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Nebraska solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

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  • $2.05/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of January 2022
  • 9 years Average system payback period
  • 45 608 / year Average savings from going solar in Nebraska
  • 6 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 5.97 kW Recommended system size
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***CAVEAT EMPTOR***

This is a tale of a remedied problem. After a month, a Single Star is now Three Star.

I ordered a set of REC Alpha Pure 400s and they arrived packed by a third party in a woefully inadequate condition strapped to a pallet with no padding and a pallet nail gouge in the bottom panel. They didn't even place them face to face like the valuable fine art they are.

When I informed Alexey of this with explicit photos establishing their third party packer's careless disregard for that non-countersunk nail, he attempted to shift the blame to transport. I'm certain Fed-Ex was not responsible for that nail.

A1 Solar eventually took responsibility, and delivered to me a new panel ***properly packed** -- they appear to have instituted a proper packing policy that will save everyone time and money.

fiat lux!

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CASEY HARDISON
Via Google
Dec 19, 2021
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
Ordering online was easy.
Price was reasonable even with shipping added. Actually, it was the best I could find with the panels I wanted.
Customer service was beyond expectations. I received a phone call after the order to verify everything. The rep also went over receiving instructions. I got an email with recieving procedure. I got a follow up call the day before the panels were to be delivered. The day of delivery, the FedEx call also called. I got a follow call afterwards verifying everything was good.I had 8 350 watt panels shipped. They arrived via FedEx on a pallet. Recieving instructions said to not sign the recieving doc until I inspected everything. I am half paralyzed so I asked my neighbor ahead of time to help unpack the panels to inspect for physical damage. The FedEx guy dropped the pallet in my driveway and handed me the package list and then he very quickly left before I was able to inspect the panels. He said he did not need a signature. My mindset immidiately turned negative since fraud, burglary, murders, etc are now legal, encouraged, and even rewarded in the US. To my relief, the panels turned out to be in good shape.
I have had several different panels prior to ordering from A1 Solar. I am used to solar panels outputting 70% or less of the rated output.I hooked up one panel yesterday and I was getting over 85% at 9:30 AM in direct sun output which really suprised me. This number is what the charge controller reported while charging a 12 volt battery bank. My current project that these panels will be used for is my second offgrid system.
Next year after I have my house electrical panels rebuilt to allow for a whole house battery bank, I will be ordering another 7KWH in panels and I plan to order those from A1 Solar Store.
Junkyard Dog
Via Google
Aug 12, 2021
Solar panels are great quality at a good price! Pick up was very easy!
Quirino Passione
Via Google
Jul 27, 2021
Great price and AWESOME service.
Sam McCleary
Via Google
Jun 23, 2021

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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 and gain credits to cover your bills

A great way for solar owners to gain value from their systems is to enter the Net Metering program. If your installation generates more energy than you need, you can sell the excess into the grid and gain credits to cover your bills. This electricity is credited at the utility's avoided cost rate. Unused credits carry over to the next billing period. 

In Nebraska, solar systems must be under 25 kW to be eligible for Net Metering. If yours is bigger, you have to negotiate the terms with the electric company separately. Note that there may be fees for entering the Net Metering program and non-electric bills for customers. Check the rates and conditions with your electric supplier.

Residential systems are exempt from property taxes

Residential systems that are smaller than 25 kW are exempt from property and capacity taxes in Nebraska. That means solar panels raise the market value of a house, but the taxes for it don’t change. With commercial systems of 100 kW capacity or more, it’s more complicated. While all solar equipment is exempted from property tax, there is nameplate capacity tax of $3,518 per installed MW.

Solar panels are cheaper for community projects

Solar panels in Nebraska are exempt from sales and use taxes for community-based energy development projects (C-BEDs). For example, a solar system bought or rented by residents of an apartment house can be viewed as a C-BED project. In practice it means that these projects should be cheaper to bring to life in Nebraska. To get the exemption, members of the community have to file an application to the Tax Commissioner.

Increase your buying power with Dollar and Energy Savings Loans

If you want to increase your buying power to go solar, another Nebraska solar incentive – Dollar and Energy Saving Loans – can help you with that. The state provides loans for renewable energy projects of both residential and commercial scale. The interest rates are 5% or lower. The program involves the State Energy Office and Nebraska banks and credit unions. First, the client approaches his financial institution and then its representatives discuss the project with the Nebraska Energy Office. The loans are issued for up to 15 years. Generally, the applications are processed within 10 working days. Check the website for more information and application guide. 

Get a permit to install your solar panels in Nebraska

The requirements for solar permits, as well asd solar laws in Nebraska vary from city to city. For example, the city of Lincoln has streamlined the process – getting a permit for a system under 25 kW takes only three days. You can examine the checklist that contains all the basic steps. Notice that you might need a stamp from a structural engineer, which raises the cost of a permit. Consult with your installer beforehand – generally, it’s up to him to obtain a permit and to make sure that it is legal to install solar panels on your house in Nebraska.

Solar easements help to ensure your access to the sun

In Nebraska, property owners are encouraged to create solar easements that would ensure that their solar systems get enough sunlight. In practise it means that neighbors together make sure that nothing on their lands overshadows solar installations of each other. What is more, counties and municipalities of Nebraska are free to develop their own zoning regulations and rules to ensure the access to the sun. It makes sense to consult with your installer and local officials about the easements in your area beforehand.

Solar panels help Nebraskans survive tornadoes

Nebraska experiences 50-60 tornadoes of a different scale every year. The last strong storms hit the southwestern part of the state in the end of May: the wind has peaked at 115 mph speed, according to the National Weather Service. Solar panels are actually great at withstanding harsh weather. The average speed of a tornado is about 40-100 mph, but a standard PV module is made to endure the 140 mph winds on the front side. This is why a solar system is a great choice in Nebraska. It will survive most storms and you won’t have to buy and build a new installation after a natural disaster. When power lines are down, the grid-tie system shuts down as well, but an off-grid solar system works no matter what. 

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