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Tennessee solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

Tennessee State 18 solar panels available

  • $0.60/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of June 2022
  • 3 years Average system payback period
  • 63 391 / year Average savings from going solar in Tennessee
  • 3 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 7.84 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
Via Trustpilot
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
Via Google
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 Tennessee 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

Tennessee is one of the four states where a Net Metering policy hasn’t been developed. However, federal law requires its availability upon request, so there is nothing to worry about. You will have to negotiate with your utility and the conditions may vary from company to company.

But the general principle behind Net Metering always stays the same: it allows you to send the excess electricity back to the grid instead of storing it with battery banks. When you sell your solar power to the utility, you receive credits that can be used to offset your next bills. Their value can be equal to full retail electricity price, but companies sometimes use an avoided cost rate which is a bit lower. The credits are usually rolled over for at least one year, after which time all unused credits may be retired, bought from you or allowed to roll over indefinitely.

Protect your solar panels from shade with Solar Easements

A solar easement contract is a written agreement between you and some other entity, for example, your neighbor. This type of contract helps you secure access to direct sunlight for your PV system for years to come. A solar easement protects your panels from potential impairments, such as vegetation and structures. It is voluntary and must contain the description of the property, protected space and a clause on compensation 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 legal contracts. You can use a sample provided by the Office of Energy Programs of the Department of Environment and Conservation.

Install your solar panels in Tennessee with no worries

It is legal to install solar panels on your house in Tennessee. However, there are no specific laws in place to protect the residents from restrictions imposed by homeowners associations (HOAs). Thus, 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. Contact your HOA or study its declaration and rules to find more information.

Solar panels help Tennesseans survive tornadoes

Tennessee is susceptible to a variety of natural disasters, including severe floods, earthquakes, severe storms, tornados, etc. Your PV modules are well equipped to face most hurricanes, as well as heavy rain and hail. In case of a power outage your modules will save the day. In 2020, severe storms left more than 100,000 homes in Tennessee without power. Some people had to spend various days without electricity. The Environmental Protection Agency warns that dangerous weather events like this will become more frequent and powerful, further increasing the attractiveness of solar power.

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