You may have noticed that solar panel systems are more common in your home state than others; this is because state incentives differ and not all regions benefit from solar systems. Fortunately, the state of Arizona offers lucrative incentives for installing home solar panel systems — and residents are taking advantage of the opportunity. Maybe it’s time you consider switching to a renewable energy source as well. After all, the calculated return on investment for solar systems in Arizona is only seven years.
In addition to utilizing renewable energy and reducing fossil fuel emissions, solar panel systems increase the value of your home, provide you with a fixed energy cost, and save you thousands of dollars. Going solar can be a sometimes confusing decision which is why we’ve reviewed the top local companies and manufacturers to convey the necessary research to you. Continue scrolling to learn more about your neighborhood solar panel installers.
Freshome’s Top Solar Panel Installers in Tucson
The Environmental Arizona Research Policy Center newly credited Arizona as having the highest solar capacity per capita in the United States. As you can imagine, the local solar panel installers exceed the average level of experience. We made the calls, sorted through countless customer service reviews, analyzed web design and content to prepare you with the necessary background information for choosing a solar panel installer in your area.
With several solar panel installers active in one of the best states for solar, we sorted through some competitive companies to facilitate your search. Keep reading to discover more about these outstanding local installers.
Net Zero Solar
Net Zero Solar is certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners for both photovoltaic (solar panel) installations and solar heating installations. The company’s mission is to promote a more sustainable future through clean and renewable energy sources.
Net Zero Solar recently began installing Enphase Energy Microinverters for longer lasting solar systems in addition to LG panels. M215 and M250 microinverters and Envoy system monitors are available for installation as well as solar panels with max wattages ranging from 280 to 320 with a 19.5 percent efficiency. We recommend any of these available panels as they meet both our minimum max wattage and minimum efficiency requirements
The solar panels available for your home have black frames and cells and include a 25 year manufacturer’s warranty along with a 10 year labor warranty. Installations are typically completed within four to eight weeks. When calling Net Zero Solar to ask a few questions ourselves, we found the employees were not exceptionally friendly but very informative nonetheless. We encourage you to give the Net Zero Solar shop a call to receive a quote for your home and address any further questions you may have.
Technicians for Sustainability
(520) 740- 0736
Technicians for Sustainability have been providing solar installations for Tucson residents since 2003. Our experience communicating with the employees at Technicians for Sustainability stands out in comparison to others. The staff was highly amicable and provided clear and informative responses to our inquiries as well as additional information without the car-salesman pushiness.
They install panels from top brand manufacturers like LG and Sunpower. Solar panels for residential installations are available at 315 wattages with a 19.2 efficiency level and 327 wattages with a 20.1 efficiency; both panels exceed Freshome’s requirements. Residential solar panel cells and frames are only available in black. The manufacturer’s warranty varies between 10 and 25 years depending on the provider. Technicians for Sustainability’s labor warranty lacks in comparison to other labor warranties as they only offer a 10 year workmanship warranty which excludes solar panels and inverters.
As for installations, the turnaround time differs according to the size of the system. Technicians for Sustainability approximate their installation at only two to three days. After that, a utility clearance is arranged to turn the system on after about 10 to 14 days and your home solar panel system is good to go!
Solar Solution AZ
(520) 322- 5180
Solar Solution AZ prioritizes residential solar panel systems in the southern Arizona region. Experienced staff members provide thorough site evaluations, designs and permits, regular project management reports, and maintain continuous contact with the homeowner throughout the entire process.
Solar Solution AZ receives its panels from multiple manufacturers. The max wattages for home installations range from 300 to 320 with efficiencies ranging between 15 and 18 percent. These panels are available in either black or silver. An turnaround time estimate was not received when we inquired about it over the phone. The employee we spoke with relayed that turnaround times vary greatly but installation is guaranteed to be completed within 90 days of signing the contract with Solar Solution AZ.
Solar Solution AZ offers an outstanding 25 year warranty for equipment and labor. Typically solar panel installers will only offer a labor warranty up to 10 years if they offer one at all. The 25 year equipment warranty also applies to inverters whereas many equipment warranties exclude inverters.
Finding the best solar panels in Tucson
We’re all for saving a little dough, but purchasing cheap solar panels for your home isn’t the way to go. Even the utmost warranties run out. We set some basic standards to help you choose dependable panels for your home. Residential solar panels should have a minimum efficiency of 16.5 and a minimum max wattage of 230W. Make sure to inquire about your panels prior to purchasing and find out if they offer panels from any of Freshome’s top recommending brands:
Solar Power in Tucson
Arizona’s Solar Policies and Incentives
As with any investment, you’ll want to take full advantage of any potential financial incentives and rebates. Lucky for you Tucson residents, installing a solar panel for your home, will earn you a State Tax Credit of 25 percent of your entire system cost up to $1,000 to be used for State income taxes. Keep in mind that you are also eligible for the 30 percent Federal Solar Tax Credit which has no cap on costs. Say your solar system costs $25,000 for parts and installation, under the Federal Solar Tax Credit alone you would receive $7,500 in savings.
Rebates are also available for residents with the following utility companies: Duncan Valley Electric Cooperative, Mohave Electric Cooperative, and Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative.
Solar panel systems fulfill other requirements like Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) which control the requirement for a growing production of energy from renewable energy sources like solar panels. The greater majority of states including Arizona have a set RPS. In Arizona, the RPS is referred to as the Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff (REST). Under REST, utilities must generate 15 percent of their total energy from renewable resources by the year 2025. REST is designed to encourage utilities to strive for alternative renewable energy resources like solar panels. REST/RPS requirements are regulated annually through utility companies’ detailed implementation plans.
What to Expect
Here are some important numbers: Tucson receives 2,373 harvestable kWh per year, and the average residential price per kW is 10 cents (Arizona is tied for the nation’s 18th highest electricity prices). With solar panel systems, homeowners save an average $400 every year. The state and federal financial incentives paired with the fast return on investment make residential solar panel systems in Tucson a worthwhile investment.
If you’re considering leasing a solar system, now might be the best time to do so. Arizona is a top state for solar leasing; however, state utility companies are putting up a fight to implement future fees for homes with solar systems.
Here are some examples of how much money’s worth of power you could produce in a year in Tucson.
How do solar panels work?
Contrary to popular belief, the basic science behind solar panels is pretty simple. Solar panels can be explained in a few simple steps:
- The solar panels (comprised of photovoltaic cells) convert the sun’s rays into direct current electricity (DC).
- Inverters then convert the DC energy into AC electricity which your home can utilize.
- The solar meter determines the amount of electricity produced by your solar system and passes the AC electricity to the electric service panel.
- The electric service panel then distributes the energy throughout your home.
- Excess energy is returned to your public-utility power grid through net metering
- Your utility company will then send you a credit for your unused energy
Will my solar panels be okay during storms?
Home solar panels are typically 3 by 5 feet and contain a 3.2mm-thick tempered solar glass panel. This glass is designed to endure rain, hail, and high winds. A downfall of solar panels is that they may result in an increase in your monthly home insurance bill. If this is the case however, your insurance company may cover your solar panels in addition to your provider’s warranty. We advise you to check with your homeowners insurance prior to installation to determine whether your panels will be covered in the event of inclement weather.
How do solar panel systems benefit the environment?
Solar panel systems are great for reducing our carbon footprint but just how do they do it? Standard electricity is received from burning fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas which emit toxic gas. This toxic gas (also known as greenhouse gas emissions) is the leading cause of pollution and climate change. By receiving energy from the sun’s natural rays, we are able to avoid burning fossil fuels and in turn, spare our planet unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions. The electric industry is currently responsible for 33 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Solar panel systems allow us to produce and recycle emission-free energy.
What is net metering?
Net metering is a simple system connecting solar panels to a public-utility power grid. Unused energy is transferred onto the grid resulting in a monetary credit for the homeowner.
Does color matter?
The color of your solar panel and its cells and frames doesn’t have a huge bearing on the energy produced. While the color of your panels isn’t as crucial as the shade of dress on your wedding day, it will still be an important aesthetic in your life. Ask your local installer about color choices and select a color that will add to the beauty of your home.
Our team spent hundreds of hours researching solar panel systems in more than 25 U.S cities. We’ve taken into consideration a lot of factors to determine if the investment of a solar panel system is worth it in each city. For some, it wasn’t, but the sun shines kindly on the Grand Canyon State making solar panel systems a worthy investment for homeowners.
In Arizona, solar panel system owners save an average of $339 a year. Having an extra 300 bucks in your pocket probably wouldn’t hurt. Increasing the value of your home can also earn you a bit more money in the long run. Don’t forget the tremendous environmental impact you’ll have on our planet.
We’ve done most of the fact digging for you, but every home has a different roof receiving different shade amongst other distinguishing factors. We strongly encourage you to make a few calls to our recommended installers in the greater Tucson area to receive quotes and compare system prior to installation. Check out Freshome’s solar panel guide to further your knowledge of solar panel systems before pulling the trigger.