The Beginner’s Solar Power FAQ

October 3, 2019

If you’re new to the world of solar power, then it’s likely you have a lot of questions. Thankfully, the solar power professionals at Urban Solar are here to help by providing you with some things to think about if you’re considering taking the leap and saving on your energy bills every month.

First and foremost, it’s important to remember that every building—whether residential or commercial—is unique, and therefore, every solar power solution is going to be unique. So, before you decide to pull the trigger on a DIY solar power project, it’s highly advised that you get some guidance from a proven professional.

To get you started on your path to solar success, here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions we hear from new customers.


How much do solar panels cost?

Solar panels vary according to their size, capacity, and efficiency rating. So, the prices for them are all over the place. However, it can be safely said that the average cost per watt for solar panels is about $3.00, according to a recent report from Energy Sage.

And, because the average size of a typical residential solar power buildout totals about 6 kilowatts in production capacity, the average cost for a solar power system in the US is about $12,000.


How long does it take to install solar panels?

Keep in mind that not just solar panels are needed in order to produce electricity. Inverters, junction boxes, and cabling are all component parts of a fully functioning solar power generation system.

With that being said, a typical residential solar power project can be completed in as little as a few days after the design phase has been completed and all of the necessary equipment has been delivered on-site.


How long do solar panels last? 

A common misconception is that solar panels don’t last very long, or that they need to be replaced every few years. The reality is that solar panel manufacturers use commercial-grade metals and silicon in the production of their panels, and it’s not unheard of to see solar panels lasting 15, 20, or even 25 years or longer.

What’s more, manufacturer warranties often cover solar panels for periods of 10 years or more.

Still Have Questions? Contact Us Today

At Urban Solar, we’re committed to making solar power a reality for businesses and homeowners wherever the sun is shining. If you’re curious about how much solar could save you, contact us today and inquire about a free energy assessment.