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Mississippi solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

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  • $0.45/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of June 2022
  • 2 years Average system payback period
  • 63 922 / 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

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
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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 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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