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How Much Does it Cost to Add Solar Power? | Raleigh Green Home Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Dec 03, 2010 @ 08:12 AM

How much does Solar Energy cost in Raleigh?

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What’s it cost to include solar power in a new green built home in the Raleigh area?  

Like everything you build into a Raleigh green home, it depends on how much you’re asking it to accomplish.

The total cost of the residential solar panel system will vary depending on things like:

  • where is the home located?
  • how big is the home?
  • what kind of design does the home have?
  • what are the site conditions?

This solar calculator can give you an idea of what to expect, pending a residential solar panel evaluation.*

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These examples are from the online solar calculator at

Does Raleigh have Residential Solar Energy incentives?

The Raleigh area has some of the nation's most acclaimed solar providers, like Southern Energy Management.  Check with a solar energy provider for information specific to your project.

Some of the solar energy incentives available right now include:

  • Federal Renewable Energy Tax Credit (30%)
  • NC Renewable Energy Tax Credit (35%, cap of $10,500)
  • NC GreenPower Production Initiative ($0.13/kWh)

Your energy provider can walk you through the structure of these credits.

Solar energy is typically seen as a long-term investment, for a home you intend to live in for quite a while. But even though the amount paid upfront is still significant, these incentives reduce the overall cost for residential solar power systems to the lowest it's ever been. 

Planning ahead for Residential Solar Power Systems

When you’re building a new green home in Raleigh, you can make sure it is prepped for future solar power capabilities during the construction stage.

Your Raleigh green home builder can pre-wire and pre-plumb the home for a solar electric (PV) system or solar water heaters. It won’t cost very much at the time, and the pre-planning will save you a lot of money when you’re ready to install a solar PV system or solar water heater.

*All figures provided by solar calculator at, for Raleigh 27613, $200/month electric costs, Progress Energy.  Consult with a solar provider for specific estimate for your project, and consult with a tax advisor for more information on tax credits.


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