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The state of solar in Greensboro

In 2020, the city of Greensboro gained LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as a result of its sustainability efforts. It is committed to transitioning to 100% clean energy by 2040, and solar power is sure to be a big part of that effort. Greensboro enjoys 217 sunny days per year,* and around 75% of its rooftops are solar viable.*

How much solar energy does Greensboro produce?

Guildford County currently has 36.091 MW of installed solar capacity from 553 solar PV systems. The 15-acre, 4.8-MW solar array at the White Street Landfill is among the largest installations in Greensboro.*

Solar thermal water heating is also popular in Greensboro, with seven of the city's fire departments and Guilford College implementing systems. The city also installed two solar electric vehicle charging stations downtown in 2020.

What are the advantages of going solar in Greensboro?

Many Greensboro residents choose to go solar for sustainability reasons. Unlike fossil fuels, sunlight is a renewable, inexhaustible, and carbon-neutral energy source. If the 68,100 solar viable rooftops in Greensboro were utilized, it would prevent 1.3 million cubic tons of carbon dioxide from being released, the equivalent of taking 279,000 cars off the road.*

Going solar is beneficial not only to the environment but for your finances as well. A 5 kW solar PV system can offer upwards of $15,000 in savings over 20 years and can pay for itself within 10 to 12 years.*

The State of North Carolina has also taken steps to make going solar more affordable over the last decade. House Bill 589, which passed in 2017, created a solar rebate program and a statewide solar rooftop leasing program, among other solar incentives.

How much does solar cost in Greensboro?

The state of solar in Greensboro

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

  • Quality of the solar system

  • Amount of electricity the household uses

  • Angle and shading of the roof

  • Local weather

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 Greensboro, we found that the cost of owning a 5 kW solar system ranges from $12,800 to $20,850, or in other words, from $2.56 to $4.17 per watt. And that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.

In the past five years, the average cost of solar panels in North Carolina has dropped by approximately 45%.* To further reduce your installation costs, you may be able to take advantage of a 26% federal tax credit and the NC Solar Rebate Program through Duke Energy.*

The NC Rebate Program offers a $0.6/Watt rebate for systems up to 10 kW. However, be aware that it has an annual capacity limit of 10 MW for residential systems and often reaches that limit quickly. Enrollment opens in January and July each year and is open until 50% of the annual capacity is reached.*

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

To maximize efficiency and your return on investment, you will need to take a range of factors into account when choosing the specifics of your solar PV system, including your available unshaded roof space, the type of solar panels you want, your energy needs, budget, and more.

A consultation with a reputable solar installer is the best way to fully understand these considerations. During your consultation, you’ll be given a custom system design and savings estimate, price quote, and overview of any available incentives and tax credits. A consultation also gives you a chance to ask any questions you may have about solar power or the installation process.

At SunPower, we are committed to helping Greensboro residents’ transition to clean energy in an easy, affordable way. Get started today by requesting a consultation.

We’ll follow up to schedule a convenient time for an in-person or virtual consultation. You can also call us directly at (800) 786-7693.

Looking for commercial solar in Greensboro?

SunPower is the top commercial solar provider in the U.S.* Schedule a commercial solar consultation today.

  • *. Best Places. Climate in Greensboro, North Carolina. April 2021.
  • *. Google, Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018).
  • *. Fox8. Greensboro needs your help to draw up an energy plan. January, 2021.
  • *. Google, Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018).
  • *. Energy Sage. Solar Panels in Greensboro, NC. April 2021.
  • *. Local Solar Installers 2020/2021, Solar Reviews 2021, Energy Sage 2021, Wood Mackenzie 2020, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 2020
  • *. SEIA, North Carolina Solar, Q3 2020
  • *. Tax credits and incentives are subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
  • *. Duke Energy Corporation. NC Solar Rebate Program.
  • *. Wood Mackenzie, US PV Leaderboard (March 2021). SunPower ranked #1 in cumulative commercial volume 2017-2020
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