Solar Panels in Kirtland Afb, NM: Solar Companies, Cost, and Installation

DecisionData Team
February 20, 2017

We're here to help you determine whether a solar power system is worth it in Kirtland Afb, New Mexico. 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 Kirtland Afb, NM

The figures below show the total cost of solar power in Kirtland Afb 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: $1,303

Time to recover costs: 11 years 3 months

30-year savings: $24,425

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: $13,031

Time to recover costs: 10 years 5 months

30-year savings: $255,466

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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 New Mexico are good, 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's site here.

Solar Power Companies in Kirtland Afb, NM

The following companies do solar power installation and financing in New Mexico.

SolarCity Logo

  Description: SolarCity is currently the largest solar provider in the nation. The company was started by two brothers, and is proud of its grassroots beginnings. Features:
  • $0 down plans available.
  • The Give Power foundation gives a solar system and battery to schools without electricity for every megawatt generated.
  • Option to lock-in power rates to avoid rising utility costs.
Company highlights: SolarCity is easy to get behind with its emphasis on helping less fortunate communities. Customers also report high satisfaction with price lock options.

Vivint solar Description: Vivint Solar is one of the larger solar power providers, serving several sun-friendly states. The company is best known for plans with no money down and quick installation. Features:
  • Plans available with no up-front costs if qualified.
  • Professional consultation, custom design, and installation.
  • Monitoring and maintenance from Vivint to ensure maximum performance.
Company highlights: The company offers several plans to match most budgets; however, some salespeople reportedly make commitments and set expectations that cannot be fulfilled.

Sungevity logo

Description: Sungevity does business in 14 states, but they'd best be classified as an enthusiastic underdog. They've shown some differentiation through technology and power generation monitoring. Features:
  • 20-year system performance guarantee
  • Partnerships to share profits with environmental non-profits
  • Representatives on-hand at your local Lowe's
Company highlights: There's nothing wrong with Sungevity - they're a great providers with high-quality systems and technology. They could do a little better by providing more pricing options and some of the risk-reducing guarantees that other companies offer.

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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 Kirtland Afb?

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


  • 30% federal incentive extended to 2019
  • Average grid electricity costs ($0.12 per kilowatt-hour) make solar viable
  • Rising electricity costs (+9% in the last 5 years)
  • Good state financial incentives (#8 out of 50)
  • Excellent policy scores: interconnection (A) | net metering (B)
  • Much higher than average sunshine (37.3% above average)


  • Below-average electrity usage (635 kWh per month) means fewer opportunities for savings

Is solar worth it in Kirtland Afb, NM? Considering all of the above, we think so for most people. Solar is 24% more cost effective than the rest of the nation and will pay itself back in around 11 years 3 months for a home buyer. We like to see return times (without state incentives) under 20 years.


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

Solar Power Savings by Month in Kirtland Afb

A 5kW system will save someone in Kirtland Afb up to $108.59 on an average month. That's significant given the average New Mexico power bill of $79.23 per month. Here’s a monthly breakdown:

MonthAvailable kW / m2 / dayMax savings / month

Data based on 1 zip in Kirtland Afb, NM. 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, May is the highest-sun month in Kirtland Afb with an average of 7.18 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 May in Kirtland Afb:

7.18 kW/m2 * 25m2 = 179.51 kW/day available

179.51 * 19% efficiency = 34.11 kW/day captured

34.11 kW * 95% system retention = 32.40 kW/day usable

32.40 kW * New Mexico average of $0.12 per kW * 30 days = up to $120.53 in savings in an average May.

These assumptions are very good for the average home in Kirtland Afb, 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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