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New Hampshire solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

New Hampshire State 33 solar panels available

  • $0.88/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of September 2022
  • 2 years Average system payback period
  • 57 444 / year Average savings from going solar in New Hampshire
  • 6 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 4.18 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
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
Via Trustpilot
Sep 11, 2022

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Solar laws, incentives and rebates in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire allow customers of investor-owned utilities and electric cooperatives to join Net Metering programs. This gives solar owners an opportunity to put excess electricity into the utility grid instead of storing it in batteries. When you sell your solar power to the grid, you receive credits that can be used to offset your next bills.

There are several utilities providing Net Metering in New Hampshire – Eversource, NHEC, and Unitil. They all let you carry your earned credits over if below 600 kWh, but the credit value differs. Also, there are various interconnection fees depending on the size of your solar system. With Eversource, connection to the grid will be free, if your system is under 80 kW and will cost $500 if more. 

Save up to $1,000 with the special New Hampshire rebate program

Any homeowner in New Hampshire whose solar system is 10 kW or less can apply for the Residential Renewable Electrical Generation Rebate Program. The program pays $0.20 per Watt of the nominal system’s capacity up to $1,000 or 30% of total facility cost, whichever is less. In order to apply for the program, you have to fill two applications: Step 1 and Step 2. Before submitting the second application it is recommended to register as a vendor of New Hampshire.

Raise your property value but not your taxes 

The Renewable Energy Property Tax Exemption program in New Hampshire allows its residents who have invested in a solar energy system to avoid paying additional property taxes on the added value they bring to their homes. Any such home improvement will definitely make it about 4% more valuable on the property market, says the 2019 Zillow report. Property owners must fill out the DRA Form PA-29 in order to claim the exemption. However, the program is not administered across the state so make sure to check here if you qualify.

Solar Easements will protect your solar panels from shade

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 PV system will always have adequate sun exposure, protecting you from potential obstacles. It is voluntary, but cannot be canceled unless a specific clause is included in the document. Any such agreement must be created in written form and must meet the general requirements for legal contracts.

Install your solar panels in New Hampshire with no worries

It is legal to install solar panels on your house in New Hampshire. However, there is no statewide legislation that makes it unlawful to restrict the installation of solar PV systems, so it’s best to contact your homeowner’s association (HOAs). HOAs in New Hampshire define a neighborhood’s aesthetic rules. 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 New Hampshire survive hurricanes

Storm activity is typical from June 1st through November 30th. Located right on the east coast, New Hampshire residents should always be prepared for a hurricane. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy left approximately 200,000 customers without power across New Hampshire. Solar panels are manufactured to withstand most hurricanes, and in any power outage, solar panels will help you survive a blackout.

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