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Solar Panels in Wisconsin

Wisconsinites are looking toward their future and making strides in renewable energy. Whether that person is a Cheesehead, love snowmobiling at Eagle River, or head to the Summer Festival every year, all walks of life see the benefits of going green.

Some major projects include Two Creeks Solar and Badger Hollow. Both of which came online fairly recently powering tens of thousands of homes. By 2023, the state had installed 1,251 MW of solar, powering over 206,000 homes and ranking 23rd nationally. 

Though we know that the warm sunny summers are great for solar, don't discount the winter just yet. While a cloudy day provides less power, it's not zero. A cold but sunny winter day with snow on the ground can still bring great solar benefits. As long as your panels are cleared off, they could actually gain more production! The additional reflection off the bright white snow could increase your panel's performance! 

Cost of Solar in Wisconsin

The average price for a home solar panel system in Wisconsin is $20,480 for a 6kW system or about $3.41 per watt. Systems will vary depending on the solar installation company the types of solar panels you choose and the size of your system. When shopping for solar panels you should consider getting multiple quotes from various installers.

Average Cost
6 kW System
Average Cost
10 kW System
Estimated
Tax Credit
(10 kW System)
Average
Cost/Watt
U.S.Average$18,771$31,285$9,385.50$3.13
Wisconsin$18,060$30,100$9,030$3.01
U.S.Average$18,771$31,285$9,385.50$3.13
Most Costly State(Michigan)$22,680$37,800$11,340$3.78
Least Costly State(Arizona)$14,640$24,400$7,320$2.44

Costs by Solar System Size in Wisconsin

For most, the ideal solar system size is the sweet spot between price and capacity. The goal is to generate enough electricity to cover your home's demand while keeping overall costs low as possible.

I.E. Get the best bang for your buck.

System SizeSystem CostCost After Federal Tax Credit
5 kW$15,050$8,785
6 kW$18,060$10,542
7 kW$21,070$12,299
8 kW$24,080$14,056
10 kW$30,100$17,570

Pros and Cons of Solar in Wisconsin

Regrettably, solar energy isn't without its flaws. Our aim is to help you make the most informed choice for your situation. That's why we've gathered a list of advantages and disadvantages you might consider when analyzing a solar installation in your home state. We recommend considering all aspects.

Your perspective is important, and what you perceive as a downside might just overshadow the numerous benefits for you. We're here to lay out the pros and cons, empowering you to form your own judgment.

Wisconsin Solar Pros

  • Reduce or eliminate electric bills
  • Energy independence from the grid
  • Reduce your carbon footprint
  • Net Metering is available; however, check your local utility provider each one is drastically different
  • Solar property tax exemption
  • Solar sales tax exemption
  • Increase home value (4.1% on average)
  • Wisconsin ranks in the top half nationally in solar in the U.S. in Q1 2023

Wisconsin Solar Cons

  • Not viable for all roofs or homes
  • Installation costs
  • Financial liability
  • Fewer savings than other states
  • No statewide solar tax credit

EnergyBot's Take

We know that Wisconsin is not the sunniest state. Therefore solar may be an option for some, but may not be available for all.

Some can still expect a payback of 12 to 15 years on their solar system. And with a life expectancy of 20 to 25 years on average for solar panels, that’s pretty good. But compared to other states, not the best. 

In a state like Wisconsin, solar viability will more heavily depend on other factors. If your roof requires additional support to hold the solar system, the solar system could easily not make financial sense due to those construction costs. Also ensuring that your home receives adequate sunshine, free of shade, and ideally faces south. 

While it could make more sense for some, Wisconsin is a state where other factors could strongly sway the needle in one direction or the other. However, if you prioritize energy independence and renewable energy, other factors outside the financial could sway the decision. 

Because of this, we strongly recommend talking with a local solar installer to get an estimate.

If you are on the fence you can use this tool to get an accurate cost breakdown for your home based on your historical energy usage.

Leasing vs Buying Solar Panels in Wisconsin

There are several ways you can purchase and/or finance your solar panel installation in Wisconsin. Your goals and financial situation will dictate which option is best for you.

Cash Purchase

The most straightforward option. You pay upfront for the entire cost of the rooftop solar system. No interest, and fewer headaches, but many people are hesitant about spending several tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket.

Solar Loan

The most common method for buying solar systems. Like many other types of large purchases, you can finance your solar system through a bank or solar loan provider.

This sounds great, and many other solar loan salespeople will leverage the low payment to justify the costs. You will likely hear something like "You pay $250 a month on your electric bill, with a solar loan you will pay $200 and have free electricity."

Do your due diligence before you sign on the dotted line. There are many horror stories of variable loan terms, ballooning interest rates, and harsh missed payment penalties.

Solar Lease

Leasing solar panels generally involves less money out of pocket upfront. But, it's important to note - you do not own your solar energy system. You essentially renting the solar system. A solar provider will install the equipment and charge you a fixed monthly fee.

Most solar lease contracts last for a couple of decades, during which time the provider will keep an eye on the system's hardware and performance. At the end of your lease, you can choose to:

  • Renew your lease agreement
  • Purchase the system
  • End your lease agreement

Solar leases can be complicated. Not all are bad, but in many cases the lease terms in not in favor of the buyer. Before you decide on a solar lease make sure to read your contract thoroughly. If you don't understand something, ask an expert.

Power Purchase Agreements

A power purchase agreement (PPA) is a financial agreement where a solar company will design and install a solar system on your home or business with little or no cost upfront. Instead of paying a monthly fee like a lease, the agreement includes a fixed price per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity generated.

For example, you agree to pay $0.12 per kWh of electricity generated for the next 20 years. The solar company will install and maintain your system and sell the power back to you that you use. They may also collect payment for any additional energy they put back into the grid.

Just like a lease, you do not own the panels. When the contract is up, they will either be removed or your contract may have other terms for you to buy or renew your power purchase agreement.

Power purchase agreements can be complicated. Before you sign make sure you review the contract and if possible have an expert in power purchase agreements review the details.

Wisconsin Solar Incentives

In addition to the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit, you may be eligible for solar incentives that could significantly reduce the cost of solar panel installation. Some incentives are statewide and others are more local. Your city, utility, or other local company could offer hundreds or thousands of dollars in incentives to install solar systems.

This table shows the available incentives in Wisconsin. But, just because you don't see it here doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Check with your local utility for other potential incentives.

Focus on Energy: This is Wisconsin's statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program. It offers cash incentives to residents who install renewable energy systems, including solar panels.

Property Tax Exemption: In Wisconsin, the added value to a property from a solar system is exempt from property tax.

Sales Tax Exemption: Solar energy systems are exempt from state sales tax in Wisconsin, which can result in significant savings.

Wisconsin Solar Companies

There are hundreds of solar companies in Wisconsin. From solar installers to solar loan providers, and manufacturers. Each is a piece of the puzzle to help you get outfitted with solar panels.

To make things simple, EnergyBot works directly with 3 of the largest solar companies to give you a comprehensive view of the market.

The solar companies we partner with:

  • Project Solar - A nationwide provider of solar panel systems that has a non-sales-oriented approach to building your system. They build your system from their central office and send a local company to complete the solar panel installation.
  • EnergySage - The largest online solar installation network. They work with thousands of installers to help you find the perfect solar system for your home. With thousands of successful solar installations, they can give you a range of bids and pricing options.
  • Tesla - Brains behind some of the most cutting-edge technology in the automotive industry, Tesla also offers sleek and powerful solar systems and battery systems.

We believe comparing these three names in the solar industry will give you the info you need to decide if solar panels are right for you.

Name State Category Type
WisconSUN Demonstration Grants WI Financial Incentive Grant Program
Biogas, Solar, and Wind Energy Equipment Exemption WI Financial Incentive Property Tax Incentive
Renewable Portfolio Standard WI Regulatory Policy Renewables Portfolio Standard
Net Metering WI Regulatory Policy Net Metering
Solar Water Heating Incentive Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Wisconsin Solar and Wind Rights WI Regulatory Policy Solar/Wind Access Policy
Wisconsin Public Power, Inc. - Renewable Energy Loan WI Financial Incentive Loan Program
City of Madison - Green Power Purchasing WI Regulatory Policy Green Power Purchasing
City of Madison - Solar and Wind Access and Planning Laws WI Regulatory Policy Solar/Wind Access Policy
Public Benefits Fund WI Regulatory Policy Public Benefits Fund
Madison - Energy Management Strategy WI Regulatory Policy Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Madison - Equipment Certification WI Regulatory Policy Equipment Certification
Madison Gas & Electric - Utility Solar Water Heating Rebate Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Wisconsin Municipal Utility Solar Energy Cash Allowance WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Focus on Energy - Renewable Energy Zero-Interest Loans WI Financial Incentive Loan Program
Residential and Commercial Solar Rebate Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Interconnection Standards WI Regulatory Policy Interconnection
We Energies - Solar Buy-Back Rate WI Financial Incentive Performance-Based Incentive
Biobased Industry Opportunity (BIO) Grant Program WI Financial Incentive Grant Program
Focus on Energy - Energy-Efficient Products Cash-Back Rewards WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Focus on Energy - Business Incentive Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Focus on Energy - Energy Star Mortgages WI Financial Incentive Loan Program
We Energies - Biogas Buy-Back Rate WI Financial Incentive Performance-Based Incentive
Renewable Energy Competitive Incentive Program WI Financial Incentive Grant Program
Madison Gas & Electric - Commercial Energy Efficiency Loan Program WI Financial Incentive Loan Program
Madison Gas & Electric - Money Saving Offers WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
We Energies - 50% Bonus Coupon for Energy Incentives WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
We Energies - Request for Proposal (RFP) Incentive Program WI Financial Incentive Grant Program
We Energies - New Construction Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
We Energies - Free Compact Fluorescent Lights WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
We Energies - Prescriptive Incentive Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
We Energies - Custom Energy Efficiency Incentive Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Alliant Energy (Wisconsin Power and Light) - Farm Wiring Grant Program WI Financial Incentive Grant Program
Xcel Energy (Gas) - Residential Conservation Programs WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Two Rivers Water & Light - Efficiency Improvement Incentives WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Building Energy Code WI Regulatory Policy Building Energy Code
Energy Efficiency and Green Building Standards for State Buildings WI Regulatory Policy Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Cedarburg Light & Water Utility - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Cedarburg Light & Water Utility - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Marshfield Utilities - Heat Pump Rebate Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Marshfield Utilities - Commercial/Industrial/Agricultural Energy Efficiency Rebate Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Marshfield Utilities - Ground-Source Heat Pump Rebate Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Focus on Energy Program WI Regulatory Policy Public Benefits Fund
We Energies - Solar-Electric Development (SED) Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Barron Electric Cooperative - Commercial and Industry Energy Efficiency Lighting Rebates WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Eau Claire Energy Cooperative - Non-Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
We Energies - Focus-On-Energy Agriculture Rebate Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Riverland Energy Cooperative - Commercial, Industrial, and Agricultural Energy Efficiency Rebate Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Xcel Energy - Farm Rewiring Grants WI Financial Incentive Grant Program
Xcel Energy - Farm Rewiring Loan Program WI Financial Incentive Loan Program
Madison Gas & Electric - Clean Power Partner Solar Buyback Program WI Financial Incentive Performance-Based Incentive
Energy Independence Fund Grant and Loan Program WI Financial Incentive Industry Recruitment/Support
Xcel Energy - Experimental Advanced Renewable Energy Purchase Service WI Financial Incentive Performance-Based Incentive
We Energies - Solar Thermal Incentive Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Focus on Energy - Business & Marketing Grant WI Financial Incentive Industry Recruitment/Support
Riverland Energy Cooperative - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Renewable Energy Sales Tax Exemptions WI Financial Incentive Sales Tax Incentive
Barron Electric Cooperative - ENERGY STAR Appliance, Energy Efficient Lighting, HVAC and Water Heater Rebate Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Barron Electric Cooperative - Commercial, Industrial, and Agricultural Energy Efficiency Rebate Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Barron Electric Cooperative - Residential Energy Resource Conservation Loan Program WI Financial Incentive Loan Program
Alliant Energy (Wisconsin Power and Light) - Advanced Renewables Tariff WI Financial Incentive Performance-Based Incentive
WPPI Energy - GreenMax Home Grant WI Financial Incentive Grant Program
Wisconsin Public Service Corporation - Solar Buyback Tariff WI Financial Incentive Performance-Based Incentive
River Falls Municipal Utilities - Distributed Solar Tariff WI Financial Incentive Performance-Based Incentive
Local Option - Energy-Efficiency Improvement Loans WI Financial Incentive PACE Financing
Clean Energy Business Loan Program WI Financial Incentive Industry Recruitment/Support
Focus on Energy - Home Performance & Efficient Heating and Cooling Loan Program WI Financial Incentive Loan Program
Wisconsin - Residential Energy-Efficient Appliance Rebate Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Alliant Energy (Wisconsin Power and Light) - Farm Wiring Financing Program WI Financial Incentive Loan Program
Alliant Energy (Wisconsin Power and Light) - Shared Savings Program WI Financial Incentive Loan Program
Multifamily Energy Savings Program (Existing Buildings and New Construction) WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Apartment and Condo New Construction Efficiency Services WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Focus on Energy - Commercial/Industrial Efficiency in New Construction WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Alliant Energy (Wisconsin Power & Light) - Renewable Incentives Grant Program WI Financial Incentive Grant Program
Alliant Energy (Wisconsin Power & Light) - Renewable Incentives Loan Program WI Financial Incentive Loan Program
River Falls Municipal Utilities - Renewable Energy Finance Program WI Financial Incentive PACE Financing
Milwaukee - Milwaukee Shines PACE Solar Loan Program WI Financial Incentive PACE Financing
Woody Biomass Harvesting and Processing Tax Credit (Corporate) WI Financial Incentive Corporate Tax Credit
Woody Biomass Harvesting and Processing Tax Credit (Personal) WI Financial Incentive Personal Tax Credit
River Falls Municipal Utilities - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Focus on Energy - Efficient Heating and Cooling Cash-Back Rewards (WPS Customers Only) WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Focus on Energy - Home Performance with Energy Star Loan Program (WPS Customers Only) WI Financial Incentive Loan Program
Focus on Energy - Incentives for Existing Multi-Family Buildings (WPS Customers Only) WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Focus on Energy - Commercial Solar Space-Heating Grant (WPS Customers Only) WI Financial Incentive Grant Program
Focus on Energy - Large Renewable Grant Program (WPS Customers Only) WI Financial Incentive Grant Program
Energy Bundle Bonus (WPS Customers Only) WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Focus on Energy - Farm Multi-Project Bonus (WPS Customers Only) WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Focus on Energy - Renewable Energy Incentives for Nonprofits (WPS Customers Only) WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Wind Siting Rules and Model Small Wind Ordinance WI Regulatory Policy Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
Energy Efficiency Standard for Focus on Energy WI Regulatory Policy Energy Efficiency Resource Standard
Residential Rewards - Xcel Energy Customers WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
We Energies (Gas) - Multifamily, Small Business and Nonprofit Efficiency Rebate Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
River Falls Municipal Utilities - Business Energy Efficiency Rebate Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Cedarburg Light & Water Utility - Commercial Shared Savings Loan Program WI Financial Incentive Loan Program
River Falls Municipal Utilities - Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Rebate Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
City of Milwaukee - Residential Energy Efficiency (Me2) Rebates WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
City of Milwaukee - Energy Efficiency (Me2) Business Financing WI Financial Incentive Loan Program
Residential Enhanced Rewards Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Large Energy Users Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
New Homes Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Commercial Retro-Commissioning and New Construction Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Focus on Energy - Small Business Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
City of Madison - Green Madison Business Revolving Loan Program WI Financial Incentive Loan Program
City of Madison - Green Madison Residential Incentives WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
City of Madison - Green Madison Business Incentives WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
City of Milwaukee - Business Energy Efficiency (Me2) Rebates WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Focus On Energy - New Construction / Energy Design Assistance Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Clean Energy Manufacturing Revolving Loan Fund WI Financial Incentive Loan Program
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR - Xcel Energy Customers WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Xcel Energy - Small Business Energy Efficiency Rebates WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Xcel Energy - Appliance Recycling Rebate Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Lighting Discount Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Xcel Energy - Agriculture, Schools and Government Incentive Program WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
City of Milwaukee - ME3: Milwaukee Sustainable Manufacturing Program WI Financial Incentive Grant Program
Energy Innovation Grant Program WI Financial Incentive Grant Program
VW Mitigation Program WI Financial Incentive Grant Program
Alliant Energy - Electric Vehicle Charging Station Rebate WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Barron Electric Cooperative - Electric Vehicle Charging Station Rebate WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Chippewa Valley Electric Cooperative - Electric Vehicle Charging Station Rebate WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Clark Electric Cooperative - Electric Vehicle Charging Station Rebate WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
East Central Energy - Electric Vehicle Charging Station Rebate WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Madison Gas & Electric - Electric Vehicle Charger Leasing Program WI Financial Incentive Leasing Program
Pierce Pepin Coop - Electric Vehicle Charging Station Rebate WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Price Electric Cooperative - Electric Vehicle Charging Station and Efficiency Rebates WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Riverland Energy Cooperative - Electric Vehicle Charging Station Rebate WI Financial Incentive Rebate Program
Wisconsin - National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Grant Program WI Financial Incentive Grant Program
Tax-Exempt Financing for Green Buildings, Renewable Energy & Brownfield Redevelopment US Financial Incentive Loan Program
Conservation Security Program (CSP) Production Incentive US Financial Incentive Performance-Based Incentive
Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC) US Financial Incentive Corporate Tax Credit
Federal Excise Tax Exemption for Gasohol US Financial Incentive Corporate Tax Exemption
Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System (MACRS) US Financial Incentive Corporate Depreciation
Energy Star Financing and Mortgages US Financial Incentive Loan Program
USDA Rural Housing Service Loans US Financial Incentive Loan Program
Residential Energy Conservation Subsidy Exclusion (Corporate) US Financial Incentive Corporate Tax Exemption
Renewable Energy Production Incentive (REPI) US Financial Incentive Performance-Based Incentive
Renewable Electricity Production Tax Credit (PTC) US Financial Incentive Corporate Tax Credit
Small Business Administration Loan Programs US Financial Incentive Loan Program
Energy-Efficient Mortgages US Financial Incentive Loan Program
USDA - Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grants US Financial Incentive Grant Program
Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs - Funding Opportunities US Financial Incentive Grant Program
Green Power Purchasing Goal for Federal Government US Regulatory Policy Green Power Purchasing
Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction US Financial Incentive Corporate Tax Deduction
Energy-Efficient New Homes Tax Credit for Home Builders US Financial Incentive Corporate Tax Credit
Energy-Efficient Appliance Manufacturing Tax Credit US Financial Incentive Industry Recruitment/Support
Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit US Financial Incentive Personal Tax Credit
Veterans Housing Guaranteed and Insured Loans US Financial Incentive Loan Program
Federal Appliance Standards US Regulatory Policy Appliance/Equipment Efficiency Standards
Energy Goals and Standards for Federal Agencies US Regulatory Policy Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs) US Financial Incentive Loan Program
Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs) US Financial Incentive Loan Program
U.S. Department of Treasury - Renewable Energy Grants US Financial Incentive Grant Program
USDA - High Energy Cost Grant Program US Financial Incentive Grant Program
USDA - Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program US Financial Incentive Loan Program
USDA - Repowering Assistance Biorefinery Program US Financial Incentive Grant Program
Title I Property Improvement Loans US Financial Incentive Loan Program
USDA - Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance (EA/REDA) Program US Financial Incentive Grant Program
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) US Financial Incentive Grant Program
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) US Financial Incentive Grant Program
Fannie Mae Green Financing – Loan Program US Financial Incentive Loan Program
Qualified Commercial Clean Vehicle Tax Credit US Financial Incentive Corporate Tax Credit
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Tax Credit (Corporate) US Financial Incentive Corporate Tax Credit
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Tax Credit (Personal) US Financial Incentive Personal Tax Credit
Previously-Owned Clean Vehicle Tax Credit US Financial Incentive Personal Tax Credit

Before You Install Solar Panels

Just because solar is a popular discussion right now, doesn’t mean it makes sense for everyone. It is still a large and expensive decision. Installing solar has great financial and environmental benefits but it won’t feel beneficial if you run into issues. Along with studying a 20-year cost comparison for your home, read some more tips to keep in mind when mulling over your decision on your installer, system design, and financial plan.

  • What are the long-term savings and payback period for installing a solar panel system?
  • How will installing solar panels impact my home's value?
  • What is the system’s Return on Investment (ROI)?
  • Are there any specific design or aesthetic considerations for solar panel installation?
  • How do I weigh the environmental benefits against the costs of installation?
  • What are the specific terms and conditions for the installer?

Is Solar a Scam?

No. Solar is definitely not a scam. However, there are solar scams out there! 

The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning people about a new "free solar panels" scam. Scammers pose as solar company salespeople and contact potential victims through various means like email, phone, or in-person. They offer a "special deal" on solar panels, often claiming they're free or low-cost, and pressure the person to decide quickly. The scam may aim to collect personal information or upfront payment from the person. 

This post is a testament to how much thought, research, and consideration goes into to decision to buy solar. A legitimate company will never rush you into a decision. Often, they will instead insist on seeing your house and doing an analysis before even proposing a cost or asking for any money. 

Why Trust EnergyBot

We have helped thousands of customers find electricity plans for their home or business. And we are pretty darn good at it, with over 1,000 5-Star reviews we know how to help you stay powered up.

Now using the same one-of-kind technology and platform we are helping consumers in Wisconsin decide if solar is right for them. You will notice that sometimes our numbers make solar look less attractive. That's not by accident. We believe you should have full transparency during the solar purchasing process.

We aren't here to sell you something. We are here to help you make the best energy decision for your home or business.

Wisconsin Solar FAQs

The cost of solar panel installation in Wisconsin can vary significantly based on a number of factors, including the size and type of the system, the complexity of the installation, your solar installer, and the specific location. However, the average cost of solar panels in the U.S. was about $3.13 per watt, before any incentives or tax credits.

A typical residential solar system is usually around 8 kilowatts (8,000 watts), but varies based on energy use and the size of the house. The US average cost for a 6 kW system is $18,771 and the US average cost for a 10 kW system is $31,285, before incentives. The average price for a home solar panel system in Wisconsin is $20,460 for a 6kW system or about or about $3.41 per watt.

The number of solar panels you would need depends on a variety of factors such as:

  1. Your home's energy consumption: The first step is to calculate your household's energy use. You can do this by looking at your electricity bills to see how much electricity you use in a year, usually measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). The average U.S. home uses around 10,400 kWh per year, but this can vary widely based on the size of your home, the efficiency of your appliances, and your personal habits.
  2. The amount of sunlight your location receives: This can vary depending on where you live. For example, if you live in a place that has many sunny days like Arizona, you might require fewer solar panels compared to someone living in a place with less sunlight like Seattle.
  3. The efficiency of the solar panels: Not all solar panels are created equal. Some panels can convert sunlight into electricity more efficiently than others. On average, residential solar panels have an efficiency rating between 15-20%. The higher the efficiency, the fewer panels you would likely need to meet your energy needs.
  4. The size of the solar panels: Solar panels also come in different sizes. A common size for residential use is roughly 65 inches by 39 inches. Each panel typically produces around 250 to 400 watts of power, but this can vary.

To give you a rough estimate, let's say you live in a location that receives about 5 hours of peak sunlight per day, your solar panels have an efficiency of 20%, and each panel has a power rating of 300 watts. If your home uses about 10,400 kWh per year, you would divide this by 365 to get your daily energy use (about 28.5 kWh). You would then divide this by the hours of peak sunlight (5 hours), to get your required power output per hour (about 5.7 kW). If each solar panel produces 300 watts (or 0.3 kW), you would divide 5.7 kW by 0.3 to get the number of solar panels you need, which would be about 19 panels.

  • Lower Electricity Bills:
    Once your solar panels are installed, you can generate your own electricity and reduce your reliance on the grid, which can lower your monthly bills.
  • Environmental Benefits:
    Solar energy is clean and renewable, so using it helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful pollutants.
  • Increased Home Value:
    Installing solar panels can increase the value of your home and make it more attractive to potential buyers.
  • Long-Term Savings:
    While the upfront cost of installing solar energy systems can be high, they can pay for themselves over time through lower energy bills and other savings.
  • Location:
    Homes in areas with lots of sunlight are generally better candidates for solar panels. If your home is shaded or doesn't receive much sunlight, it may not be the best choice.
  • Roof Orientation:
    Ideally, your roof should be facing south to get the most sunlight throughout the day.
  • Roof Condition:
    Your roof should be in good condition and able to support the weight of the solar panels. If your roof needs repairs or replacement, it's best to take care of that before your solar installation.

The installation process for solar panels can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the size of the system and the complexity of the installation.

Your installer should be able to give you an estimated timeline based on your specific project.

Solar panels generally require very little maintenance. However, it's a good idea to have them inspected every few years to ensure they are working properly and to clean off any debris or dirt that may have accumulated on the panels. Most solar panel installers offer maintenance services for an additional fee.

Some skilled DIYers may be able to save some solar installation costs by installing solar equipment themselves. But, any solar installation will require a foundational knowledge of wiring and electricity. There's is a lot that can go wrong, posing a potentially deadly hazard.

Before you try to DIY your system we would recommend getting a quote from a solar installer. You may find that the labor costs of your install is relatively small compared to the cost of the solar equipment itself.

There are two main types of solar panels: Monocrystalline and Polycrystalline. There are pros and cons to both. Either type can produce enough solar power for your home. We recommend getting a recommendation from a solar installer for your home. Depending on your budget, location, and other factors they can recommend the most efficient solar panels for your home. 

Wisconsin, getting a solar permit is pretty straightforward but can vary depending on your local jurisdiction. 

Typically, you'll need to submit a permit application to your local building department, which usually includes site plans and system specs. Some cities have streamlined this process to encourage solar adoption. It's always a good idea to consult your local building department for the nitty-gritty details like required documentation and fees. 

If you're working with a solar installation company, they often handle the permitting process for you.

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