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What Goes Into the Price of Solar

Going solar is an incredible journey, a sustainability commitment that is as rewarding to the environment as it is to your wallet. But what exactly goes into the price of a solar project? It’s not just about slapping some panels on a roof; a myriad of components and processes contribute to the final cost. Let’s dive into all the essential aspects -from parts to labor, paperwork, and the indispensable element of experience. But, before we begin, please remember this is a framework for how Kasselman Solar operates. Different companies may have different methodologies, but this how we do things here at Kasselman.

#1: Parts and Pieces

A solar power system is a symphony of various components working seamlessly together to harvest the sun’s energy. Each component comes at a cost, influenced by its quality and origin. 

– Solar panels: The heart of the system, solar panels, vary in price based on their efficiency, durability, and brand. Higher-efficiency panels produce more electricity, but they come with a higher price tag as a result. 

-Inverters: Inverters convert the direct current (DC) electricity produced by the solar panels into alternating current (AC) usable in homes and businesses. The choice of inverter affects performance and cost. 

-Racking Systems: Racking systems secure solar panels to your roof or ground-mount installations. Here, the small details matter: quality parts like square bolts are pricier than T-bolts. Square bolts offer better clamping force and durability, contributing to a more robust and long-lasting watertight installation.

-Batteries and Storage: Including a battery storage system allows you to store excess energy for later use. While this adds to the initial investment, it enhances the system’s usability and independence from grid electricity.

Kasselman Solar exclusively uses the top brands in the industry, such as REC, Q Cell, Enphase, SolarEdge, and IronRidge for all of their parts and pieces. While the upfront investment may be higher compared to other companies, investing in quality from the start can help you avoid costly repairs in the future.

#2: Labor Costs

Labor costs encompass professional services ranging from system design, installation, and maintenance. Trained professionals ensure that the system is installed correctly, operates efficiently, and lasts for many years. Our team of NABCEP-certified experts are among the best in the industry and are committed to ensuring a smooth solar process, from a signed contract all the way to completed installation.

#3: Paperwork and Permits
Navigating the legal and bureaucratic landscape is a substantial part of a solar project. Costs arise from necessary permits, inspections, and applications to connect to the grid. Additionally, some locations require studies or reports before installation, adding to the expense. At Kasselman Solar, our team of project managers will assist with the necessary paperwork so you don’t have to.
#4: Experience

Experience is a value-added component. Established solar companies with vast experience often command higher prices, but they bring expertise, reliability, and a wealth of knowledge that can save money and headaches in the long run. Their insights into optimal system design, efficient installation practices, and navigating paperwork are invaluable. With 75 years of industry experience, you can trust that Kasselman Solar has the industry experience necessary for a job well done every time.

#5: Quality and Details

As with any product or service, quality matters. Investing in high-quality components and experienced professionals can seem costly upfront but pays off through enhanced system performance, durability, and lifespan. Plus, we’re a three-time NYSERDA Quality Solar Installer, so you can trust in our team to get the job done right. Celebrating 10 years of business in 2024, we are proud to have a long-term track record of success in the Capital Region and Hudson Valley!

In conclusion, the price of a solar system is a reflection of its composite parts, processes, and the expertise involved in its realization. A thoughtful investment in quality and experience goes a long way in ensuring that your solar project shines brightly, harnessing the sun’s energy effectively and efficiently for years to come.

Author: Ava Clemenzi