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What does a 7,000 watt (7 kW) solar system cost in the U.S.?

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If you’re looking to install solar panels on your roof, a 7-kilowatt (kW) solar energy system can be the right size to significantly reduce your electricity costs. Want to know the best way to ensure you’re getting the right price for your solar panel installation and maximizing your long-term savings? Compare offers for 7 kW solar systems with the prices that have been quoted to other solar shoppers in your area.

How much does a 7kW solar system cost?

As of July 2021, the average cost of solar in the U.S. is $2.76 per watt ($19,320 for a 7-kilowatt system). That means that the total cost for a 7kW solar system would be $14,297 after the federal solar tax credit discount (not factoring in any additional state rebates or incentives).

7 kW solar panel system cost: what are solar shoppers paying in your state?

To understand the range of prices that solar shoppers are paying for 7 kW solar energy systems across the United States, we analyzed solar quotes from the EnergySage Solar Marketplace. On EnergySage, homeowners compare offers from solar installers to shop for the right home solar panel system at the right price.

The prices included in the table below represent the price that homeowners pay for a 7 kW solar energy system before the federal tax credit for solar has been deducted. In some parts of the United States, you may also be able to access solar rebates and incentives from the state government, local government, or utilities that can cut your out-of-pocket solar costs even further. Some states also have a market for solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs). If that’s the case, you can actually earn additional income by selling the SRECs your system generates.

Even if you live in an area that does not offer additional solar incentives or rebates, reviewing offers from multiple solar companies will ensure that you get the best price for your solar panel system. Homeowners who compare solar offers on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace generally save 20 percent simply by reviewing multiple solar options from different companies.

How much does a 7,000 watt solar system cost in my state?

State7 kW solar system price range
Arizona$14,700 – $17,920
California$16,730 – $20,510
Colorado$20,230 – $23,450
Florida$15,120 – $19,320
Massachusetts$18,900 – $23,660
Maryland$18,270 – $23,590
New Jersey$16,100 – $21,280
New York$18,970 – $24,990
Texas$16,240 – $21,560
Washington$16,520 – $19,600

These numbers offer a good point of reference for homeowners beginning the solar shopping process. However, there are many factors that determine the cost of a solar energy system – high-efficiency equipment and special accommodations for complicated roofs are just two of the factors that can impact system price. Reputable solar installers will be able to walk you through their proposal in detail, so if you receive a quote from a solar company that is significantly higher or lower than the range for a 7 kW solar system in your state, simply ask them for an explanation.

How much electricity will a 7 kW solar system produce?

It should come as no surprise that the amount of sunshine where you live is the most important factor determining how much electricity your solar panels actually produce. For example, if you install a 7 kW solar panel system on your roof in Phoenix, you’ll produce about 25 percent more electricity than if you installed the same system on a roof in Boston. However, that doesn’t mean you have to live in Arizona for solar to be a good option for your home – solar is a smart investment wherever electricity rates are high.

In the table below are estimated average electricity production numbers for 7 kW solar energy systems in cities across the United States. As a comparison, the average U.S. household uses 877 kilowatt-hours (kWh) a month, a total of 10,649 kWh per year. We used PV Watts, a tool from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, to develop these estimates.

Solar electricity output of a 7 kW solar panel system in U.S. cities 

CityAverage daily kWhAverage monthly kWhAverage annual kWh
Austin, TX28.486410,371
Boston, MA25.37719,247
Cleveland, OH23.37088,499
Denver, CO29.389110,695
Hartford, CT23.97268,713
Las Vegas, NV33.81,02612,313
Los Angeles, CA30.492311,078
Miami, FL28.185310,237
New York City277438,920
Philadelphia, PA25.07609,117
Phoenix, AZ33.21,00812,099
Seattle, WA20.96357,625

Maximize your solar savings when you compare your options

Ready to get started? When you shop for solar through the EnergySage Solar Marketplace, you can review multiple offers from solar companies and find the best offer for your solar installation. The EnergySage Marketplace offers comprehensive, easy-to-understand comparison tables that make it easy to review all of your equipment options and financing offers, as well as solar company reviews. When you compare multiple solar quotes, you can feel confident that you’re making the smartest investment possible for your home.

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4 thoughts on “What does a 7,000 watt (7 kW) solar system cost in the U.S.?

  1. Lou Soileau

    I would guess the solar panel part of a project would not be too hard to tackle. But, what about tying the panels into the power wall(s) and in between the breaker box and the power company’s meter? Is there a DIY program out there for that part? No use reinventing the wheel, right?

  2. Perry

    In the example chart above for the amount of KW produced, do the numbers reflect the loss of sunlight due to cloudy days. In San Antonio for instance according to my research there are about 140 cloudy days per year. So like in the example of Austin for a 7.2 KW system the chart says it will produce 10371 KW per year, so does that figure allow for the loss of sunlight due to cloudy and rainy days, or are they figuring on sunlight for 365 days a year? Seems like the 10371 KW would have to be made in 225 days allowing an average of 5 hours a day of Sunlight. I don’t know if those numbers work out.

  3. Architect

    The true national average per watt is $1.00 but not including the batteries to store the power or the inverter.
    This is where solar companies mark up the total cost.
    It is much less expensive to order for example a 7.0 Kw solar array chained and installed which should cost around $7,500.00 for labor and panels. Then an inverter equal to or more for around $600.00. And finally a power walk by Tesla for $1400.00 xs 2 or more. Totaling before 35% discounts of $9,500.00 which is substantially less than Solar companies mark up prices.
    Do your homework they are easily installed DIY


      Thank you Architect I know most company’s pad the account to make big profits . I agree with you on your numbers because that’s what I keep coming up with between $7,000 and $10,000 for a solar system. And yes I am DIY capable I was a contractor for 10 years in the trades so I know which end of a hammer to use. Thank you


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