Here Are The Factors That Go into Calculating the Cost


Pretty straightforward question that people want to know is: what’s it going to cost to go solar?

And honestly, it’s also the most impossible questions to answer. And it’s kind of unfair to ask a company, “well, what’s it actually cost? Just tell me what it’s going to be.”

Because it’s not like a window. It’s not just a size per square or what your bill is. There’s a lot of factors that it takes to go solar.

So I’m going to break down a couple of the things that a company needs to know to be able to quote what it will be for you to go solar and then also how their pricing gets determined just to give you an idea of the range.

In order for a company to know what what’s it going to cost for you to go solar, they have to know what your consumption is for the last year. The Public Utilities Commission does limit the size of a system that can go onto any property to 120% of whatever the last 12 months of consumption was.

Once that’s figured out now we can get into how many solar panels are going to be required in order to generate the power needed.  Then we look at the roof and consider what type of roof material it is. If you have a stone covered slate or if you have a flat roof, all these things can change the rate dramatically. If you have a flat roof we have to do what’s called a ballast system where you angle it so it gets the right amount of angle for the sun to be able to generate more power. If you have a stone covered slate or something of that nature, it’s extra in order to be able to attach it since it’s not the same as if you have just an asphalt roof.

Do you want to have what’s called an attic run where it goes through your attic are there the wires are hidden or not?

What type of inverter do you want?

What type of panels will be used?

Do you have enough space to be able to use regular panels or do you have to use upgraded panels because of a limited space?

Are you limited by trees? By the way if you do tree trimmer at the same time as you do solar it is included in the projet cost, and you can get the tax credit from that as well.

So I hope you get there’s a lot of factors and now go into how many panels that actually needed to offset it. The next of those factors is the direction of the house. Whatever direction the roof faces is the biggest determining factor for how many panels is needed.

The same amount of panels on a south facing roof and a west facing roof or an east facing roof is not going to produce the same amount, simply because it doesn’t get as much sun throughout the day.

All these factors are how you begin to find out how many panels you actually need. And it’s all based on per watt, or per kilowatt. So if you have a 5kw system that’s going to have a particular amount of panels and cost, same thing with 8kw. It’s always going to be broken down into a price per watt.

Next, we look at well what does a company determine their pricing.

There are a lot of factors that go into this. This goes into whether they do it in-house or whether they buy a bunch of it in bulk and can occasionally do it cheaper. Or do they work through a EPC company, which is an engineering procurement and construction company that does all the permitting and everything with the ability to buy things in a bulk scale, which then they’re getting a price from that company, which is called a red line. And from that red line, we sell it above that and we make whatever is above that redline; and that’s what determines the profit to the sales company. 

You can see there’s a lot of factors that can go into this, not even taking into account if there’s any roof repairs or other things that need to happen at the same time.

This is why it’s completely impossible just for somebody to say, well, what’s the range?

What it does mean is that you can have two homes right next to each other one’s more efficient than the other one, or one has an electric car one doesn’t, one has it hot tub one doesn’t. All these things can factor into a vastly different cost range. No two homes are alike. No two systems are alike, every single system is going to be unique.

So if you would like to find it what it would cost for YOU, the best thing I can say is be willing to give a company the time and it shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes or so to be able to give you an accurate quote for what it’s going to take to go solar.

And us at Conscious Energy Consultants would love the opportunity to at least show you and put the numbers forth what it could take for you to go solar.  We can do it virtually we can do it in person, whatever works best for you.

If you’d like to do it through us, you can go to and you can click the quote get quote now, and I always suggest if you’re interested in getting a quote, follow our four step due diligence process, you can get it right in our website, it’s completely free and allows you to compare different companies, including the pricing, sizing, the quality of materials, the way they install, speed of install, and we also have a lot of great information throughout the entire process to help educate you.

Our commitment is that you’re making the most informed decision with the company that you’re comfortable moving forward with.



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