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Install solar panels on your property through EnergySage and get $100 to $10,000* cash back, or get $100 when you subscribe to community solar. **Amount of cash-back is based on the size of the system. For example, you will receive $100 or $10,000 for installing a 5 kW or a 1,000 kW solar PV system, respectively ($20 / kW for systems under 100 kW and $10 / kW for systems 100 kW or over).

Community Solar

Subscribe to a local community solar farm

Purchase energy from a local solar project at a discount, even if you rent. You don’t need to own property or install equipment to save with community solar.

available in certain locations
  • Save 5-15% on your annual electricity bills
  • Sign up for free, cancel at no cost
  • Support local renewable energy jobs & development

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EnergySage Community Solar Marketplace

  • Compare price discounts and subscription terms
  • Learn and subscribe all in one place
  • Get expert advice from a dedicated Energy Advisor

Rooftop Solar

Install solar on your property

Purchase or finance a solar panel system and save thousands over the 25+ year life of the equipment. Add batteries for backup power in an outage.

 
  • Maximize financial savings from solar
  • Reduce or eliminate electricity bills
  • Enjoy tax credits and other incentives

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EnergySage Rooftop Solar Marketplace

  • Pay 20% less than market average prices
  • Compare up to seven local offers
  • Get expert advice from a dedicated Energy Advisor

How EnergySage works

On EnergySage, you are in control of your solar buying experience. That means a better experience all around–personalized support without the unwanted phone calls. We provide a 100% online platform that allows you to receive and compare multiple solar quotes first, and then decide which installer is right for you. Think of us as your unbiased solar matchmaker, connecting you with the best pre-screened solar installers in your area.

Our mission is to empower people to make smarter energy decisions, through simplicity, transparency, and choice.

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Intuit Climate Action Marketplace

The Intuit Climate Action Marketplace is core to Intuit’s climate positive goal to reduce 2 million metric tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere by 2030, 50 times its 2018 operational footprint. We’re proud to work together with Intuit to contribute to this bold goal and a more sustainable future.

How rooftop solar works

Saving with solar is simple:

  1. Solar panels capture sunlight and convert it into direct current electricity. Inverters turn the direct current electricity into usable alternating current electricity to use in your home or business.
  2. When your solar panels produce more electricity than you are using, the excess is sent back to your utility in exchange for credits. When you use more than your solar panels produce, you’ll pull from your utility using those credits you’ve already banked.
  3. At the end of the month, you receive a bill based on the net of your solar production and your electricity usage. In most cases, solar will offset most or all of your monthly electricity bill.
  4. Solar panels last for 25 years or more, meaning you’ll have decades worth of clean electricity at your home or business, protecting you from future increases in electricity costs.
Learn about solar: solar 101

How community solar works

With community solar, you can subscribe to a share of a solar farm with no upfront cost and still save money over time! Whether you rent or own your property, if you have an electric bill, you can support local emission-free solar power without installing any equipment or signing long-term contracts. Spots are limited, so claim your share today.

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Benefits of Solar

There are two primary benefits of solar:

Financial Savings

If you spend $100 on your electricity bill today, that means you’ll spend over $60,000 on electricity over the next 30 years! With solar, you can avoid that cost, as well as any future electricity rate increases, by offsetting your bill with solar power produced on-site, leading to significant financial savings over the lifetime of the panels.

Environmental Benefits

Most people start looking into solar for the environmental benefit. Solar power is a form of clean, emission-free renewable energy that can offset or replace your need to purchase electricity generated from burning fossil fuels. In fact, switching from fossil fuels to solar has the same emissions reduction effect as planting about 150 trees every single year for the average homeowner.

Learn about solar: the benefits of solar

FAQs

Commercial

The upfront cost of solar varies significantly depending upon how big of a system you install. Thankfully, there are many financing options that allow you to install solar for $0 out of pocket. Even if the upfront cost looks high, today’s financing options allow you to replace your monthly electricity bill with a lower, locked-in rate, allowing you to save with solar from day one.
The best incentives for businesses to invest in solar are tax benefits. At the federal level, the investment tax credit (ITC) provides a credit equal to 26% of the solar project cost. Businesses can also take advantage of either bonus depreciation or the modified accelerated cost recovery system (MACRS), which can also reduce your federal taxes by a quarter of the cost of your solar project. Many states also offer their own MACRS incentive for solar investment, meaning for every dollar you invest in solar, you’ll receive between 50 and 70 cents in tax benefits.
At EnergySage, we take a consultative approach to helping businesses go solar. We’ll get to understand your goals for solar, provide you with an initial solar benchmarking estimate (to show how many solar panels you can fit on your property, how much electricity they’ll produce, and how much you can save with solar), and gather custom quotes from three vetted solar companies in your area.
Generally speaking, solar panel systems require little to no maintenance. For larger systems, an annual–or twice annual–cleaning can keep performance high, while some inverters may need annual filter changes and a replacement after 15 years or so. Solar companies can price that preventative and expected maintenance into the cost of your quote.

Nonprofit

Most nonprofit organizations purchase solar through a $0-down financing option, like a power purchase agreement. So, despite the cost of solar varying significantly based on the size of your solar panel system, your payments should be similar to (or less than!) what you currently pay for electricity.
In a word: no. Unfortunately, all of the best incentives for solar are tax benefits that require your organization to have a federal tax liability. However, there are rumors of a “direct pay” tax credit option included in pending legislation in Congress, which may make the investment tax credit available to people and organizations without tax liability. There is nothing certain yet but we hope to see this become available.
Yes! Thankfully, a number of organizations have found ways to offer nonprofit organizations a discount on solar in exchange for the tax benefits that come along with the system. Most of the time, these organizations offer between a 10% and 15% discount on solar for tax-exempt entities.
For nonprofit organizations, there are a number of different ways to pay for solar. An upfront cash payment, a loan, or a power purchase agreement are the most typical financing methods, similar to what’s available to other solar shoppers. But many nonprofits will also crowdsource funding for the project from their community, which could be a great opportunity for your organization to offset part or all of the cost of solar.

Residential

Solar prices continue to decrease in the US: in 2021, most residential solar quotes on EnergySage have ranged from $2.25 per Watt to $2.75/W. For an average residential system of nearly 7 kilowatts (kW), that means you could expect to pay between $16,000 and $20,000 for solar–less if you get a smaller system and more if you get a larger system. Thankfully, there are many financing options that allow you to install solar for $0 out of pocket.
Unlike shopping for cars or phones, most solar shoppers are unfamiliar with the equipment brands in the solar industry, making it difficult to compare the quality of different products. With this in mind, EnergySage created a first-of-its-kind equipment rating system that classifies different solar panels, inverters and batteries based on their specifications to help you compare different solar options.
Short answer: no, solar panels do not work during a blackout on their own. But if you pair solar panels with a battery, then you’ll still have power even when the grid goes down.
If you’re a renter, community solar is a no-brainer. If you own your home, the way to get the most savings is with rooftop solar. But community solar is a great option too for easy savings, no upfront investment and no need to install anything on your property.

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