Going solar in North Carolina

In North Carolina, an average home needs a 9kW solar system in order cover most of their electricity needs. Given the average residential price-per-watt of $3.76 in North Carolina, a 9kW system can cost around $33,840 depending on applicable rebates and other factors.

Select your county by clicking on the map and see the potential generated solar power and panel pricing. See how it compares with the US state average.

Average out-of-pocket cost for a 5 kW system The upfront amount spent to buy and install solar.
North Carolina: $18,800US Average: $19,594
Average Payback Period The number of years until you break even on the solar investment.
North Carolina: 13 yearsUS Average: 13 years
Average Net 20-year savings The total amount of money saved over 20 years minus the out-of-pocket cost.
North Carolina: $10,611US Average: $10,133

Solar Potential in North Carolina

Estimated system size and solar electricity production per median viable roof in
North Carolina.

Roof size 715sq. ft.
Capacity 10kW DC
Electricity 12.6kkWh AC per yr.

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Compare solar panels by system size in North Carolina

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

System Size 5kW
Roof Size Min. space required
358 ft²
Electricity Value Annual Production $859 a year
Est. Price
$18,800
Savings from a 5kWthis system
  • Est. yearly production 7,410 kWh
  • Est. monthly savings $72
  • Full payback in 22 years
Environmental Impacts
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by 2.4 tons a year
  • Equivalent to planting 110 trees a year
  • Equivalent to driving 5,951 mi less a year
System Size 6kW
Roof Size Min. space required
429 ft²
Electricity Value Annual Production $1,031 a year
Est. Price
$22,560
Savings from a 6kWthis system
  • Est. yearly production 8,892 kWh
  • Est. monthly savings $86
  • Full payback in 22 years
Environmental Impacts
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by 2.89 tons a year
  • Equivalent to planting 133 trees a year
  • Equivalent to driving 7,141 mi less a year
System Size 7kW
Roof Size Min. space required
501 ft²
Electricity Value Annual Production $1,202 a year
Est. Price
$26,320
Savings from a 7kWthis system
  • Est. yearly production 10,374 kWh
  • Est. monthly savings $100
  • Full payback in 22 years
Environmental Impacts
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by 3.37 tons a year
  • Equivalent to planting 155 trees a year
  • Equivalent to driving 8,332 mi less a year
System Size 8kW
Roof Size Min. space required
572 ft²
Electricity Value Annual Production $1,374 a year
Est. Price
$30,080
Savings from a 8kWthis system
  • Est. yearly production 11,856 kWh
  • Est. monthly savings $115
  • Full payback in 22 years
Environmental Impacts
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by 3.85 tons a year
  • Equivalent to planting 177 trees a year
  • Equivalent to driving 9,522 mi less a year
System Size 9kW
Roof Size Min. space required
644 ft²
Electricity Value Annual Production $1,546 a year
Est. Price
$33,840
Savings from a 9kWthis system
  • Est. yearly production 13,338 kWh
  • Est. monthly savings $123
  • Full payback in 23 years
Environmental Impacts
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by 4.13 tons a year
  • Equivalent to planting 190 trees a year
  • Equivalent to driving 10,229 mi less a year

North Carolina solar incentives, tax credit, and rebates

North Carolina has 15 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 NC

Duke Energy - NC Solar Rebate Program

Value:Up to $50,000

Any Duke Energy Carolinas/Progress customer who installs a new solar photovoltaic system may be entitled to a rebate. The rebate amount is based on the rated capacity of the system. The rebate program's annual budget covers up to 10 MW of solar energy. 5,000 kW of the total budget is reserved for residential customers, while 2,500 kW is reserved for nonprofits. Additional information is available from the Duke Energy website.

Lumbee River EMC - Residential Weatherization Loan Program

Value:Up to $17,000

Residential customers of the Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation may be entitled to special financing on energy efficiency improvement projects. Available loan offers and eligible projects will vary from time to time. Currently, financing may be obtained for ductwork, windows, water heating, geothermal pumps, and insulation/weatherization. The maximum available principal is $17,000 at market-rate interest. Loans will be secured either with a cosigner or using a deed of trust as collateral. Standard credit checks apply. Additional information is available from the LREMC website.

Piedmont EMC - Residential Solar and Energy Efficiency Loan Program

Value:Varies

Residential and business Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation customers may be eligible for special financing on new solar water heaters or photovoltaic systems. Loans may be available for other energy efficiency improvements. The maximum available principal for a single loan is $10,000 at 5% interest, to be repaid over seven years. Additional information and a directory of banking and lending partners are available from PEMC's website.

PSNC Energy (Gas) - Green Building Rate Discount

Value:Varies

PSNC offers special incentive rates for home and business customers whose property meets sustainable construction standards. Commercial facilities that have official LEED certification from the US Green Building Council and which are currently charged from Rate Schedule 125 will have a standing discount applied to their bills. To qualify, the property owner should submit a statement from the building's engineer attesting to low energy usage. Homes that have ENERGY STAR certification and which are currently using Rate Schedule 101 can switch to Schedule 102 rates that have the discount already applied. To qualify, homeowners should submit a copy of their ENERGY STAR certificate. Additional information is available from the PSNC website.

Haywood EMC - Residential Heat Pump and Weatherization Loan Program

Value:Varies

Homeowners in the Haywood EMC service area may be entitled to special financing on energy efficiency improvements. Eligible projects for a loan will vary from time to time. Currently, loans may fund insulation/weatherization, windows, central/room HVAC, generators, water heaters, heat pumps, ENERGY STAR certified appliances, and new solar PV/HVAC/water heaters. The maximum available principal is $35,000 at variable APR. As of 2021, interest is 3.90% on a 120-month repayment plan. Standard credit checks apply. Additional information is available from the HEMC website.

South River EMC - Solar Water Heating Rebate Program

Value:Varies

Residential and business customers of the South River Electric Membership Corporation may be entitled to rebates on new solar water heaters. The rebate amount will depend on the size and rated capacity of solar collectors. To qualify, both the solar panels and the heating module should meet Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) standards. The system should be interconnected to the grid and have safety controls to prevent both overheating and freezing. Once a customer purchases and installs their system, they have 90 days to schedule a final utility inspection and thus claim their rebate. Additional information is available from the SREMC website.

City of Asheville - Building Permit Fee Rebates

Value:Varies

Builders in Asheville may be eligible for rebates if they meet certain green construction standards or use energy-efficient equipment. Incentives will be disbursed as partial permit fee refunds. Eligible projects will vary from time to time. Currently, rebate offers are available for formal ENERGY STAR/LEED certification, state certification through Green Built/HealthyBuilt North Carolina, solar/geothermal/wind energy systems, solar/geothermal HVAC, and stormwater reclamation systems. Additional information is available from the Asheville website.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard

Value:Varies

North Carolina has both a renewable portfolio standard and an energy efficiency portfolio standard; together, they are referred to as "REPS". As of 2021, standard benchmarks require at least 12.5% of the state's retail energy to be generated from renewable sources. At least 60% of standard investment must be through new renewable energy; the remainder can be used for energy efficiency projects. Carve-outs require renewable investment to include a required proportion of solar and poultry/swine waste technologies. Compliance is measured through a Renewable Energy Credit (REC) system pegging a fixed amount of electricity to a variable dollar value. To meet their portion of the standard, utilities must either purchase credits from customers through net metering or generate them using their own renewable energy facilities. Credits expire after three years. Additional information is available from the North Carolina Utilities Commission website.

Blue Ridge EMC - Net Metering

Value:Varies

Residential customers of the Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation may be eligible for solar or wind net metering. Hydroelectric net metering may be available for systems rated below 25 kW. Parties to a net metering contract will be compensated for their net excess generation (NEG) at the full retail rate; however, they may be subject to higher facilities charges and minimum bills. Additional information is available from the BREMC website.

Town of Carrboro - Worthwhile Investments Save Energy (WISE) Homes and Buildings Program

Value:Varies

Small businesses and nonprofit organizations in the city of Carrboro may be eligible for special financing from the local government to support energy efficiency improvements. Eligible projects for a loan include lighting, insulation/weatherization, appliances, and some solar water heaters or photovoltaic arrays. The maximum available principal is $1500. Interest rates may vary but are currently 3% with a 10-year repayment plan. The loan application requires copies of all energy bills for the prior year and energy audits from a city representative or solar contractor. Additional information is available from the city website.

Durham County - High-Performance Building Policy

Value:Varies

Certain public-sector construction in Durham County must abide by certain green building standards. The county's current goal for 2030 is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% from a 2005 baseline. New municipal buildings and some remodeling projects between 4,000 and 10,000 square feet should meet at least LEED Silver standards and pursue formal certification from the US Green Building Council. Buildings over 10,000 square feet in size should meet or exceed LEED Gold standards. Maintenance and improvements on existing buildings should use as many LEED principles as possible. Additional information is available from the county website.

Four-County EMC - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Value:Varies

Residential customers of the Four-County Electric Membership Corporation may be entitled to rebates on large appliances. Available rebate offers will vary from time to time. Currently, a flat $50 incentive may be claimed for new fridge/freezers, washer/dryers, dishwashers, and heat pumps at or over 16 SEER. It does not matter whether the appliance is completely new or if it will replace an older unit. To apply, proof of purchase is required. Additional information is available from the FCEMC website.

NC GreenPower Production Incentive

Value:Varies

NOTE: Applications are no longer accepted for small solar devices. NC GreenPower is a public incentive program administered by the state government in partnership with private utilities. The program effectively creates a large-scale power purchasing agreement (PPA) for owners of solar, wind, biomass, and hydroelectric systems not participating in a net metering contract. Participants will receive compensation for the energy they produce and export to the grid at a fixed per-kilowatt rate. Rate schedules depend on what technology is used to generate the energy. Additional information is available through the NC GreenPower website.

Catawba County - Green Construction Permitting Incentive Program

Value:Varies

Special fee incentives and permit processes are available to builders in Catawba County who follow sustainable design practices. Any new home or commercial building in the county that meets the requirements for ENERGY STAR, LEED, or an equivalent nationally recognized certification will be rebated 25% of all permit fees up to $500. Builders are not required to pursue formal certification for the structure; however, if they do formally certify the property, they may receive a 50% rebate on permit fees. Existing homes and commercial properties, while not eligible for the LEED program, can still earn a 50% permit fee rebate on new solar or geothermal energy projects.

City of Asheville - Efficiency Standards for City Buildings

Value:Varies

The city of Asheville is resolved to lower greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from a 2001 baseline, with a 2% reduction in emissions each year. Toward this goal, the city council passed an ordinance requiring new municipal construction to meet certain green building standards. Any new occupied municipal building up to 5,000 square feet in size should satisfy the requirements for LEED Silver certification and pursue formal certification from the US Green Building Council. Buildings over 5,000 square feet should instead meet or exceed LEED Gold standards. Remodeling projects for existing facilities are not subject to a minimum LEED level, but they should nonetheless make use of as many energy-saving techniques and devices as possible. Exceptions or less strict requirements may apply if the city cannot recoup the building's cost through its energy savings.

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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 $3.76 in North Carolina. This means for a 10kW system you can expect to pay $37,600 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 61 verified solar install companies in North Carolina

Solar installers in North Carolina (61)

Enertis

San Francisco, CA(415) 908-1059

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.
  • Auditing of energy requirements for independent energy generation.

Freedom Forever

Temecula, CA(800) 685-1850

Services

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

Eagle Solar and Light

Birmingham, AL(205) 202-2208

Services

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

Academy Energy Group

Newburgh, IN(812) 518-2150

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Reparation of solar arrays.
  • Auditing of energy requirements for independent energy generation.
  • Monitoring of independent energy generation.
  • Solar systems for selling electricity back to the grid.

8MSolar

Wake Forest, NC(919) 372-0315

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Reparation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.

Yes Solar Solutions

Cary, NC(919) 925-4707

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.

Powur PBC

Del Mar, CA(866) 467-6987

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.

Micrometer Engineering

Scottsdale, AZ(602) 790-5749

Services

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

Renu Energy Solutions

Charlotte, NC(336) 565-7291

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.
  • Reparation of batteries.
  • Expertise in consulting on advantageous financing for solar.

IonSOLAR

Provo, UT(888) 781-7074

Services

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

SolFarm Solar co.

Asheville, NC(828) 332-3003

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.
  • Solar systems for selling electricity back to the grid.
  • Expertise in consulting on advantageous financing for solar.

Emerald Energy

Raleigh, NC(919) 247-3670

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Reparation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.
  • Reparation of batteries.
  • Monitoring of independent energy generation.
  • Expertise in consulting on advantageous financing for solar.

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.

Power Home Solar

Mooresville, NC(704) 870-3670

Services

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

Solar Energy World

Elkridge CDP, MD(866) 856-4580

Services

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

IPPNC

Winston-Salem, NC

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.

Palmetto Solar

Charleston, SC(855) 339-1831

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Reparation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.
  • Solar systems for selling electricity back to the grid.
  • Expertise in consulting on advantageous financing for solar.

Entero Energy

Austin, TX(512) 551-0742

Services

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

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.

Silver Sun Solar

Deltona, FL(340) 227-7785

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.
  • Solar systems for selling electricity back to the grid.
  • Expertise in consulting on advantageous financing for solar.

Hannah Solar

Atlanta, GA(404) 736-7244

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Reparation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.
  • Expertise in consulting on advantageous financing for solar.

Cape Fear Solar Systems

Wilmington, NC(910) 409-5533

Services

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

Sunnova Energy

Houston, TX(866) 786-6682

Services

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

Sigora Solar

Charlottesville, VA(434) 465-6192

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.
  • Solar systems for selling electricity back to the grid.
  • Expertise in consulting on advantageous financing for solar.

SunVolt Electric

Boone, NC(828) 773-2008

Services

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

Entegrity

Little Rock, AR(800) 700-1414

Services

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

PE Solar

Tempe, AZ(480) 264-0690

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.
  • Expertise in consulting on advantageous financing for solar.
  • Consulting on all things solar related.

City Electric Supply

Dallas, TX(866) 634-9853

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Expertise in consulting on advantageous financing for solar.
  • Consulting on all things solar related.

PowerHome Solar

Mooresville, NC(704) 870-3670

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.
  • Solar systems for selling electricity back to the grid.
  • Expertise in consulting on advantageous financing for solar.

Sugar Hollow Solar

Asheville, NC(828) 776-9161

Services

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

NC Solar Now

Raleigh, NC(919) 833-9096

Services

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

R&C Construction Solar

Greer, SC(888) 748-9165

Services

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

Precision Renewables

Snyderville CDP, UT(435) 602-4120

Services

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

Atomic Solar Energy

Burnsville, NC(866) 704-1187

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.
  • Solar systems for selling electricity back to the grid.
Last Reviewed By: Matt Hope
Published: 2022-09-18