123SolarPower provides renewable solar energy solutions to all residents of the US and Canada. With a huge network of solar energy partners numbering in the hundreds, we give homeowners in even the remotest of areas the tools to go solar. When you think solar panels North Dakota, think 123SolarPower North Dakota.
North Dakota, a large state with a population of less than 700,000, is ranked 46th in the nation for energy consumption. In contrast, the per capita usage per household is very high due to the extremely cold temperatures. Despite most of its electrical power being derived from coal, North Dakota does have in place a renewable portfolio standard. The Residential Program and Services strives to produce 10 percent of the states energy from renewable energy by 2015. Residential solar panels North Dakota is how the state plans to meet this goal. In particular the goal will be met via a net metering policy for all publicly owned utilities. This policy makes solar electricity produced by residential solar systems valuable because the system owners sell their excess solar electricity back to their utility provider who in turn counts it towards their over all renewable energy production. In some cases homeowners make money by having a residential solar panel ND array.
With vast amounts of open land, North Dakota originally relied mostly on the development of wind power to achieve renewable energy production goals. That trend has radically changed in recent years. In 2011, North Dakota installed 54 megawatts of solar power, more than twice the 20 megawatts installed in 2010. The state has risen to the fourth highest in the nation for solar output according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. The fact that many residents have large unused parcels of land allows individual solar farms to be constructed at ground level rather than on the roof. These can be much larger, providing a high kWh generation. Net metering in the state is capped at 100 KW for a residence which is quite high compared to other states. Utilities are required to credit all excess power created by an installed photovoltaic system. The overage is reconciled with the customer monthly. Some utilities provide Renewable Energy Certificates in addition to credits.
The potential for solar power as a major source of renewable energy in North Dakota is great. Despite cold temperatures in winter, there is plenty of sunlight as is the case with most of the Midwest. Solar power relies on the conversion of photons by semi-conductor cells of silicon, which are unaffected by temperatures. Knowing that solar power is a viable option combined with all the savings available, there has never been a better time to buy solar panels North Dakota.
In addition to the incentive provided by net metering, there are also tax advantages at both the state and federal level. A 100% state increased property value tax exemption is in place for renewable energy installations over five years. This means that regardless of the increase in property value due to a renewable energy improvement, property taxes are unaffected for up to five years after the installation.
The federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 is also available to all solar panel installation North Dakota on residential property and applicable to all photovoltaic technology (solar panels). The credit, which is worth up to 30% of the cost of the installation, is obtained by filing form 5695 along with the standard 1040 income tax form.
The fact that there are many different wattages and brands of photovoltaic modules available, along with different inverters and mounting systems, makes calculating and selecting the right system challenging for the average homeowner. Fortunately, residents of North Dakota have local experts available through 123SolarPower to make determining the proper system and savings easy. Simply fill out the contact form on this website and a solar pro will be in touch with you shortly with a custom analysis. If you prefer you may call at 800-294-2397 to speak directly to a representative. When it comes to solar panels for sale North Dakota knows 123SolarPower is looking to find homeowners the best deals. Interested? We can provide you with free competitive pricing from local solar providers when you provide us with details about your solar project.
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When making any modifications to the home, questions always arise. In order to discern whether adding solar panels is a good idea for a given home, having answers to the most frequently asked questions can help. These answers can not only help a homeowner decide whether or not to install solar panels on their home, but they may also help to alleviate some fears and/or concerns that homeowners have about solar power.
Will solar panels benefit my home if I do not have constant access to the sun?
It is a myth that only sunny places like California and Hawaii can benefit from the installation of solar panels. While solar panels do generate more power in areas that have more access to the sun, there are solar panels that are capable of capitalizing on diffused solar rays. These are the kind of solar rays that fall on overcast days.
What incentives are available to me?
There are many incentives in place to help convince homeowners to install solar panels. For example there are tax credits at both the state and federal levels. While the tax credit value varies by state, to the credit ranges to upwards of 25% on installation up to $1,000. Furthermore, most solar power devices are sales tax exempt. The federal tax credit is 30% on installation with no limit. For more information about tax incentives in your state, call 800-294-2397 to speak with a solar consultant.
What is the difference between on the grid and off the grid?
On the grid refers to one still being attached to the electric grid and essentially creates a solar/electric hybrid system. Off the grid refers to relying solely on solar power as the home is completely disconnected from any electric grid.
While solar panels may be expensive to install, the long-term savings (both personally and as a member of society) really outweigh the upfront costs. Moreover, the tax breaks available (through 2016) can also help to recoup some of the costs.
Adding solar panels to your home can benefit you in many ways—including tax credits and a decrease in your electric bill. For more information, please complete the online form or call 800-294-2397.