Second Annual Cost of Solar for Each New York Region Report

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As residential solar becomes more and more popular in New York state, homeowners considering solar confront a persistent question: How much does solar actually cost?

To help navigate the confusing home solar market, Solar to the People has released a study detailing the average cost of solar in regions across New York.

Now in its second year, the study finds that large differences persist across New York state when it comes to solar pricing.

Average cost of installing solar in New York in the first six months of 2016, after incentives and rebates, highest to lowest:

1) Long Island – $21,104

9) Albany Area – $14,710

2) Binghamton Area – $17,989

10) North County Area – $14,146

3) Orange and Rockland Counties – $16,989

11) Utica Area – $13,617

4) Kingston Area – $15,332

12) Elmira Area – $13,576

5) Rochester Area – $15,104

13) Buffalo Area – $13,525

6) Syracuse Area – $14,957

14) Ithaca Area – $12,361

7) New York City – $14,903

15) Watertown Area – $11,715

8) Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess

Counties- $14,804

State Average – $16,426

Key study findings:

– The average cost of purchasing home solar in New York in the first half of 2016 was $16,426, after rebates and incentives.

– The cost of full solar installations between the highest cost area – Long Island, at $21,104, and the lowest cost area –Watertown, at $11,715 represents a 44% difference.

– This average cost across New York equates to $1,973/ kW (kilowatt) of solar installed, after incentives and rebates.

– The average size of home installations across the state in the first half of 2016 was 8.32 kW.

– On a per kW (kilowatt) basis, New York City paid the highest amount, at $2,455 / kW, after incentives, while the Watertownarea paid the lowest amount, at $1,408 / kW.

This study aims to provide transparency for New York homeowners who are considering making the switch.

Data was obtained from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which runs the NY-Sun solar incentive program.

Image credit: By Dschwen (English Wikipedia) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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