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Virginia solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

Virginia State 33 solar panels available

  • $0.53/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of September 2022
  • 2 years Average system payback period
  • 64 385 / 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

I did business with A1 about half a year ago (it’s september 22 atm) when I needed panels for my home in Phoenix. I took Panasonic, if anyone’s wondering. The system’s doing great, and I think I got really lucky with my installer and the shop as well. If I recall correctly, my order was indeed processed in 24h as promised, delivery took a bit longer than expected but it wasn’t a big deal, these were busy days for fedex. panels were in good shape. I myself checked them thoroughly.
Ryden R
Via Trustpilot
Sep 25, 2022
I like this company. Good service 👍
Daiga Ellaby
Via Google
Sep 19, 2022
i read too much about the broken panels and decided to go with the pickup option. Loved the experience overall. One of their centers was nearby, so I ordered some q cells for myself and drove there. They explained in detail how to drive the package home safely so I was really careful and yeah, now they are in my garage, waiting to be installed. Can’t really complain about anything, panels are fine, the service was cool, and the delivery was on me lol
loken
Via Trustpilot
Sep 19, 2022
So I did order a system, and everything arrived on time, and yes, one panel was broken. But you know what? I’m still going to give them 5 stars. Because 1) they warned me about the possibility of this happening and told me what to do in this case; 2) when I contacted them about it, they handled the situation professionally. I sent them all that they asked for and got a replacement relatively quickly. If it’s anyone’s fault that panels break, then it is the carrier's one. My impression: good service, great prices, commendable customer support.
Will Ghost
Via Trustpilot
Sep 14, 2022
I needed just a couple of panels for the boat, but the staff treated me like I was buying the whole warehouse. I decided to pick the order up myself, their center was within reach. Getting my panels and a Magnum inverter was easier than going for groceries. There is a lot of hard work behind this simplicity. This I know from experience
Filip Scot
Via Trustpilot
Sep 11, 2022
The best-trained salesmen and warehouse workers I've ever encountered. The shop really is excellent. I needed to find some PV modules to replace those in a system that had been running for a while. Because cost was my primary concern, I was ready to settle for less than ideal service. Indeed, it came as a nice shock.
Piter Poti
Via Trustpilot
Sep 11, 2022

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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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