How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?
Our solar panel calculator makes it easy to size a solar array for your home. Answer the questions below to estimate how many solar panels you’ll need for your home, based on your location and utility consumption. Results may vary.
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On average, how many KiloWatt-Hours (kWh) do you use per month? (Refer to your electric bill)
Zip Code (Determines hours of daily sun you receive)
Recommended System Size
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How Much Do Solar Panels Cost?
How much do solar panels cost for my home? And how many solar panels do I need to eliminate my electric bill?
Solar panel costs and quantity are determined by your average electricity usage (kWh) and geographical location.
Standard solar panels cost around 65 to 75 cents per watt. Solar panels from well-known manufacturers run as high as one to two dollars (or more) per watt.
Thanks to federal tax credits and increasing demand, solar installation costs continue to drop, making it more affordable to go green. Installation costs fell over 70% in the last ten years, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
However, you can still expect to pay up to $10,000 or more (depending on the size of your home) for solar equipment. Then add solar panel installer costs, which can range from $5,000 to $10,000 depending on who you hire.
If you’re looking for the most cost-effective solar solution, DIY solar kits are the way to go. GoGreenSolar is the leading retailer in do-it-yourself solar systems, offering step-by-step installation support and a permit approval guarantee to help you save thousands of dollars. Start by using our solar panel calculator to estimate the cost of adding solar to your home.
Calculate Solar Panel Costs for Your Home
To use our solar panel calculator above, follow these steps to discover how many solar panels you need and estimate your costs:
Determine your average monthly electricity usage
You probably consume more electricity during certain months of the year. Refer to your electricity bills for the past 12 months, and calculate your average usage (kWh) over that period.
Calculate your daily kWh usage
Next, you can estimate your average daily kWh usage by dividing your monthly usage by 30.
For example, say your average kWh per month is 1,100. 1,100 kWh divided by 30 days (1 month) equals 37 kWh per day.
Estimate the amount of sunlight your solar panels will receive
Sunlight affects how much energy your solar panels generate. As a rough estimate, let’s assume that a 310W solar panel produces 1.24 kWh a day, and your location receives 4 hours of sunlight per day.
Factor in your potential solar power usage
Next, how much of your current kWh usage do you want to offset with solar power? 100%? 80%? 50%? Multiply this percentage with your daily kWh usage.
If you want your solar system to account for 80% of your energy consumption, here’s how the calculation would work: 37 kWh per day x 0.80 = 29.6 kWh.
Determine how many solar panels you’ll need
One solar panel produces about 1.24 kWh per day. In the example above, you would need 24 solar panels to account for 80% of your average consumption (29.6 kWh daily usage divided by 1.24 kWh per panel). Likewise, if you wanted to account for 100% of your daily kWh consumption, you would need 30 solar panels (37 kWh daily usage divided by 1.24 kWh per panel).
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|Battery Expansion||Expandable, but only if planned for||Easily expandable||Expandable, but only if planned for|
|Shading||Not ideal for homes with shade||Ideal for homes with shade||Ideal for homes with shade|
|Monitoring Options||All Systems Only||Panel Level and All System||Panel Level and All System|
|Mounting Type||Ground Mount||Roof Mount||Roof Mount|