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North Dakota solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

Last updated 12.02.21

North Dakota State 52 solar panels available

  • $1.87 / W Average gross price of a solar power system as of February 2023
  • 10 years Average system payback period
  • $47 460 Average savings from going solar in North Dakota
  • 6 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 7.4 kW Recommended system size

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Daiga Ellaby
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Sep 19, 2022
I was choosing between a1solar and another store, the prices finally convinced me,
and I contacted A1. Everything was processed, packed and delivered to Fresno, CA
in under a week. We kept in contact during the installation and I got a few additional
parts from them. A1SolarStore deserves a solid five stars!
Michael Grubb
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Sep 7, 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
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
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Aug 12, 2021
Solar panels are great quality at a good price! Pick up was very easy!
Quirino Passione
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Jul 27, 2021
Great price and AWESOME service.
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Jun 23, 2021

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Solar laws, incentives and rebates in North Dakota you need to know

Save 30% of your PV system cost with Federal Solar Tax Credit

The US government wants more people to go solar: it’s a modern and green way of getting energy. This is why the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) program was developed. It allows American citizens to claim 30% of the cost of their installation as an income tax deduction. The cost here is not only solar panels, but also shipping, installation expenses and more. For example, if your system overall made you spend $10,000, the government returns you $3,000. 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 North Dakota make Net Metering programs available to customers of all investor-owned utilities. Its availability to the customers of municipal utilities and electric cooperatives is optional. The program gives households an opportunity to send the excess electricity back to the grid instead of storing it with batteries.

When you sell your solar power to the utility, you receive credits that can be used to offset your next bills. In North Dakota their value is equal to full retail electricity price. If you have any unused credits at the end of the month, they will be purchased at the utility’s avoided cost rate. The customer retains RECs for their own load, but the RECs associated with net excess generation are transferred to the utility with due compensation to the client.

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

Renewable Energy Credits are certificates granted to any person or entity upon generation of each MWh of clean electricity. Unlike with Net Metering, you don’t need to sell any electricity to get credits. The value of RECs is always changing, which makes them similar to stock market assets. Based on the available data, selling RECs could mean anywhere from $300 to $1,000 annually for a 10 kW solar system. To participate, you have to apply for approval to the North Dakota Public Service Commission. After that, you can create a REC account with the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS) to begin storing and selling your credits.

Freeze your property tax with Renewable Energy Systems Tax Exemption

A solar PV system installed in a home increases its value by about 4%, says 2019 Zillow report. In North Dakota you don't have to pay extra taxes during the first few years following installation. According to the state laws, 100% of the value added as a result of acquiring a solar PV system shall be exempt from taxation for 5 full assessment years. To claim the exemption,contact your local tax assessor.

Protect your solar panels from shade with Solar Easements

A solar easement contract is a written agreement between two property owners, for example, you and your neighbor. This type of contract helps to maintain a stable supply of sunlight for your PV modules. A solar easement guards your panels from potential impairments, such as vegetation and structures. It is voluntary and must contain the description of protected space, a list of restrictions and a clause on revision or termination of the contract. Once signed, it is tied to the land, not the owner. Any such agreement must be created in written form and must meet the general requirements for easements on real property.

Install your solar panels in North Dakota with no worries

It is legal to install solar panels on your house in North Dakota. However, there is no statewide legislation that makes it unlawful to restrict installation of solar PV systems. Contact your HOA or study its declaration and rules to find out more. 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 North Dakota survive severe storms

North Dakota’s most frequent natural disasters include floods, severe storms and wildfires. These events inevitably damage the infrastructure, interfering with both generating plants and power lines. Your PV modules are designed to handle most hurricanes and hail, and will be of great use in case of a blackout. In 2021, extremely cold weather left hundreds of thousands of North Dakotans without electricity. No warning was given, and some people spent a few days with unstable electricity supply, if any. The Environmental Protection Agency says extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and powerful, adding to the list of reasons to go solar.

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