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Michigan State 41 solar panels available

  • $0.78/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of October 2022
  • 3 years Average system payback period
  • 49 033 / year Average savings from going solar in Michigan
  • 5 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 4.75 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 Michigan 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 Michigan make Net Metering programs available to customers of investor-owned utilities and rural electric cooperatives. The program gives households an opportunity to send any excess electricity back to the grid instead of storing it with batteries.

When you sell your solar power to the utility, you receive credits that can be used to offset your next bills. In Michigan their value is equal to full retail electricity price for the systems with a capacity of 20 kW or less. Avoided cost rate is used for larger systems. The credits may be rolled over indefinitely, the companies neither retire nor purchase them.

Also, the utilities may not apply discriminatory rates to Net Metering customers. In Michigan, companies serving more than 1 million customers are required to supply a compatible meter if requested by a client. Application and interconnection review fees may not exceed $100.

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

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 RECs is always changing, which makes them similar to stock market assets. Based on the available data, selling RECs could mean anywhere from $300 to $1,000 annually for a 10 kW solar system.

To participate, you have to apply for approval to the Michigan Public Service Commission. After that, you can create a REC account with the Michigan Renewable Energy Certification System (MIRECS) to begin tracking and selling your credits. Keep in mind that in Michigan RECs have a lifetime of only three years.

Get a Michigan Saves loan at 3.99% interest rate to finance going solar

The Michigan Saves non-profit organisation offers loans to homeowners in Michigan who want to finance a PV system purchase and installation. The loan amount can vary from $1,000 to $100,000 and the maximum term length is 15 years. When taking a loan less or equal to $4,999, the term will be one year for every $1,000.

The loan is available for both primary and secondary residences and is compatible with PV systems between 1 and 20 kW. Your debt-to-income ratio must be lower than 50% and your credit score above 640. There is no prepayment penalty.

Install your solar panels in Michigan with no worries

It is legal to install solar panels on your house in Michigan. However, there is no statewide legislation that makes it unlawful to restrict installation of solar PV systems, so it’s best to contact your homeowners organisation (HOA) or study its declaration and rules to find out more. 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 Michigan survive power outages

When it comes to natural disasters, Michigan is one of the safest states in the USA. It doesn’t mean that nothing ever happens in the Great Lakes State. Wildfires, storms and sometimes floods break the calm once in a while, interfering with both generating plants and power lines. Your PV modules are designed to handle most hurricanes, meaning you will have a supply of energy in case of a blackout. In 2021, severe storms damaged more than 2,000 power lines, leaving more than 700,000 customers across the state without electricity. Often, the necessary repairs take much more than a few hours, which adds to the list of reasons to go solar.

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