2015 Cost of Solar Index for Each New York State Metro Area

New York cost of solar

According to Solar to the People, New York is a great state for homeowners to go solar due to high energy prices, great incentives and the availability of net metering.  Solar to the People is a  company that runs a website providing quotes to homeowners interested in installing solar, from a list of affiliated solar installers.

Their newly released report details the cost of solar in New York state’s major metropolitan areas:

Lowest cost of residential solar per kW (kilowatt) by metro area, first six months of 2015

1) Buffalo Area – $1,365 / kW

8) Orange and Rockland Counties – $1,842 / kW

2) Ithaca Area – $1,479 / kW

9) Albany Area – $1,860 / kW

3) Utica Area – $1,486 / kW

10) North Country – $1,982 / kW

4) Rochester Area – $1,517 / kW

11) Long Island – $2,335 / kW

5) Syracuse Area – $1,633 / kW

12) Kingston Area – $2,383 / kW

6) Elmira Area – $1,647 / kW

13) New York City – $2,493 / kW

7) Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties – $1,826 / kW

Other findings from the report include:

  • The average cost of purchasing home solar in New York in the first half of 2015 was $15,137, after rebates and incentives.
  • Rebates and incentives reduced the cost of solar on average 50.5%.
  • This average cost equates to $2,084 / kW (kilowatt) installed, after rebates and incentives.
  • The Buffalo area paid the lowest amount per KW installed, at $1,365 / kW.
  • New York City paid the highest amount per KW installed, at $2,493 / kW.

The study includes both before and after incentive costs.  The data was obtained from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which runs the NY-Sun solar incentive program.

If you live in New York state, this study would be a good jumping off point to start your research on the cost of solar. Going solar is a big investment for a homeowner and your “due diligence” should include research, as well as getting multiple quotes from multiple sources.


Tracey Smith About Tracey Smith
Tracey is an accountant and entrepreneur with a passion for nature. This passion is what spurred her interest in renewable energy, and the rest is history as they say. Tracey is a principal in Energy Think Group, the publisher of Solar Thermal Magazine and Tek-Think. She is also the principal at Women's Financial Help Desk. She spends her free time in the outdoors with her horses and dogs. She loves to travel.

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