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Kentucky solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

Last updated 12.01.21

Kentucky State 52 solar panels available

  • $2.24 / W Average gross price of a solar power system as of December 2022
  • 12 years Average system payback period
  • $48 194 Average savings from going solar in Kentucky
  • 7 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 7.37 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
loken
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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
Via Trustpilot
Sep 11, 2022

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Solar laws, incentives and rebates in Kentucky 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 Kentucky allow any client of an investor-owned utility or a rural electric cooperative to participate in a Net Metering program. This gives solar adopters an opportunity to send the excess electricity back to the grid instead of storing it with a battery. When you sell your solar power to the utility, you receive credits that can be used to offset your next bills. In Kentucky their value is equal to full retail electricity price. When you send more electricity than you receive, these credits start accumulating. They appear regularly on your bills and may be carried forward indefinitely. The credits can’t be transferred, sold or retired.

Protect your solar panels from shade with Solar Easements

A solar easement contract is a written agreement between you and some other party, for example, your neighbor. It serves to protect your right to access direct sunlight. A solar easement will safeguard your panels from potential impairments, such as vegetation or structures. It is voluntary and tied to the land, not the owner. Any such agreement must be created in written form and must meet the general requirements for legal contracts.

Install your solar panels in Kentucky with no worries

It is legal to install solar panels on your house in Kentucky. However, there are no specific laws in place to protect the residents from restrictions imposed by homeowners associations (HOAs). Thus, 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. Contact your HOA or study its declaration and rules to find more information.

Solar panels help Kentucky survive tornadoes

Kentucky ranks high among the states where natural disasters hit most often. This includes floods, earthquakes, winter storms, tornados, etc. Solar panels can handle heavy rain, hail and even survive most hurricanes. The electricity your PV modules generate will be very welcome during power outages that inevitably accompany such events. In 2009, a winter storm wreaked havoc in Kentucky, leaving about 1.3 million people without power, in some cases for days. The Environmental Protection Agency warns that natural disasters like this will become more frequent and powerful, which makes adopting solar even more sensible.

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