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Nevada solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

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  • $0.81/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of October 2022
  • 2 years Average system payback period
  • 50 452 / year Average savings from going solar in Nevada
  • 4 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 4.54 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
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

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Solar laws, incentives and rebates in Nevada 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 Nevada oblige all investor-owned utilities to offer net metering. Net Metering allows residential solar owners to put the excess electricity into the utility grid instead of storing it with batteries. When you sell your solar power to the grid, you receive credits that can be used to offset your next bills. The value of the credits is equal to 75% of the retail rate. These conditions won’t change for 20 years after a customer joins the program.

  • NV Energy serves more than 2.4 million customers in Nevada. It is the only company subject to regulation by the state’s Public Utilities Commision.
  • Smaller local players may use different approaches to net metering. For example, the Harney Electric Cooperative credits its customers based on the wholesale rate, which is lower than the 75% offered by the largest utility.

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

Portfolio Energy Credits are certificates granted to any person or entity upon generation of each kWh of clean electricity. Unlike with Net Metering, you don’t need to sell any electricity to get credits. There are two web platforms to store and sell them: NVTREC and WREGIS. The value of PECs is always changing, which makes them similar to stock market assets. Based on the available data, selling PECs could mean anywhere from $300 to $1,000 annually for a 10 kW solar system. To participate, register your system with the Public Utilities commission of Nevada.

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 that your solar panels in Nevada will always have adequate sun exposure, protecting you from potential obstacles. It is voluntary, but can not be cancelled unless a specific clause is included in the document. Once signed, it is tied to the land, not the owner. It must include the following elements:

  • A description of both properties
  • Size, location and active hours of the solar equipment
  • A list of obstacles allowed on the neighbouring property or complete prohibition of all structures that might cast shadow on the solar panels

Install your solar panels in Nevada with no worries

It is legal to install solar panels on your house in Nevada. The state has several laws to protect its residents from unreasonable restrictions, including those implemented by homeowners associations (HOAs). Thus, any prohibition shall be considered unlawful. The legislation grants HOAs the right to place size or aesthetic requirements, but only if they are sensible, meaning they do not decrease performance by more than 10%.

Something you should remember:

  • The state doesn’t allow HOAs to prohibit or significantly restrict installation of a solar system in Nevada.
  • Aesthetic, placement and size requirements are legal as long as they do not decrease your system’s capacity by more than 10%.
  • Individuals involved in the installation process must hold a licence. However, this rule does not apply to the owner of the property.

Solar panels help Nevada survive wildfires

Being one of the states with the highest wildfire exposure in the country, Nevada is a place where strong winds and power outages are a real issue. Solar panels can survive most hurricanes, and they can lend you a helping hand in case of a blackout. Several utilities in Nevada implement planned outages programs to mitigate wildfires. Thousands of homes may be left without electricity due to these measures or infrastructural damages. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the regularity and strength of natural disasters are growing – all the more reason to give solar panels a try.

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