Arizona solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

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  • $2.09/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of January 2022
  • 7 years Average system payback period
  • 52 837 / year Average savings from going solar in Arizona
  • 6 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 4.78 kW Recommended system size
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This is a tale of a remedied problem. After a month, a Single Star is now Three Star.

I ordered a set of REC Alpha Pure 400s and they arrived packed by a third party in a woefully inadequate condition strapped to a pallet with no padding and a pallet nail gouge in the bottom panel. They didn't even place them face to face like the valuable fine art they are.

When I informed Alexey of this with explicit photos establishing their third party packer's careless disregard for that non-countersunk nail, he attempted to shift the blame to transport. I'm certain Fed-Ex was not responsible for that nail.

A1 Solar eventually took responsibility, and delivered to me a new panel ***properly packed** -- they appear to have instituted a proper packing policy that will save everyone time and money.

fiat lux!

Via Google
Dec 19, 2021
I ordered some solar panels. The top 4 ones were damaged during delivery (A1 had emailed me in advance what to check for before I took delivery which I followed even though the truck driver was pushing not to inspect them as thouroughly) and A1 replaced them in a timely manner and kept me informed. The price on the panels were some of the best on the internet (delivered). I would buy from them again.
Robert Broughton
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Nov 27, 2021
I ordered some solar panels but during delivery, the top 4 were broken by the shipping department.

A1 replaced them and kept me informed when the replacements would be in. I would buy from them again.
Robert Broughton
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Nov 27, 2021
Ordering online was easy.
Price was reasonable even with shipping added. Actually, it was the best I could find with the panels I wanted.
Customer service was beyond expectations. I received a phone call after the order to verify everything. The rep also went over receiving instructions. I got an email with recieving procedure. I got a follow up call the day before the panels were to be delivered. The day of delivery, the FedEx call also called. I got a follow call afterwards verifying everything was good.I had 8 350 watt panels shipped. They arrived via FedEx on a pallet. Recieving instructions said to not sign the recieving doc until I inspected everything. I am half paralyzed so I asked my neighbor ahead of time to help unpack the panels to inspect for physical damage. The FedEx guy dropped the pallet in my driveway and handed me the package list and then he very quickly left before I was able to inspect the panels. He said he did not need a signature. My mindset immidiately turned negative since fraud, burglary, murders, etc are now legal, encouraged, and even rewarded in the US. To my relief, the panels turned out to be in good shape.
I have had several different panels prior to ordering from A1 Solar. I am used to solar panels outputting 70% or less of the rated output.I hooked up one panel yesterday and I was getting over 85% at 9:30 AM in direct sun output which really suprised me. This number is what the charge controller reported while charging a 12 volt battery bank. My current project that these panels will be used for is my second offgrid system.
Next year after I have my house electrical panels rebuilt to allow for a whole house battery bank, I will be ordering another 7KWH in panels and I plan to order those from A1 Solar Store.
Junkyard Dog
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Aug 12, 2021
Solar panels are great quality at a good price! Pick up was very easy!
Quirino Passione
Via Google
Jul 27, 2021
Great price and AWESOME service.
Sam McCleary
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Jun 23, 2021

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Federal Solar Tax Credit program allows you to save 26% of your PV system cost 

The US government wants more people to go solar: it’s a modern and green way of getting energy. This is why the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) program was developed. It allows American citizens to claim 26% of the cost of their installation as an income tax deduction if it’s installed before 2022. The cost here is not only solar panels, but also shipping, installation expenses and more. For example, if your system overall made you spend $10,000, the government returns you $2,600. To claim the ITC, complete all the necessary forms and submit them when filing your taxes.

Save another $1,000 with Arizona solar tax credit on top of ITC

Arizona has its own state tax program to encourage people to go solar. It is similar to the ITC: you can get a return of 25% of the cost of your system with a maximum cap of $1,000 – whichever is lower. This program runs independently from the ITC, so you can apply for both and lower the price of your PV system even further. You can find full instructions and all necessary forms here. After you fill in the papers, submit them when filing your taxes. Please note that installers must furnish you with a certificate stating that your solar equipment complies with Arizona's solar energy device requirements.

Get a tax credit for generated energy if you solar system is bigger than 5 MW

This program was designed for commercial solar installations of at least 5,000 kW (5 MW) capacity installed before January 1, 2021. This date has passed, but if you already have an installed system, you can apply for this credit until your installation is 10 years old. According to the guidelines, first you have to get a certificate from the Arizona Department of Revenue. To get one, send them an application: the Department accepts applications from January 2 to January 31 each year until 2030. Tax credit by itself depends on the amount of electricity you produce. With a solar system you get from 4 to 1 cent for kWh, depending on the age of your system, but the tax credit can’t surpass $2 million dollars in one year.

Sell your energy in Arizona with net billing

You can sell into the grid all the excess energy that your system produces, which is called net billing in Arizona. Utility companies offer different rates for electricity. As of June 2021, for example, Arizona Public Service offers 10.45 cents per kWh, Tucson Electric Power gives 8.68 cents per kWh, and UNS Electric buys a kWh for 10.35 cents. Unfortunately, the rates decrease by about 10% every October: the consequences of the 2016 shift from net metering to net billing in Arizona. The good news is that once a new customer joins in on the program, the rates lock in for him for 10 years.

Save additional $300 to $1,000 a year trading RECs

Renewable Energy Credits are certificates granted to any person or entity upon generation of each MWh of clean electricity. Unlike with Net Metering, you don’t need to sell any electricity to get credits. The value of RECs is always changing, which makes them similar to stock market assets. Based on the available data, selling RECs could mean anywhere from $300 to $1,000 annually for a 10 kW solar system. To participate, you have to contact the Arizona Corporation Commission. After that, you can create a REC account with the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) to begin storing and selling your credits.

Solar panels don’t raise property taxes

Any solar equipment or solar elements don’t add any value to property, according to Arizona Revised Statutes, and thus you don’t have to pay taxes for it. The Arizona property tax exemption program was established in 2006, and so far there is no expiration date in sight for it. Basically, it allows you not to worry about what a solar system might cost you in terms of taxes. Keep in mind that while having solar panels in Arizona doesn’t change your taxes, it still increases the market value of your house.

Save up to $2,500 with solar rebates in Arizona

Electric cooperatives like Duncan valley and Mohave also try to incentivise their customers to go solar. That’s why they offer discounts for solar products through Sunwatts program.
  • Mohave cooperative gives a rebate of 5 cents per Watt with a system size cap of 50 kW. The maximum discount is $2,500. The application for the program has to be submitted before the installation of your system. Start with submitting a reservation form with copies of cost estimate and work plan from the contractor. For any questions on the program feel free to contact Mohave by email or phone: (928) 758-0539.
  • With Duncan valley, you can get a rebate of 5 cents per Watt for a system of 10 kW or less with a maximum cap of $500. For more information on getting a rebate, contact Duncan Valley staff: (928) 359-2503

Sales tax exemption makes going solar 5-6% cheaper

In Arizona, there are no sales taxes applied to any equipment for harvesting solar energy. This program has been in place since 1997. Overall, it makes solar panels in Arizona 5-6% cheaper than in other states with no sales tax exemption program. Note that the sales tax exemption does not apply to batteries, controls, etc., that are not part of the solar system.

Get a permit and install your solar panels in Arizona with no worries

To build a solar system in Arizona, you need to get a permission for it first. They are issued at the local level and requirements for a permit differ from counties and municipalities. The fees for it depend on the size of a system plus the cost of installation and inspection. Sometimes, but not always, the officials need a stamp of a professional engineer which raises the fee. In 2008 the state published a general standard for these permits, and if you are interested in what the document contains, take a look at this paper.

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