WattBuy’s Guide to

Solar Energy in
South Dakota

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The State of Solar in South Dakota

Here are a few numbers showing how popular solar energy is in South Dakota and how much solar energy potential there is on average.


Houses with solar panels

(circa 2019)*

679 kWh

Average monthly energy use per household

10 kW

Average system size

1,033 kWh

Energy generated by average sized system

How much does solar cost in South Dakota?

Average solar panel installation


Federal Incentives




Average monthly bill without solar


Average monthly bill with solar


Solar will pay for itself in

12 years
Tax Credits Available

Free money (kind of)

The Inflation Reduction Act has made it easier and more affordable than ever to go solar, thanks to a 30% federal tax credit. This means that for every $10,000 you spend on solar panels, you can deduct $3,000 from your federal taxes.


Solar Incentives in South Dakota

Renewable Energy System Exemption

The Solar Process

Getting solar panels may seem complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s what you can expect.


Understand your energy needs

Take a closer look at your energy usage to determine how much solar power you'll require.


Get quotes and choose an installer

Reach out to multiple solar companies to gather quotes and select the one that best fits your needs and budget.


Design the system

Work with your chosen installer to design a solar system customized to your specific requirements and goals.


Obtain the necessary permit

Take care of the paperwork and permits required by local authorities before installing your solar panels.


Install solar panels

Let the professionals handle the installation of your solar panels and related equipment.


Inspection time

Have your newly installed solar system inspected to ensure it meets safety and quality standards.


Lights on!

Connect your solar system to the electrical grid and start generating clean, renewable energy for your home or business.

Solar Installers in South Dakota





Black Hills Solar




Learn About Solar in These South Dakota Cities

Ashland HeightsBox ElderColonial Pine HillsCrazy HorseCusterDakota DunesGreen ValleyHill CityKeystoneNorth Sioux CityRapid CityRapid ValleySioux Falls

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*Source: Project Sunroof