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South Dakota Solar Information

South Dakota isn’t a bad state for solar. There’s always enough sunshine to cover your basic energy needs or at least to reduce your monthly electricity bill. The 26% Federal Solar Tax Credit as well as some local incentives will make your solar installation even more profitable.
  • #23
    South Dakota ranks #23 in the USA for savings from installing solar panels
  • 6315.59 kWh
    Annual AC energy output of a 4 kW solar system installed in South Dakota
  • 5.27 kWh
    Solar Radiation (kWh / m2 / day)
  • 9 ¢ /kWh
    The cost of electricity today in Oahe Electric Coop Inc
  • 19 ¢ /kWh
    If you don't go solar. The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years

South Dakota Solar Facts

  • $1.47
    Average cost of a 4kw solar power system in 2019.
  • 5 years
    Average system payback period.
  • $38,911.06
    Average lifetime savings.
  • 4 ¢ /kWh
    Levelized cost of solar energy.
  • 5 kW
    Recommended system size.
  • Solar Power System Cost in South Dakota
  • $1.47 per watt
  • $6,081.18 total
  • 5 years

Solar power in South Dakota has high potential but little practical application. The state ranked 50th among U.S. states in installed solar polar in 2015 with no utility-scale or large commercial systems. Photovoltaic panels on rooftops can provide 38.7% of all electricity used in South Dakota using 3,800 MW of solar panels. The state is ranked 14th in the country in solar power potential, and 4th in wind potential.

Offering net metering is required by federal law, but South Dakota is one of only four states to not have adopted a statewide policy on net metering, which means it needs to be negotiated with the utility.

A solar project in Pierre is expected to be online in 2017. It will cost $2 million and cover 5 acres.

Tell us how much you are spending on electricity and we’ll calcalute how much you can save if you go solar
According to Oahe Electric Coop Inc, we received the cost of kWH in your area and calculated energy consumption based on an average electricity bill for 3 months.
I am claiming the 26% Federal Tax Credit (ends 2020) i

When you install your solar system, 26% of your project expenses apply toward a credit to offset any taxes you owe that year. This federal tax credit is a major incentive to go solar, but it is being phased out by 2022.

Most people are eligible to claim this credit (you must owe federal taxes to be eligible).

System size

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  • Medium
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We recommended
4.13 kW medium system size
Provides up to 80% of electricity consumption
$1.47 per watt
Average system cost
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    11 x 405 watt
    solar panels
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    11 x 300 watt
    microinverter
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    2 x 3 800 watt
    inverter
$70.19/ month
Estimated savings on your average quarterly bill
  • $6,081.18
    Estimated system cost
    Excludes 26% Federal Tax Credit.
    This price does not include the installation cost.
  • 5 years
    Average system payback period
  • $38,911.06
    Estimated utility savings

Example of 4 kW system calculation in Minnesota for electricity bill $100

  • 9 ¢ /kWh
    The cost of electricity today in Oahe Electric Coop Inc
  • 19 ¢ /kWh
    If you don't get solar. The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years
  • 4 ¢ /kWh
    levelized cost of solar energy

Relevant product for your system

Entry-level solar panels x 11
$2,203.30
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Entry-level microinverter x 11
$1,953.56
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Entry-level inverter x 2
$2,342.94
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JA Solar 405w Solar Panel 72 Cell JA-JAM72-S10-405MR - A1 Solar Store
Cell number 144 cell
DC/Charger Volt Compatible 12v, 24v, 48v
Price per Watt $0.49
Rated Power Output 405 W
Voltage (VOC) 49.86V
Cell Type Monocrystalline
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Trina 410W Solar Panel 144 cell TSM-410-DE15H(II) - A1 Solar Store
Cell number 144 cell
DC/Charger Volt Compatible 12v, 24v, 48v
Price per Watt $0.52
Rated Power Output 410 W
Voltage (VOC) 51.2V
Cell Type Monocrystalline
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Panasonic HIT 330W Solar Panel 96 cell VBHN330SA17 Monocrystalline Black - A1 Solar Store
Cell number 96 cell
DC/Charger Volt Compatible 12v, 24v, 48v
Price per Watt $1.03
Rated Power Output 330 W
Voltage (VOC) 69.7V
Cell Type Monocrystalline
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Panasonic 340W Solar Panel 96 cell VBHN340SA17 Monocrystalline White - A1 Solar Store
Cell number 96 cell
DC/Charger Volt Compatible 12v, 24v, 48v
Price per Watt $1.07
Rated Power Output 340 W
Voltage (VOC) 71.3V
Cell Type Monocrystalline