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Virginia solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

Virginia State 17 solar panels available

  • $0.48/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of June 2022
  • 2 years Average system payback period
  • 64 671 / year Average savings from going solar in Virginia
  • 3 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 6.95 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.
Via Trustpilot
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
Via Trustpilot
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 Virginia 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 Virginia allow customers of investor-owned utilities and electric cooperatives to join Net Metering programs. This gives residential solar owners an opportunity 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 credits that can be used to offset your next bills. In Virginia their value is equal to full retail electricity price. If you have unused credits at the end of the calendar year, you may choose to roll them over indefinitely or receive a payment at an avoided cost rate determined by the utility.

House Bill 1395
Virginia General Assembly

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. There is one platform in Virginia that allows you to store and sell them: GATS. The value of RECs is always changing, which makes them similar to stock market assets. Based on the available data, selling PECs could mean anywhere from $300 to $1,000 annually for a 10 kW solar system. Take a look at these detailed FAQs for further information.

Freeze your property tax with Residential Property Tax Exemption for Solar

A solar PV system installed in a home increases its value by about 4%, says 2019 Zillow report. In Virginia it doesn’t always mean higher taxes. According to the state laws, any county, city or town can exempt from property taxes up to 100% of the value added as a result of a solar PV system installation. The number of local governments that have implemented this feature is constantly growing. Local building inspections are the right place to get any answers related to this incentive.

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. Any such agreement must be created in written form and must meet the general requirements for legal contracts.

Install your solar panels in Virginia with no worries

It is legal to install solar panels on your house in Virginia. Solar rights law makes it unlawful to prohibit or unreasonably restrict installation of solar PV systems. However, homeowners associations (HOAs) are allowed to make some requirements concerning size and placement of the equipment. These should be deemed unreasonable if they increase installation costs by more than 5% or decrease the efficiency by more than 10%. Covenants that were in effect before July 1, 2008 are not subject to this law.

Solar panels help Virginians survive hurricanes

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Virginia is one of the 10 states where hurricanes hit most often. Solar panels are robust enough to withstand most hurricanes, and that’s exactly what you need in case of a blackout. In 2011, Hurricane Irene caused close to two million blackouts across Virginia. 94% of Dominion Virginia Power's clients were left without electricity. The Environmental Protection Agency warns about extreme weather events becoming more frequent and powerful – yet one more reason to consider going solar.

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