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Wisconsin solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

Wisconsin State 33 solar panels available

  • $0.77/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of September 2022
  • 3 years Average system payback period
  • 43 975 / year Average savings from going solar in Wisconsin
  • 5 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 4.78 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
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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
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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 Wisconsin 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

The Net Metering policy in Wisconsin has made it easier for its customers to sell excess solar power instead of storing the energy in batteries. Your PV system will start to pay for itself primarily through the Net Metering program by selling solar energy that you haven’t used to the commercial grid. 

When you send excess power to the grid it will be stored as credits which can either be sold or later used to even out monthly power consumption needs. The credit value in Wisconsin is equal to your utility retail rate per kWh and never expires, but continues to roll over as long as you keep the same utility.

One of the top Net Metering utility programs in Wisconsin is through Xcel Energy. You can sign up as a residential or business customer here. An interconnection fee will be required with the application.

Enjoy a flat $500 rebate from Focus on Energy

If you are installing a solar system in Wisconsin, you can qualify for a rebate from Focus on Energy. As a residential customer, you can receive a flat $500 rebate regardless of the size or cost of your project to help with installation fees. To qualify for this rebate, make sure your utility participates in this program as well as complete the reservation application.

Secure a $20,000 solar loan with Milwaukee Shines Solar Financing 

If you are a homeowner of Milwaukee, you can apply for Milwaukee Shines Solar Program and receive a loan up to $20,000. Qualifying projects can be up to 6 kW and must be installed by a  Focus on Energy Residential Ally solar installer. Offering interest as low as 1.5%, you have 15 years to pay back your loan with no down payments or hidden fees. The granted amount can be used to cover all equipment or fees of your solar installation process.

Raise your property value but not your taxes 

Wisconsin residents invested in a solar energy system do not have to pay any additional property taxes on the added value a solar PV system brings to their homes. However, any such home improvement will definitely make it about 4% more valuable on the property market, says the 2019 Zillow report. In order to claim the exemption, property owners must apply for an Energy System Exemption Request from their local assessor.

Protect your solar panels from shade with Solar access rights

Solar access laws will help ensure your PV system always has adequate sun exposure, protecting you from potential obstacles. These rights will guarantee that your neighbor will not enlarge the size of their building or allow their vegetation to block sunlight from reaching your system.

Get a permit to install your solar panels in Wisconsin

It is legal to install solar panels on your house in Wisconsin, but depending on your district they may require a solar permit worksheet before beginning your installation. There is no statewide legislation, however, that makes it unlawful to restrict the installation of solar PV systems. Contact your homeowner’s association (HOAs) to be certain of any regulations that may be in your area. You may have to submit your project for approval before changing the exterior of your house. The board may ask you to hide the system from view, reduce the number of panels or just reject your proposal.

Solar panels help Wisconsin’s survive severe storms

Wisconsin is a state with a high risk for natural disasters, anywhere from floods, tornados, wildfires, or snowstorms. Events like these can unexpectedly cause damage to power lines and generating plants. In such cases, it is better to be prepared for any outages. PV modules are designed to withstand most hurricanes and storms and will be a reliable energy source in case of any blackouts. According to the Environmental Protection Agency weather events are becoming more frequent, powerful, and unpredictable, but by powering your home with solar energy, you will no longer have to worry about blackouts.

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