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Indiana solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

Last updated 12.01.21

Indiana State 51 solar panels available

  • $2.25 / W Average gross price of a solar power system as of December 2022
  • 10 years Average system payback period
  • $48 209 Average savings from going solar in Indiana
  • 8 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 6.51 kW Recommended system size

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Hi all, i wanted to share my experience of buying from a1solar. I needed panels for my yacht. I wanted to have only 3, but they have a minimum order size for delivery so I opted for pickup. It was good. It went smoothly. I appreciate the split payment that they offer. I basically went to the center, grabbed the panels, loaded ‘em in the truck and drove them home (gotta do it carefully though!). Nice guys too. peace, Carl
Caarl Arlac
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Oct 2, 2022
I did business with A1 about half a year ago (it’s september 22 atm) when I needed panels for my home in Phoenix. I took Panasonic, if anyone’s wondering. The system’s doing great, and I think I got really lucky with my installer and the shop as well. If I recall correctly, my order was indeed processed in 24h as promised, delivery took a bit longer than expected but it wasn’t a big deal, these were busy days for fedex. panels were in good shape. I myself checked them thoroughly.
Ryden R
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Sep 25, 2022
I like this company. Good service 👍
Daiga Ellaby
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Sep 19, 2022
i read too much about the broken panels and decided to go with the pickup option. Loved the experience overall. One of their centers was nearby, so I ordered some q cells for myself and drove there. They explained in detail how to drive the package home safely so I was really careful and yeah, now they are in my garage, waiting to be installed. Can’t really complain about anything, panels are fine, the service was cool, and the delivery was on me lol
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Sep 19, 2022
So I did order a system, and everything arrived on time, and yes, one panel was broken. But you know what? I’m still going to give them 5 stars. Because 1) they warned me about the possibility of this happening and told me what to do in this case; 2) when I contacted them about it, they handled the situation professionally. I sent them all that they asked for and got a replacement relatively quickly. If it’s anyone’s fault that panels break, then it is the carrier's one. My impression: good service, great prices, commendable customer support.
Will Ghost
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Sep 14, 2022
I needed just a couple of panels for the boat, but the staff treated me like I was buying the whole warehouse. I decided to pick the order up myself, their center was within reach. Getting my panels and a Magnum inverter was easier than going for groceries. There is a lot of hard work behind this simplicity. This I know from experience
Filip Scot
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Sep 11, 2022

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Solar laws, incentives and rebates in Indiana you need to know

Return 26% of your PV system cost with Federal Solar Tax Credit

The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) allows homeowners to claim 26% of the cost of their solar power system installed until 2022 as an income tax deduction. For example, if your solar system costs $20,000, you are eligible for $5,200 (26% of the total gross cost) in tax credit. Solar system cost comprises not only the money spent on solar panels, but also freight shipping costs, professional installer fees, tools bought or rented, and so on. To claim the ITC, complete all the necessary forms and submit them when filing your taxes.

Sell excess electricity with Net Metering Program

Solar laws in Indiana allow customers of investor-owned utilities and electric cooperatives to join Net Metering programs with solar systems under 1 MW. This gives solar owners an opportunity to put the excess electricity into the utility grid instead of storing it in batteries. When you sell your solar power to the grid, you receive credits that can be used to offset your next bills.

The credit value in Indiana is equal to the retail rate of your utility electricity price which will vary depending on your provider. Unused credits have no expiration date as long as you stay with your provider. Before you can start Net Metering, you must submit an interconnection agreement with your utility provider approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC).

Raise your property value but not your taxes 

Indiana residents invested in a solar energy system will not have to pay any additional property taxes on the added value they bring to their homes. Due to the property tax exemption for renewable energy systems, the Indiana Code ensures any new PV system installed will not be part of your property tax. However, any such home improvement will definitely make it about 4% more valuable on the property market, says the 2019 Zillow report. In order to claim the exemption, property owners must fill out Form 18865 and file it with the local county auditor.

Indiana sales tax exemption

Many components are exempt from your sales tax under Indiana’s sales tax exemption for electrical generating equipment when you install a solar energy system. According to the law, you don’t have to pay sales tax on products directly involved in the production of electricity on your solar modules, for example, racks, and inverters.

Solar Easements will protect your solar panels from shade

A solar easement contract is a written agreement between you and another party, for example, your neighbor. This type of contract helps to ensure that your PV system will always have adequate sun exposure, protecting you from potential obstacles. It is voluntary, but cannot be canceled unless a specific clause is included in the document. Any such agreement must be created in written form and must meet the general requirements for legal contracts.

Install your solar panels in Indiana with no worries

It is legal to install solar panels on your house in Indiana. However, you may face some restrictions when installing a solar PV system, so it’s best to contact your homeowner’s association (HOAs) to be certain of any regulations that may be in your area. HOAs in Indiana define a neighborhood’s aesthetic rules. You may have to submit your project for approval before changing the exterior of your house. The board may ask you to hide the system from view, reduce the number of panels or just reject your proposal.

Solar panels help Indianans survive severe storms

Indiana’s most common natural disasters are severe storms, floods, tornados, and landslides. Events like these can unexpectedly cause damage to power lines and generating plants. In such cases, it is better to be prepared for any outages. In August 2021, a severe storm left over 28,000 customers without power in Indiana. PV modules are designed to withstand most hurricanes and storms and will be a reliable energy source in case of any blackouts. According to the Environmental Protection Agency weather events are becoming more frequent, powerful, and unpredictable, but by powering your home with solar energy, you will no longer have to worry about blackouts.

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