How Much Does It Cost To Install Solar Photovoltaic Recreational Vehicle Power?


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Solar Photovoltaic Recreational Vehicle Power Costs

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Photovoltaic (PV) electric power is available off grid wherever the sun shines. The amount of PV power that can be harvested depends on the amount of available sunshine which varies by latitude, cloud cover, season of the year, and of course the time of day.

The recreational vehicle that has a generator, battery, and electrical installation can be upgraded with a PV installation, resulting in less generator runtime and more peace and quiet when parked.

You will find that the cost of an average recreational-vehicle installation to backup an existing generator/battery installation varies by type of PV technology and its power rating, accessories, and the labor rate.

In the following table the Labor Cost figure is what the able DIY person should expect to save by performing the corresponding tasks.

Recreational vehicle generator backup power: provide and install the complete system to existing RV battery and electrical installation using fixed-tilt PV panels, charge regulator, mounting structure, protections, and cabling. Include electrical design drawing and all related materials, supplies, transport, equipment, finish-trim, final adjustments, and clean-up; and include all fees.

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
Basic: 200 watts of roof-mounted PV. $1,450 each 1 $1,450
Upgrade Moderate: additional to Basic, 300 watts total PV. $371 each 1 $371
Upgrade Deluxe: additional to Moderate, 400 watts total PV. $473 each 1 $473
Material Cost $2,294 each 1 $2,294
+ Labor Cost (Basic) $42 per hour 5 $210
+ Labor Cost (Moderate) $42 per hour 1 $42
+ Labor Cost (Deluxe) $42 per hour 1 $42
Total Cost $2,588 each 1 $2,588

Other considerations and costs

  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • The Labor Cost figure does not include displacements, overnight stays, or any special engineering intervention.
  • During the initial inspection the contractor should inform the owner of any and all necessary modification or upgrade on electrical circuits or RV structure.
  • An electrical design drawing should be provided.

DIY considerations

  • Packaged kits are available from distributors that are DIY friendly.
  • Roof-top work is among the most dangerous of construction activities, and roof penetrations must be weather-tight.
  • Electrical circuits require attention to power ratings and the prevention of fire-risk.
  • Batteries should be installed in well ventilated areas, and protected against extreme climate conditions.


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Cost by city

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  • New York, NY$3,330
  • Bronx, NY$2,736
  • Brooklyn, NY$2,281
  • Philadelphia, PA$2,845
  • Washington, DC$2,469
  • Atlanta, GA$2,234
  • Miami, FL$2,032
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$2,128
  • Minneapolis, MN$2,496
  • Chicago, IL$2,909
  • Houston, TX$3,000
  • San Antonio, TX$2,014
  • Austin, TX$2,280
  • Denver, CO$1,927
  • Phoenix, AZ$2,033
  • Las Vegas, NV$2,231
  • Los Angeles, CA$2,514
  • San Diego, CA$2,281
  • San Jose, CA$2,755
  • Seattle, WA$2,017

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