What Should You Pay For Solar In Alaska?

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Solar power in Alaska

Last fact checked on July 31, 2019 by Catherine Lane

There is some room for improvement when it comes to solar power in Alaska. There are almost no state-based or utility-based incentives for installing solar. This could be attributed to the state lacking a renewable portfolio standard, which is the driving force in many other states to create solar rebates and incentives. 

On the bright side, Alaska has a statewide net metering policy, so residents who install solar on their homes will receive compensation for the excess energy their solar system produces. 

Additionally, Alaskans can take advantage of the 30% federal tax credit

 

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Solar power in Alaska

Alaska solar power facts

$3.82
/watt

Average cost of a 5kw solar power system in 2019
Price shown before incentives

16 Years 1 Month

Average payback time

$13,146

Average lifetime savings
Price shown after repayments of capital

13¢
/kWh

levelized cost of solar energy

26¢
/kWh

If you don't get solar
The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years

8,166
kWh

Annual power production

Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of a 12.45kW system

This 12.45kW system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill in Alaska is $98, however your situation may vary so try our solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.


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How much do solar panels cost in Alaska

$3.82 per watt

Cash purchased solar system
Before 30% solar tax credit

$4.28 per watt

Financed solar system
Before 30% solar tax credit

N/A cents/kWh

Lease/PPA
Av. 15 year term, 2.5% price escalator

What are the pros and cons of buying solar panels for your home in Alaska

The advantage of installing solar panels in Alaska is the state’s net metering policy. Also, one of Alaska’s utilities, Golden Valley Electric Association, offers a buyback program where customers can sell all of the electricity their system produces back to the utility. Alaska also has some of the highest electricity prices in the nation, so the amount that residents can save by going solar is huge. 

SolarPowerRocks provides a great breakdown of solar incentives and policy for each state within the US.

The disadvantage of installing solar panels in Alaska is that there is very little in the way of state-based and utility-based incentives. Also, Alaska does not have a renewable portfolio standard, so the state has not established goals to increase the amount of energy they derive from renewable sources. Additionally, Alaska receives less sunlight than other areas of the country, so a solar system here will produce less than it would in a sunnier state, like Arizona.

However, the combination of net metering and the 30% federal tax credit still creates an opportunity for great savings. The federal tax credit decreases starting in 2020, so the best time to make the switch to solar in Alaska is now!

Enter your details to calculate the cost and savings you are likely to get from installing solar panels for your home.

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Best brands of solar panels

To find the best brands of solar panels you can use America's most trusted solar panel comparison and reviews website, SolarReviews.

However, reviews of solar panels can be a bit meaningless because most consumer owners have not had any issues and so whilst solar company reviews are very important when choosing solar installers they are of less use when choosing solar panels.

For more information to help you make an informed decision about this topic, I would recommend this article about buying solar panels.

 

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How much electricity will solar panels produce in Alaska

Solar panels produce different amounts of energy in different locations.

Around the Juneau area solar panels installed on a south facing 30 degree pitch roof will typically produce:

769kWh per year per 1kw of peak DC (direct current) capacity

For more information about how your location, roof direction and roof tilt affects solar power production use the solar panels calculator and enter your zipcode below.

 

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What rebates, solar tax credits, and other solar incentives are available in Alaska?

Net metering in Alaska

Solar, by its nature, generates the most power during the middle of the day when most people are at work or school and little power is being used in the home. The net metering policy in Alaska mandates that for every surplus kilowatt hour (kWh) generated by solar (like the excess energy your system creates during the day) a utility will provide credits equal to the avoided cost rate of electricity, which is less than the full retail rate.

Contact your utility for more information on their net metering payback rate. 

 


 

Golden Valley Electric Association Sustainable Natural Alternative Power Program

If you are a customer of the Golden Valley Electric Association, you can take advantage of the unique Sustainable Natural Alternative Power (SNAP) program. There are two programs, SNAP and SNAP Plus. Through the SNAP program, SNAP customers can voluntarily pay a little extra on their utility bill each month. The utility collects the contributions and places them into a fund that they then distribute to solar producers once a year.

You can register to be a SNAP producer in order to receive the incentive. The amount of the incentive a SNAP producer receives is based on how much SNAP customers contribute and how much total energy is created by SNAP producers. SNAP producers cannot receive an incentive that is greater than $1.50 per kWh of energy produced. 

SNAP Plus serves as the utility’s net metering program. Participants in SNAP Plus use the energy their system produces. If the solar system produces more energy than the customer uses, the customer will be compensated at the non-firm rate. However, they will also receive a yearly payment from the SNAP fund. 

Alaska Solar Calculator

Regardless of what you want to know about the economics of installing solar panels for your home or business in Alaska we have a solar calculator that can show you exactly the information your require.

 

You can either use our full monthly solar calculator that shows you everything you could possibly want to know or you can use one of our range of smaller calculators for specific solar calculations that focus on providing you only with the specific information you require.

 


 

What you can find out about installing solar panels in Alaska using our full monthly solar calculator

This solar calculator requires you to input your address, utility company, your average monthly power spend - It tells you:

If you want to see all of the above but also see live pricing, the three best solar deals available in your city and get binding quotes from each of these solar companies then use this solar panels calculator. This calculator requires you to also input your name and contact details because most of our 200+ installer partners will only authorize the sharing of their live solar pricing where we have validated that you are a real homeowner with a home in their service area. We respect the privacy of your data and only share your contact details with the solar companies you ask us to get binding quotes from.

 

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Going solar in Alaska

Check out all of the ways energy providers of Alaska can help you be more energy efficient and save money.

The following programs are available:
Incentive Name Eligibility Type
Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit Federal Personal Tax Credit
Net Metering State Net Metering
Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems (Local Option) State Property Tax Incentive
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Your city may have further incentives to offer. Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.