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Virginia solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

Virginia State 17 solar panels avaliable

  • $1.93/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of January 2022
  • 8 years Average system payback period
  • 56 602 / year Average savings from going solar in Virginia
  • 6 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 6.95 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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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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