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Wyoming solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

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  • $0.60/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of May 2022
  • 2 years Average system payback period
  • 45 359 / year Average savings from going solar in Wyoming
  • 3 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 4.88 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.
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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
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Mar 23, 2022
Great selection of high quality solar panels, good pricing, fast shipping, everything arrived in great condition.
Paul
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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
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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
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Nov 27, 2021

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Solar laws, incentives and rebates in Wyoming 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

In Wyoming all investor-owned utilities and electric cooperatives must offer net metering. Net Metering allows residential solar owners to put the excess electricity into the utility grid instead of storing it with batteries.

The law doesn’t specify what kind of system the companies should use. Some give the customers standard kWh credits, while others prefer Net Billing – a system that uses different rates for the energy you buy and the energy you sell. Usually, the utility pays a bit less for your energy then they charge for theirs. When you sell your solar power to the grid, you receive credits that can be used to offset your next bills. The value of the credits is calculated by the utility company.

  • Rocky Mountain Power is Wyoming’s largest utility with more than 140,000 customers in the state. The company uses kWh credit system, allowing its customers to sell electricity at full retail price. All unused credits are bought by the company at the beginning of each year, based on winter and summer rates. Rocky Mountain power requires its customers to install a lockable switch between their system and the grid. It must be positioned in such a way as to allow for unlimited access by the company’s electricians. This measure is meant to enhance safety in case of emergency.
  • Wyrulec Co. credits its customers according to its avoided cost rate – about $0.02 per kWh as of 2021. The company will make a payout if the customer has credits at the end of the year. Wyrulec Co. also requires an installation of a lockable switch on a customer’s property.

Protect your solar panels from shade with Solar Rights Act

In Wyoming, access to sunshine is considered a property right. It is defined as a line-of-sight path from a solar device to the sun, allowing the radiation to hit the collectors directly. To check if the right can be attached to your solar panels, imagine a 10-foot wall around your property on a winter solstice day. If your modules get any shade from the wall during the day, they don’t qualify. The right comes into existence upon the issuance of a solar permit. The task of developing a mechanism for getting a permit lies wholly with local governments, so contact them for details. Keep in mind that the law is only valid between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., when the sun is most active. Outside of this window, the rules may be infringed without compensation.

Install your solar panels in Wyoming with no worries

It is legal to install solar panels on your house. The law does not permit private restrictions on solar energy systems and homeowners associations (HOAs) are no exception. All standard limitations, as described by the Development Code, stay in place. They include safety and health measures, preservation of public views and historic landmarks and the like.

Something you should remember:

  • The state doesn’t allow HOAs to restrict installation of a solar system in Wyoming.
  • Restrictions may be implemented if your equipment doesn’t meet safety, health, building or performance standards. 
  • In Wyoming, a permit is required to operate solar panels.

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