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Vermont solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

Vermont State 22 solar panels avaliable

  • $2.25/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of January 2022
  • 7 years Average system payback period
  • 42 971 / year Average savings from going solar in Vermont
  • 9 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 3.94 kW Recommended system size
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***CAVEAT EMPTOR***

This is a tale of a remedied problem. After a month, a Single Star is now Three Star.

I ordered a set of REC Alpha Pure 400s and they arrived packed by a third party in a woefully inadequate condition strapped to a pallet with no padding and a pallet nail gouge in the bottom panel. They didn't even place them face to face like the valuable fine art they are.

When I informed Alexey of this with explicit photos establishing their third party packer's careless disregard for that non-countersunk nail, he attempted to shift the blame to transport. I'm certain Fed-Ex was not responsible for that nail.

A1 Solar eventually took responsibility, and delivered to me a new panel ***properly packed** -- they appear to have instituted a proper packing policy that will save everyone time and money.

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CASEY HARDISON
Via Google
Dec 19, 2021
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
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
Via Google
Aug 12, 2021
Solar panels are great quality at a good price! Pick up was very easy!
Quirino Passione
Via Google
Jul 27, 2021
Great price and AWESOME service.
Sam McCleary
Via Google
Jun 23, 2021

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Save 26% of your PV system cost with Federal Solar Tax Credit

The main solar incentive that works across all United States is the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) program. By applying to this program, all Americans can deduct 26% of the total cost of their installation from the income tax. The PV system cost doesn’t amount to only how much you’ve spent on your solar panels, but includes the shipping and installation as well. To claim the ITC, complete all the necessary forms and submit them when filing your taxes. It makes sense to hurry up: in 2023 the Tax credit decreases to 22% and after that it’s 10% for commercial systems only.

Join Net Metering program to cover your electric bills

Net Metering is the main way in which a solar system pays for itself in the US. The idea is always the same: you sell your excess solar energy into the commercial grid, gain credits and use them to cover your next electric bill.

Vermont has a complicated and diverse Net Metering program. To participate in it, solar owners must first obtain a Certificate of Public Good. You can apply and register for Net Metering here. The capacity limit for solar systems is 500 kW. Net excess generation (NEG) is credited at a blended residential rate and carried over to the customer’s next bill. If any credits that you earn aren’t used in 12 months, they are granted to the utility. 

For solar owners that obtained Certificate of Public Good after January 1, 2017, special credit adjusters come into effect that depend on the size and siting of a solar system. For example, homeowners with systems of 15 kW or less in capacity receive a 1 cent/kWh adjuster.

In Vermont group Net Metering is allowed. The group must discuss their initiative with the Public Service Board and provide such information as involved customers and meters, contact information and a dispute resolution process. Each member is going to be billed individually. NEG is credited at a blended residential rate and allocated to group members.

For generating clean energy, solar owners receive Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) — one REC for 1 MW of produced electricity. In Vermont, utilities retain these RECs unless the customer expresses his desire to keep them. If you give up RECs to the utility, you receive a bonus of $0.02/kWh for 10 years in addition to everything that your system already makes. If you keep the RECs to yourself, there is a negative 3 cent/kWh credit adjustor. Currently in Vermont there is no system for trading SRECs like in other states, so the question of whether or not you should keep them is not that simple.

Solar systems under 50 kW are exempt from property taxes

Solar systems in Vermont under 50 kW that are net-metered or off-grid and only provide energy to the property where they are located are exempt from property taxes. Systems that are grid-tie, but aren’t net metered are taxated, as well as off-grid installations that provide power for remote property. However, Vermont allows municipalities to exempt even these solar systems from property taxes, so you can inquire of your local authorities if they have decided to do so.

What is more, there is a uniform tax of $4.00 per kilowatt (kW) instead of the statewide education property tax for systems that are 50 kW or greater in size. Don’t forget that while a small solar system doesn’t raise your property taxes, it does increase the value of your house on the property market.

Sales taxes exemption makes solar panels in Vermont cheaper

Vermont solar laws exempt grid-tie and off-grid systems from sales state taxes. Systems that are 500 kW or smaller are eligible for that exemption. Sales tax rate in Vermont is 6%, so in theory this incentive should make PV systems cost in Vermont more accessible for everyone. 

Finance your solar project with Commercial energy loan program

Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) helps businesses and individuals in bringing to life their solar projects with loans up to $2 million. The loan is usually issued for 5 year and loan terms and amortization are determined on a case-by-case basis. The funding is usually limited to 60% of the cost of the project, but VEDA can pay up to 90% if the project is worth up to $500,000. Learn more about the fees and apply here

Get a permit and install your solar panels in Vermont with no worries

Generally, it is legal to install solar panels on your house in Vermont after you get a permit from your local authorities. Vermont officials have released an installation guide for systems under 15 kW (which are most residential systems anyway). It states that you need to at least register your system and obtain a Certificate of Public Good to connect it to the grid. Some cities demand additional permits and documents. However, usually your installer knows all the details about permits in your area and handles most of the process. Be aware that city or county officials can impose additional fees on you for inspections and documents. Find more useful articles and links at the Department of Public Service website.

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