As of 2015, adding solar panels to a typical 3,000-square-foot home requires approximately $60,000. However, depending on incentive programs available at the time of installation, the owner may pay as little as $27,000. In the United States, the federal and state governments offer incentives to homeowners installing solar energy equipment.
The specific needs of the location can also impact the cost of solar panel installation. As a result, the only way to determine a case-specific price is through a site evaluation. One way home owners can mitigate costs is by installing a partial system. This allows the home to generate a portion of its own electricity rather than operating completely on solar power.