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Wyoming State 41 solar panels available

  • $0.75/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of October 2022
  • 3 years Average system payback period
  • 44 759 / year Average savings from going solar in Wyoming
  • 4 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 4.88 kW Recommended system size

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What our happy customers say

Hi all, i wanted to share my experience of buying from a1solar. I needed panels for my yacht. I wanted to have only 3, but they have a minimum order size for delivery so I opted for pickup. It was good. It went smoothly. I appreciate the split payment that they offer. I basically went to the center, grabbed the panels, loaded ‘em in the truck and drove them home (gotta do it carefully though!). Nice guys too. peace, Carl
Caarl Arlac
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Oct 2, 2022
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
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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
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Sep 11, 2022

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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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