Going solar in Nevada

In Nevada, an average home needs a 7kW solar system in order cover most of their electricity needs. Given the average residential price-per-watt of $3.52 in Nevada, a 7kW system can cost around $24,640 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.
Nevada: $17,600US Average: $19,594
Average Payback Period The number of years until you break even on the solar investment.
Nevada: 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.
Nevada: $9,374US Average: $10,133

Solar Potential in Nevada

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

Roof size 921sq. ft.
Capacity 12.88kW DC
Electricity 19.9kkWh AC per yr.

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Compare solar panels by system size in Nevada

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

System Size 3kW
Roof Size Min. space required
215 ft²
Electricity Value Annual Production $605 a year
Est. Price
$10,560
Savings from a 3kWthis system
  • Est. yearly production 5,146 kWh
  • Est. monthly savings $50
  • Full payback in 17 years
Environmental Impacts
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by 1.89 tons a year
  • Equivalent to planting 87 trees a year
  • Equivalent to driving 4,671 mi less a year
System Size 4kW
Roof Size Min. space required
286 ft²
Electricity Value Annual Production $806 a year
Est. Price
$14,080
Savings from a 4kWthis system
  • Est. yearly production 6,861 kWh
  • Est. monthly savings $67
  • Full payback in 17 years
Environmental Impacts
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by 2.52 tons a year
  • Equivalent to planting 116 trees a year
  • Equivalent to driving 6,229 mi less a year
System Size 5kW
Roof Size Min. space required
358 ft²
Electricity Value Annual Production $1,008 a year
Est. Price
$17,600
Savings from a 5kWthis system
  • Est. yearly production 8,577 kWh
  • Est. monthly savings $84
  • Full payback in 17 years
Environmental Impacts
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by 3.15 tons a year
  • Equivalent to planting 144 trees a year
  • Equivalent to driving 7,786 mi less a year
System Size 6kW
Roof Size Min. space required
429 ft²
Electricity Value Annual Production $1,209 a year
Est. Price
$21,120
Savings from a 6kWthis system
  • Est. yearly production 10,292 kWh
  • Est. monthly savings $101
  • Full payback in 17 years
Environmental Impacts
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by 3.77 tons a year
  • Equivalent to planting 173 trees a year
  • Equivalent to driving 9,343 mi less a year
System Size 7kW
Roof Size Min. space required
501 ft²
Electricity Value Annual Production $1,411 a year
Est. Price
$24,640
Savings from a 7kWthis system
  • Est. yearly production 12,007 kWh
  • Est. monthly savings $112
  • Full payback in 18 years
Environmental Impacts
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by 4.19 tons a year
  • Equivalent to planting 193 trees a year
  • Equivalent to driving 10,383 mi less a year

Nevada solar incentives, tax credit, and rebates

Nevada has 16 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 NV

Southwest Gas Corporation - Smarter Greener Better Solar Water Heating Program

Value:Up to $3,500

Residential, small commercial, and public-sector customers of the Southwest Gas Corporation may be entitled to rebates on new solar water heaters. The available rebate amount for each particular customer will depend on the capacity of their solar collectors and the expected heating performance. Additional details, including application forms, are available from the SWG website.

Revolving Loan Program

Value:Up to $1,000,000

The Nevada Governor's Office of Energy offers revolving loans to support new renewable energy investment and energy efficiency improvements across the state. Initial funding for the loan program was obtained from the 2009 federal stimulus package. Available principal per loan ranges from $100,000 to $1 million at market interest. Repayments will immediately "revolve" back into the loan pool to aid another borrower, with interest adding additional funding. Loans may be used for a breadth of energy efficiency projects, but they may not fund research projects, real estate purchases, or refinancing. Additional information is available from the NVGOE website.

Property Tax Abatement for Green Buildings

Value:Up to $100,000

In Nevada, new multi-family residential, commercial, or industrial property and renovation projects may be eligible for property tax abatements if they meet green construction standards. Eligible buildings should meet or exceed the requirements for LEED Silver certification and pursue formal accreditation from the US Green Building Council. Longer abatement periods are available for buildings earning Gold or Platinum certification. The maximum abatement period is 10 years. Businesses that produce manufactured goods should create at least 25 non-corporate jobs during the abatement period.

Southwest Gas Corporation - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Value:Varies

Residential customers of the Southwest Gas Corporation may be entitled to rebates on new energy-efficient equipment and improvements. Available rebate offers will vary from time to time. Additional details, including application forms, are available from the SWG website.

Solar Contractor Licensing

Value:Varies

Contractors supervising the installation or repair of solar energy systems in Nevada should have the proper license from the state board. Valid licenses include C-37 and C-1 for solar water heating, C-2 for solar PV, C-21 for solar HVAC, and Classification A for large/utility-scale solar facilities. Workers performing the installation or repair of a solar energy system should have a photovoltaic installer's license. Applicants for this license will need to pass a state exam; if the applicant is a contractor, they will also need to present pertinent contracting licenses. Homeowners do not need a solar contracting license to install or repair their own solar devices.

NV Energy (Northern Nevada) - Business Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Value:Varies

NV Energy (Northern Nevada) operates a rebate and incentive program to support large commercial, industrial, and public-sector customers making energy efficiency improvements. Available rebate offers will vary from time to time; current offers may apply to both new and existing facilities. Additional information is available through the NV Energy website.

NV Energy (Southern Nevada) - Business Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Value:Varies

NV Energy (Southern Nevada) operates a rebate and incentive program to support large commercial, industrial, and public-sector customers making energy efficiency improvements. Available rebate offers will vary from time to time; current offers may apply to both new and existing facilities. Additional information is available through the NV Energy website.

NV Energy - Clean Energy Incentive Program

Value:Varies

SolarGenerations is a rebate and credit purchasing program for NV Energy's interconnected solar PV and thermal customers. Systems in northern and southern Nevada have equal opportunity to apply, though solar collectors must not exceed a maximum total capacity of 500 kW. Owners of participating small solar energy systems up to 25 kW will earn an up-front rebate of 50% of installation and interconnection costs. Larger systems will earn five years' worth of performance-based incentives (PBIs) in exchange for all renewable energy credits generated by the system through the period. PBI rates vary depending on the type of property and the rated capacity of the system. Additional information is available from the NV Energy website.

Valley Electric Association - Net Billing

Value:Varies

Residential and commercial renewable energy customers of the Valley Electric Association may be eligible to participate in net billing contracts. Generally, the net billing program only serves systems rated for less than 25 kW, but some special exceptions may be made for larger systems in the utility's interest. The utility will purchase net excess generation (NEG) from a customer's system at a rate of 75% of the average retail price. Payment takes the form of a credit on the customer's bill. Should credit amount exceed the customer's liability in any given month, credits can roll forward to subsequent cycles until the end of the year. At that time, the remaining excess credits cannot be claimed. Additional information is available from the VEA website.

Energy Portfolio Standard

Value:Varies

Nevada first adopted a renewable portfolio standard in 1997 to plan for statewide renewable energy investment. Current goals require 50% of retail electricity in Nevada to be generated using renewable technology by 2030. Qualifying technologies include solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectric, and "waste tires." Compliance is measured through a "portfolio energy credit" (PEC) system pegging one kilowatt of energy to a fluctuating dollar value. All renewable energy systems generate these credits, though utilities are expected to purchase some of their standard PEC quota from private customers using net billing contracts or other contractual agreements. Additional information is available through the Nevada Public Utility Commission website.

Net Metering

Value:Varies

Since 1997, private utilities in Nevada have been required to offer net metering contracts to their renewable energy customers. Any system under one megawatt in capacity can qualify for net metering, with all associated fees waived for systems under 25 kilowatts. Under net metering, the utility will install a bidirectional meter onto a customer's system determining the amount of net excess generation (NEG) sent back to the grid. The customer will receive a bill credit for this NEG at a fixed avoided-cost rate. Should generation exceed consumption for a given billing cycle, credits can move forward to subsequent cycles. Utilities may limit the total number of customers under net metering or restrict access to systems that supply more electricity than a customer regularly consumes.

Local Option - Special Improvement Districts

Value:Varies

NOTE: This law only allows for the creation of PACE districts. There are currently no operational PACE programs in Nevada. Communities and counties in Nevada may form or join property-assisted clean energy (PACE) districts. With the usual exception of single-family homes or multi-family residential property under five units, any property will be able to apply for specialized energy efficiency loans through their local PACE program. Maximum available principal, interest rates, and other terms and conditions will vary from program to program. Repayment takes the form of a property tax lien senior to mortgages; this means should the borrower sell their property, the new owner will be responsible for continuing loan payments. Additional information is available from the Nevada State Office of Energy.

NV Energy - Solar Thermal Heating Program

Value:Varies

Residential, small business, public sector, and nonprofit customers of NV Energy (Northern Nevada) may be entitled to rebates on new solar water, space, or pool heating systems. The new equipment should replace a conventional electric or gas heating system. The available rebate amount for any given customer is equal to half of the purchase price and installation costs of the system. Single-family homeowners may earn up to $3,000, with higher caps of $7,500 and $30,000 for businesses and nonprofits/government organizations respectively. Additional information is available from the NV Energy website.

Portfolio Energy Credits

Value:Varies

In Nevada, compliance with the state renewable portfolio standard is measured with Portfolio Energy Credits (PECs). In the absence of credit multipliers, one PEC represents the price of one kilowatt hour generated with renewable technology. Credit multipliers apply to different renewable technologies. Solar PV systems in use before January 2016 will generate 2.4 PECs per kilowatt hour. Systems after the date cutoff will generate a variety of smaller multipliers based on how the customer uses and maintains their system. NV Energy will buy credits from customers at an instantaneous fair market value. To begin generating and selling PECs, customers should register their energy system with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission.

Large Scale Renewable Energy Property Tax Abatement (Nevada State Office of Energy)

Value:Varies

In Nevada, businesses may qualify for a property tax abatement on large renewable energy systems or their respective components. Qualifying technologies include solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, fuel cell, and some biomass. The maximum possible abatement is 55% for 20 years. The taxpayer should be prepared to keep their system operational for a minimum of ten years. They must also create a minimum number of construction jobs, including providing workers with health insurance and a minimum benefits package. Additional information is available from the Nevada State Office of Energy.

Renewable Energy Sales and Use Tax Abatement

Value:Varies

In Nevada, state sales tax abatements are available for certain mid-sized commercial renewable energy systems. An abatement lasts for three years and will lower tax rates on energy a system generates to 2.6%. Qualifying systems should be rated for at least 10 MW in capacity. Solar/geothermal systems exporting energy for at least 25,840,000 BTU of heat may also qualify. As a condition of receiving the abatement, property owners may be required to create construction jobs for Nevada residents. New positions should include health insurance and minimum benefits packages. Additional information is available from the Nevada State Office of Energy.

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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 $3.52 in Nevada. This means for a 10kW system you can expect to pay $35,200 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 38 verified solar install companies in Nevada

Solar installers in Nevada (38)

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.

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.

IonSOLAR

Provo, UT(888) 781-7074

Services

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

Simple Power Solar

Reno, NV(775) 786-4006

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.

Dividend Finance

San Francisco, CA(415) 805-7000

Services

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

Sol-Up USA

Las Vegas, NV(702) 586-9800

Services

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

Hunt Electric

Salt Lake City, UT(801) 975-8844

Services

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

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.

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.

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.

Sunrun

San Francisco, CA(833) 394-3384

Services

  • Installation 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.

Vegas Solar

Henderson, NV(702) 527-4883

Services

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

Knight Electric

Ogden, UT(801) 782-8219

Services

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

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.

Infinity Energy

Rocklin, CA(888) 244-2513

Services

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

Empire Solar Group

Salt Lake City, UT(800) 467-4562

Services

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

Badass Energy

Claremont, CA(909) 320-9860

Services

  • Installation of solar arrays.
  • Installation of batteries for energy storage.
  • Consulting on all things solar related.
Last Reviewed By: Matt Hope
Published: 2022-07-05