Solar energy for the City of Seven Hills

The state of solar in Yonkers

Yonkers enjoys 200 sunny days a year on average—close to the national average of 205 days.* Approximately 78% of the rooftops in Yonkers are solar viable, equating to about 25 million square feet of roof space.*


The city is a leader in clean energy innovation, achieving Bronze Climate Smart Community Certification from the State of New York and designation as a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in its efforts to follow the Yonkers Energy Plan, which “aims to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.”

How much solar energy does Yonkers produce?

Yonkers has a solar capacity of 10.37 MW from 1,119 solar installations. The city has seen steady solar growth since the state began tracking solar data in 2013, increasing its capacity by 1,856.6% in just eight years.

In 2012, the city welcomed one of the largest commercial rooftop solar PV systems in the state atop an industrial complex known as i.Park Hudson. The installation has a 1.08 MW capacity and generates enough energy to power 120 homes.

What are the advantages of going solar in Yonkers?

Yonkers electricity rates are high even for New York at about 30% above the state average and a jaw-dropping 95% higher than the national average. Solar costs, on the other hand, have dropped 45% in the last five years.*

As a result, a solar PV system has the potential to offer substantial electricity cost savings and pay for itself relatively quickly—up to $33,000 over 20 years with a break-even point of 6 to 7 years.* New York also offers generous incentives to encourage solar adaption.

On top of the monetary motivation to go solar, making the switch also comes with environmental benefits. Solar energy is carbon neutral and is an effective way to reduce carbon emissions. If all the solar-viable rooftops in Yonkers were utilized, it would offset 231,000 cubic tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of taking 48,800 cars off the road for a year.*

How much does solar cost in Yonkers?

The state of solar in Yonkers

The cost of a home solar system can vary, even in the same city, due to a range of factors. These include:

  • Available square footage of roof space

  • Roof angle, orientation, and shading

  • Labor costs

Quality of solar panels and installation To help you understand the price of going solar in your area, we've analyzed SunPower price quotes, as well as quotes gathered by third-party sources for thousands of homeowners across the country.* In Yonkers, we found that the cost of purchasing a 5 kW solar system ranges from $15,250 to $20,250, or in other words, from $3.05 to $4.05 per watt. And that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.

The State of New York currently offers residents a non-refundable tax credit equaling 25% of their solar panel installation costs, up to $5000.* Additionally, NYSERDA has several special financing programs for residents who would like to transition to clean energy but have a lower income or don’t qualify for a conventional loan. Loan amounts range between $1,500 and $25,000, with 5-, 10-, or 15-year repayment terms.

What’s the best way to go solar in Yonkers?

Investing in a solar system can help your household transition to clean energy, save money, and reduce greenhouse emissions in our community. However, your solar system’s performance and aesthetics will result directly from the installation quality.

Starting off right with solar requires considering your current energy usage, available unshaded roof space, budget, and more. A reputable solar provider can help you factor in all the above as well as answer all your questions, provide a system design, price quote, potential monthly electricity cost savings estimate, and an overview of any available tax credits or incentives.

Get started now by requesting a free consultation. We'll follow up to schedule a convenient time to discuss the best solar and battery-storage options for your home You can also call us directly at (800) 786-7693.

  • *. Best Places. Climate in Yonkers, NY. April 2021.
  • *. Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018).
  • *. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) New York Solar. Q4 2020
  • *. Energy Sage. Solar Panels in Yonkes. 2021.
  • *. Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018).
  • *. Local Installers 2020/2021, Wood Mackenzie 2020, Solar Reviews 2021, Energy Sage 2021, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 2020
  • *. Incentives, rebates, and tax credits vary and are subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
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