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Louisiana solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

Louisiana State 38 solar panels available

  • $0.58/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of October 2022
  • 2 years Average system payback period
  • 59 145 / 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

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 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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