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The cost of solar pv panels has dropped as much as 80% over the last five years, with total total system prices fully-installed running 50% to 60% lower. This is great news for solar shoppers. Add in the renewed 30% Federal Tax Credit on systems costs, and solar electricity can save homeowners a lot of money on their utility bill.
Original Post: This week I spoke with an unusually high number of people who just wanted me to answer the question: How much is a solar panel installation on my home going to cost me? I wish I could answer that easily. I wish anyone could answer that easily--but it's just not possible. On this blog, we try to talk a lot about the factors behind the cost of solar for both residential and commercial solar projects, and I do recommend you browse through our history if this is a topic you want to get into in-depth (try the "Cost and Financing" category, and definitely check out Adam's post on how to measure solar cost). But every once in a while it's a good idea to review the basic factors, so let me lay out the major ones: