Olean, NY (April 2017)

A Solar Panel Case Study

Case Study - Olean NY April 2017 - Buffalo Solar Solutions

System Type

  • Residential
  • Pole-mounted solar panels
  • Manual single-axis tracking

System Size

  • 5.1kW

System Components

  • (15) Solar Panels: Hanwha Q-Cell Plus G4.2 340 (72 Cell)
  • (15) Optimizers: SolarEdge P400
  • (1) Inverter: HD Wave SolarEdge, 3.8kW, Model #SE3800H-US
  • (1) 15-Top MT Solar Pole Mount

Average Electric Bill Before Going Solar


Average Electric Bill After Going Solar


Estimated Long-Term Solar Savings

$863.20 per year
$25,896 over lifetime

Carbon Equivalencies

5.1 acres of forest saved per year (119.3 over lifetime)

4,709 pounds of coal not burned per year (110,925 over lifetime)

0.9 passenger vehicles taken off the road per year (21.7 over lifetime)

Solar Financing

Customer’s Solar Payment:

  • Customer paid cash up front
  • Other financing options available, including $0 down with no out-of-pocket-costs and solar terms for 5, 10, 15, or 20 years

Customer Testimonial

“We are very impressed with Buffalo Solar Solutions! Like most people, we shopped around first to see what our options were. I don’t want to bash any other companies out there—we will just say that we were very impressed when Tyler responded to us so promptly at every phase of our inquiry and installation, and the 100% transparency Buffalo Solar has about all costs, processes, and expectations. He was very honest and drove the two hours down to talk with us in person, without even knowing if we’d become customers. Talking with him was the lowest pressure, least pushy consultation I’ve ever experienced. We’d done our homework on solar for years and it was clear that Tyler and Buffalo Solar Solutions were being very honest with us and worked with us to make sure we were getting what we expected. Every question we’ve had, Tyler has responded to very promptly via call or text message. We went with a pole mount system, and they handled everything for us, from the permit process, to applying for a grant, to contacting the utility companies to make sure it all went well. Installation went very smoothly and the crew was both professional and personable. We were also impressed with the warranty offered on the panels and inverter, and their durability ratings. The tech on this stuff has really come a long way! Since the system was only installed yesterday, I obviously can’t speak to my experiences long term with solar, but I expect it will be a positive one.”

The numbers in this case study pertain specifically to this customer. Prices and monthly solar payments are based off of current market prices and numerous other factors. (Get your free solar consultation and solar panel estimate »)

*Customers are still responsible for paying the basic hookup fee to the utility company (in this case, National Grid), which ranges from approximately $15–$17 a month (plus tax).

**This customer paid cash up front, so they have no monthly solar payment. Most of our customers choose a 15-year term, which in most cases brings their solar payment down to the same cost as their average electric bill. Keep in mind whichever term the customer chooses, they can pay off their system early with NO prepayment penalties.

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