Solar Panels for Home, Buffalo NY - Solar by CIR

Empower Your Home with Solar Energy

Cost Savings
Self Sufficiency
Smart Investment

Solar by CIR’s expertise and financial incentives makes transitioning to solar in Western New York easier and more affordable than ever.

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Lower Costs

Lower your energy bills starting month 1

Increased Value

Solar panels will increase your property's value

Reduced Dependency

Your dependency from traditional energy sources

EV charging

Power Up

Your EV from the comfort of your home

Current Solar Incentives

In addition to federal and state tax incentives, take advantage of either a FREE EV Charger ($2,500 Value) or $1,000 off Your Solar Installation.

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Explore Your Home Solar Options

There are three primary ways of bringing solar to your home:

Rooftop Solar

The roof over your head can do more than shield you from the weather – it can also generate a ton of electricity.

Roof-mounted solar panels keeps them out of sight, positions them at a height where trees or other buildings are less likely to block the sun’s rays, and is a practical use of space not typically using for anything else.

Roof top solar is a great option for most property owners, but we’ll only install it if conditions are right:

  • The right amount of roof space, and at an orientation and angle for optimal sun exposure
  • Free from too much shade from trees or nearby structures
  • Structurally sound roof that doesn’t need maintenance or replacing

Rooftop solar is the most common type of installation.

Every house has a roof, and its likely that roof can generate electricity. And even if you choose to finance, your loan is often less than your current electric bill, so you’re saving money starting month one.

  • Otherwise unused space now generates electricity
  • Reduce grid dependency with battery storage
  • Minimally visible and increases your property’s value
  • We’ll only install if a system makes sense for you

Ground-Mounted Solar

Ground-mounted solar is an excellent option if a rooftop system doesn’t make sense for your property.

There are a couple variations for ground-mounted solar. One is a standard ground mount, where solar panels are secured to a stationary metal frame close to the ground.

The other option is pole mounting, which often incorporates solar tracking. Both choices have several advantages:

  • Optimal positioning towards the sun – and often times even solar tracking
  • No space limitations, meaning as many panels – and as much power – as you want
  • Easily avoid shading by picking an ideal location
  • No roof upgrade needed

If you have the land, ground solar might be your best option.

Ground-mounted solar systems offer unparalleled flexibility and efficiency by allowing optimal panel positioning and the use of tracking systems. This setup ensures higher power production and faster energy savings.

  • Greater control over panel positioning
  • Optimization with a solar tracking system
  • Increased power production by following the sun’s position
  • Higher energy savings achieved more quickly

Home Solar Qualifications

Determining whether or not your home is a good candidate for solar depends on a few factors. Let’s take a look at what you should consider when qualifying your home for solar:

What’s Your Monthly Electric Bill?

Your current electricity bill is the largest factor in determining how much you’ll save by installing solar.

Start Saving from Day 1

Our estimates incorporate local electricity rates and 30 years of weather data to project your savings and payback period. Providing a customized estimate of what you can expect to save and how quickly your investment will pay off.

With this information, you’ll see your savings starting from the very first month.

Does Your Roof Have Southern Exposure?

The ideal location for solar panels is a lightly pitched, south-facing roof without obstructions like chimneys or vents. East- and west-facing roofs are also effective, receiving ample sunlight in the morning and evening.

However, if your roof faces north or has limited unobstructed space, your home may not be suitable for solar panels.

If space allows, ground mounts could be a viable alternative. They offer optimal pitch and orientation to maximize sunlight capture for the solar array.

Home Solar Costs

Installation prices will vary depending on a number of factors. The type of installation and the equipment you choose are the two largest price differentiators.

Grants, Incentives, and Costs

Initial system costs can be drastically reduced by up to 60% with the following incentives:

  • 25% State Tax Credit
  • Uncapped 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit
  • NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) grant

Typically, tier 1 modules come standard with a 25 to 30 year manufacturer’s warranty.


Most people wonder how we make solar work in Buffalo and Rochester, and the answer is simple: Net Metering

Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits customers on their utility bill with the production from their solar energy system.

These credits roll over from month to month until their anniversary date which will be changed to April 1st. This method allows us to take advantage of the seasonality that is a reality in WNY, which means that the credits you accumulate during summer may roll over when you have a deficit of credits during the winter.

Learn more about financing your home solar system in our Solar Panel Cost page.


Looking for Answers?

  • Do solar panels ruin your roof?

    If properly installed and flashed by a professional, a solar system should not damage the existing roof structure.

    The purpose of flashing a solar array is to create a watertight seal that protects the home from moisture and leak damage. There will also be a third party structural analysis conducted to ensure that the roof structure can handle the active weight, wind, and snow loads of the solar array.

    If anything, the panels are protecting the roof structure below from sun damage and will potentially expand the lifespan of asphalt shingles especially.

    Need more answers? Contact us today.

  • How Do You Generate Electricity From Solar Energy at Home?

    Sunlight particles called photons are absorbed by photovoltaic (PV) cells in solar panels. These particles then flow through the semi-conductive materials in the panels, creating energy that’s captured by wiring inside the panels to create direct current (DC) electricity. An inverter then converts DC electricity to alternating current (AC) electricity, which is what powers homes.

  • What Is the Installation Process Like?

    The installation process starts with site design and inspection, includes things like permitting and financing, and wraps up when your system is installed and turned on. Learn more about our solar panel installation process here.

  • How Much Do Solar Panels Cost for My Home?

    Costs vary depending on what type of panels and how many are used in your solar installation. Learn more about our solar panel costs here.

  • How Many Solar Panels Do You Need to Power a House?

    This number varies greatly depending on panel type, energy usage, and layout. The average number of panels on a WNY home is roughly 30. Use our satellite estimate tool to discover how many panels you need for your home.

  • How Much Residential Solar Battery Storage Is Required?

    No storage is required due to NYS net metering.

Our Residential Solar Installations

We are well known in the Buffalo and Rochester area for our solar installations. Check out some of our projects below.

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