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West Virginia solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

West Virginia State 33 solar panels available

  • $0.49/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of September 2022
  • 2 years Average system payback period
  • 56 901 / year Average savings from going solar in West Virginia
  • 3 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 7.51 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
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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
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Sep 11, 2022

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Solar laws, incentives and rebates in West 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 West Virginia make Net Metering programs available to customers of all utility companies, which are required to offer customer-generators the same tariffs as they do the rest of the clients. The program gives households an opportunity to send any excess electricity back to the grid instead of storing it with batteries.

When you sell your solar power to the utility, you receive credits that can be used to offset your next bills. In West Virginia their value is equal to full retail electricity price. Your credits may be rolled over indefinitely, but don’t apply for fixed costs or demand charges.

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. The value of RECs is always changing, which makes them similar to stock market assets. Based on the available data, selling RECs could mean anywhere from $300 to $1,000 annually for a 10 kW solar system. To participate, you have to apply for approval to the West Virginia Public Utility Commission. After that, you can create a REC account with the Generation Attribute Tracking System (GATS) to begin storing and selling your credits.

Install your solar panels in West Virginia with no worries

It is legal to install solar panels on your house in West Virginia. The state laws don’t allow homeowners associations (HOAs) to prohibit or unreasonably restrict installation of solar PV systems. All such documents created before June 8, 2012 are void and unenforceable. However, association members may still vote to implement restrictive rules, so it’s best to contact your HOA or study its declaration to find out more. Reasonable restrictions refer to those related to historical, architectural, religious or cultural importance of a building. Also, state and local authorities may develop their own health and safety standards.

Solar panels help West Virginians survive storms

West Virginia’s most frequent natural disasters include floods, wildfires and storms. Raging water or wind damages the infrastructure, interfering with both generating plants and power lines. Your PV modules are designed to handle most hurricanes and hail, meaning you will have a supply of energy in case of a blackout. In 2021, severe weather knocked out power to more than 20,000 households. Power outages are considered a longstanding issue in West Virginia. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and powerful, adding to the list of reasons to go solar.

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