Buying solar panels to power your home can be an all-around good money decision. It can increase your home’s resale value, deliver a large tax credit and save you money on energy for decades. Solar panels can produce energy for a long time (many warranties are for 25 years), so they should produce energy well after you pay them off. Even with these potential benefits, the initial cost can be intimidating. And, with new technologies (like GAF’s Energy’s Timberline Solar shingle), it can be difficult to know where to shop.

Buying residential solar panels should not be one-stop shopping. It’s always a good idea to get quotes from multiple installers. And, you should go in with a solid understanding of your energy needs, your national and local tax incentives and your options for buying or financing in some other way. There are more tips in our solar panel buying guide.

When you’re ready to shop, you have plenty of options, explained below. It’s important to note that we haven’t tested panels or gone through the purchasing process through any of these outlets. This guide will help you know where to look, not which solar array is best for your needs.

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Hardware retailersYour big-box retailers such as The Home Depot sell solar panels, mounting hardware, inverters and charge controllers. Home Depot makes buying solar panels simple through its website or your local store. If you want professional installation, it’ll pair you with licensed, insured installation
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