Solar Panels in Brewster, WA: Solar Companies, Cost, and Installation

DecisionData Team
February 21, 2017

We're here to help you determine whether a solar power system is worth it in Brewster, Washington. We'll also answer your questions about how it works and which solar providers and installers are available. See the topics below:

Cost of Solar Panels in Brewster, WA

The figures below show the total cost of solar power in Brewster and the estimated payback or break-even period. The numbers below assumes you want to buy the system outright. You can also get a loan, lease the system, or set up a “power purchase agreement” (PPA). Learn more about payment options.

Residential 5 kW system

Estimated system cost: $20,950

(-) Federal tax credit: 30% with no maximum


Final cost after tax credits: $14,665

Est. energy savings per year: $710

Time to recover costs: 20 years 8 months

30-year savings: $6,635

Commercial 50 kW system

Estimated system cost: $193,500

(-) Federal tax credit: 30% with no maximum


Final cost after tax credits: $135,450

Est. energy savings per year: $7,102

Time to recover costs: 19 years 1 month

30-year savings: $77,619

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Sources

State discounts are not calculated due to complex pricing, frequent change, and individual variations such as the property taxes on your home or business. Overall, financial incentives in most of Washington are decent, so expect to pay less vs. the above. All partner solar power companies will help you determine which incentives you qualify for. You may either request a quote by clicking above or try checking for state solar incentives on DSIRE.org's site here.

Solar Power Companies in Brewster, WA

The following companies do solar power installation and financing in Washington.

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While you can install your own solar panels, it's definitely not easy. We strongly recommend working with a professional solar power installer. If you have professional construction and roofing experience feel free to read more about DIY systems.

Should You Get Solar in Brewster?

Obviously only you can decide, but we've collected the following pros and cons for getting solar at a Brewster home or business:

Pros

  • 30% federal incentive extended to 2019
  • Quickly-rising electricity costs (+13% in the last 5 years)
  • Decent state financial incentives (#19 out of 50)
  • Higher-than-average electrity usage (964 kWh per month) means more opportunities for savings
  • Good policy scores: interconnection (B) | net metering (B)

Cons

  • Very low grid electricity costs ($.09 per kilowatt-hour) make solar less attractive
  • Moderate sunshine (0.3% below average)

Is solar worth it in Brewster, WA? Considering all of the above, we think not yet for most people. Solar is 39.6% less cost effective than the rest of the nation and will pay itself back in around 20 years 8 months for a home buyer. We like to see return times (without state incentives) under 20 years.

Sources

  • Electricity costs, rates of change, and usage from EIA.gov
  • Subsidies analyzed by DecisionData from state websites
  • State policy scores come from freeingthegrid.org
  • Sun data assumes equal zip code weight based on NREL data

Solar Power Savings by Month in Brewster

A 5kW system will save someone in Brewster up to $59.11 on an average month. That's significant given the average Washington power bill of $87.64 per month. Here’s a monthly breakdown:

MonthAvailable kW / m2 / dayMax savings / month
Jan2.06$25.91
Feb3.30$37.86
Mar4.92$61.97
Apr5.92$72.09
May6.01$75.66
Jun6.20$75.54
Jul6.94$87.42
Aug6.78$85.36
Sep6.22$75.84
Oct4.60$57.93
Nov2.51$30.62
Dec1.90$23.89

Data based on 1 zip in Brewster, WA. Data reliability is rated excellent.

Savings Methodology

We estimate savings with a system that is very efficient at 19% of energy captured with a standard 5% total system loss. System loss comes from both the unavoidable (system age, electrical dissipation in wiring and connections, etc.) and the avoidable (shade from trees, dust, etc.) Do note that the system will b e slightly less efficient as it ages, too.

For example, July is the highest-sun month in Brewster with an average of 6.94 kW per meter per day. An efficient 5 kW system will cover about 25 square meters depending on the roof. So, the following is the savings calculation for July in Brewster:

6.94 kW/m2 * 25m2 = 173.60 kW/day available

173.60 * 19% efficiency = 32.98 kW/day captured

32.98 kW * 95% system retention = 31.33 kW/day usable

31.33 kW * Washington average of $0.09 per kW * 30 days = up to $87.42 in savings in an average July.

These assumptions are very good for the average home in Brewster, but nothing beats the accuracy of getting your own quote.

Other Resources

Solar panel costs and savings: More info on how much solar costs and the factors that can influence your price.

Kilowatts and kilowatt hours: What are kilowatts and how do electric companies charge you?

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