How Much Do Solar Shingles Cost in 2024?

The average cost of solar shingle installation is $55,800, but the cost typically varies from $42,600 to $69,000.

House roof covered with solar shingles

As electricity costs continue to rise, more homeowners are turning to solar roofing systems to lower their monthly bills. Specifically, they are looking for solar shingles, a premium solar technology that doesn’t sacrifice aesthetics. You should be prepared to spend between $42,600 to $69,000, or a national average of $55,800, for solar shingles installation.

Solar shingles, also known as solar roof tiles, are thin photovoltaic sheets that absorb the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity to power your home. The premium material looks and performs like traditional asphalt shingles and many brands integrate with other popular roofing materials. 

In this pricing guide, we’ll cover:

Average Costs of Solar Shingles

National Average Cost$55,800
Typical Price Range$42,600 – $69,000
Extreme Low-End Cost$10,000
Extreme High-End Cost$95,000

Most solar shingles installations fall into the $42,600 to $69,000 range, but many factors can impact your budget and overall costs. CIGS solar shingles installed on a small area of 500 square feet could cost as little as $10,000, while premium monocrystalline silicon solar shingles on a large, 3,000-square-foot area can set you back as much as $95,000.

Solar Shingles Cost Estimator By Sizes

Roof size is an important cost factor. Solar shingles installation typically costs between $20 to $27 per square foot, including labor and materials. Many factors help determine the number of solar shingles your home needs to cover your energy requirements, including roof size, sun exposure, and average energy use. 

Standard solar shingles are similar in size to traditional asphalt shingles, measuring 12 inches wide by 86 inches long and less than 1 inch thick. The average home requires approximately 350 solar shingles to cover electricity needs.

Roof SizeAverage Cost Before Incentives*
includes materials and labor
1,000 square feet$20,000 – $27,000
1,200 square feet$24,000 – $32,400
1,500 square feet$30,000 – $40,500
2,000 square feet$40,000 – $54,000
2,500 square feet $50,000 – $67,500

Solar Shingles Cost Estimator By Watt

Roofing companies often install solar shingles alongside other roofing materials like regular shingles or wood shakes. Because the typical installation does not require solar shingles to cover the entire roof, one of the best ways to estimate the cost of solar shingles is to know how much energy your new solar system must produce to cover your current energy demands. 

Solar shingles cost between $3.65 to $8.50 per watt before incentives, and the average home needs 9,000 watts, or 9 kilowatts, to cover utility costs (1kW = 1,000 watts). A 10-kilowatt system costs between $25,550 to $59,500 after the 2023 tax credit.

Solar shingles installed between‌ 2023 to 2032 are eligible for a 30% credit on materials and labor. 

Cost Per KilowattTotal Cost for a 10 kW System Before Tax CreditAverage Cost For a 10 kW System After 2023 Tax Credit
$3,650 – $8,500$36,500 – $85,000$25,550 – $59,500

Other Factors That Affect Cost

The average cost of a traditional roof replacement is $8,446. Although the initial cost of solar shingles installation seems steep, the eco-friendly system helps reduce your annual energy costs, paying for itself over time. 

While weighing your replacement options, note that there are many factors affecting overall solar shingle installation costs, including brand, type, location, labor rates, and more. 

Federal Solar Tax Credit

Solar upgrades, including solar shingles, traditional solar panels, and battery storage systems, are eligible for a government tax credit. The program runs from 2022 to 2035. 

Solar shingles installed between‌ 2022 to 2032 are eligible for a 30% credit. Systems installed in 2033 are only eligible for a 26% credit, and those installed in 2034 will receive a 22% credit. There is no maximum amount a homeowner can claim. 

Expenses include: 

  • Solar shingles 
  • Contractor labor costs, including permitting fees and inspection costs
  • Balancing equipment, including wiring, mounting equipment, and inverters
  • Energy storage devices with a capacity rating of 3 kilowatt-hours or greater
  • Sales tax on expenses

Many states also have policies governing renewable energy, offering their own incentives and rebates. The federal tax credit expires in 2035 unless it receives a congressional extension.

Year2022 – 203220332034
Tax Credit30%26%22%

Solar Shingles Cost Estimator by Type

There are currently two basic types of solar shingles on the market: monocrystalline silicon and copper-indium-gallium-selenide. The typical price range for solar shingles is between $21 to $25 per square foot, including labor and materials.

Type of Solar ShingleCost Per Square Foot*
includes materials and labor
Copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS)$21 – $23
Monocrystalline Silicon$24 – $25

CIGS Solar Shingles

CIGS shingles are thin film solar shingles made of a layer of semiconductor material like copper indium selenide. These shingles are lightweight and flexible, making them easier to blend into a roof’s aesthetics. These economical solar shingles cost between $21 to $23 per square foot, with some costing as little as $15 per square foot. However, they have a lower efficiency rate than silicon solar shingles.

Silicon Solar Shingles

Monocrystalline silicon shingles comprise silicon crystals that are 15% to 20% more energy efficient than CIGS shingles. They have a rigid construction and are more expensive than CIGS solar shingles, costing as much as $35 per square foot. Silicon shingles generate more power than CIGS shingles and average between $24 to $25 per square foot.

Solar Shingle Cost Estimator by Brand

Several U.S. brands manufacture solar shingles, and as the technology continues to rise in popularity, we can expect to see more brands develop their own solar shingles. 

Here are the most popular solar companies and their average cost per watt before tax incentives. Note that these costs will vary depending on your location and other factors. 

BrandsProduction*watts per shingleEfficiencyAverage Cost Per Watt*before incentiveAverage Cost For a 10 kW System 
*includes materials and labor
CertainTeed Apollo Tile II70 watts18%$5.50 per watt$55,000
GAF Energy Solar Shingles45 watts22%$4 per watt$40,000
LUMA80 watts22%$6 per watt$60,000
SunTegra Solar Shingles105 – 114 watts16% – 17%$4.50 per watt$45,000
Tesla Solar Roof71.67 watts17% – 20%$6.50 per watt$65,000

Let’s look at the most popular solar shingles:

  • CertainTeed Solar Shingles
  • GAF Solar Shingles
  • LUMA Solar Shingles
  • SunTegra Solar Shingles
  • Tesla Solar Roof

CertainTeed Solar Shingles

The CertainTeed Apollo Tile II costs $5.50 per watt on average. The low-profile design works with new or existing asphalt shingles, and the high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells produce 70 watts per shingle. 

GAF Solar Shingles

GAF’s Timberline Solar Energy Shingles combine asphalt roof shingle material with monocrystalline solar cells. The new roofing material costs approximately $4 per watt, and thanks to the layer of asphalt, roofers can nail the solar shingles directly to your roof like traditional shingles. While GAF’s shingles are economical and easy to install, they only output around 45 watts per shingle. 

LUMA Solar Shingles

The LUMA solar shingles were one of the first to market. These shingles produce an impressive 80 watts per shingle and cost $6 per watt. They also carry a Category 5 Hurricane Classification and can withstand winds over 200 miles per hour. LUMA solar shingles come with a 25-year production warranty guaranteeing maximum output.  

SunTegra Solar Shingles

SunTegra solar shingles attach directly to your roof, integrating with traditional shingles and other low-profile roofing materials. They use 50% fewer parts than traditional solar panels and most install in half the time. 

The SunTegra shingles cost $4.50 per watt and produce 105 to 114 watts per shingle. Like LUMA solar shingles, SunTegra shingles also come with a 25-year output warranty. 

Tesla Solar Roof

By now, you have probably heard of Elon Musk, CEO and chief product architect of Tesla. Tesla’s high-end solar shingles contain quartz to increase efficiency and durability. The Tesla solar roof produces 71.67 watts per shingle and costs on average $6.50 per watt. Tesla backs each installation with a 30-year production output warranty. 

Labor Cost to Install Solar Shingles

Solar shingles take more time to install than traditional solar panels, but what you are losing in time, you are making up for with sleek profiles and better curb appeal. The total cost of installation combines materials and labor. Most roofing companies charge per hour, with the average cost of solar shingles installation falling between $45 to $70 per hour. 

You should be prepared to spend approximately 60% of your total project costs on labor. Some roofing companies charge per square foot for solar shingle installations, and the cost is $3 to $4.50 per square foot, including labor and materials.

Solar shingles require connectors, wiring, and an electrical inverter. Your contractor will work with a local electrician to complete this portion of the job. Typically, electricians cost between $45 to $135 per hour. 

Overall, solar shingle installations cost 15% to 25% more than solar panel installations, and labor rates depend on your location, the experience of the roofer, and roofing materials. 

SpecialtyLabor Cost
Roofers per sq. ft.$3 – $4.50
Roofers per hr.$45 – $70
Electrician per hr.$45 to $135

Related Services 

Solar roofs are expensive and require thorough planning to understand all the related services that come with the large home improvement project. Look into these related services and upgrades while making your decision.

Roofing Permits

Solar roof installation requires a building permit in most areas. The residential permit department in your city will have more information. On average, you can expect to spend between $250 to $1,500 on a roofing permit for your installation.

Roof Removal

Most solar shingles work with new and existing roofing materials. If your solar roof installation is part of a roof replacement, your roofers will need to remove the old materials for disposal. You can expect to spend between $1 to $3 per square foot, or around $1,200, for the service. 

Battery Backup System

Solar energy systems have high upfront costs, but they pay for themselves over time with clean energy and reduced electric bills. Solar shingles generate electricity for your home, but they cannot store it for later use. To get the most out of your new roof, it is best to install a battery backup system, like Tesla’s Powerwall. 

The generator stores collected solar power so your home can use it when your shingles cannot produce or collect energy. The battery backup system costs between $10,000 to $21,000. 

The battery backup system and solar shingles are both building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), and it is more cost-effective to install the battery at the same time as your new shingles. However, the battery is still eligible on its own for the federal tax credit if you decide to purchase it later, and some states provide solar storage incentives. 

Cost of Solar Roof Shingles By Location

Solar shingles installation varies widely based on location and the cost of living. Labor and materials cost significantly more in metro areas like Los Angeles or New York. Additionally, mild climates with longer roofing seasons have lower overall prices compared to regions with heavy snow and ice where the roofing season is shorter. 

There is no way to know exactly what your solar installation will cost without receiving free quotes from professional contractors in your area to compare.  

Solar Shingles vs. Solar Panels

Solar shingles and solar panels use solar cells to harness the sun’s rays and convert them into electricity. Traditional solar panels are simply larger versions of solar shingles. 

However, there is one major difference: Solar panels are one component of a roof, while solar shingles are an entire roof system. 

Check out some other key differences:

Solar ShinglesSolar Panels
Installation Cost*materials and labor included$55,800$18,000
Lifespan*for peak performance25 – 30 years25 – 30 years
Size12 inches x 86 inches and less than 1 inch thick39 inches x 65 inches
Weight13 pounds per square foot40 pounds each
Installation TimeMinimum 1 weekLess than 1 day
Output13 to 63 watts per shingle170 to 350 watts per panel

Pros and Cons

✔ Solar shingles are low-profile, offering better aesthetics.✘ Solar shingles are more expensive than solar panel systems.
✔ Solar shingles are more weather-resistant than solar panels.✘ Solar shingles are less energy efficient than solar panels.
✔ Solar shingles are lighter and do not require additional structural support for installation.✘ Solar shingles are more expensive than solar panels.

FAQ About Solar Shingles

Can I DIY install solar shingles?

No. Solar shingles are part of a new roof system or installed over your existing roofing materials and require professional installation and wiring. Improper installation could void the manufacturer’s warranty and lead to leaks, mold, and water damage. 

How long do solar shingles last? 

Solar shingles last longer than traditional roofing shingles and maintain maximum output and efficiency for 25 to 30 years. Longevity depends on the solar shingle brand, and providers offer their own warranties.

Be sure to check with your shingle manufacturer to understand your warranty. 

How much will my energy bills decrease?

The power output of your solar system and your home’s energy demands determine how much your monthly energy bills will decrease. On average, solar shingles reduce electricity costs between 40% to 60%. 

Find a Solar Shingles Pro Near You 

Solar shingles produce clean energy for your home, and it is a great time to install a solar roof while the federal tax credit is at 30%. Before this credit, you can expect to spend between $42,600 to $69,000, or a national average of $55,800, for solar shingles installation.

If you are ready to reduce your carbon footprint, RoofGnome connects you to the best solar roofing professionals in your area to learn about the brands and your options. 

Main Photo by: Jeff Kubina / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0

Kimberly Magerl

Kimberly Magerl is a writer and data analyst specializing in home improvement, DIY, roofing, and solar technologies. She enjoys growing vegetables in her garden, getting outdoors, and transforming her space with DIY projects. A resident of Texas, when she isn't gardening, Kimberly enjoys trying new recipes and cooking with her home-grown herbs.