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Maryland solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

Maryland State 17 solar panels available

  • $0.53/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of June 2022
  • 2 years Average system payback period
  • 60 531 / 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

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
Via Google
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 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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