My house is located in Central NY and is an east/west facing home. I had my solar panels installed on my roof on 10/15/2014.
My panels are not from Tesla or Solar City. I am posting this to show folks why it is worth getting Solar.
My original cost for the 9.9 kW system was around $24k before tax and NYSERDA rebate incentives. The overall costs after Tax incentives was around $7k or less
My overall savings: $8,203.58
58,597.05 kWh x 14 cents per kWh (avg. since 2014 [currently 12.5 cents])
I paid for the cost upfront avoiding interest. I felt if I took out a home equity loan and paid interest monthly, then it would seem like I was still paying electricity costs, but in interest form.
Photo of array and production
Studies also showed that the value of your home increases by the original installation costs at the time my panels were installed.
I hope this helps those that are on the fence.