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Oregon solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

Oregon State 17 solar panels available

  • $0.62/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of June 2022
  • 2 years Average system payback period
  • 47 638 / year Average savings from going solar in Oregon
  • 3 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 5.31 kW Recommended system size

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What our happy customers say

The website UI is really intuitive and I figured out what I want pretty quickly. Went for Canadian Solar panels plus a solaredge inverter. I went to their fulfillment center to grab my order, and they were very quick to bring it out. The staff really made sure to warn me that panels are fragile and I appreciate that. Drove the package home safely, unpacked, all good. Right now we’re in the middle of the installation process, they sent a letter asking how I’m doing and asked for a review. Here I am! The panels are nice and it was a pleasure doing business with you.
Lime
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Apr 7, 2022
Fantastic company. Everything went smooth and the shipped was fast. The customer service was great.
Joe M.
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Apr 5, 2022
So I’m from LA and everybody’s going solar here so though that I should too. But I was really afraid it would be too much of a hassle. Eventually i went on google and soon found a1store. They got a pretty website and lots of articles on solar, and I flicked through a couple. So I decided to contact them, they were very friendly and we scheduled a call with their engineer. He was very patient with me and explained all the basics that I needed to know.

So i made an order, one of their centers is nearby, so i ordered pickup. I drove there, and they warned me to drive the panels carefully and pack them well for the road. seems like it's a recurring thing that people break their panels on the way home. I was real careful and yeah, I got home safely. Panels are in my garage now. I already found the installer. we have to take care of some papers and then it’s on!
Jerry Burton
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Mar 23, 2022
Great selection of high quality solar panels, good pricing, fast shipping, everything arrived in great condition.
Paul
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Mar 8, 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
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

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Solar laws, incentives and rebates in Oregon 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 Oregon oblige all utilities and electric cooperatives to offer Net Metering. It 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 kWh credits that can be used to offset your next bills. Once every year all unused credits will be transferred to the utilities’ low-income assistance programs. There are slight differences between the state’s two largest utilities and smaller local providers.

  • Pacific Power and PGE provide more than 70% of Oregon’s electricity. They both grant kWh credits and direct unused funds to assist low-income households once a year.
  • Smaller local players may use different approaches to net metering. For example, the City of Ashland buys the remaining kWh credits instead of using them for other purposes, while EWEB uses net billing, compensating their customers at a rate of $0.036/kWh.

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, first you may want to contact the Oregon Public Utilities Commission for relevant details. After that, you can create a REC account with the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) to begin storing and selling your credits.

Save additional $2,000 with Energy Trust rebates

This program allows you to claim $0.20 or $0.25 per watt depending on your utility company: Portland General Electric’s clients are luckier than those serviced by Pacific Power. Their maximum incentive is also twice as big, reaching $2,000. If you qualify, you can take part in a variation of this program called Solar Within Reach. To participate, your income has to be below a certain level depending on the number of family members. Your home must belong to one of the types listed on the program’s page. In case of success, the incentive grows to $0.90 and $1.50 per watt for Pacific Power and Portland General Electric clients respectively. The maximum amounts are limited to $5,400 and $9,000. All paperwork will be handled by your contractor.

Freeze your property tax with Renewable Energy Systems Exemption

A solar PV system installed in a home increases its value by about 4%. This would mean higher property taxes in other states, but not in Oregon. According to the state’s legislature, any increase in property value caused by the installation of renewable energy equipment, including solar PV systems, may not be considered for the purposes of taxation.

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 cancelled unless a specific clause is included in the document. Once signed, it is tied to the land, not the owner.

Install your solar panels in Oregon with no worries

It is legal to install solar panels on your house in Oregon. 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.

Something you should remember:

  • The state doesn’t allow HOAs to prohibit or significantly restrict installation of a solar system in Oregon.
  • Aesthetic, placement and size requirements are legal as long as they have a good reason to back them up.
  • In Oregon, a solar permit is necessary to operate a PV system. Normally, this process is handled by your contractor.
  • Individuals involved in the installation process must hold a licence.

Solar panels help Oregon survive wildfires

Oregon is among the top 10 states with the highest risk of wildfires. These natural disasters go hand in hand with strong gusts of wind and power outages. Solar panels are able to go through it as they can withstand even hurricanes, and they certainly come in handy in case of a blackout. Year 2020 brought one of the worst wildfires in Oregon’s history. Thousands of homes were left without electricity due to infrastructural damages or controlled blackouts. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, extreme weather events occur more often and gain in intensity – yet one more reason to consider going solar.

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