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Maine solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

Maine State 33 solar panels available

  • $0.92/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of September 2022
  • 3 years Average system payback period
  • 48 319 / year Average savings from going solar in Maine
  • 6 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 3.97 kW Recommended system size

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What our happy customers say

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
Via Trustpilot
Sep 25, 2022
I like this company. Good service 👍
Daiga Ellaby
Via Google
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
Via Trustpilot
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
The best-trained salesmen and warehouse workers I've ever encountered. The shop really is excellent. I needed to find some PV modules to replace those in a system that had been running for a while. Because cost was my primary concern, I was ready to settle for less than ideal service. Indeed, it came as a nice shock.
Piter Poti
Via Trustpilot
Sep 11, 2022

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Solar laws, incentives and rebates in Maine 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 Maine allow customers of investor-owned utilities and electric cooperatives to join Net Metering programs for solar systems up to 5 MW. This gives residential solar owners an opportunity to put the excess electricity into the utility grid instead of storing it in batteries. 

Unused electricity will be stored as credits with your utility. They will roll over monthly for a year and zero out future bills. At the end of the annual cycle any unused credits will be granted to your utility with no compensation. The value of a credit is determined by your location and power utility.

title 35-A §3209-A
Maine Revised Statutes

Finance your solar system with PACE loan program

You can help finance your solar system through the Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan offered for Main homeowners of any income. With no money down, you repay with an annual assessment on your property taxes. Your loan can be up to $15,000 which you have 15 years to repay with an interest rate of 4.99%. Only homes located in towns authorized with PACE are eligible for the loan.

Raise your property value but not your taxes

Maine 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. Maine Revised Statutes ensure 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.

Protect your solar panels from shade with Solar Easements

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 can not be canceled unless a specific clause is included in the document. Once signed, it is 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 Maine with no worries

It is legal to install solar panels on your house in Maine. However, there is no statewide legislation that makes it unlawful to restrict the installation of solar PV systems, so it’s best to contact your homeowner’s association (HOAs). HOAs in Maine 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 Maine survive hurricanes

Tropical storm activity is typical from August through late October, located right on the east coast, Maine residents should always be prepared for a hurricane. Solar panels are manufactured to withstand most hurricanes, and in any case, solar panels will help you survive a blackout. In 2007, Hurricane Noel left 9,000 people without power across Maine. As stated by the Environmental Protection Agency our climate is changing and natural disasters are becoming more frequent, but by powering your home with solar energy you will no longer have to worry about blackouts.

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