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    Fact Sheet: Solar Energy Use in West Virginia

    Often called the "Mountain State" and home to the beautiful Appalachians, West Virginia is the only state entirely contained within a mountain range. A destination for white water rafting, skiing, mountain biking, and hiking, West Virginia's charm is that of being "off the beaten path." As a West Virginia homeowner, you can help to protect the state's natural beauty and save on monthly energy bills by installing a solar energy system.
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    source: WikipediaAs of 2012, West Virginia had yet to heavily incentivize residential solar power. However, the state's government has made several steps to develop its solar energy industry. For example, in March 2012, a bill was passed to restrict housing associations from prohibiting solar panels on homes. In this article, you will find all the information needed to help you decide if a solar energy system is right for you.

    Grid Connected Solar Power Systems in West Virginia (2012)

    • Residential Solar Power Systems: 0.9 Megawatt
    • Non-Residential Solar Power Systems: 0.2 Megawatt
    • Utility: NA
    • Total: 1.1 Megawatt
    • Cumulative: 1.7 Megawatt

    Although West Virginia's solar energy industry currently offers few solar incentives, West Virginia does require all utilities to offer net metering to customers. All monthly surplus energy produced by the solar panel is applied to your next bill.

    Cost of Electricity in West Virginia

    • Electricity Price: $0.10 per kWh
    • Average Electricity Bill: $159.00
    • Average Bill after Solar: $68

    As you can see, a solar installation in West Virginia can cut monthly bills in half. Keep in mind that the average monthly cost for a leased solar power system is about $48. But even with a leased system, the monthly savings amount to $43. At these rates, it will take about 5.8 years for 5kW of solar energy to pay for itself.

    Solar Radiation

    The average solar radiation in West Virginia is between 4 and 5 Kilowatt per day over an area of 1 square meter (10.76 square feet), representing a very high amount of solar radiation. Additionally, West Virginia enjoys 161 days of sunshine annually.

    State Solar Incentives and Rebate Programs

    • State Solar Tax Credit: 30% of costs, up to a maximum of $2,000
    • State Solar Rebate: None
    • Property Tax Exemption: None
    • Sales Tax Exemption: None

    Additionally, some counties and cities in West Virginia offer additional solar incentives. Check here for more information about local solar incentives. Additionally, the Federal Tax Credit also applies in this state.

    Solar Installers in West Virginia

    Solar installers can only install solar panels in West Virginia if they are formally licensed as electrical contractors. To find out if a contractor is licensed in West Virginia, call (304) 558-7890, or verify the license of your solar installer on the state’s website.

    Summary: Good Conditions for Solar Power Systems

    While West Virginia still needs to establish more solar incentives, there is still plenty of room for savings. West Virginia's abundant sunshine, solar tax credit, and its state net metering policies already translate to significant energy savings. To calculate your own costs and savings, please use our Solar Calculator, or contact solar installers in your area.

    Fact Sheet Solar Energy Use in West VirginiaSolar Energy Fact Sheet: West Virginia, ©

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