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Mississippi solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

Mississippi State 33 solar panels available

  • $0.50/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of September 2022
  • 2 years Average system payback period
  • 63 636 / year Average savings from going solar in Mississippi
  • 3 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 7.35 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
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Sep 11, 2022

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Solar laws, incentives and rebates in Mississippi you need to know

Save 26% of your PV system cost with Federal Solar Tax Credit 

The main solar incentive that works across all United States is the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) program. By applying to this program, all Americans can deduct 26% of the total cost of their installation from the income tax. The PV system cost doesn’t amount to only how much you’ve spent on your solar panels, but includes the shipping and installation as well. To claim the ITC, complete all the necessary forms and submit them when filing your taxes. It makes sense to hurry up: in 2023 the Tax credit decreases to 22% and after that it’s 10% for commercial systems only.

Join Net Metering program to cover your electric bills

Solar system pays for itself primarily through the Net Metering program. The essence of it is the same across all states: you sell solar energy that you haven’t used into the commercial grid and gain credits from the utility company for it. The credits later can be used to cover your electric bills. 

In Mississippi residential systems that are eligible for the Net Metering program must be under 20 kW in size. When it comes to other systems, the cap is at 2 MW. Customers of Entergy Mississippi and Mississippi Power can sell their excess electricity for bill credits based on the utility’s current avoided energy cost rate plus a temporary 2.5 cents per kWh supplement, approved by Mississippi Public Service Commission.

The solar law in Mississippi also obliged Entergy Mississippi and Mississippi Power to offer 2 cents/kWh bonus for low-income customers with household income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. The bonus is issued for 15 years for the first 1,000 eligible participants.

Energy Efficient Mortgages can help you to go solar faster

The Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM) program allows you to quickly get more money for energy upgrades for your home or for a new property with preinstalled upgrades. These loans are insured through Federal Housing Authority (FHA) and Veterans Affairs (VA) programs.

If you qualify for an FHA loan, you do for the EEM program. Usually the energy package that can be added to a standard FHA loan amounts to:

– the cost of upgrades based on the home energy assessment; or

– the lesser of 5% of:

  • the Adjusted Value;
  • 115 percent of the median area price of a Single Family dwelling; or
  • 150 percent of the national conforming mortgage limit.

Solar systems, of course, qualify as energy-efficient upgrades, so your loan can be increased by the amount your system costs. Again, the cost of a PV system doesn’t amount to panels only, but includes accessories, shipment and installation as well. Read more about the FHA program and apply here.

EEMs through the Veterans Affairs program are available for military personnel, reservists and veterans. The exact loan amount depends on your status and credit history. Check the guide on how to apply for the VA loan here.

Consult with installer about solar installation requirements in Mississippi

In most states you have to get a permit to install solar panels on your roof. However, Mississippi Public Service Commision doesn’t mention anything about such permits in their Consumer’s guide. You will, however, have to cooperate with the electric company to connect your system to the grid. Keep in mind that the utility can impose fees on you for connecting to the grid. The installers usually know all the details about the installation and requirements for solar systems in Mississippi.

Solar panels help Mississippians survive hurricanes and tornadoes

Mississippi suffers from around 40 tornadoes of a different scale every year. What is more, it has been hit by 19 hurricanes in the last 170 years, eight of which were at least Category 3 with winds of 111 mph or higher. During natural disasters the commercial grid is often down and the fuel for gas generators can be hard to come by. Solar panels survive storms and hurricanes very well: they are made to withstand 140 mph winds and an off-grid system can be a reliable source of energy in extreme weather conditions. Therefore, purchasing solar panels is a wise and a far-sighted choice in Mississippi.

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