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Maryland State 38 solar panels available

  • $0.59/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of October 2022
  • 2 years Average system payback period
  • 60 232 / year Average savings from going solar in Maryland
  • 4 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 6.26 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 Maryland 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 Maryland allow customers of all utilities to join Net Metering programs. Hence, residential solar owners have an option to send the excess electricity back to the grid instead of storing it with battery banks. When you sell your solar power to the utility, you receive credits that can be used to offset your next bills. In Maryland their value is equal to full retail electricity price. If you have unused credits after a 12-month period ending in April, they will be bought from you at commodity energy supply rates.

Save additional $300 to $1,000 a year trading SRECs

Solar Renewable Energy Credits are certificates granted to any person or entity upon generation of each MWh of clean electricity. Unlike with Net Metering, you don’t need to sell any electricity to get credits. The value of SRECs is always changing, which makes them similar to stock market assets. Based on the available data, selling SRECs could mean anywhere from $300 to $1,000 annually for a 10 kW solar system. To participate, you have to apply for certification from the Maryland Public Service Commission. After that, you can create a SREC account with the Generation Attribute Tracking System (GATS) to begin storing and selling your credits.

Save additional $1,000 with Residential Clean Energy Rebate Program

The rebate program managed by Maryland Energy Administration provides a flat $1,000 incentive to residential property owners who install solar PV systems. The installer must be certified by NABCEP and can only work with new solar equipment. The system has to meet all applicable standards. You can only claim the incentive for your primary residence.

After the installation is completed, you will have 12 months to submit the application. Together with the form you will have to submit the invoice, copies of inspection results, a picture of the installed system and historical screening documents.

Freeze your property tax with Property Tax Exemption for Solar Energy Systems

A solar PV system installed in a home increases its value by about 4%, says 2019 Zillow report. In Maryland this increase doesn’t come with associated higher taxes. According to the state laws, 100% of the value added as a result of a solar PV system installation may not be included among taxable property. The law applies to all structures and includes both state and local taxes.

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 a stable supply of sunlight for your PV system for years to come. A solar easement protects your panels from potential impairments, such as vegetation and structures. It is voluntary and must contain the description of protected space, a list of restrictions and a clause on revision or termination of the contract. 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 Maryland with no worries

It is legal to install solar panels on your house in Maryland. Solar rights law makes it unlawful to prohibit or unreasonably restrict installation of solar PV systems. Homeowners associations (HOAs) are not an exception and must also comply with the law. However, you must own or have exclusive rights over the building’s outer walls or roof. Keep in mind that this law has no power over properties with historic value. You can check a particular building via the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties or the Maryland Register of Historic Properties.

Solar panels help Maryland survive hurricanes

Maryland is among the 20 states that hurricanes target most often. Your PV modules are well equipped to face most hurricanes, and that’s good news in case of a power outage. In 2003, Hurricane Isabel left more than a million homes in Maryland without power. The Environmental Protection Agency warns that dangerous weather events like this will become more frequent and powerful, making solar power even more attractive.

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