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    Fact Sheet: Solar Energy use in Arizona

    Arizona, with its iconic landscape and many national monuments, is very active in protecting its natural wonders by adding sources of solar energy. As an Arizona homeowner, you can take advantage of the abundant sunshine as well as the states' many solar incentives to save on the installation of a new solar energy system.
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    rizona is one of the leading states in solar energy production in the country with a very high number of installed solar power systems. Abundant sunshine and great incentives make Arizona an excellent choice for solar energy systems. In this article, you will find all the information you need to help you decide if a solar energy system is right for you.

    Grid Connected Solar Power Systems In Arizona (2012)

    • Residential Solar Power Systems: 66.2 Megawatt
    • Non-Residential Solar Power Systems: 69 Megawatt
    • Utility: 573.7 Megawatt
    • Total: 708.8 Megawatt
    • Cumulative: 1,106.4 Megawatt

    This makes Arizona the Number 2 state in the country in total solar energy production. Only California is ahead with 2.559,3 MW cumulative installed capacity. However, given that California has more than 6 times the population of Arizona, this makes Arizona the clear leader on a per capita basis.

    Cost of Electricity in Arizona

    • Electricity Price: $0.11 per kWh
    • Average Electricity Bill: $179.00
    • Average Bill after Solar: $87.00

    As you can see, a solar installation in Arizona can cut the monthly bill in half. Keep in mind that the average monthly cost for a leased solar power system is about $43. But even with a leased system, the monthly savings amount to $44. At these rates, it will take about 10 years to amortize.

    Solar Radiation

    The average solar radiation in Arizona is between 5 and 6 Kilowatt per day over an area of 1 square meter (10.76 square foot). This represents an excellent value. Arizona also has the second highest number of sunny days in the nation. Its 310 days of sunshine puts it just a hair shy of Nevada.

    State Solar Incentives and Rebate Programs

    • State Solar Tax Credit: 25%, but no more than $1,000
    • State Solar Rebate: n/a
    • Property Tax Exemption: 100% exempt
    • Sales Tax Exemption: 100% exempt

    Some counties and cities in Arizona offer additional solar incentives. Check here for more information. In addition, the Federal Tax Credit also applies.

    Arizona has one of the best net metering laws in the country. Excess generation is rolled over month to month, and any surplus is returned annually to the consumer at the avoided cost rate.

    Solar Installers in Arizona

    All construction projects over $1,000 in value require an Arizona contractor's license number. The best way to research solar installers is to look up their contractor license number at Arizona Registrar of Contractors' database to see what turns up. Make sure your solar contractor is licensed at or (602)542-1525. Click to find reputable solar installers in Arizona.

    Beginning in 2014 a $0.70 per Kilowatt surcharge is applied. This amounts to appr. $5 per month for the average customer.

    Summary: Very Good Conditions for Solar Power Systems

    Arizona is one of the best states in the nation for solar power systems. The combination of solar radiation and solar incentives translate to significant savings. To calculate your costs and savings please use our Solar Calculator or contact solar installers in your area.

    Solar Energy Fact Sheet: Arizona, ©

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    Written by: Oliver Wulf, Editor