Leelanau Solar - Affordable Solar for Home, Farm and Business
Costs
Here are the price lists for ground arrays and rooftop arraysfor 2017.

Leelanau Solar can install most PV systems for $2.25 - $3.00 per DC watt.
This is for a turnkey system including design, permitting, all components, installation, interconnection, and commissioning.
 
This is significantly lower than the average U.S. cost of $3-4/watt reported in 2015.
 
Our installed cost is similar to the European model ($2.25 - 2.50) and close to the U.S. target for year 2020 ($2.29).
                          
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Example
10kw System (10,000 watts)
 
  • It will produce about 12,000 kilowatt-hours per year (10,000 x 1.2)
  • This is worth about $1,450 in 2016, about $2,500 in 2022.
  • The system will cost $23-28,000 installed ($2.30 - 2.80 / watt).
  • The federal tax credit (30%) brings the cost to $16,100 to $19,600.
  • A 25% REAP Grant will bring the cost down to $12,100 to $14,700
 
The simple payoff is 8.4 (REAP) to 13.6 years at today’s electric rates, 6 to 10 years at future rates.
Solar Math – It’s Simple
 
  • Systems are rated by DC watts (STC). This is the peak power of the solar panels.
  • For every DC watt, a system will produce about 1.2 kilowatt hours (kwh) per year in northern Michigan.
  • Each kwh is worth about 15 cents in 2014, 20+ cents in 10 years.
 
    Future Electric Rates for
Consumers Energy at
5% Annual Increase
 
Year
Cents/kwh
2017
15
2018
12.9
2019
13.7
2020
14.5
2021
15.4
2022
16.3
2023
17.3
2024
18.3
2025
19.4
2026
20.6
 
Average rate will be 
15-16 cents over the next 10 years.
 
 
Permitting
Permitting is complex and can represent up to 5-10% of a project.
 
Permit
Residential
Commercial
Agricultural
Land Use
$0 - 50
$50
$50
Soil Erosion
$0
$100
$0
PE Signoff
$150 - 250
$150 - 300
$0
Construction
$150 - 250
$250-300
$0
Electrical
$125 - 200
$150-200
$150 - 200
Net Metering
$75
$75
$75
Interconnection
$25
$25
$25
Total
$525 - $850
$800 - $1050

 $300 - $350

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