There are many different reasons to go solar – environmental, lifestyle, independence – but those who are interested in solar as an investment have one primary question: will solar panels pay off?

The math can be pretty complex and varies from place to place around the country. It involves knowing values for what solar panels and equipment cost in your area, electricity rates, the availability of net metering, incentives, and then just how much sun energy hits your property.

Geostellar makes this calculation with the touch of a (online) button. Our predictive algorithms can tell you about the specifics of your property, and can also characterize the value of photovoltaic panels for the whole country. This county-by-county infographic gives a basic breakdown of where PV makes financial sense, and where it just doesn’t pay off yet.

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