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Kansas solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

Kansas State 18 solar panels available

  • $0.65/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of June 2022
  • 2 years Average system payback period
  • 55 087 / year Average savings from going solar in Kansas
  • 4 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 5.08 kW Recommended system size

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What our happy customers say

The website UI is really intuitive and I figured out what I want pretty quickly. Went for Canadian Solar panels plus a solaredge inverter. I went to their fulfillment center to grab my order, and they were very quick to bring it out. The staff really made sure to warn me that panels are fragile and I appreciate that. Drove the package home safely, unpacked, all good. Right now we’re in the middle of the installation process, they sent a letter asking how I’m doing and asked for a review. Here I am! The panels are nice and it was a pleasure doing business with you.
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Apr 7, 2022
Fantastic company. Everything went smooth and the shipped was fast. The customer service was great.
Joe M.
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Apr 5, 2022
So I’m from LA and everybody’s going solar here so though that I should too. But I was really afraid it would be too much of a hassle. Eventually i went on google and soon found a1store. They got a pretty website and lots of articles on solar, and I flicked through a couple. So I decided to contact them, they were very friendly and we scheduled a call with their engineer. He was very patient with me and explained all the basics that I needed to know.

So i made an order, one of their centers is nearby, so i ordered pickup. I drove there, and they warned me to drive the panels carefully and pack them well for the road. seems like it's a recurring thing that people break their panels on the way home. I was real careful and yeah, I got home safely. Panels are in my garage now. I already found the installer. we have to take care of some papers and then it’s on!
Jerry Burton
Via Trustpilot
Mar 23, 2022
Great selection of high quality solar panels, good pricing, fast shipping, everything arrived in great condition.
Via Trustpilot
Mar 8, 2022
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

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

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

The main solar incentive that works across all United States is the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) program. By applying to this program all Americans can deduct 26% of the total cost of their installation from the income tax. The PV system cost doesn’t amount to only how much you’ve spent on your solar panels, but includes the shipping and installation as well. To claim the ITC, complete all the necessary forms and submit them when filing your taxes. It makes sense to hurry up: in 2023 the Tax credit decreases to 22% and after that it’s 10% for commercial systems only.

Make money off your solar system with Net Metering program

Like in any other state, in Kansas you can sell your electricity into the commercial grid and gain credits from your electric company. Since 2014, residential solar systems must be under 15 kW to be eligible for the Net Metering program. Commercial installations have a capacity limit of 100 kW. For those who joined net-metering after July 1, 2014, all the net excess generation (NEG) is credited at a 100% rate of the utility's monthly system average cost of energy per kWh at the end of each billing period. The rates differ from company to company, so contact your electric supplier for more information.

Increase your buying power with Energy Efficient Mortgages

The Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM) program allows you to quickly get more money for energy upgrades for your home or for a new property with preinstalled upgrades. These loans are insured through Federal Housing Authority (FHA) and Veterans Affairs (VA) programs. 

If you qualify for an FHA loan, you do for the EEM program. Usually the energy package that can be added to a standard FHA loan amounts to:

– The cost of upgrades based on the home energy assessment; or

– the lesser of 5% of:

  • the Adjusted Value;
  • 115 percent of the median area price of a Single Family dwelling; or
  • 150 percent of the national conforming mortgage limit.

Solar systems, of course, qualify as energy-efficient upgrades, so your loan can be increased by the amount your system costs. Again, the cost of a PV system doesn’t amount to panels only, but includes accessories, shipment and installation as well. Read more about the FHA program and apply here.

EEMs through the Veterans Affairs program are available for military personnel, reservists and veterans. The exact loan amount depends on your status and credit history. Check the guide on how to apply for the VA loan here.

Pay no additional taxes for having a solar system in Kansas

According to Kansas solar laws, all renewable energy equipment that you add to your house is exempted from property taxes for 10 years after the installation. Thus your taxes don’t change after the installation of panels. However, your own solar system increases the value of your home on the market. After 10 years pass, your property tax is most likely to be reassessed. 

Get a permit to install solar panels in Kansas

To build a solar system in Kansas, you need a permit for it. Generally, it’s your installer who takes care of this. First, you plan the installation and find a company that performs the installation. Then an inspector from your county or municipal agency comes and checks if your house is ready. You can check the general steps of getting a permit here. The exact process may differ from county to county and it’s important to figure out what papers you will need beforehand.

Solar easements help to settle shading issues with neighbors

Kansas state specifically notes that residents can voluntarily create solar easement contracts. A written paper should be recorded with the county register of deeds. The purpose of the contract is to ensure that the solar system receives enough sunlight and doesn’t get overshadowed by a tree on your neighbor’s land. If a branch casts a shade over your modules, you can ask your neighbor to trim the tree.

Solar panels help Kansas survive tornadoes

Across the United States, Kansas has the second highest average number of tornadoes annually – around 60 every year. Solar panels, however, can withstand harsh weather very well, and tornadoes in particular. Most PV modules are made to tolerate at least a 140 mph wind. The speed of a tornado is around 40–100 mph on average. There aren’t any specific requirements for minimum strength of solar panels at the state level. However, it naturally makes sense to go for especially resistant and durable modules in Kansas – the land of tornadoes.

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