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West Virginia Solar Information

West Virginia 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.
  • #43
    West Virginia ranks #43 in the USA for savings from installing solar panels
  • 5281.41 kWh
    Annual AC energy output of a 4 kW solar system installed in West Virginia
  • 4.58 kWh
    Solar Radiation (kWh / m2 / day)
  • 10 ¢ /kWh
    The cost of electricity today in Monongahela Power Co
  • 21 ¢ /kWh
    If you don't go solar. The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years

West Virginia Solar Facts

  • $1.37
    Average cost of a 4kw solar power system in 2019.
  • 5 years
    Average system payback period.
  • $43 334
    Average lifetime savings.
  • 4 ¢ /kWh
    Levelized cost of solar energy.
  • 5 kW
    Recommended system size.
  • Solar Power System Cost in West Virginia
  • $1.37 per watt
  • $6 312 total
  • 5 years

Solar power in West Virginia on rooftops can provide 23% of all electricity used in West Virginia from 6,300 MW of solar panels, but West Virginia will be the last state in the United States to reach grid parity - the point where solar panels are cheaper than grid electricity - without incentives, due to the low cost of electricity - about $0.062/kWh. The point where grid parity is reached is a product of the average insolation and the average cost of electricity. At $0.062/kWh and 4.3 sun-hours/day, solar panels would need to come down to ~$1,850/kW installed to achieve grid parity. The first state in the US to achieve grid parity was Hawaii. Solar power's favorable carbon footprint compared to fossil fuels is a major motivation for expanding renewable energy in the state, especially when compared to coal to generate electrical power.

Net metering is available continuously to residential consumers generating up to 25 kW and up to 2 MW for industrial users but is limited to 3% of peak demand the previous year. In addition to the 30% federal tax credit, West Virginia has a 30% tax credit, but unlike the federal credit, is limited to $2,000. A $7,000 system can therefore be installed for $2,900.

In 2012 the largest solar array in West Virginia was the 407 kW array installed on a carport at the American Public University System financial center in Charles Town, which includes 15 charging stations for electric cars.

Tell us how much you are spending on electricity and we’ll calcalute how much you can save if you go solar
According to Monongahela Power Co, 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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We recommended
4.62 kW medium system size
Provides up to 80% of electricity consumption
$1.37 per watt
Average system cost
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    15 x 325 watt
    solar panels
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    15 x 300 watt
    microinverter
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    1 x 5 000 watt
    inverter
$78.34 / month
Estimated savings on your average quarterly bill
  • $6 312.46
    Estimated system cost
    Excludes 26% Federal Tax Credit.
    This price does not include the installation cost.
  • 5 years
    Average system payback period
  • $43 334.03
    Estimated utility savings

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

  • 10 ¢ /kWh
    The cost of electricity today in Monongahela Power Co
  • 21 ¢ /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 15
$2,788.20
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Entry-level microinverter x 15
$2,134.56
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Entry-level inverter x 1
$1,523.11
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Canadian Solar 315W Solar Panel 120 cell CS3K-320MS Monocrystalline Black - A1 Solar Store 28% Off
Cell number 120 cell
DC/Charger Volt Compatible 12v, 24v, 48v
Price per Watt $0.52
Rated Power Output 315 W
Voltage (VOC) 40.1V
Cell Type Monocrystalline
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Cell number 60 cell
DC/Charger Volt Compatible 12v, 24v, 48v
Price per Watt $0.57
Rated Power Output 325 W
Voltage (VOC) 43.4V
Cell Type Monocrystalline
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Canadian Solar 320W Solar Panel 60 cell CS1H-320MS-Black Monocrystalline - A1 Solar Store 30% Off
Cell number 60 cell
DC/Charger Volt Compatible 12v, 24v, 48v
Price per Watt $0.55
Rated Power Output 320 W
Voltage (VOC) 44 V
Cell Type Monocrystalline
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Panasonic HIT 330W Solar Panel 96 cell VBHN330SA17 Monocrystalline Black - A1 Solar Store 28% Off
Cell number 96 cell
DC/Charger Volt Compatible 12v, 24v, 48v
Price per Watt $1.01
Rated Power Output 330 W
Voltage (VOC) 69.7V
Cell Type Monocrystalline