that string. String inverters are typically located on the side of your house, making them fairly easy to repair and maintain. Depending on the size of your solar power system, you could require just one or a couple of string inverters.

Generally, string inverters are best for homeowners with uncomplicated roofs with minimal shading. SMA America offers one of the most popular string inverters on EnergySage.


If you’re willing to pay more for a high-performing system, microinverters are a great choice. Rather than having one inverter for multiple panels on a string, with a microinverter system you’ll have a small inverter installed at each panel. These systems convert and optimize electricity at every individual panel, making them a great option for homes with shade over a portion of the roof. You can also monitor the output of each solar panel, which can help you diagnose any potential issues with your system. A downside of microinverters is that because they’re located on your roof, they can be difficult to maintain and repair.

Microinverters are best for homeowners with complicated roofs who want to maximize solar production. Enphase offers the most popular microinverters (and the most popular inverters overall) on EnergySage.

Optimized string inverters

Optimized string inverters are a compromise between string inverters and microinverters, offering panel-level optimization at a slightly lower price tag. Similar to microinverters, power optimizers operate at the individual panel level. Systems with optimized string inverters still convert electricity via a central inverter, but similar to microinverters, power optimizers optimize the output of each panel to mitigate the impact of shading. A key difference is that they don’t allow for panel-level monitoring.

Overall, optimized string inverters are best for homeowners with some roof shading who don’t want to pay a premium for microinverters. SolarEdge offers the most popular optimized string inverters on EnergySage.

Check out our Solar Inverter Equipment Guide to see what’s available on EnergySage.

Can you go off-grid with solar? Yes, with energy storage

Some homeowners believe that once they go solar, they can power their homes independently from the grid. To go off-grid with your solar panel system or power it during an outage, you’ll need to install either a battery or a solar generator to store excess energy for use when the sun isn’t shining. Batteries are a great way to increase your energy independence and reduce your reliance on fossil fuels. Even with a battery, most homeowners still choose to maintain their connection to the grid because adding enough solar batteries to power your whole home is often incredibly expensive.

How to go solar: 5 simple steps

You’ve decided you’re a good fit for solar and ready to move forward – but where do you start? Going solar can feel overwhelming, so we’ve broken down the process into 5 easily actionable steps:

1. Get quotes

The best way to get a great deal on your solar panel system is to compare quotes based on factors like cost, equipment, and installer reputation. Historically, many solar shoppers only received one solar quote from a door-to-door salesperson or a cold call. But how can you feel confident in your solar decision if you only see one quote?

Fortunately, the free EnergySage Marketplace makes this easy by gathering up to seven custom solar quotes for you from our network of pre-screened installers. The best part? On average, solar shoppers who receive quotes on EnergySage pay 20% less for their solar systems than those who don’t.

2. Choose an installer

Now that you have multiple quotes to compare, it’s time to choose the best installer for you. EnergySage’s mission is to help you choose with confidence. Our team of expert Energy Advisors can walk you through your quotes (even if you didn’t get them through EnergySage) and answer all of your questions so you can pick the system that meets your needs at the right price. Once you’ve selected an installer, you’ll need to sign a contract – just make sure to first review it thoroughly for details on costs, incentives, equipment, cancellation terms, and clauses.

3. Schedule a site visit

After signing your contract, you’ll need to schedule a site visit with your installer as a final check to ensure the solar panel system you’re purchasing is suitable for your home. (Learn why most installers prefer to have a signed contract before completing a site visit.) During this step, an engineer (not a salesperson) will check your roof and electrical panel to decide if they need any updates before you go solar. An installer can conduct a site visit either in person or virtually – check out this article to understand how to prepare for a virtual site visit.

4. Decide how to pay for your system

Your installer has determined your house is solar-ready and is prepared to proceed with your installation. Now you’ll need to decide how to pay for your system. As we discussed above, there are three main ways to pay for solar: upfront with cash, with a loan, or with a solar lease or PPA. Each option comes with pros and cons, so you’ll have to decide which one works best for you now, and which will pay off the most long-term. Generally, we recommend paying with cash for the best long-term savings or with a loan if you want to start saving right away.

5. Prepare for your installation

At this point, you’ve done all the hard work on your end. Now it’s time to watch it pay off with a brand new solar panel system! Before installation day, your solar company will begin the process of submitting the paperwork required for installation, interconnection to the grid, and any available incentives.

On the day of your installation, you can expect about 5-10 employees of your installation company to be on-site, ranging from certified electricians who do all of the electrical work to the solar panel installers who will be up on your roof putting the panels in place and attaching them to your roof. Depending on the size and scope of your installation, it will likely take about 1-3 days to complete.

Following your installation, you’ll need permission to operate (PTO) from your utility before your installer can turn on your system, which can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. As part of PTO, your utility company will likely send a representative to your house to examine your system and install or update your meter so they can track the solar energy you send to the grid. Once PTO is complete, you’ll receive official documentation notifying you that you can officially turn your solar panel system on for electricity generation!

What if you can’t install solar at home?

Most homeowners will see significant benefits by going solar – but, as we discussed above, they’re not right for everyone. Here are two ways to go solar without installing a single panel on your home:

  1. Sign up for a community solar farm: Ever see those large solar arrays when you’re driving down the highway? In many cases, they’re community solar farms. When you subscribe to one of these projects, you support the development of solar in your own community, while saving about 5-15% annually on your electricity costs. Search for projects and providers near you.

  2. Encourage your company to go solar: Businesses and nonprofits can spend tens of thousands of dollars each year on electricity – meaning, they often have a lot to gain by going solar. Whether you own your company or you work for a company that could be a good fit, suggesting solar as a way to save can help your company lower its overhead costs and reach its sustainability goals. Learn how EnergySage can help your business go solar.

FAQs about home solar panels

How has the price of solar changed over time?

Over the past 10 years, the residential solar panel system cost has dropped by about 70%. That said, solar prices have increased slightly in recent years, primarily due to lingering pandemic-related supply chain constraints and an increased emphasis on domestic manufacturing. As solar deployment continues to grow, the supply chain stabilizes, and domestic manufacturing ramps up, we expect the price of solar to drop further. There’s no question that solar energy has evolved from a clean tech commodity to a sensible home upgrade for millions of Americans.

What percentage of your home can you power with solar?

Ideally, 100%! While a solar panel system can theoretically offset all of your energy use, you shouldn’t expect that level of panel production every day of the week. Solar panels can’t operate at maximum efficiency all the time. There will be certain days (like when it’s raining or overcast) when a grid connection or battery storage is necessary to fully cover your power usage. Manufacturers and installation companies typically recommend you factor in a 25% fluctuation in solar generation when you’re calculating your target for solar panel offset.

How much do solar panels cost for a 2,000-square-foot house?

The average 2,000 sq. ft house has an estimated electricity need per year of about 9,420 kWh, which requires around 15 panels. The total cost of solar panels and the installation would be around $16,700. For more information, check out our article that breaks down how many solar panels you need for your home.

Should you get a solar battery?

Solar batteries can help you save money, protect you from power outages, and lower your carbon footprint – but they’re not right for everyone. If you live in an area with one-to-one net metering (meaning your utility company compensates you at the same rate for the electricity you send to the grid as they charge you for what you pull from the grid), your financial savings from battery storage could be low. If you frequently experience blackouts, the peace of mind provided by having a backup battery can make it worth it. Having a battery could even save you thousands of dollars in potential damage caused by the outage. Explore and compare solar batteries available through EnergySage.

Go solar with confidence through EnergySage

Going solar can feel overwhelming, but EnergySage is here to make it simple. Get free quotes through the EnergySage Marketplace, and compare quotes from only vetted, reputable solar installers. If you have any questions along the way, we’ll provide you with tools and resources and access to a free Energy Advisor to walk you through the process so you can go solar with confidence.

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