The sun shines more than 350 days a year in most parts of Arizona, making residential homes in the state an ideal fit when it comes to installing solar panels. These images and project specs were provided by solar integrator American Solar Electric.
Homes like this one in Scottsdale (with a 6.64 kw system) can benefit from solar incentives like federal and state personal income tax credits and property and sales tax exemptions.
This solar array in Sun City features solar panels from Kyocera, and generates 4.8 kW of energy.
In most cases, a solar system will pay for itself in 5 to 10 years. Incentives will reduce the cost of the system at the time of purchase, and tax credits as applicable for the homeowner are applied for the year in which the system is placed in service.
This home in Phoenix features a 5 kW system. The three components of a grid-tie solar system are the panels, inverter, and bi-directional billing meter. Solar panels collect the sun's energy and the inverter converts it into utility-grade electricity.
The home's square footage and the monthly utility bill, while relevant, do not entirely dictate the appropriate system size for your property. As a result, there is no such thing as a one size or one price fits all solution.
In advance of evaluating and developing a solar power solution for your home, it is best to have your energy usage (in kilowatt hours) and your goals for the system in mind.