Going solar in Lake Charles, LA

In Lake Charles, an average home needs a 10kW solar system in order cover most of their electricity needs. Given the average residential price-per-watt of $4 in Lake Charles, a 10kW system can cost around $40,000 depending on applicable rebates and other factors.

Average out-of-pocket cost for a 5 kW system The upfront amount spent to buy and install solar.
Lake Charles: $20,000US Average: $19,594
Average Payback Period The number of years until you break even on the solar investment.
Lake Charles: 12 yearsUS Average: 13 years
Average Net 20-year savings The total amount of money saved over 20 years minus the out-of-pocket cost.
Lake Charles: $12,051US Average: $11,571

Solar Potential in Lake Charles

Estimated system size and solar electricity production per median viable roof in
Lake Charles.

Roof size 930sq. ft.
Capacity 13kW DC
Electricity 15.9kkWh AC per yr.

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Compare solar panels by system size in Lake Charles

Get the most value out of your roof by comparing the different benefits a given system size has.

System Size 6kW
Roof Size Min. space required
429 ft²
Electricity Value Annual Production $1,008 a year
Est. Price
$24,000
Savings from a 6kWthis system
  • Est. yearly production 9,110 kWh
  • Est. monthly savings $84
  • Full payback in 24 years
Environmental Impacts
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by 5.22 tons a year
  • Equivalent to planting 240 trees a year
  • Equivalent to driving 12,917 mi less a year
System Size 7kW
Roof Size Min. space required
501 ft²
Electricity Value Annual Production $1,176 a year
Est. Price
$28,000
Savings from a 7kWthis system
  • Est. yearly production 10,628 kWh
  • Est. monthly savings $98
  • Full payback in 24 years
Environmental Impacts
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by 6.09 tons a year
  • Equivalent to planting 280 trees a year
  • Equivalent to driving 15,069 mi less a year
System Size 8kW
Roof Size Min. space required
572 ft²
Electricity Value Annual Production $1,345 a year
Est. Price
$32,000
Savings from a 8kWthis system
  • Est. yearly production 12,146 kWh
  • Est. monthly savings $112
  • Full payback in 24 years
Environmental Impacts
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by 6.96 tons a year
  • Equivalent to planting 320 trees a year
  • Equivalent to driving 17,222 mi less a year
System Size 9kW
Roof Size Min. space required
644 ft²
Electricity Value Annual Production $1,513 a year
Est. Price
$36,000
Savings from a 9kWthis system
  • Est. yearly production 13,665 kWh
  • Est. monthly savings $126
  • Full payback in 24 years
Environmental Impacts
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by 7.83 tons a year
  • Equivalent to planting 360 trees a year
  • Equivalent to driving 19,375 mi less a year
System Size 10kW
Roof Size Min. space required
715 ft²
Electricity Value Annual Production $1,681 a year
Est. Price
$40,000
Savings from a 10kWthis system
  • Est. yearly production 15,183 kWh
  • Est. monthly savings $134
  • Full payback in 25 years
Environmental Impacts
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by 8.32 tons a year
  • Equivalent to planting 382 trees a year
  • Equivalent to driving 20,596 mi less a year

Lake Charles solar incentives, tax credit, and rebates

Lake Charles has 1 rebates and tax credits that you may be eligable for. Visit the official links for more details to see if you apply.

Solar incentives in LA

Home Energy Loan Program (HELP)

Value:Up to $6,000

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the Home Energy Loan Program, or HELP, for homeowners making energy efficiency improvements. HELP loans offer a maximum principal of $12,000 to be repaid over five years. Half of the principal is disbursed by the DNR at 2% interest. The other half is disbursed from any of the HELP partner banks at their current market rate. The partner bank will handle all servicing responsibilities. HELP loan partners set their own institutional policies, including their own interest rates and the maximum amount for their own portion of the principal. Interested homeowners should therefore contact their local partner directly to apply or make further inquiries. A list of current HELP loan partners is available from the DNR website.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • As a general rule, unless there are local limitations, the main limitations to the amount of solar panels you can put on your roof are the available space on your roof, your electricity usage, your providers net metering rules, and the limitations of your house hold electrical system.
  • Based on our research the average price per installed watt is $4 in Lake Charles. This means for a 10kW system you can expect to pay $40,000 though pricing can vary significantly between installers based on the projects requirements.
  • Based on a Zillow research study from 2019, home with solar panels sell for roughly 4.1% more.
  • To generate the most power, solar panels in the United States should face true south as this generally results in the solar panels receiving the most light each day throughout the course of the year. That said, given that energy prices are often variable throughout the day, your installer may recommend you rotate your panels slightly so that the panels will receive more light at the end of the day when energy prices can be more expensive. That said, for most consumers the positioning of solar panels is highly dependent on your home's roof.
  • Based on our continuously updated database of solar installers, we have found 17 verified solar install companies in Lake Charles

Solar installers in Lake Charles (17)

Go Solar Power

Boca Raton, FL(800) 530-9597

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.
  • Solar systems for selling electricity back to the grid.

SunPro Solar

Mandeville, LA(866) 599-3643

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.
  • Auditing of energy requirements for independent energy generation.
  • Monitoring of independent energy generation.
  • Solar systems for selling electricity back to the grid.
  • Expertise in consulting on advantageous financing for solar.
  • Consulting on all things solar related.

SunPower Corporation

San Jose, CA(800) 786-7693

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Reparation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.
  • Monitoring of independent energy generation.
  • Solar systems for selling electricity back to the grid.
  • Expertise in consulting on advantageous financing for solar.
  • Consulting on all things solar related.

Entegrity

Little Rock, AR(800) 700-1414

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Expertise in consulting on advantageous financing for solar.

LightEdison

Denver, CO(888) 966-6377

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Reparation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.
  • Expertise in consulting on advantageous financing for solar.
Last Reviewed By: Fernando García
Published: 2022-10-15