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Louisiana solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

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  • $0.52/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of June 2022
  • 2 years Average system payback period
  • 59 443 / year Average savings from going solar in Louisiana
  • 3 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 6.31 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.
Lime
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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
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Mar 23, 2022
Great selection of high quality solar panels, good pricing, fast shipping, everything arrived in great condition.
Paul
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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
Via Trustpilot
Nov 27, 2021

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Solar laws, incentives and rebates in Louisiana 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 and accessories, but also freight shipping costs, professional installer fees, tools bought or rented and so on. To claim the ITC, complete the forms and submit them when filing your taxes.

Sell excess electricity with Net Metering Program

Net Metering allows residential solar owners to put the excess electricity onto the utility grid instead of storing it with batteries. The Louisiana law requires that all utilities and electric cooperatives have this program implemented. When you sell your solar power in this manner, you receive an electricity bill reduction based on the utility’s avoided cost. For every kWh you contribute to the grid, you get a certain amount of money based on the Avoided Cost Rate that is updated annually by the utilities.

Freeze your property tax with Renewable Energy Source Exemption

A solar PV system installed in a home increases its value by about 4%, says the 2019 Zillow report. This would mean higher property taxes in other states, but not in Louisiana. According to the state’s legislature, all solar equipment installed on a residential building or a private swimming pool is considered personal property, meaning that its value can’t be added to the value of such a building or pool.

Get a solar loan at 2% interest rate with Louisiana HELP Program

The Home Energy Loan Program allows homeowners in Louisiana to take a five-year loan to make energy efficient improvements to their homes. The loan may be contracted via lenders participating in the program. The amount is limited to $12,000, but the lender can set additional restrictions. Half of the sum is provided by the Department of Natural Resources at 2%, and the other half by the lender at the market rate. To qualify, you must be a resident of Louisiana and your property must also be located inside the state. Check the full list of limitations to make sure you can participate. The house upgrade has to be approved by an Energy Home Rater during an energy audit.

Install your solar panels in Louisiana with no worries

It is legal to install solar panels on your house. What’s more, in 2010 Louisiana enacted a special law to protect this right. The act states that no entity can unreasonably restrict the installation of solar equipment. It basically guarantees an owner's right to use solar devices, but doesn’t supersede building restrictions or other limitations provided by the Civil Code. This law doesn’t apply to historic districts or landmarks.

Something you should remember:

  • The state doesn’t allow local governments, businesses or homeowners associations (HOAs) to unreasonably restrict installation of a solar system in Louisiana.
  • Any requirements included in the HOA’s list of rules must not increase the price or decrease the efficiency of a PV system by more than 10%.
  • Restrictions can be implemented if your equipment threatens public safety. 
  • In Louisiana, installation can only be performed by licensed contractors.
  • Any requirements forcing you to hide the system from view will generally violate the law.

Solar panels help residents of Louisiana survive hurricanes

Louisiana is one of the most hurricane-prone states in the US. Severe storms bring damage and devastation, cutting people off the utility grid for days. Solar panels are able to withstand most hurricanes, but until Katrina flooded 80% of New Orleans in August 2005, officials rarely talked about renewable energy. After the tragedy that left nearly one million people without electricity for several weeks, the words ‘Cleaner, Smarter’ became a catchphrase. Already in 2009, the EPA Region VI office declared that Louisiana was meeting all federal ozone standards for the first time in its history. According to the Department of Natural Resources, the state now breathes the cleanest air in over a generation. Solar panels help us breathe!

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