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New York State 38 solar panels available

  • $0.95/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of October 2022
  • 3 years Average system payback period
  • 49 675 / year Average savings from going solar in New York
  • 6 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 3.88 kW Recommended system size

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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
loken
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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 New York 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.

Save additional 25% with New York Solar Equipment Tax Credit

You can reduce your state tax credit by up to $5,000 or 25% from your total solar system expenses through a Claim for Solar Energy System Equipment Credit. This program applies to new and already installed systems, also qualifying if you went solar on a lease or through a PPA. The energy system must be installed and used at your primary residence in New York. Any credit amount in excess of the tax due can be carried over for up to five years. Keep in mind, however, that solar energy system equipment credit is not refundable.

Sell excess electricity with Net Metering Program

The Net Metering policy in New York has made it easier for utility customers to sell excess solar power instead of storing the energy in batteries. Your PV system will start to pay for itself primarily through the Net Metering program by selling solar energy that you haven’t used into the commercial grid and gain credits from your utility company for it. 

The credit value in New York is equal to your utility retail rate per kWh. Any unused credits will roll over to the next month and begin to accumulate in your “credit bank”. You can draw energy from there when your solar system generates less electricity than needed to zero out your bills.

One of the top Net Metering programs in New York is offered by National Grid. To get started you must first submit an application and only install your solar system once you receive interconnection acceptance. After your system is set up, it will be verified and tested to receive final approval.

Raise your property value but not your taxes

New York PV System owners can avoid paying additional property taxes on the added value their solar system brings to their home by applying for a solar system tax exemption. This certificate will ensure any new PV system installed and its equipment will not be part of your property tax. Additionally, any such home improvement will definitely make it about 4% more valuable on the property market, says the 2019 Zillow report.

Finance your solar system through NY-Sun

NY-Sun offers a financing program known as Affordable Solar for loans anywhere from $1,500 to $25,000. The payback terms are 5, 10, or 15 years. This program is for homeowners with incomes below 80% of the median income in the state. Small commercial and non-profit organizations are also eligible for low-interest financing. Find more information here.

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 PV system will always have adequate sun exposure, protecting you from potential obstacles. It is voluntary, but can not be canceled unless a specific clause is included in the document. Once signed, it is tied to the land, not the owner.

Get a permit to install your solar panels in New York

It is legal to install solar panels on your house in New York, but all solar installations require a NY State Unified Solar permit and it is recommended to search for the permit from your city. 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) to be certain of any regulations that may be in your area. 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 Yorkers survive hurricanes

Located right on the east coast, New York residents should always be prepared for a hurricane.  Solar panels are manufactured to withstand most hurricanes, and in any power outage, solar panels will help you survive a blackout. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy left 153,000 Con Ed customers without power across New York. As stated by the Environmental Protection Agency our climate is changing and natural disasters are becoming more frequent. Powering your home with solar energy you will no longer have to worry about blackouts.

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